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EQ8 Lessons with Lori

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Drawing a Strawberry block with 3 Variations

Posted 08-07-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Sometimes a simple easy draw block is all you need to create something amazing.  For this lesson, we are going to draw a big juicy strawberry and then edit our drawing to create interesting and fun variations.  Blocks don’t have to be square, this block is a rectangle shape.  You can then use these techniques to add some pizzazz to a variety of blocks.  These designs will be a great way to use your stash or a pile of scraps. Strawberry Block Skillset: Beginner Block Size: 10″ x 12″ finished Skill Builders: Creating an easy draw block Editing Blocks to create block variations Design Time! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8.  On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.    On the Create a new project tab, type in the project

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Patriotic Parade

Posted 06-26-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

With the Independence Day holiday coming up, I though a patriotic theme was in order.  There are so many wonderful blocks in EQ that are available to use.  Sometimes, however,  I have an idea that looks close to one of the block designs, but I want to change it up a bit and make it my own.  Using the power of  EQ8 , you can edit and tweak the block to design your own creation.  In this lesson,  we will deep dive into editing a block several ways.  We will update the drawing, resize a few things, draw a block, merge some blocks, and combine an easy draw block with applique to get to this super cute 4th of July design! We are going to start with a vintage farm truck and take it up a notch with a patriotic spin. Let’s get started. Patriotic Parade Table Runner Skillset: Advanced Beginner/

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Designing for the Accuquilt GO! Qube

Posted 04-24-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

I love to design my quilts with EQ8, it saves me so much time and let’s me really be creative before cutting into that fabric.  I am finding more and more folks are using the Accuquilt GO! Cutting system of dies to cut out their quilts.  Some love the accuracy, others like the speed of cutting out a quilt and many quilters with physical limitations find that die cutting their fabric solves some of their cutting issues and get them back to doing what they love. What you may not know is that the GO! Qube set of dies is based on the most popular type of quilt block, the FOUR PATCH!  based upon a simple 4 x 4 grid.  Electric Quilt is full of blocks that use the 4 x 4 grid and that makes them perfect for adapting to be cut out with your GO Qube dies.  You can

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Let’s Play with Applique

Posted 02-25-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori Uncategorized

I spend a lot of time designing quilt blocks for piecing in Electric Quilt, but I also like the look of applique.  The good news is that with EQ8, you can easily design your own applique blocks and motifs.  And once you have designed it, you can use the tools in EQ8 to make it any size you would like.  In this lesson, we will take an existing drawing and create an applique motif. Last year for Christmas, I finally received a much coveted gift of a Kitchenaid Mixer.  I always had a little hand mixer, but how I dreamed of mixing up cookies and goodies with a stand mixer.  I decided I really wanted an applique motif of my mixer to use for kitchen related items like aprons and tea towels.  So I sketched a picture of my wonderful mixer. I scanned in my hand drawing to use to

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Pantograph

Posted 12-31-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori Uncategorized

Many EQ8 Users have longarm or midarm machines that they use to machine quilt their quilt creations.  Sometimes they use a pantograph to create all over quilting designs.  A pantograph is usually a repeating quilting design.  The longarm user follows the line on the paper with a stylus or laser light that is attached to the machine.  Pantograph designs can vary in width with simple to complex designs.  Using the power of Electric Quilt Design Software, you can create your own pantographs to print out and use for your machine quilting. For this lesson, we will use an existing stencil, resize it and clone it to create a pantograph that can be printed out and used with a longarm or midarm machine for machine quilting. Ocean Waves Pantograph Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Stencil size: 8″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Draw a stencil Edit a Stencil Open EQ8. Let’s  open the Project.  The project

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Add stencils to a quilt

Posted 11-22-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori Uncategorized

This lesson is all about adding stencils to your quilt.  Stencils are the drawings that show the quilting lines on your quilt. You may want to audition different stencils to decide how you might want to quilt your design and to help you figure out what approach you will take when quilting. You can have stencils that go over individual blocks or you can create a stencil that goes over an entire sections of your quilt. For this lesson, I will show you how I quilted the Anchor’s Away quilt from the last lesson.  If you haven’t completed that lesson, you can find it HERE. First, lets talk about the layers of a quilt.  When you are on the Quilt Worktable, you will see three tabs at the bottom of the screen. Layer 1 This layer is made up of pieced or applique blocks that are stitched together to make

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Anchor’s Away Quilt with a repeating block design

Posted 09-01-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

It’s been a wonderful summer and I wanted to add a cute throw quilt to compliment the pillow we designed last year.  I came up with this Nautical themed quilt with an interesting inset of scrappy diamonds.  And of course, I needed that cute red anchor to set it off.  Let’s get right into the design! Anchors Away Quilt Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Size: 48″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical Strip layout Working with repeating block design Convert an applique block to a motif Let’s take a closer look and analyze this quilt.  I have designed it as a Vertical Strip quilt with applique.  First we are going to focus on the diamond insets. These are 45 degree diamonds that are lined up to form a chevron type pattern.  This is a repeating diamond shape that I designed as an individual block.  The block just had to be square

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