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EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3

Posted 12-31-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Welcome back to the Hexagon quilt design adventure!  In this final lesson we are going to explore using the Custom Quilt layout to design a Hexagon quilt.  This blank canvas will allow us to essentially build a Hexagon quilt that can be assembled with English paper piecing or EPP.  This can open up a myriad of possibilities and let you step out of the box in your design.   Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3 is the last post in the Hexagon series.  If you need to catch up, check out my previous posts here:    Designing Pieced Hexagons    Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 1  Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 2 Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3 Skillset: Intermediate/Advanced User Skill Builders: Build applique blocks using EPP shapes Create a hexagon quilt layout using Custom Set Lets review information about the hexagon shape. The hexagon shape is a six sided shape whose overall dimensions are

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 2

Posted 12-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Hello!  Are you ready for more Hexagon quilt layouts?  In this lesson we will look at a couple of ways to add hexagons to a quilt using square and rectangular blocks.  These two layouts are both great ways to highlight your pieced hexagons but a plain one will do too.  If you have not had a chance to follow along on my Hexagon adventure, be sure to check out these previous posts.    Designing Pieced Hexagons    Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 1 Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 2 Skillset: Beginner / Advanced Beginner Skill Builders: Create a hexagon quilt layout using square and rectangle blocks Use the Magic of Layer 2 Lets review information about the hexagon shape.   The hexagon shape is a six sided shape whose overall dimensions are not square. The hexagon above is oriented horizontally with the flat sides on the top and bottom. Hexagons are measured by

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 1

Posted 12-03-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Hello Electric Quilters!  We had so much fun designing pieced hexagons with my last lesson, I decided to share some tips in creating quilt layouts for those hexagons.  Using non-square blocks is sometimes tricky, but there are several methods we can use to create some beautiful quilt layouts.  In this lesson, we will explore the EQ8 one patch tool.  We will be using the hexagon shape and pieced blocks we created from my previous lesson , Designing Pieced Hexagons.  Head on over to that lesson if you have not created them yet. Hexagon One Patch Quilt Skillset: Beginner Skill Builders: Create a hexagon one patch quilt Discover hexagon designs   Lets talk about the hexagon shape first.   The hexagon shape is a six sided shape whose overall dimensions are not square. The hexagon above is oriented horizontally with the flat sides on the top and bottom. Hexagons are measured by their

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Designing Pieced Hexagons

Posted 11-26-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Hello Electric Quilters!  I have been intrigued by English paper piecing and all things hexagon.  I have done many traditional square blocks but I had not experimented with drawing or designing with hexagons.  I had taken a class in design many years ago but had not really used the skills in a while.  I dove right in and fell in love with the design process.  In this lesson, we will learn a way to draw a hexagon and draw pieced hexagons using some simple shapes. Pieced Hexagons Skillset: Advanced Beginner Skill Builders: Create a guide for block drawing Draw a hexagon using polydraw   Lets talk about the hexagon shape first.   The hexagon shape is a six sided shape whose overall dimensions are not square. The hexagon above is oriented horizontally with the flat sides on the top and bottom. Hexagons are measured by their side length.  For this example we

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Let’s Play with Quilt Design Sizes

Posted 08-06-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Do you have a favorite quilt pattern you have designed but want to change the size?  Do you want to turn a throw quilt into a baby quilt?   Or do you need to supersize a twin size quilt  to a queen size quilt?  Here are some  super quick and super simple tips and ideas to resize your designs in a jiffy. Let’s design a throw quilt to use for this practice. Quilt Size Matters Skillset: Beginner Skill Builders: Add and remove blocks Add and remove sashing Add and remove borders Open EQ8. 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 name field “Quilt Size Matters”.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Quilt

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Exploring Nine Patch Blocks for Accuquilt GO! Qubes

Posted 05-01-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

I love how versatile EQ8 Quilt Design software is no matter what kind of quilt you are making or how you want to cut it out.  In this lesson, we are going to explore nine patch blocks that you can cut out with your Accuquilt GO! Cutters using the Qube die sets. Accuquilt GO! Qube dies contain 8 basic die shapes that you can mix and match to make Four Patch blocks in a 2 x 2 grid. However, you can also use those same shapes to make Nine Patch Blocks in a 3 x 3 grid.  Here is how: When you know what size Nine patch block can be created with your Qube, you can easily size your nine patch blocks to match in EQ8. For example, an 8” GO! Qube makes 12” nine patch blocks.  Since the Qube is based upon a four patch block, when we use

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Tips for Custom Set Quilt Design

Posted 03-12-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Do you have a lot of different sized blocks that you want to put together into a quilt?  Maybe you have a lot of Orphan blocks (blocks left over from other projects) or maybe you were gifted a stack of different sized blocks, there is a way to put them all together in EQ8 using a Custom Set Quilt.  I want to share with you some tips to using this approach to combining your myriad of quilt blocks. Designing a custom quilt may take a little more time,  but once you try it,  you will find it is a great technique to build your skills toolbox.  I am going to share my tip and tricks for this versatile method of quilt design too. Quilt Name Skillset: Advanced Beginner Skill Builders: Design a custom set quilt Drag and drop blocks Use grid snap settings Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project

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