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EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Block 2 Link Up!

Posted 06-30-2013 by | Posted in: Block 2 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

There were so many beautiful blocks in the first link up! I hope we have even more for Block 2! Here’s my block: The Pieced PatchDraw click-and-snap grids are so much fun to play with! If you haven’t already, try out one of the other grids (you have Rectangle, Circle, Arc, Eight Point Star, Kaleidoscope, and Octagon to choose from!). The Block 2 Mini Lesson uses the Eight Point Star grid. To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Mid-Month Mini Lesson #2!

Posted 06-14-2013 by | Posted in: Block 2 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

This is a special bonus post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series Sew Along! For this mini lesson, we’ll explore another Pieced PatchDraw click-and-snap grid—the Eight Point Star. I’ll give you some hints on how to draw this block, but I won’t be writing out step-by-step instructions because I’d like you to give your new drawing skills a workout! Click here to download the Mini Lesson PDF file. Start by clicking BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Block. Remember to Add to Sketchbook  when you’re done. Input the following settings on the Precision Bar: Block Width and Height: 12 Grid: Eight Point Star Dimension 1 and Dimension 2: 4 Graph Paper Cells: OFF Use the PolyLine tool  to draw the shapes shown below in the upper-left quadrant of the block. Fill in the rest of the block by using the Clone selected segments  and Rotate selected segments  tools. Notice that

EQ7 Summer Drawing: Block 2– PatchDraw Pieced

Posted 06-01-2013 by | Posted in: Block 2 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

Welcome to the Block 2 post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series! We’ll start each month with a drawing lesson that focuses on one of the drawing styles available on the Block Worktable. Then, at the end of the month, we’ll have a link up post where everyone can show off a photo of their sewn block. That’s right, we’re not just drawing in this series, we’re SEWING too! Block 2 is drawn on the PatchDraw Block Worktable. The PatchDraw Block Worktable has both Pieced and Appliqué tabs at the bottom of the screen. We’ll only use the Pieced tab for this lesson. We’ll tackle that Appliqué tab next month! PatchDraw is aptly named because you construct the block by drawing closed patches (unlike EasyDraw where you drew straight or curved lines and the software created the patches for you). The best part of Pieced PatchDraw is the specialized click-and-snap

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Block 1 Link Up!

Posted 05-31-2013 by | Posted in: Block 1 EQ7 Summer Drawing

I’m so excited to see everyone’s blocks! Here’s my block: I hope this drawing lesson has given you the confidence to try drawing some of your own blocks on the EasyDraw Worktable. In case you missed it, check out the mini lesson for drawing a few variations of Block 1. To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can link up your Block 1 photo at any time. But for those who link up by Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 9

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Mid-Month Mini Lesson!

Posted 05-15-2013 by | Posted in: Block 1 EQ7 Summer Drawing

This is a special bonus post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series Sew Along! If you’d like a little extra practice with the EasyDraw Worktable, here are a few variations to try. I’ll give you some hints on how to draw these blocks, but I won’t be writing out step-by-step instructions because I’d like you to give your new drawing skills a workout. For each of these blocks, start with the original Lesson 1 Block on the Block Worktable (open the Sketchbook > click Block 1 to select it > click Edit). Simply add or subtract lines to make the variation block. Make sure to Add to Sketchbook  after you’ve completed each variation. Click here to download the Mini Lesson PDF file. Use the Line tool  to draw an on-point square. Use the Pick tool  to delete all the lines inside the on-point square. Use the Pick tool  to delete

EQ7 Summer Drawing: Block 1–EasyDraw

Posted 05-01-2013 by | Posted in: Block 1 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

Welcome to the Block 1 post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series! We’ll start each month with a drawing lesson that focuses on one of the drawing styles available on the Block Worktable. Then, at the end of the month, we’ll have a link up post where everyone can show off a photo of their sewn block. That’s right, we’re not just drawing in this series, we’re SEWING too! ———————– Block 1 is drawn on the EasyDraw Block Worktable. EasyDraw is the simplest way to draw a pieced block in EQ7. You can draw straight lines and curved arcs in EasyDraw. The one rule you have to follow when drawing in EasyDraw is to make sure that your lines and arcs touch one another OR the block outline. If you’d like to read more information about the basics of EasyDraw, I highly recommend checking out the EQ Lesson titled EasyDraw

BlockBase Sew Along – Quilt Link Up!

Posted 04-29-2013 by | Posted in: BlockBase Sew Along Finished Quilts

Is everyone ready to share their finished BlockBase Sew Along quilts?! Here’s mine: My layout is made up of four 10″ blocks and nine 5″ blocks. I settled on this layout and then realized I had one too many 10″ blocks, so I ended up making a new block at 5″. It’s block #1279: And I decided to put my label on the front (printed on EQ Printables, of course!): This quilt is a bit busy, so I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to quilt it. After discussing it with our office quilting expert, Margaret, I decided to quilt horizontal and vertical lines in the big blocks and X’s in the small blocks. I really like it! (You can see more of Margaret’s wonderful work here and here.) Now it’s your turn– let’s see those finished quilts! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at

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