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EQ8 Block Spotlight: Prickly Pickle – 9 Points

Posted 08-10-2020 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun!

This month’s block: Prickly Pickle – 9 Points

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Pickle Dish

A couple design ideas to get you started

I have a very traditional quilt and a very modern quilt to share this month! My first quilt is a simple 6 x 6 horizontal layout. I wanted to let all that piecing shine by using solid colors. If I’m going to work at making all those precise points, I don’t want to distract from them by using busy prints!

This pickle block made me think of a leaf, so that was the inspiration for this modern design. I used blocks from the Wheels category (under 01 Classic Pieced and 03 Foundation Pieced) for the flower heads, and blocks from 10 Sashing > Dogtooth Triangles for the grass.

What would you design with the Prickly Pickle – 9 Points block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.

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

Posted 08-07-2020 by Lori | 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

Coming Soon: Two Favorites from Barbara Brackman!

Posted 08-03-2020 by Sara | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ News and Press New Products

Have you heard the news?! Two all-time favorite quilting products are being re-released!! We have teamed up with esteemed quilt historian, Barbara Brackman, to bring back her sought-after Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book and the complementary fan-favorite BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac)! Yes, you read that correctly. We hope to release both products later this year! We know you have questions! We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions list with answers to all your questions! View the full FAQ list now. If you have additional questions that you don’t see there, please comment below, or contact our office via email or live chat.

Coming Soon: Rock That Quilt Block add-on for EQ8!

Posted 08-03-2020 by Diane | Posted in: New Products

We are very excited to tell you about a brand-new product! We’ve partnered with EQ Artist, Linda J. Hahn, and her quilting-partner-in-crime, Deborah G. Stanley, to bring you EQ8 projects from their recent book release, Rock That Quilt Block! Both ladies have had many of their quilts published in national quilting magazines, and each designs for major fabric companies. We’re thrilled to be bringing their designs to EQ users in this new add-on for EQ8! Rock That Quilt Block is based on the Country Crown block and seeing what fun and different designs you can create using that block. The women do a combination of using the original block, breaking it up into smaller sections, rotating, changing colors, and sometimes adding sashing or other simple shapes, all in order to dazzle the eye with drastically varied quilts. Who knew so many awesome quilts could stem from one block? Linda and

Pin Drop Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 08-03-2020 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations Contests

Have you seen the awesome entries submitted to the Pin Drop challenge?! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winners Riley Blake Designs couldn’t narrow it to just one, so they chose THREE winners! That means three lucky designers will receive a bundle of the Pin Drop fabrics – YAY!! Congratulations to the following people… Kim W: “My entry is called “Prismatic Pin Drop.” I was struck by how the prints in this collection, especially on the darker colors, look a bit like stars in the night sky, so I was inspired to do a star theme. Also, the thin points of these stars are a little like pins! There is no curved piecing in this pattern; the illusion of curves comes from the half square triangles meeting the triangle in a square blocks. The use of a pieced border allows the design to continue out

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Sommersville

Posted 08-01-2020 by Christine | Posted in: Contests

We’re back, with another chance to win some beautiful fabrics!! August’s Fabric of the Month is Sommersville from Maywood Studio. By now, you know the drill – download the fabrics, design a quilt with them in EQ, then post your design! (All contest details are below.) But, get extra excited because Maywood will ship a bundle of the fabrics to TWO WINNERS and they will ship worldwide! Don’t miss this one, start designing today! Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Sommersville fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on August 31, 2020. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Sommersville fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Sommersville collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the

Design & Discover – Image Worktable

Posted 08-01-2020 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month will be an overview of the Image Worktable and we’ll be making quilts with some images we create. Let’s get started! Open EQ8. Click Image Worktable. Click Import Image and navigate to wherever your image is saved on your computer. Click Open. Crop the image if needed. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.) Click Color on the green ribbon. Read about all the Color Tools and have fun experimenting. Create Colorway was used to create the different colored dog. Click Add to Project Sketchbook   to save any variations. Click Histogram on the green ribbon. Read about all the Histogram options. You can start with your original image or one of the variations. These tools are more

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