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EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tulip from North Carolina

Posted 04-10-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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: Tulip from North Carolina Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Flowers Design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I set the Tulip block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a block from the Cross Variations section of the Block Library (under the 02 Contemporary Pieced category). For my second quilt I edited the block drawing a bit. On the Block Worktable, I split the background patch down the center so I could color one side of the background dark, and the other side light. I also needed to

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 1 Link Up

Posted 04-09-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 1 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

Is everyone ready to show off their first block for the sew along? I’m so excited to see everyone’s fabric choices! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used both the rotary cutting chart and the foundation pattern printouts to make my block. I use the dimensions from the rotary cutting chart to cut my patches, then I piece them together using the foundation pattern. I’m a *bit* of a perfectionist and using the foundation pattern is how I keep myself from ripping apart the block multiple times until I’m happy with my piecing! When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then

Chinoiserie Garden Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 04-01-2021 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations

We’re so impressed by what EQ users did with these fabrics! Check out the creative entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected by P&B Textiles! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Scott Woxman “I like the blue and white with just a pop of color from the butterflies.” – Scott Woxman And… Winner 2: Linda Evans “Black tea is my favorite beverage, hot or cold, year round. These beautiful prints are perfect for a sweet little tea set.” – Linda Evans Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out April’s design challenge!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Decostitch Elements

Posted 04-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

April’s Fabric of the Month is Decostitch Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics! This collection of blenders are accented by decorative stitches and include a wide range of colors! A bundle of select Decostitch Elements will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Decostitch Elements below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Decostitch Elements fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on April 30, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Decostitch Elements fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Decostitch Elements collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit an incomplete quilt, or the wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you

Design & Discover – Drawing a Pieced & Applique Block

Posted 04-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

If you would like to draw a combination, or overlaid, block with a pieced bottom layer and an applique layer on top, you have two choices. The difference is the drawing tools that are used for the pieced layer. EasyDraw + Applique lets you use the EasyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. PolyDraw + Applique lets you use the PolyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. First we’ll try EasyDraw + Applique. Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Make your block 6 x 6 Use the Grid tool to make a 6 x 6 grid Click the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen. Click the Shape tool and use the PoiseMaker to create some flower shapes. Use the other Shape tools to draw flower centers, stems

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 1

Posted 03-29-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 1 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

Welcome to the first block post in the new BlockBase+ Sew Along! I can’t wait to start sewing along with all of you and help you get to know the new BlockBase+ software. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Find the BlockBase+ software here > In this first post, we’ll take a little “scroll” around the software and then go through the steps of printing the rotary cutting chart for the first block. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software. If you haven’t clicked through the Getting Started tour that appears when you open the software yet, take a minute to read through the tour. Click the Finish or Close button to close the Getting Started tour. There are three main areas in the BB+: Navigation Panel, Block Viewer, and Notecard Panel. Also, take note of the Navigation Buttons

3D Printing with BlockBase+

Posted 03-24-2021 by coop | Posted in: BlockBase+ From Our Users Just Because New Products

You may have thought BlockBase+ was great for printing and exporting blocks for sewing…but did 3D printing ever cross your mind?? It did for our friend Mike Shetter! Mike says, “With BlockBase+ and a 3D printer you can make reusable plastic templates for over 4000 blocks in ANY size you need. BlockBase+ can generate SVG files that can be used to create 3D models that can be printed on any 3D printer.” If you’re curious, here’s a summary of Mike’s 3D printing process starting with BlockBase+. Step 1 – BlockBase+ To create the plastic templates, the first step is to export the SVG file for the block from BlockBase+. It’s important to check the Finished Block Size is correct and that a 1″ square in BlockBase+ equals a 1″ square in your 3D software. Step 2 – 3D Software The next step is to open the SVG file in the

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