Welcome to Design and Sew Lesson 1. I look forward to hearing from all of you here on the blog page. The lessons will be posted on the blog page the first and fourth Sunday of each month. The dates of the lessons will be January 26, February 9, February 23, March 8, and March 22, 2020. We will be constructing the quilt shown below. Lessons will have information on the layout, block design, printing the lesson, printing the block pattern, printing the fabric requirements and more. Below is an image of the quilt we will be constructing. You may choose to do the same colors as I have or you can substitute your own colors. I have shown the quilt and the amount of fabric yardage you need in both full color and in grayscale. If you choose to make this quilt layout as presented, the over all size
I use EQ8 for all my quilt block and layout ideas that I want to test out. There are several tools that I love to play with when designing. Each of us has our own style when it comes to quilting, but it is so easy to try something new/different when playing with the the EQ8 design tools. I would like to share a couple of tools I use fairly consistently when working with the program. I would love to hear what is your favorite tool. One of my favorite tools is on the Quilt Layout Worktable. Since I live in a very small apartment, I don’t have a design wall available to me to view my blocks in various positions. With the Symmetry Tool under the sketchbook block tools, I can rotate my blocks with one click to see various layouts for the blocks. I can view up to
Welcome everyone to our newest sew along lessons! We are calling this ‘DESIGN AND SEWING’ . The lessons are for everyone but can be especially beneficial for the beginner EQ8 user. Following along with the lessons and creating the pattern will be a great way to learn how to use the tools in the EQ8 program. The lessons begin with this introduction on January 12 and there will be a new lesson posted every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month for 3 months. The first designing lesson will be January 26, 2020. There will be instructions on how to create the blocks and the layout for the quilt below. This will include all the different block styles, border options, and printing of the patterns for each of the blocks for construction. You will be able to download and print the lesson from the website to follow along. You will
Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! We are so grateful for all of your responses. They will truly help us when planning future EQ Academy events! (See all entries in the original post here.) Our team collected all of the wonderful submissions from the blog, Facebook, and Instagram and randomly choose one winner. The winner of the Spring EQ Academy free enrollment is… Scarlet Rogers of Covington, GA! Congratulations to Scarlet! Reminder! Enrollment for EQ Academy opens on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 11:00am EST. View the whole class catalog now!
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: Pinwheel Square Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Five Patch A few design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses an on-point layout. A simplified version of the Pinwheel Square block is set in the center, with the original block set in the surrounding spaces. My second quilt starts with a layout from the library (Stars – 6 from Layouts by Style > Stars). I inserted an additional border to make the quilt rectangular; making the border wider on the top and bottom sides. Pinwheel Square and Double Irish Chain
We are excited to announce the re-release of Barbara Brackman’s BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac!) and the third edition of her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book! Projected release date for both products is fall 2020. We want you to be part of these products! We are looking for quilters to sew their favorite block from either of these products and send it to us so we can use it in the products and/or for promotional purposes! Use any fabrics you want! Make it modern, make it fun, make it classy, make it patriotic — it’s completely up to you! You can find all the information you need about this on our website. Click here to view the details. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020. We look forward to seeing your blocks! (Blocks shown above were submitted by Karen Martin and Tony Schoen.) If you’d like to participate,
Did you just get EQ8? Or, would you like a basic lesson on how to design a basic quilt? This quilt has a horizontal layout with elements placed on Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3. Let’s get started! When you open EQ8 you will see this screen. Click Design a quilt from scratch In general the idea is to work on the tabs from left to right. You can always click back and forth between tabs to change things as you go along though. Under the first tab – NEW QUILT click Horizontal Now click the second tab – LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make it Horizontal: 3 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make it Width: 9 Height: 9 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING make it Width: 0 Height: 0 Now click the third tab – BORDERS Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal Under Border