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Design & Discover – EasyDraw and Borders!

Posted 08-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we will be doing some drawing and using borders to create a non-standard layout to make this quilt! (Or your version of it!) (You can download the project HERE.) First let’s draw the blocks! We’ll be using EasyDraw. The most important thing about drawing EasyDraw blocks is that  all segments must be connected to the outside edge of the block or

EQ8 Lessons With Yvonne–Curved Blocks Create Movement

Posted 07-15-2018 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Your quilt may have a focal point where the eye rests (like in a medallion quilt) or it may have movement where your eye travels over the entire quilt top to discover many pleasing features built into the design.  Movement can be created with color repeats and with curved elements that cause you to travel over the quilt to take in the entire project.  In this blog we will discuss movement created with curved blocks.  There is more than one way to create the illusion of curves and movement. The easy way to create curves is to make a block with applique on it.  Placing the applique elements in a somewhat random placement that is slightly curved will create an overall curved design when added to the quilt layout. This does not really looked curved.  When placed onto a quilt layout and then having the blocks rotated with the symmetry

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Arrowheads

Posted 07-11-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll 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! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Arrowheads Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Maltese Cross A few design ideas to get you started Here is a simple 3 x 3 on-point layout. I’ve paired the Arrowheads block with another block from the Maltese Cross section called Kaleidoscope Variation. I like the little secondary design in the corners! And here I’ve used it as the focal point of a custom set layout. (I like this one so much, I might actually make it!) What would you design with the Arrowheads block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Shipmates Bench Pillow

Posted 07-09-2018 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Ahoy!  It is summer and thoughts turn to heading to the lake or beach and enjoying being outdoors.  This month’s design shows how a simple small quilt design can still be quick and fun.  You don’t always need to design an intricate, detailed pattern.  Sometimes you just want to design a fun themed gift or create some home decor with fun motifs.  The design for this nautical bench pillow fits the bill and it is something you can design and still have time left to get out in the sunshine. Lets get on board! Shipmates Bench Pillow Size: 16″ x 28″ Skill Builders: Clone a strip Add an applique block Print an applique template Lets Begin! 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

Design & Discover: Non-standard layouts without using Custom Set

Posted 07-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have the make the quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we are making quilts from the Layout Library and Quilts from blocks! Two different ways to get “non-standard” layouts. First, we’ll make this quilt. With the Layout Library it’s SO easy! 1. Click Libraries > Layout Library Be sure to browse around Layouts by Size and Layouts by Style. There are a lot of great starting points for quilts available! 2.

Flag-Inspired Projects

Posted 06-14-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: Downloads

It’s Flag Day here in the United States! Celebrate the stars and stripes with one of our favorite flag projects! Please note: You must have EQ8, EQ7, or EQ Mini software to use these project downloads. Folksy Flag Click here to download the EQ project file for Folksy Flag. Modern Memorial Click here to download the EQ project file for Modern Memorial. Independence Day Click here to download the EQ project file for Independence Day. November Honor Click here to download the EQ project file November Honor. American Pride Click here to download the EQ project file American Pride. Independence Day Celebration Click here to download the EQ project file for Independence Day Celebration. Flashy Flag Click here to download the EQ project file for Flashy Flag.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Chicago Star

Posted 06-11-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the second post in our new series called EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we’ll 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! Stretch those design muscles and get creative! This month’s block: Chicago Star Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Stars A few design ideas to get you started For this quilt, I created a new block by editing the Chicago Star block to the Block Worktable. I deleted a few lines and added a few new ones. This made it easy for the crosses to line up between the two alternating blocks: I grabbed a few blocks from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Flowerbed Foundations section and planted some flowers for this design: What would you design with the Chicago Star block? Post a quilt or

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