Scroll down for a new EQ8 tutorial for those days you aren't feeling super creative.
But first, make sure you are signed up for the brand new EQ8 Challenge.
Summertime EQ8 Challenge
Are you ready to take your Electric Quilt 8 skills to the next level?
In this free Challenge you will learn how to draft a series of newly designed pieced blocks that would be suitable for a miniature summertime quilt. You will be the first to see my new designs; and through drafting them, be able to incorporate them in your own quilts. Seeing what others do with their blocks will give you additional ideas on personalizing the blocks and confidence to add your own touch to what you are creating.
The quilt will finish 17 x 11 -- suitable for framing and small enough to finish by the end of the month. With EQ there are plenty of options to make a larger quilter -- so don't feel constrained by my quilt size.
This free challenge is designed for both beginners to Electric Quilt 8 and those that would like to expand their bock drawing skills.
My hope is to encourage you to spend a small amount of time using Electric Quilt each day. This will allow you to become more comfortable with the software and get to see your own quilts come to life.
Sign up with your name and email below in order to receive the free video tutorials directly to your inbox. The challenge will start on Monday, June 13.
You can read more about the challenge here.
Setting Up Your Project File and Adding Fabrics
Are you anxious to get started on on your Summertime EQ8 project?
I've decided to use fabrics from two current Northcott fabric collections in my quilt. Check out how to add these fabric collections to a project file in this getting started video.
The fabrics I am using to piece my quilt will be from Turtle Bay and Shimmer Radiance by Northcott. I would love to know what fabrics you plan to use.
Three Lines and an Arc EQ8 Tutorial
Sometimes it is easy to think that we are not very creative. Let me share a quick exercise to get those creative quilt design juices flowing.
Step 1: Draft an original block.
Here are the rules.
Here are my blocks from the video. I used a couple of Northcott fabric collections -- Turtle Bay and Shimmer Radiance. These were the fabrics I am using in my upcoming challenge and I am totally into them.
Step 2: Set Up a Quilt
Once the block is done, set up a new quilt with the style horizontal. Set the number of blocks to 4 x 4 and the size to 9 x 9. With the Ctrl or Command key set your blocks in the quilt.
Step 3: Use Symmetry
Under Block Tools select Symmetry and click on one of the blocks. Just like magic EQ applies a different set of rotations to all your blocks. Then click on a block for a completely different set of rotations. Make sure to save (add to sketchbook) any of your favorite designs.
The following slideshow will show you each of the quilts I chose to save from my Three Lines and an Arc block.
Check out the complete video which includes drafting my block and quilt.
Feel free to post pictures of your block and favorite quilt from your block on the post I have set up in the Learning EQ Facebook group. My suggestion is to post the block and then post your quilt as a comment on your block post. That will keep everything together.
In Tech Know Quilters, a membership for master of Electric Quilt 8, Masters members designed there own symmetry quilt blocks. During the class they found many more symmetry options than that available in the Symmetry tool with EQ8. Who would have thought there were so many options?
Here are a few of there quilts from lesson 1 of their class. Note that the rules I gave them were different than those shares above.
Click here to learn more about Tech Know Quilter's and join the wait list for the next open enrollment period.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.