Did you know that Electric Quilt has a wonderful collection of Accuquilt dies -- at no charge? You can download them from the Do you EQ website. Here is a link to their post.
I will share my suggestions for downloading them into EQ8 (if they aren't already in your block library).
I will also share with you my process for turning these stencils into very usable applique motifs within EQ8.
The key is to make sure that you understand and maintain the size of each of the elements (whether you are adding to a block or the quilt).
Moving Beyond the Free Downloads
The one downside of the Accuquilt download collections is that they are older and don't include the latest and greatest Accuquilt dies.
In Tech Know Quilters, a membership for mastery of Electric Quilt 8, there is a class focused on Specialty Rulers and Dies -- and yes that includes Accuquilt. So if you own dies that aren't in the free download (or are thinking about getting them) -- this class is for you.
In Lesson 8 you will learn how to incorporate applique dies that are not part of the free EQ8 library in your quilt design. Here are the sample projects from that lesson.
In Lessons 9, 10 and 11 you will solve the mystery of designing for the Go Qube dies. In Lesson 9 you will create a patch for every Go Qube shape -- at the correct finished sizes. Then in Lesson 10 you will learn to combine those patches to create original blocks. It will be just like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. So much fun!
In Lesson 11 you will learn how to created original designs that incorporate patches from more than one GoQube collection.
And if you get stuck, we can work through it together during a help session. Just last week we tackled those Wedding Ring templates during one of our regular Zoom meetings.
Diamonds Class Projects
The subject for the June TKQ Masters classes was Diamonds. In this series of lessons, there were blocks that converted to diamonds based on the selected layout along with those that converted a diamond shaped block to work not only in a custom set layout but in a standard layout as well.
TKQ Masters members were super imaginative as they not only completed the lessons, but added their own creativity to the designs. Here is just a sample of the submitted quilts in the TKQ Facebook group.
Tech Know Quilters members are eligible for the Masters program after completing 12 months of Tech Know Quilter classes. Masters members receive fewer lessons each month, with more time to devote to their own projects and challenges.
Drop me a note if you have completed over 12 months of Tech Know Quilters and are interested in learning more about the Masters program.
You can learn more about the regular Tech Know Quilters membership program and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period here.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.