Playing With Stars In EQ8, a tutorial – Part 4

Today I’m sharing another EQ8 tutorial, as part of my series of 15 Minutes A Day of “play time”.  I hope to inspire EQ users to open up their EQ8 (or any EQ SW) and “play” with it.   I’m a believer that if you play with EQ software for 15 minutes a day, you’ll quickly be amazed how much you have learned and how much creative fun you will have.

!5 Minutes A Day EQ8 tutorials, by QuiltShopGal

Ok, time for an EQ tutorial.  Today, we are continuing with “15-minute” tutorials for Star themed table runners.  This is part four, of an on-going series.  Links to previous tutorials from this series can be found at the bottom of this tutorial

Let the playtime begin!


Open EQ8 software and click FILE > OPEN, on the main menu.  A window will pop up

Select  “EQ8 Tutorial – Star Table Runner” and click OK.  Note:  We created this in lesson #1.

We are going to utilize the Merge Blocks feature in EQ8 to create a totally new block, from using existing blocks.  Super easy peasy and fun!

On the main menu, click on BLOCK > SERENDIPITY > MERGE BLOCKS

Select a simple 4 patch design as a background block.  Then select a block to merge with the background block.  For this tutorial, I selected the EQ Default Variable Star. You simply click on it and it appears in a square of the 4 patch previously selected.

merge blocks



Click on the LAYOUT and select a HORIZONTAL LAYOUT.  Set number of blocks to 4 horizontal and 1 vertical.


Click on BORDERS and set the borders to 4″, creating a table runner quilt design that will create a 56″ x 20″ design.



Click on DESIGN.  EQ software will display a blank canvas for you to set your blocks and color, as desired.

The SKETCHBOOK BLOCKS menu will appear.  Click on SET BLOCK and then click on the EQ Default Variable Star block.  Now, set this block by clicking on the most left and then the most right blocks of your quilt layout.

set block step 1


Now click on the EQ Default Four Patch block which we created earlier with the merged block tool.

merge block design

To set this block on your quilt design, simply click on the two center blocks.

design with merged blocks

Click on the ROTATE tool. rotate tool

Click on the left center block to rotate it (twice).

table runner star design after rotation

Now the fun of coloring with fabrics (or colors) begins.

Click on the FABRIC TOOLS tool.fabric tools

The Sketchbook Fabrics & Colors Menu will appear.  You can click on your PAINTBRUSH tool, if it is not already selected (highlighted).


While your PAINTBRUSH tool is selected you can click on any fabric or color in your sketchbook and then click on the patch in your design which you wish to color.  Repeat using different fabrics (or colors), to get your desired color palette.

select fabrics and colors

Possibilities are endless.  You can use default fabrics & colors, import free fabric collections from EQ, purchase EQ Stash fabrics, as well as scan in your own fabrics.  We’ll play with these features in future “15 minutes of play” tutorials.

This is the color I came up with for my design for this particular table runner.

star design table runner #3

What did you come up with?  I hope you’ll share a copy of your design on my Facebook page:

Congratulations.  You now have your #3 table runner design in EQ8.    While you can keep playing, before you finish and shut down your software, remember to save your design to your Sketchbook and save your project file.

Click Add to Project Sketchbook. add to sketchbook

Before you close the software, be sure to save all your work to your project.

Click FILE > SAVE PROJECT.  And you can exit your V8 software…..or continue to play.

Next week, we’ll learn about the Custom Quilt feature of EQ8 software.

Do let me know if you have any questions or feedback on this tutorial.  I’ll try to respond to you directly ASAP, but I’ll also update this tutorial to clarify anything that might appropriate, based on your feedback.  I do want to make these tutorials easy to follow while keeping them limited to 15 minutes of playtime in EQ8.


Here is a link to my previous “15 minutes of play” time with EQ software, tutorials to learn EQ while designing a table runner:

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