Playing With Stars In EQ8, a tutorial – Part 5

I love love, love playing in EQ software.  And, I’m committed to encouraging you to learn EQ8 using my approach of “play time” for 15 minutes a Day.  You’ll be amazed how much you can learn in a relatively short amount of time, plus have fun playing (aka learning).
!5 Minutes A Day EQ8 tutorials, by QuiltShopGal

Ok, time for another EQ tutorial.  Today, we are continuing with “15-minute” tutorials for Star themed table runners.  This is part five, of an on-going series.  Links to previous tutorials from this series can be found at the bottom of this tutorial.  And, don’t forget if you have any problems, or ideas for future tutorial topics you can email me or leave a comment.  I’ll try to respond to you ASAP.  And, I’ll update this tutorial with constructive feedback to help make them easier to follow.

Let the playtime begin!

EQ8 TUTORIAL:

Open EQ8 software and click FILE > OPEN PROJECT, on the main menu.  A window will pop up showing you a list of your recently opened project files.

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

open existing project

The PROJECT SKETCHBOOK menu will appear, but click the CLOSE button in the lower right.

project sketchbook pop up menu

In this lesson, we are going to create a Custom Quilt design to incorporate previously created blocks, as well as some new simple blocks. 

Click on the QUILT WORKTABLE QUILT WORKTABLE

Click NEW QUILT. Scroll right  scroll to select CUSTOM SET custom set

Click LAYOUT 

Set the width of this quilt to be 56” and height to be 16”.

layout

 

Click on BORDERS. Set all borders to 4”.

borders setting

 

Click on DESIGN > BLOCK TOOLS.   Select the four patch block that we merged with a star block in lesson #4 (of this series of tutorials for Star tablerunners).   

star block

 Click on the SET BLOCK TOOL.  Use a click, hold, drag release with the mouse to place this block on your quilt layout.   

start of our custom quilt layout

Click on the ADJUST TOOL as we want to change the size of this block.  We will also use this tool to move this block to a precise location.   After selecting this tool, click on the block you wish to change the size.  We want this initial block to be 16”x16” for this lesson.

adjust tool

To move our block, while we are using the ADJUST TOOL we simply click, hold and drag our block to our desired location.  First, we’ll move it to the left side of our quilt layout.

quilt layout left side

While that block is selected, use your CTRL C button (copy) and CTRL V (paste) to create a duplicate block.  Click-hold, drag, release to move it to position it on the right side of your block.

layout with 16 inch blocks

Now we want to repeat previous steps, with a minor modification to create two 12″ blocks.

Click on DESIGN > BLOCK TOOLS.   Once again, select the same four patch block that we merged with a star block and set in the step above.

star block

 

 Click on the SET BLOCK TOOL.  Use a click, hold, drag release with the mouse to place this block on your quilt layout. 

Click on the ADJUST TOOL as we want to change the size of this block.  We will also use this tool to move this block to a precise location.   After selecting this tool, click on the block you wish to change the size.  We want this initial block to be 12”x12” for this lesson.  While this block is still selected, hold, drag and release to the lower right side of the first 16″ block.

design block 2 step 1

While this 12″ block is selected, use your CTRL C and CTRL V keys to create a copy.  While the ADJUST TOOL is still active, hold, drag and release to line it up at the top, to the left of the 16″ block on the right of our layout.

design block 2 step 2

We now need to design some blocks to fill open areas in our design.  As our table runner (without borders) is 16″ x 56″ and our two center blocks are 12″ x 12″ we can calculate that we need to create two blocks that are 12″ x 4″ to fill the open space.

custom quilt design with blocks

Click on BLOCK WORKTABLE > NEW BLOCK > DRAW

Set block size to 12″ width  x 4″ height

Set block size

Click on QUILT worktable button > SET BLOCK tool.

Select the blank 12″ x 4″ block we just created.  Use your mouse to click on that block, hold, drag and release it to place it near the appropriate area on the quilt design which is blank.

custom quilt design with blocks step 2

 

Now we need to move this block into the proper position.  Click on the ADJUST tool, click on our 12″x4″ block.  Hold, drag and release to align it in the blank space.

You can repeat the above steps to place a similar block in the remaining blank space.  OR, you can click on the placed 12″ x 4″ block and use your control C and control V buttons, on your keyboard, to create a copy.  Then use the ADJUST tool, click on that copy and use the hold, drag, and release to align it in the remaining blank space.

custom quilt design with blocks step 3

Now let’s color these two new 12″ x 4″ blocks the same fabric color as the background color of our other blocks.

Click FABRIC TOOLS > EYEDROPPER TOOL > click on the background fabric of our design and then click on both of the new 12″ x 4″ blocks to set the appropriate color.

Click on COLOR > PAINTBRUSH tool > any fabric or color you wish to paint this block and click on the block to paint it.

Click on the ROTATE tool and then click on the 16″ blocks, to rotate as desired.  Repeat for both of the 12″ blocks.

ROTATE tool

 

custom quilt design with blocks step 4 - final

What did you come up with?  I hope you’ll share a copy of your design on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/quiltshopgal

Congratulations.  You now have created your 4th 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.

I hope you have fun playing with your EQ software, hopefully for 15 minutes a day, this week.  Check back next Monday as I will be releasing another tutorial for this series.

Again, 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 are links to my previous “15 minutes of play” time with EQ software, tutorials to learn EQ while designing a table runner:

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