Today we are going to explore designing in EQ software for AccuQuilt dies. Of course, you can complete this tutorial, as well as create the design without the use of any die. But as some quilters are wanting to learn how to use their EQ software to design for their AccuQuilt dies, I wanted to incorporate this in today’s “15 minutes of playtime” tutorial. For non-AccuQuilt quilters, I hope it also inspires you to use your EQ software when you see a block that may not be included in the SW, but you want to incorporate it into a particular project idea you have.
Before we begin, I want to heighten awareness that on the DoYouEQ website, there is already a tutorial showing you how you can modify the existing “Ocean Waves” block to make it into a Hunters Star Block.
Personally, I love this block as well as Hunters Star quilts, or even unique designs that incorporate some of these blocks into their unique quilt design.
While I had initially thought of using the Hunter Star block for this tutorial, it has been covered previously by two experts:
- The EQ team: https://doyoueq.com/lessons/ocean-waves-easy/
- Bea Lee of Beaquilter: https://www.beaquilter.com/2014/01/eq-tutorial-tuesday-hunter-star-quilt.html
Both of the above tutorials are excellent and Bea’s definitely helps those with an AccuQuilt.
Before I begin with my tutorial, I want to encourage those with an AccuQuilt to take advantage of free block instructions that AccuQuilt provides on their website. These guides are great visuals to help you utilize their dies to create specific blocks. When you are designing in EQ software for using dies, you need to ensure the ultimate block size you are creating is supported by the dies. For example, if a die creates a 6″ block you can technically create a similar design in EQ SW that is not just 6″, but 8″, 9″, 12″, 18″, 24″, etc. (size possibilities are almost endless in EQ). But then you couldn’t take advantage of your AccuQuilt to cut a size that is different than what you die is designed to cut. Make sense?
Many AccuQuilt dies are designed to create 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ or 12″ quilt blocks. For this particular lesson, we are going to focus on block designs which can be made using the 6″ GO! Cube. But you can easily adapt this lesson, to any size you desire.
Here are some star blocks which caught my attention:
Of course, while some blocks may not uniquely capture a star within that block when they are placed together a secondary design might create a star:
I also want to encourage everyone to participate in EQ Design Challenges as they are a great way to learn and improve your skills in EQ software, as well as have often. This month showcases a new fabric collection designed by Mathew Boudreaux (you may know him as Mister Domestic!) for Art Gallery Fabrics called Aura! Click on the image below for more info about this Challenge and Giveaway, where you could win a bundle of fat quarters from this new fabric collection. While you can enter any of your EQ designs, using this fabric, I’d also love to see some people enter one of the table runner designs, from this series of EQ8 tutorials. You can download free digital fabrics and use in your EQ software. And, we’ll be doing just that in today’s “15 minutes of play” tutorial.
Let the playtime begin!
Before you launch your EQ software, for those that want to incorporate the free Fabric of the Month, for the Auri fabric collection click this link and you’ll find instructions on how to download and load to your software: https://doyoueq.com/project_download_categories/fabric-downloads/ Please take time to do that now.
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.
The PROJECT SKETCHBOOK menu will appear, but click the CLOSE button in the lower right.
For those wanting to use the free fabrics of the month from EQ, for the Aura fabric collection:
Click LIBRARIES > FABRIC LIBRARY and under IMPORT RESULTS you should see that you have the 2019 Fabric of the Month collection loaded. Click on the 05 Art Gallery Aura, then the Aura by Mister Domestic to view all the fabrics in that collection.
Click SELECT ALL FABRICS > ADD TO SKETCHBOOK. We will be using these fabrics to color our table runner design in this lesson, in a few minutes!
Next, we will start with creating a 6″ block design which is also compatible with those that have the GO! Cube 6″.
Click on the BLOCK Worktable.
Click NEW BLOCK > PIECED > EASY DRAW
Set Block Width and Height = 6″ and Snaps Horizontal and Snaps Vertical = 24.
Click on the LINE TOOL
While this tool is activated use your mouse to hold, drag and release to draw a line at 3″ vertically and another horizontally.
Now, we will draw a line in the center of each 4 of these patches, as shown below:
Our final step will be to add the half square triangle to each of these 8 rectangle patches. These HST will finish at 1-1/2″ so we will be using our ruler grid, as appropriate. We simply click on the LINE TOOL, Click in the corner of the rectangle patch, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE 1-1/2″ from the corner.
Repeat for the remaining 7 patches to create this block design:
IF by chance you do not draw a line, as desired, you can use the PICK and EDIT tools to reshape or delete.
Click on COLOR > FABRIC TOOLS > PAINTBRUSH. While you can now click on fabric or color and click on a patch in your block to color as desired, I’m using the AURA Fabrics.
Here is a cool trick in EQ software, Take a look at my above block that uses the blue fabric with the adorable turtle, but you can’t see the turtle in some of the patches. While I’m sure you know how to actually fussy cut the fabric, to fussy cut the digital fabric:
Click on the FUSSY CUT tool that is part of your fabric tools.
Using your mouse, CLICK, HOLD & DRAG on the patches where the turtle is not in a place that you would like. RELEASE your mouse once you have the digital fabric “fussy cut” where you want it.
Click ADD TO SKETCHBOOK
Now we’ll use EQ8 to design a layout for our table runner, keeping in mind that these blocks are 6″ x 6″.
Click on the QUILT WORKTABLE > NEW QUILT > HORIZONTAL > LAYOUT
In the Horizontal Layout (left side) we will set the following:
- NUMBER OF BLOCKS: 6 Horizontal and 2 Vertical
- FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS 6″ X 6″
Click on the BORDERS tab. We will set our borders to 4″ for this project, making a table runner which will measure 44″ x 20″.
Click on the DESIGN TAB.
Click on the SET BLOCK tool
Click on the Block design we’ve previously created and now in our Sketchbook.
After you’ve selected your block you can click on the block spaces on your design layout:
Click on FABRIC tools > PAINTBRUSH and select a fabric you want to use for your border. I’m using a fabric from the Aura collection. Once you selected the desired fabric use your mouse to click on the borders to set the fabric in your design.
Don’t forget to click ADD TO SKETCHBOOK and SAVE PROJECT FILE, before you close your software.
Congratulations you have created another table runner design in your EQ software. And, for those that use AccuQuilt products this design is compatible with your AccuQuilt products.
I hope you will share your design, by entering in the May EQ Design Challenge. But you can also enter any of your EQ designs in this challenge. It is really easy to click FILE > EXPORT IMAGE to create an image file of your EQ design and then you can easily upload it to enter in this challenge: https://doyoueq.com/blog/2019/05/eq-design-challenge-giveaway-aura/
As always, if you have any questions or feedback on this tutorial I hope you’ll email me, or leave a comment on this tutorial. I’ll try to respond to you directly via email ASAP to help you, as well as use your constructive feedback to update this tutorial to make it more helpful for others.
Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to continue to “play” with their EQ software for 15 minutes a day. You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn in a short period of time. Even if you’ve gone thru a tutorial before, repeating is also a great way to build your muscle memory for EQ software.
Here are links to my previous “15 minutes of play” time with EQ software, tutorials to learn EQ while designing a table runner:
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 1
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 2
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 3
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 4
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 5
- EQ8 – Table Runner – Part 6