Today we have another “15 Minutes of Play” tutorial for EQ8 software, in our Star design table runner series. And, while we are going to use a variety of tools, we’re also going to be covering Foundation piecing and Sashing!
Let the playtime begin!
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.
While I typically design the primary blocks for my project, before I design the sashing, this particular project we’re going to start with designing our sashing. The sashing blocks will also be Foundation pieced.
Click on the BLOCK Worktable.
Click NEW BLOCK > PIECED > EASY DRAW
Set Block Width = 3″ and Height = 6″ and Snaps Horizontal = 12 and Snaps Vertical = 24.
Click on the LINE tool. Use your mouse to click, hold, drag, release to create a line slicing this rectangle block in half vertically.
Click on the LINE tool and draw a line from the center of the top of this block at the 1-1/2″ to the sides at the 3″ mark.
Replicate the step above for the lower half of this block. E.G. from the middle point of the bottom part of the block using the LINE tool, click, hold, drag release a line to the 3″ mark.
Again, we’ll use the LINE tool to draw lines as shown below (1 1/2 ” vertical to 1 1/2″ horizontal)
Click COLOR > PAINTBRUSH and click on the desired fabric or color, lastly click on the patch in your block you wish to color as desired. Repeat selecting fabrics or colors, as desired, to color your block.
Click ADD TO SKETCHBOOK to save this block.
Click on the QUILT WORKTABLE > NEW QUILT > LAYOUT
Change settings as follows:
- 6 blocks Horizontal and 2 blocks Vertical.
- Finished size of blocks 6″ height and width.
- Sashing 3″
Your Quilt Layout will look like:
BORDERS will be set to zero for this design.
Click on DESIGN > BLOCK TOOLS > SET BLOCK
Select the block we just created and click on the sashing blocks to set.
This simple design offers many possibilities. For the 6″x6″ blocks you could paint them (as shown above) with a solid piece of fabric, or set a block of your choice (shown below). For this design, I set a block we previously used in this tutorial series, the eight-pointed star.
Click SAVE TO SKETCHBOOK
Click FILE >SAVE PROJECT
Now, let’s go over Foundation piecing for our sashing blocks.
Click BLOCK WORKTABLE
Click File > PRINT > FOUNDATION PATTERN
Click on the NUMBERING
You have the option to CHANGE NUMBERS, as desired.
Click PREVIEW then PRINT to print your foundation papers. Then click CLOSE.
Congratulations. You’ve created another Star table runner design in EQ software and you’ve also learned how to create your own Foundation paper designs!
As always, if you have any constructive feedback and/or questions on this tutorial I’d really like to get your feedback. I’ll try to respond to you directly to help you with whatever question you may have, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to hopefully make it more useful for others in the future. You can email me, or leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you ASAP.
Here are links to my previous “15 minutes of play” time with EQ software, tutorials to learn EQ while designing a table runner:
|Playing With Stars in EQ8 Tutorial Series of “15 minutes of play”||Highlights of each Lesson|
|part 8 – This lesson||