Playing With Stars In EQ8, a tutorial – Part 9 – Fat Quarter Shop/Free Rocket Star Block Pattern

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!

!5 Minutes A Day EQ8 tutorials, by QuiltShopGal star table runner series

Before we start our tutorial, I want to heighten awareness of a really cool free downloadable block pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop called Rocket Star.   Kimberly has also created a Youtube video tutorial that is very helpful for making this 14″ finished block.  And, she has a quilt pattern, available for purchase at a nominal fee, which incorporates this block to make a stunning quilt.  Today, we are going to play in EQ software to show you how you can take an existing block design and turn it into a unique table runner design, as well as use EQ to audition fabrics of your choice.


I also want to share that Geraldine Wilkins (Living Water Quilter) has also shared insights on her creative blog, where she made this block and beautifully quilted it!  Dena is also a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher and travels to quilt guilds, quilt shops and quilt shows teaching ruler work.  So you could also learn from Dena to quilt your Rocket Star quilt, as well as other projects, as she has done.


note:  Dena Wilkins approved my use of her photo in this post.  Be sure to click thru to see more pictures and read more insights about the Rocket Star block on her blog.  And, don’t forget to follow her delightful blog too!  You can also follow her via My Creative List of Blogs.

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.  

open existing project

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

project sketchbook pop up menu

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.quilt worktable


Set Block Width = 14″ and Height = 14″ and Snaps Horizontal = 28 and Snaps Vertical = 28.

Click on the LINE tool.  Use your mouse to draw lines to divide this block into a 9 patch.  Click, hold, drag release.  Note:  Lines are at the 7 and 21 snaps.

nine patch block

Click off all of the SNAPPING options to disable them.

snapping options

While the LINE tool is activated, we’ll sketch our squares on point in four of the patches.

squares on point

We will now sketch the star blades to each corner block.

Click the LINE tool and draw (click, hold, drag, release) all four sides of the blade in each corner, as follows:

IF any of your lines do not match properly, for example:

edit tool

Click the EDIT tool

edit tool 1

Click on the nodes for the lines which need to be edited, hold, drag and release till they are in the proper position.

edited lines

Use the zoom tool (+) to zoom in, (-) to zoom out,  and (box shape) to fit to screen).  (=) refresh is useful when your computer may not repaint a screen.

zoom tool

Color, as desired by clicking on the DESIGN tab > FABRIC TOOLS > PAINTBRUSH,> and selecting a fabric or color of your choice and clicking on a patch in your block, which you wish to color.  Repeat to audition fabrics/colors as desired and your block is colored.

colored block


Click on QUILT Worktable



Set Number of blocks Horizontal = 3 Vertical = 1

Finish Size of Blocks 14″


Click file > SAVE PROJECT (good point to backup)


Scroll to find the block in your Sketchbook which you just created.   Click on that block and click in your design layout on the blocks to set 3 RocketStar blocks as shown below:

table runner blocks on point

Click on FABRIC TOOLS > PAINTBRUSH and select the fabrics/colors from your Sketchbook Fabric Library.  Click on the various patches to set the fabrics/colors for your table runner, as desired.  Tip:  Hold your control key down as you set fabrics/colors to a patch, to set for all similar patches.

table runner colored

I like this particular on-point layout as it provides a design which also offers negative space for free-motion quilting. While you can stop, start, repeat EQ tutorials until you feel you have embedded the lessons in your muscle memory, this is also a good point to save your design (save to sketchbook,  save to file).


Congratulations.  You’ve created another Star table runner design in EQ software and you’ve also learned how to create a block design on point (one of my  personal FAVS).

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.

Don’t forget to download the free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop for the beautiful RocketStar Block Pattern.  I also recommend you follow instructions to make this block which are provided in this free pattern, as well as FQS’s free video tutorial.  EQ software enables you to come up with your own unique layout design for this beautiful block, as well as for you to audition fabrics/colors, plan yardage and much more.  This was just another 15 minutes of play, to encourage everyone to take time and enjoy creating in their EQ software. Don’t be scared.  Go for it. Do try my approach of 15 minutes a day and I’m confident in no time at all you’ll be amazed how much you will have learned, as well as how much fun you’ll have.


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 1
  • Create a Design File
  • Block Library
Part 2
  • Quilt Worktable, creating a quilt layout and setting blocks to your design.
  • lst table runner Star design
Part 3
  • Block Worktable, creating a new block design by editing a design in the Block Library
  • more table runner Star designs
Part 4
  • Creating new Star blocks using a 4 patch design
  • more table runner Star designs
Part 5
  • Creating Custom Quilt Layout designs
  • more table runner Star designs
Part 6
  • More Custom Quilt Layout designs
  • Create a Patriotic Star design table runner
Part 7
  • Creating Star blocks that are compatible with those with an AccuQuilt.
  • More table runner Star designs.
  • Free downloadable Fabric from EQ
  • Designing more blocks which are compatible designs for those with an AccuQuilt
  • The May EQ8 Challenge w/prizes


part 8 
  • Foundation Block & Sashing Designs
  • More Star design table runner
part 9 – This lesson
  • On Point designs
  • Free Rocket Star Block Pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop
part 10
  • stay tuned for our final lesson in this series.  I may also share a sneak peek on what our next series will be about.
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