Playing With Stars In EQ8, a tutorial – Part 10 – Clipping Blocks Tool, Text Applique’ & More

Today we have our final “15 Minutes of Play” tutorial for EQ8 software, in our  Star design table runner series.  These tutorials are really meant to encourage everyone to get in an play with their EQ software.  Seriously, if you play for 15 minutes a day you’ll be amazed, in no time at all, how much you will learn and how much fun you will have.  These tutorials, like many tutorials for EQ software, are designed where you can start/stop/start again and repeat as often as you desire.  And trust me, when I say there are advantages of repeating tutorials till you are able to embed the lesson in your muscle memory as you’ll be able to confidently apply those skills to future projects which you can create in EQ software.  Possibilities are endless!

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

Today we will cover a few more tools which are available in EQ8 software and incorporate some applique WordArt to make an inspirational table runner.  But trust me, there is far more functionality in EQ software than what I’m sharing in today’s lesson, or in the combined 10 free – 15 minutes a day of playtime tutorials for my Star Tablerunner series.  Thus, I hope you can see why I want to encourage everyone to dive in and play with their EQ software.  Learn & have fun at the same time.

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


note:  If you have problems finding the Custom Set, remember to use the scroll bar and scroll to the right.

Set Width = 48 and Height = 12

Click on BORDERS and set borders = 2″ (or as desired).


TEXT step 1

To start, select your desired FONT and size.  For purposes of this tutorial, I used the Arial font, but I typically prefer a thick font for applique’.  And, we’ll set the size to 3″.

font and format

Click on the SET TEXT tool.    set text tool

Click on LAYER 2layer 2

note:  Layer 3 would also work, but as I want to show you some additional tools, for the purpose of this tutorial we will use Layer 2.

While the SET TEXT tool is activated, CLICK and hold the SHIFT KEY and use your mouse to click on the area you want to add the first row of your text:

set text step 1

Type in the first string of the text “YOU ARE MY SUN,” and press the ENTER button.

IF you do not like where it is placed, click on the ADJUST tool and then the text you wish to move, while using your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to move it to where you desire.

Repeat use of the SET TEXT tool, CLICK and hold the SHIFT KEY and click on the area for the 2nd row of your text (“MY MOON,”) :

TEXT step 2 b

Repeat the above steps to add the 3rd and final line of text to your design. (“AND ALL OF MY STARS.”)

text step 2

Click on DESIGN > BLOCK TOOLS and select the 8-pointed STAR block we previously saved to our SKETCHBOOK, during this Stars Tablerunner tutorial series.

Use your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG & RELEASE this block to your quilt design.  We will be creating three of these blocks and resizing them as follows.

#1 block – 6″ x 6″ we will CLICK, HOLD, DRAG release this to the upper right corner.

#2 block: while the #1 block is selected CLICK the CTL C (copy) and CTL V (paste) to create a copy.  We will resize this block to 8″ x 8″ by ADJUST BLOCK setting in the left menu box as shown below:

BLOCK set step 2


#3 block:  While block #2 is selected,  click CTL C (copy) and CTL V( paste).  This new block will be selected and you can change the block size of this block to 12″ x 12″.  Use your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG & RELEASE to the left side as shown below:

BLOCK set step 3

Now we get to have some fun with the BLOCK CLIPPING TOOLS.  These are way cool tools.  There are times when we design which we may not want to incorporate a complete block at the edge of a quilt, or maybe we want that block to overlap into the border.  We can design this by way of the block clipping tools.  They allow you to CLIP TO EDGE, CLIP TO BORDER, and even UNCLIP BLOCK (great for when the results of your clip are not what you wanted).

clip block step 2

To start, let’s select the block on the left side of our table runner design.  While we could design a block that is essentially half of this block, the CLIP to EDGE tool is actually much faster and easier to accomplish the same results.

Once the block is selected and in the position, you wish to clip it, select the CLIP TO EDGE tool.

Before CLIP TO EDGE view:


After CLIP TO EDGE has been selected:


Now we need to design filler blocks, which will fit behind the text and in between the other blocks, creating a complete table runner top.  


Set block size  for filler block #1  = 5.25″  height and width = 2.75″

Click COLOR > FABRIC TOOLS.  Click on fabric/color, as desired and click on the actual block to set your color choice.

Click SAVE to SKETCHBOOK.  And Click on the “ok” to save to SKETCHBOOK, even though there isn’t any piecing to this block (it is a solid patch).

Click on Layer 1 > SET BLOCK

FILL block 1.jpg

You can repeat the above steps to create filler block #2 using the following size, or use your CTL C and CTL V to create a copy and then adjust the size to create a block that measures:

Filler Block #2:  width = 1.25″ height = 4″  Note.  Use the ADJUST tool to select, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to the left side of the block in the upper right corner.

Filler Block ##3:  width = 36.750″ height = 12″  Note.  Again, use the ADJUST tool to place this last filler block underneath the text.

FILL block 3

We still need to clip the star block in the lower right corner.

Click on LAYER 1 > select the star block and click CLIP TO EDGE


Now we’ll play with our fabrics/colors and paint our patches and text as desired.

Click DESIGN  > FABRIC TOOLS > PAINTBRUSH and select the fabrics of your choice and click on the patch in your design on LAYER 1 and on Layer 2, to set your desired fabric choices.


As EQ does allow you to do a variety of tasks on more than one layer, yet not all, while the adjust tool is activated the “Bring to Front, Send to Back, Bring Forward and Send Backward” tools can be quite helpful when you have created something on a layer and possibly it becomes hidden.  This typically happens when you add a block and text on the same layer. Such a design can be appropriately ordered clicking on “Send to Back” to put this block behind our text.  While we did not use this tool in this tutorial, I simply wanted to heighten awareness of it, should you find a block or text is hidden in a future design.

bring to front


Also, another tool which we did not cover in this tutorial but I want you to be aware of:  You can always use the UNCLIP tool to unclip your block and move it (or set the colors), then CLIP to EDGE, as appropriate.


And, by now you should remember to save your design to your SKETCHBOOK and save your project file before you exit your software.

Congratulations.  You’ve created another Star table runner design in EQ software and you’ve also learned how to add text to your designs.

Again, you may not be interested in this particular design, but I do hope you’ll play with the tools that have been showcased in this tutorial.  Possibilities are endless for what you can create with them, as well as within your EQ software.  I hope you have fun playing with EQ software and don’t forget you really will be amazed at how much you can learn in 15 minutes a day of “playtime”, as well as how much fun you can have.

As always, I 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 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 – Rocket Star Table runner
  • On Point designs
  • Free Rocket Star Block Pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop
part 10 – this tutorial
  • custom quilt tool
  • clipping
  • applique
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