Designing With Quilt Panels, a free EQ8 Tutorial Series – Part 4 – Dog House Quilts

Today I’m sharing Part 4 of a free EQ tutorial series, which focuses on designing with Quilt Panels. If you have not yet completed the exercises from the earlier tutorials in this series, you may want to read this tutorial, but I highly encourage you to complete the earlier exercises in this series before you proceed with the steps covered in this exercise in your EQ software. You can find links to the earlier tutorials at the bottom of this post. And don’t forget, you can always start, stop, repeat these tutorials anytime. I always encourage when learning EQ software to repeat lessons until you feel you have embedded the exercises in your memory muscle, for future use to apply on your own design projects. And even if you only have 15 minutes, go for it!

!5 Minutes A Day EQ8 tutorials, by QuiltShopGal quilt panel series

Ready to create another custom quilt layout?  In this lesson, you’ll learn more ways to import images of blocks from a panel quilt, working with layers, applique’, creating blocked borders and more tips & tricks for designing in EQ.

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And, we will also use the 6-3/4″ x 6 3/4″ blocks from panel 2 in this dog theme fabric collection.

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EQ software has many great tools to help you design your quilts, one that can easily become addictive is all the ways one can color your design. Here are some of the most common ways:

  • Setting Colors to your design
  • Setting fabrics to your design (e.g. built in fabrics, Stash Fabrics, free fabric collection downloads, scanning in your fabric, etc).
  • Setting “images” to your blocks, or placing them as a visual on a patch, or area of your quilt, as desired. This is one of the areas we are going to explore in today’s lesson.

Let’s begin the steps in EQ to incorporate these panel blocks into our design: 

1.  OPEN EQ8 software

2. CLICK FILE > OPEN PROJECT > select the file we created in part 1 of this tutorial series (EQ8 Tutorial For Quilt Panel Designs) and CLICK OK

3.  PROJECT SKETCHBOOK pop up window will appear.  CLICK CLOSE

Let’s now create a two Dog House blocks, one for each size of our two dog theme blocks found in the two panels we’ve been using for this EQ Tutorial Series.

4. Click on the BLOCK WORKTABLE

Block Worktable

5. Click NEW BLOCK > PIECED > EASY DRAW > LINE TOOL


6. While the LINE TOOL is activated, you can use your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG, RELEASE to draw lines on your BLOCK to create patches.

To draw the roof, CLICK at the 6″ point on the top of your block, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE at the 4″ point on the left of your block.

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE a line from the 4″ point on the left to the 4″ poiont on the right, to create the bottom of the roof.


CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE your mouse from the 4″ point on the right to the 4″ point on the top to draw the right top of your roof.


Now we want to draw the sides of our dog house, ultimately creating a window on the front of our dog house which we will use to showcase our focal 6″ x 6″ dog blocks.

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to create a line under the roof at the 3″ point to the bottom of your block.


CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to create a line for the right side of the dog house at the 9″ point.

Now we need to draw a line parallel to the bottom of the block, to form a window in our dog house.

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to create a line for the bottom of the window. This line will be set at the 10″ point on the left to the 10″ on the right, as shown below. This window is now the size of dog blocks from panel 2..

You can add color and/or desired fabrics to your block now, or wait till later. For this tutorial, I will not be adding fabrics until we have our blocks set on our Quilt Layout.

7. Click SAVE TO SKETCHBOOK to save this block, before we begin to create our 2nd block.

Now we need to create a dog house block that will work with the dog block from panel 1, which contains 6 different dog blocks that finish at 6.75″ x 6.75″. We repeat many of the steps we did for the first block, but size the window to become a door to this dog house block.

8. Click NEW BLOCK > PIECED > EASY DRAW > LINE TOOL


9. While the LINE TOOL is activated, you can use your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG, RELEASE to draw lines on your BLOCK to create patches.

To draw the roof, CLICK at the 6″ point on the top of your block, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE at the 4″ point on the left of your block.

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE a line from the 4″ point on the left to the 4″ point on the right, to create the bottom of the roof.


CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE your mouse from the 4″ node on the right to the 4″ point on the top to draw the right top of your roof.


Now we want to draw the window of our dog house, but this time our window will need to accomodate our 6.75″ x 6.75″ block. And, we’ll want to center this window thus while in the prior dog house block we drew a line at the 3″ point, we need to split the .75″ in half, drawing the line on the left at the 2.625″ point and on the right at the 9.375 point

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to draw a line for the left side of your window, at the 2.625″ point, as shown below:

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to create a line for the right side, at the 9.375″ point to frame the right side of your window, as shown below:

Now we need to draw a line parallel to the bottom of the block, to form a window in our dog house.

CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to create a line for the bottom of the window. This line will be set at the 10″ point on the left to the 10″ on the right, as shown below. This window is now the size of dog blocks from panel 2..


Click, HOLD, DRAG, RELEASE to draw a line that is paralel to the top of door at the 5.25″. Instead of framing a window, think of this as framing a large door for this dog house.


You can add color and/or desired fabrics to your block now, or wait till later. For this tutorial, I will not be adding fabrics until we have our blocks set on our Quilt Layout.

10. Click ADD to SKETCHBOOK

Both of these dog house blocks will finish at 12″ x 12″, but one is designed for the 6″x6″ dog block from panel 2 and the other for the 6.75″ x 6.75″ dog block from panel 1.

We are now ready to create our Quilt Layout using the Quilt Worktable, which we will later set these two blocks on.

11.  Click on the QUILT WORKTABLEQuilt worktable

12.  Click NEW QUILT > CUSTOM SET

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note:  You may have to click the double “>>” to be able to scroll to view the “Custom Set” option.

13.  Click LAYOUT where we will set the size of our quilt (these dimensions exclude the size of your borders and binding.  To clarify the “Layout” size is not the size of your finished quilt).

SET LAYOUT Width  48″ width and Height 60″

14. Click DESIGN > BLOCK TOOLS > SET BLOCKS

We want set both of our blocks to our quilt layout.

Use your scroll bar at the bottom of the BLOCK SKETCHBOOK. Click on the first block we created and saved to our Sketchbook. Using your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to a spot on our Quilt Layout. Repeat for our 2nd block.

Before we go too far on designing our Quilt Layout, setting all the blocks, I want to focus on a key feature of using “images” vs “fabrics, or colors” to paint “patches” vs “blocks. Both of our Dog House blocks are 12″ x 12” but contain various size “patches” in the block. When you set fabric or color to a patch you can click on the fabric or color and click on the patch.

When you set an image you have the option of setting that image to the block, or setting it to your quilt layout and resizing it. In our case, the images from our panels are of two sizes: 1) 6″ x 6″ and 2) 6.75″ x 6.75. If you set it to our 12″ x 12″ block we know that neither of our panel blocks will work in our actual blocks as they need to fit inside of the window or door of our design.

15. Click DESIGN > PHOTO TOOLS. In the Sketchbook Photos box on the left of your screen you’ll see prior photos/images we imported. As we are dealing with two photo sizes for two different blocks, we want to be careful on which photo image we import. You can refer to the two panels referenced earlier in this tutorial, with the size of each dog theme block.

Click SET PHOTO tool.

Select the appropriate dog theme photo CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to your Quilt Layout.

16. The photo will appear on your screen, but will need to be resized. On the example shared below, in yellow, is the image of the block from our panel that will finish the size of this door of our Dog House blog. But when initially set on our Quilt Layout it is set at a much smaller size and we need to manually adjust the size.

Click on the ADJUST TOOL

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Click on the photo you need to adjust the size. Type 6.75 in the Width and Height to corrrectly set the size of this image.

While the ADJUST tool is still selected, use your mouse to CLICK, HOLD, DRag and RELEASE this image to place in the door of our Dog House block. Don’t forget you can also use your ZOOM tools to ZOOM IN/ZOOM OUT to check your placement of your image to the patch in your dog house block.

While a fabric or color can be set on a patch of a block where it will stick with the block when you use the adjust tool to move the block, an image will not move together when you move the block. This is a great time to click on the ADJUST tool and then click on your block, CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and release to move your block to see how the image does not move with it. Thus whenever you move such a block, you will also need to move the image again.

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17. Repeat what we learned in step 16 to set a 6″x6″ block from the other panel.

Click on the ADJUST tool and then on your dog theme block and the ADJUST PHOTO menu on the left side will confirm the size of the block you selected, so you can CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE it to the respective Dog House blocks.

We now have an image set in our block with a window that is 6″x6″ and also in our block with the door, which measures 6.75″ x 6.75.

18. Let’s create 13 of the dog house with door blocks for a total of 14 of these blocks. Click on the ADJUST TOOL and CLICK on the dog house block with the 6.75″ x 6.75″ window. Click CTL C (copy) and CTL V (paste) to duplicate. Click CTL V 12 more times to create a total of 14 of these blocks on your Quilt Layout as follows:

19. Let’s create 5 more of the dog house with window blocks for a total of 6 of these blocks. Click on the ADJUST TOOL and CLICK on the dog house block with the 6″ x 6″ window. Click CTL C (copy) and CTL V (paste) to duplicate. Click CTL V 4 more times to create a total of 6 of these blocks on your Quilt Layout as follows:

20. For the QUILT GRID SETUP set the options for SNAP BLOCK SIZE TO GRID (3rd button option). This will help with alignment of the quilt blocks as you move them around your Quilt Layout.

21, Click on your ADJUST tool and then CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to place each of the 20 blocks, as follows.

22. Here is another interesting fact about working with blocks vs images on your Quilt Layout.

Click on the IMAGE which we previously set to our Quilt Layout, as well as moved to the respective Dog House block (but later moved that block to a different position.

To move this image to an appropriate Dog House block we need to click on the ADJUST tool to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to move it to an appropraite dog house block. But you’ll notice as you move it, it disappears underneath our Dog House blocks. This is because of the order with which this image was placed on our Quilt Layout. It was placed before the various Dog House blocks, which results in a layered effect where it is below the majority of our blocks. While we have selected this patch from our dog panel Click CTRL X (copy/delete) and CTRL V (paste) to create a new copy of this patch. Now, when you CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE this image will appear on top of our Dog House blocks and you can place it, as appropriate (in a door).

23. Let’s set the image for the other 13 images that fit within the door of 14 of our dog blocks, as shown below:

Click on LAYER 2. While we’ve previously added images to our Quilt Layout on Layer 1, you can also add images to Layer 2. And, for this design, you’ll find adding ALL of our images on Layer 2 (not on Layer 1) will have more benefits.

Click on the IMAGE to set yuor various 6.75″x 6.75″ dog blocks on your quilt Layout, followed by the ADJUST tool to CLICK, HOLD, DRAG and RELEASE to fill the door of the 14 blocks as shown below:

24. Repeat step 23 above, adding all 6 of the 6″ x 6″ panel blocks, one each to the 6 Dog House Block with windows, as follows:

25. Set Fabrics/colors to your quilt blocks as desired.

Click on LAYER 1 > FABRIC TOOLS > PAINTBRUSH. Click on your fabric or color choice and click on the patch of your Dog House to set, as desired.

Ooops. Catch my mistakes in the quilt layout above ? With all the lessons in this tutorial series you should be able to fix, as appropriate. Don’t forget in these lessons you can start/stop/repeat anytime. And, repeating often helps us embed in our muscle memory to be able to apply to designs of our own. But email me or comment if you need more explanation.

Links to previous tutorials in this series are:

Designing With Quilt Panels, a free EQ8 Tutorial Series – Part 1

Designing With Quilt Panels, a free EQ8 Tutorial Series – Part 2

Designing With Quilt Panels, a free EQ8 Tutorial Series – Part 3

7 thoughts on “Designing With Quilt Panels, a free EQ8 Tutorial Series – Part 4 – Dog House Quilts

  1. What a cute design, Darlene. I love it. Such a creative way to use the panel blocks. I ran into a problem, but I think it had something to do with EQ8, not your instructions. When I drew the lines to create the doghouses and saved them to my sketchbook, some of the lines didn’t copy to the sketchbook. I updated EQ8 and restarted the program and finally the blocks were saved correctly. Any ideas? Thanks, again.

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    1. Hi Ilona. The problem you are seeing happens when a drawn line doesn’t connect. I’ll often go thru the step to set fabrics (or color) as if a patch isn’t fully connected EQ SW can’t color it, but it also shows up as a problem when you try to save your block. Another way to check it is to use your Zoom tools to zoom in and scroll around your block to see that they are connected. But many prefer using the “snap to grids” setting. I’ll try to cover this more in a future tutorial in this series under a section of “troubleshooting”. But email me, if this doesn’t make sense, or you continue to have problems. Again, it is a simple matter your line is not connected to the edge of your block or to another line (depending on what your block design is trying to do your patches are not clear patches to the SW).

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  2. Hi Darlene, thanks for sharing this. I am learning things I never knew existed in the program! One issue I had was when I tried to set my photos into the dog house they wanted to only be set into the block, and then it was the size of the whole block, not just the window or door. It is most likely because I am working on a Mac. I solved the problem by using the blank 6 or 6.75 blocks that we had made, setting those into the quilt and then setting the photos into them.

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  3. Hi Darlene,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share this tutorial. I am learning things in the program that I never even knew existed! One of the problems I encountered though was that when I tried to set the photos into the dog houses, they wanted only to be set into the dog house blocks, but then took up the whole block, not setting into only the door or window. I solved the problem by using the blank 6 or 6.75 blocks that we had made in the first tutorial and set those on the quilt, and then I was able to set the photos into them and move them into place. Perhaps because I am working on a Mac and not a PC I had this problem. Nonetheless, I was able to make my quilt!

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    1. Sometimes in EQ there are so many ways to accomplish a design objective it can be challenging in writing a tutorial. Glad you figured out a way. When adding images via Layer 1 they do like to auto size to the full block size vs the patch size. Seems to be manageable on layer 1 when you only have a few blocks and space on your Quilt Layout to set an image to a blank area then move it to the patch of the block, as desired. This is why in this tutorial I recommended adding the images to layer 2 as when you add the image they don’t auto set to the entire block. Thus, I want to ask which layer you were on when you had the problem setting the image and it auto adjusted to the entire block. I suspect you were on layer 1 vs layer 1.

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