Tuesday, June 7, 2016

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday

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It’s time again for a EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday.

This week I’ll show how to simplify a complicated block.

As you know I’m doing my 3rd Women of the bible quilt.

Some of the blocks are easy piecing and some are quite tricky!

lately I did a block for Jael (Arab Tent)

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First I didn’t want to do curves, it’s tricky enough with those diamond shapes!

I started with a 6” block and made a 2x2 grid

and also added 24 x 24 grid and turn on snap to grid

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I then drew lines from the corners to the 1 1/2” mark on the middle lines.

(ignore the dots on the lines as I’m working backwards on this)

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I then drew lines from the center up to the 2” points of the outsides

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then starting at the 2” mark on the middle lines I drew out to the 1” lines

(just because it looked pretty good)

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Then clicking on the color tab and back again you’ll have the points on the lines and you can then delete the outer lines.

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don’t forget the inner sections too!

then color it

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and now it will print the foundation pattern, though I’d section off the outer triangles so I don’t have any Y seams

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Another block I’ve modified is the Bethlehem star which is meant to be english paper pieced.

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here it’s easily pieced from triangles and squares Smile

Even though the center are diamond shapes, they are all white so why not turn it into a simple star block with squares and triangles?!

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So you can look at complicated blocks and think they are too hard, but sometimes simplifying the lines or deleting lines, it’s easy to make the block EASY!

Have fun!

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