Monday, October 1, 2012

FALL EQ blog Hop tutorial and giveaway

Thanks to SewCalGal for having this fall EQ blog hop!
Here's a little tutorial for Electric Quilt users.
I used EQ7.
Now with the FALL theme in mind, I searched for a block names LEAF and found this one below.
lots of LEAF blocks come up, not much under LEAVES or FALL.
I don't really care for this blocks but liked the leaves on the corners, so I decided to modify the block.
Once you add it to the sketchbook, you can go an modify it under BLOCKS. this is an appliqued block so under the applique tab I clicked and deleted the four yellow leaves and the center.
Then with the CIRCLE and CTRL pressed down at the same time, I drew 3 circles, there is also a CENTER button on the top bar to center everything on the block and you can also move the indivual parts back and forth sort of like layers.
I then colored my block and added it back to the sketchbook

I created a 5 x 5 layout and also found this "four X" block under simple blocks.
I added the leaf applique in the center, then added the "four X" block in the alternate blocks by pressing ALT while clicking once. Then I thought the leaf blocks should go in a T pattern like below.
I also decided to color each triangle that touched the leaf block the same tan/brown as the background.

Then I looked for another simpler block and found this diamond in a square block called "economy patch" and added that in the missing spaces.

now onto coloring I colored the diamonds the same colors in fall colors and filled in the alternate triangles from the X block in red. It's looking better!

Then I thought it needed a green border.
And then I decided that the triangles that touched the green border should also be green.
Getting better!- I also changed the background color to a more brownish color

While under the BORDERS tab and on border 1 it showed that finished size would be 49" so I figured a border with 7 blocks on the sides would fit well.

I found a nice rail fence block and added that and colored it in the fall colors as well

Then I thought the corner diamonds of the quilt should be different than the other four, so I changed the colors a little. I like THIS!

I also tried to then "remove" the green triangles that touched the border and instead colored those the same brown/ tan.

so you see, it's so much fun to just play around with the layouts and blocks and color placement.
anytime you've made a change and you like it, add it to the sketchbook and keep going, because then if you don't like your next step you can just open up the quilt already in the sketchbook and start from that point on.
Now wouldn't this leaf block also look cute as a simple pillow?
either this way with a simple border

Or repeating the border like the quilt just having the stripes go around the quilt instead.

So TRY it... play with EQ!


If any of you want a copy of this eq7 file, just let me know!

here's some other fall ideas

and have a look at the other blogs.
Monday, Oct lst

Tuesday, Oct 2nd
Marjorie's Quilting Bee

Wed., Oct 3rd

Thursday, Oct 4th

Friday, Oct 5th
I Quilt Scarlett & Grey:


Marjorie said...

Bea, I love all your designs. They are great quilts for Fall.

Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing your process in design. Good ideas I will try.

Kate Brown said...

That looks like so much fun! I love the pattern you came up with too!

Connie said...

Beautiful design Bea! I would love a copy and have EQ7.

teachpany said...

Great info, pretty quilt! Thanks.

Snoodles said...

This was so much fun to see how you could change things....boy, do I wish I had EQ!! LOL Thanks for sharing all of this!

SewCalGal said...

What fun designs and perfect for Fall too! I love seeing all the different settings. Inspirational. Thanks for sharing.


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I would love a copy!

Grams said...

EQ looks like a fun program to have. Your finished quilt design is awesome. I do some embroidery editing but don't have the means to create a quilt pattern. I look forward to seeing more about EQ and what it can do as I continue through the blog hop.

vail in TN

Carla said...

Love the leaf quilt with the piano border. Tooo fallish. ;o) Pretty and I would love to have a copy of your file to maybe use for an EQ lesson at my next Bee.

Thanks for sharing

Vicky K said...

I would love a copy of the EQ file. I also have EQ7. I haven't been able to figure out how to add blocks to borders. I would love it if you also included how you did the rail fence border.

Nancy said...

Reads like a great tutorial but for some reason all I am getting for pictures is a black box with a white line.

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

It is fun playing around on it. I can spend a lot of time doing it

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Thanks for the lesson! I need to start playing around with EQ a little more.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Fun to play with the colorings! Great to have you as part of the team this week.

Lea Hunter said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about EQ7 and this has been very helpful. I haven't tried to modify a given block before.

Margaret Andrews said...

What a wonderful fall quilt..and instructions to make it..what fun. Wish our leaves were so colorful.

JJ said...

What a great design. EQ is such a great way to design a quilt instead of the old fashion graph paper way which I still use. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great designs. I am amazed at what can be accomplished using the EQ program.

Pippa Parsons said...

I love your designs, I don't know how you manage to do all this and be a mum :) great work

Robin said...

Very nice design!!

QuiltSue said...

I already use EQ, but I never knew about the "centre" button before! Thanks.

Lisa Cox said...

I don't happen to have EQ yet. Maybe I'll get lucky on this hop.
Love the different designs you created. Thanks for sharing.

Annette said...

I have sew much to learn thanks sfor sharing
in stitches
Annette S

Terrie Sandelin said...

I love to modify blocks like this as well. It's addictive. You showed so many really wonderful variations!

Barb said...

Wow...the things you can do with this program!! Amazing!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Fantastic, thank for sharing!!!
Liebe Grüße

mahoo said...

Thanks for sharing the process of using EQ. It makes much more sense to me now. I've thought about buying it,,but have sat on the fence so far.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial on EQ and I would love to win it.

Shannon Ownby said...

Great designs!

How did you get that rail fence border? I have never had much luck with those border options for pieced borders.

Lara B. said...

I love to design using EQ7, although I only do basic sorts of things. Great designs Bea and thank you for this lesson!