Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday- Flying geese blocks


Flying geese are one of the most popular quilting blocks and there’s so many different techniques on how to make the perfect geese too!

flying geese blocks are NOT boring, there’s so many different ways to use them.

If you search for “geese” in EQ under blocks, you’ll get the first 50 blocks!


Or you can create your own


what I did differently here, was to highlight the center diamond


here is a simple layout on point with a four patch on alternate blocks


the same quilt with a horizontal layout is not quite as dramatic


I also found a block called “flying away”


and used it in a layout with an alternate nine patch block


and a nice blue and yellow version


it’s also easy to add flying geese to borders

here the blocks were 8” so I added a 4” border and selected BLOCKS and added double the blocks as was in the layout per side (so here it was 5 x 6, so the blocks on the border were 10 x 12)


it’s just as easy to INSERT a border, here I chose a 2” border and then on the 2nd border I added ONE more block to each.


here’s a custom layout just using different flying geese blocks


the same one in a different color combination



Have you designed any flying geese quilts?

simple or advanced?

link up if you have.


margaret said...

Thanks for sharing these when I see what EQ7 can do I am so tempted but it is a lot to pay for something I might not use except to play with

QuiltSue said...

Funnily enough, I came up with a design just yesterday when playing with EQ7.

SewMisadventurous said...

Oh what a surprise, I love the Stars, as usual, how do you make your flying geese blocks Bea? and what's the most important part of getting a flying goose right? As a brand newbie I'd appreciate the advice from you or your post-ers.

CathyQuilts said...

While I do play with EQ everyday (ok maybe only 6 days out of 7)I do use it for every quilt I make. I rarely use a pattern, but even it I do, I can draw the quilt in EQ, so that I can play with that before I make it. Perhaps I want to use a different color combo, I can add the colors/fabrics I may want to try and see how it would look. I could try lighter or darker hues of the colors I'm thinking of. I may wonder what it would look like on point or different borders. I may want to change the size. EQ will tell me how much more or less fabric I'll need. It lets me change the block size in case it doesn't look right with more or less blocks. It lets me print out foundation piecing papers, templates or rotary cutting charts.
When I see quilts in magazines I may want to make someday. I could save the magazine or pages from it, but then I'd have to remember where I put it. I draw it in EQ. I make a back up every time I use it, so it will always be there. One once a week back up that back up.

So you see, EQ is much more than a play thing, while I could make a quilt without it, I don't want to, it's invaluable to me.

There is one thing it doesn't do. EQ is quilt DESIGN software. It will not give you instructions on how to make a quilt. You have to know how to sew piece A to piece B etc to put a block together, then how to sew those blocks to make a quilt. Occasionally, I see a new buyer thinking that will be included and they're disappointed. For me, that comes easily, but I know it's a right brained/left brained thing and it's hard to imagine the other side.