Tuesday, December 18, 2018

EQ8 Tutorial Tuesday mini blocks for pincushions

Tutorial tuesday beaquilter

Are you fascinated with mini blocks?

They are SO cute and some make great mini quilts or pincushions!

I don’t know if it’s much of a tutorial but just ideas for minis Smile

First let’s look around in EQ a bit for some fun blocks, my first place to look is under foundation blocks

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under crazy blocks misc. there’s some cute ones

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I added the star and a heart block to the sketchbook

(oh and look at the leaf block, that was the start for the leaf blocks in the quilt I recently made for a magazine!

next under flying geese there’s some nice ones too

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I added some different ones

under holidays- christmas there’s some neat blocks too, I used the angel block for the row along last year Smile

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Let’s add the angle, and the first Christmas tree.


I also added a pineapple from the pineapple section

here’s what I have in my sketchbook for now

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Now under the quilt layout, select 1x1 layout and the block 4” x 4”, I left the 1” border for now

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Now I started with the heart block and I adjusted the borders to 1/2” so the mini or pincushion will be 5” finished.

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Let’s see what it will look like as a foundation template

click the print export tab, then click the block and the foundation pattern will be colored (not grey now)

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you can then click print, but I like to always click the preview button first

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look how cute and small it is!

You can also click and move the sections, the block sections are color coded and numbered, and there’s the 1/4” seam allowance around the block sections.

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Now let’s so back to the block, I inserted a block with 6 flying geese

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Now look what it looks like when I changed it to 3” x 6” block

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and it looks great when printing foundation patterns!

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under OPTIONS when printing I selected “print as many as fits”

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and look what happened! there’s 2 on the page now, great for a pincushion, as the front and back!!

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Here’s the tree in a 3” block with 3/4” borders

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and 4 can fit on a page when printing it

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You get the idea with the rest, I definitely recommend FPP blocks for small blocks, even if you COULD rotary cut them, because they are so small it’s just better and more accurate to foundation piece them

Have you tried any mini blocks?



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