EQ with Me: Pieced Drawing

Electric Quilt Company has reformatted and updated my EQ6 Pieced Drawing book for EQ7! It’s now called, EQ with Me: Pieced Drawing.

pieceddrawing2It’s the same exercises as my previous book, but the images, text, etc. have been updated for EQ7. But my favorite part is that this new book is larger (8 1/2″ x 11″) and it now has a spiral binding.  See the Electric Quilt website for more details!

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Do You Know This Block?

Aunt Hazel’s happy colors quilt

??? Have you seen this block ???

The top photo is a colorful scrappy quilt made by my aunt. This is what started my searching for the name of the block. The second image I created in EQ7. It’s based on a 5 x 5 grid. The finished size of the block is 10″ x 10″. TIP for EQ users: In EasyDraw, I set the snap points to 20 x 20.

I have looked through Electric Quilt’s BlockBase (computer version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns), Yvonne Khin’s book, The Collector’s Book of Quilt Names and Patterns, Carrie Hall’s book, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt and cannot find any block that is remotely similar. Perhaps I overlooked it, but I don’t think I did. 🙂

The only other place I have seen this block is in the book, American Country Scrap Quilts by Liz Porter and Marianne Fons. In their book they dubbed this block, “Original Star” (not a very original name — ha!). It states on page 72 that they could not find the block in any of their pattern source books.

So I thought I would appeal to my cyber friends and see if anyone knows a name/source for this block. If you’ve seen it in other quilting books or magazines, let me know.

One commenter suggested a name, “Noon and Night.” I cannot find that block in the block references I have on hand (see above). I did find one called “Noon and Light” in Yvonne Khin’s book (block #419). It looks similar, but the on point mitered square goes all the way to the block edge, and the triangles don’t have the overlapping look like in my aunt’s quilt.


Noon and Light (Y. Khin, block #419)

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EQ Appliqué Design class at QuiltUniversity.com

3wmcircular_step06bHeads up if you have not signed up as yet…
I have an upcoming EQ6/7 class, “EQ Appliqué Design,” that begins January 18, 2013 at QuiltUniversity.com. Learn to use (and control!) those PatchDraw tools as you create a sketchbook full of appliqué motifs. Hearts, leaves, tulips, posies…are just a few of the design elements you will work with. Learn how to put your new motifs together into different types of arrangements…and learn the basics for using WreathMaker to create one-of-a-kind circular appliqué designs. Hope to see you there!


For more information on this class and others visit: http://www.QuiltUniversity.com

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One quick way to create Delectable Mountains in EQ7

There was a recent question on the Info-EQ mailing list about how to create a Delectable

Delectable Mtns

Delectable Mountains layout variation.

Mountains wall hanging. There so many variations on this pattern, it’s hard to choose just one, but so I thought I would highlight one of most common layouts you see — plus I really like the looks of this one!

Here is one quick way to accomplish the quilt you see on the left. Can you isolate the block? I purposely used a dark background fabric so the block lines would not be very obvious. The “secret” for this quilt is not so much the block, but the layout that was used.

1. Start by creating this block:

DelMtns block

Create this block in EasyDraw.

Begin with a new EasyDraw block with the block size at 8.00″ x 8.00″, snaps adelmtnslayoutt 32 x 32 and graph paper divisions at 8 x 8. The small half-square triangles on the left and top are two inches. It’s not a hard block to draw! Color your block and add it to the Sketchbook.

2. Switch to the Quilt Worktable. Go to QUILT>New Quilt>On Point. On the Layout tab select the on point style on the right, change number of blocks to 4 x 4 and the block size to 8.00″.

3. Switch back to Layer 1 and begin by setting your new block in the four spaces in the center of the quilt. Switch to the Rotate tool and rotate them so all the sawtooth edges are facing outward.

4. Working out from the center and in “rounds” add the remaining blocks and rotate them as before.


That’s it! Try other similar blocks for a different look. Add or subtract rounds for different size quilts. For example, you might only want two rounds for a wall hanging size quilt (use a 3 x 3 block set of this same on point layout).

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New blog, first post!

Thought it was about time patchpieces.com added a blog. My goal is make it easier to post updates to my site, and for sharing new tips and tutorials for quilting and especially for EQ.

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