New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt BOB SET 3

You have been asking for them and they are finally here! This Add-on EQ8 Block Library for AccuQuilt contains another 15 lovely BOB blocks. BOB die blocks enable you to create an entire block with one die board.  Every piece needed for the block is on the design board. You can design your quilt with EQ8 and then use your AccuQuilt GO! cutter to cut it out.

This file contains SET 3 of the BOB block designs which includes 15 blocks.  The blocks vary in size as indicated to match the BOB die. I have included the size of the block by the name reference.

The ONLY designs included in this set are:

  • GO! Basket of Lilies 12” Finished (55530)
  • GO! Carpenter’s Wheel 18” Finished (55531)
  • GO! Cornucopia 10” Finished (55532)
  • GO! Crossroads 9” Finished (55533)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 3.5” Finished (55070)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 4” Finished (55338)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 7” Finished (55034)
  • GO! Feather Star 16” Finished (55535)
  • GO! Goose Tracks 9” Finished (55536)
  • GO! Pickle Dish 10” Finished (55539)
  • GO! Prairie Star 14” Finished (55540
  • GO! Rising Star 10” Finished (55541)
  • GO! Schoolhouse 9” Finished (55542)
  • GO! Tangled Star 10” Finished (55543)
  • GO! Weathervane 8” Finished (55544)

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software from The Electric Quilt Company.

Required: You will need the Accuquilt BOB die set in the size that matches the EQ8 library file in order to cut out these block designs with the Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  Make sure your cutter is the right size for the BOB die.

This is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8 Design Software.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled to match the reference guide.

Now you can use the power of EQ8 to recolor and combine blocks to design beautiful quilts.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your BOB design quilts. You can purchase these downloadable block files in my shop HERE.

Happy designing with your Accuquilt Block on Board Set 3 library blocks in EQ8!

If you liked the new Add-on EQ8 Block Library files for AccuQuilt BOB Set 3, check out my other available Add-on Block libraries for EQ8 that work with AccuQuilt.  See the complete line of products HERE!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product. Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram with your designs, I would love to see them.

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New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library – AccuQuilt Qube English Paper Piecing (EPP)

Introducing my latest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file, AccuQuilt Qube English Paper Piecing. Included are 40 Pieced Hexagon blocks to load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns. I love this design software!

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube English Paper Piecing (EPP) (1″ Finished Sides) Die set.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qube EPP to cut out these blocks. These pieced blocks finish with a 2″ side.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

40 Pieced Hexagon Blocks!

I have included the 36 Pieced Hexagon Blocks included in the GO! Qube English Paper Piecing Brochure plus 4 bonus blocks. These pieced blocks finish as a hexagon shape with 2″ finished sides.

These blocks are Pieced Hexagon EPP Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube English Paper Piecing die set.

Designing with the EQ8 Block library lets you play with fabrics and colors using these shapes to design and tailor your own beautiful quilt to your unique style.

Complete Instructions including EQ8 Hexagon Quilt layout design lessons!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and four EQ8 Hexagon Quilt layout design lessons.

AccuQuilt provides detailed instructions to create the 36 pieced blocks on their website, a link is provided in the instruction document.

You can purchase this file in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Designing!

More Products Available!

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the Accuquilt Qube original 216 Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party, Five Patch Fun, Sweet Sixteen and two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Product! Add-On EQ8 Block Library – Accuquilt Qube Sweet Sixteen

Introducing my newest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file, Sweet Sixteen! I am excited to offer the next set of digital EQ8 Block Library files for the Accuquilt Qubes.  These files include 60 gorgeous Sixteen patch Patch variation block designs that you can load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns. I love this design software!

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix and Match Die sets.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qubes to cut out these blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

60 Beautiful Sixteen Patch Blocks!

I have included 60 Sweet Sixteen Block designs with brand new, traditional and even familiar blocks. There are so many design possibilities in EQ8.

These blocks are Sixteen Patch Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube Mix & Match Set, no companion dies are needed.

Since the Sixteen Patch design is based upon a 8 x 8 grid, your finished block sizes will finish larger as indicated in the chart below.

The Sweet Sixteen block files come in all the Qube sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ .  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need. You only need one size of EQ8 Qube files as EQ8 will let you resize the blocks.

Complete Instructions including Die Cutting Guide!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and a Die Cutting Guide.

The Die Cutting Guide provides pictures of the Sweet Sixteen blocks and which shapes are needed from the Qube to cut out that block similar to the picture above.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

You can purchase these files in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Quilting!

More Products Available!

If you like designing and making your own quilts with EQ8 and Accuquilt, you may like some of my other products.

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the original 216 Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party, Five Patch Fun and two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Product! Add-On EQ8 Block Library – Accuquilt Qube Five Patch Fun

The fun never ends! My newest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file is Five Patch Fun! I am excited to offer the next set of digital EQ8 Block Library files for the Accuquilt Qubes.  These files include 60 gorgeous Five Patch variation block designs that you can load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns.

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix and Match Die sets.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qubes to cut out these blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

60 Gorgeous Five Patch Blocks!

I have included 60 Five Patch Fun Block designs with new, creative and even familiar blocks. There are so many design possibilities in EQ8.

These blocks are Five Patch Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube Mix & Match Set, no companion dies are needed.

Since the Five Patch design is based upon a 5 x 5 grid, your finished block sizes will finish larger as indicated in the chart below.

The Five Patch Fun files come in all the Qube sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ .  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need. You only need one size of EQ8 Qube files as EQ8 will let you resize the blocks.

Complete Instructions including Die Cutting Guide!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and a Die Cutting Guide.

The Die Cutting Guide provides pictures of the Five Patch Fun blocks and which shapes are needed from the Qube to cut out that block similar to the picture above.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

You can purchase these files in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Quilting!

More Products Available!

If you like designing and making your own quilts with EQ8 and Accuquilt, you may like some of my other products.

Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries by Lori Miller Designs

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the original Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party and now two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt BOB SET 2

It’s Here! I have getting requests for more BOB’s or Block on Board die Blocks and it is finally here. This Add On Block Library for EQ8 contains another 20 fabulous BOB blocks. BOB die blocks enable you to create an entire block with one die board.  Every piece needed for the block is on the design board. You can design your quilt with EQ8 and then use your Accuquilt cutter to cut it out.

This file contains SET 2 of the BOB block designs which includes 20 blocks.  The blocks vary in size as indicated to match the BOB die. I have included the size of the block by the name reference.

The ONLY designs included in this set are:

  • Arkansas Traveler 12”
  • Blazing Star 12”
  • Cleopatra’s Fan 12”
  • Courtyard 10”
  • Crazy Quilt 6”
  • Crazy Quilt 10”
  • Double Wedding Ring 11.5”
  • Double Wedding Ring 12.5”
  • Dresden Point 5 – 6”
  • Dresden Point 20 – 12”
  • Dresden Round 5 – 6”
  • Dresden Round 20 – 12”
  • Flowering Snowball 12”
  • Kite 4”
  • Local Color by Bill Kerr 6” x 12”
  • Mariner’s Compass 12”
  • Robbing Peter to Pay Paul 7”
  • Spider Web 6”
  • Winding Ways 8”
  • Wonky Heart 6”
  • BONUS! Hunter’s Star 12”

I have added a bonus Hunter’s Star 12″ because the first set of BOB’s only had the Hunters Star 6″ piece, so now you can design with both.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software from The Electric Quilt Company.

AccuQuilt Block On Board (BOB)

Required: You will need the Accuquilt BOB die set in the size that matches the EQ8 library file in order to cut out these block designs with the Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  Make sure your cutter is the right size for the BOB die.

This is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8 Design Software.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled to match the reference guide.

Now you can use the power of EQ8 to recolor and combine blocks to design beautiful quilts.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your BOB design quilts.

You can purchase these downloadable block files in my shop HERE

Happy designing with your Accuquilt Block on Board Set 2 library blocks in EQ8!

If you liked the new Accuquilt BOB Set 2 EQ8 Block Library Files, check out my other available ADD-on Block libraries for EQ8 that work with Accuquilt.  See the complete line of products HERE!

More EQ8 Accuquilt Library files coming soon!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product.

Published – Cool Waters Quilt

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation All rights reserved

I am pleased to share my Cool Waters Quilt that is published in the January 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.  This throw size quilt is a block full of triangles.  It is easy to piece and I love the calming color way.

This is the cover of the January issue to look for.  It is packed with great projects to sew this winter.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Here is the full Cool Waters quilt in all its glory.  I loved the way a secondary pattern appeared in the design as the blocks were sewn together.  By limiting the fabric choices, I think it seems crisper and simpler even with all those triangles.

I designed my quilt with EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  It is a regular pieced quilt block. It makes it so easy to try different fabrics and combinations of colors.  I could add or remove blocks until I got the size of quilt that I wanted.


Here are all my stacks of pieces.  EQ8 gave me a handy rotary cutting guide to help cut all the patch shapes.  I print it out and scribble all over it as I cut things out and take notes.

 

 

I Pieced the larger triangle modules first to make it easier to assemble.

 

This is a common scene when I am in the middle of a project.  Pieces of fabric and notions everywhere!

 

I used free motion quilting to quilt a paisley  all over design on this quilt to finish it off.  I usually quilt on a Bernina domestic machine.

Please tag me on instagram @lorimillerdesigns or on facebook @lorimillerdesigns.  I would love to see your version!

Happy Stitching!

New Product! EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt Qube Nine Patch Party

Let’s have a party!  A Nine Patch Party!  I am pleased to introduce my next set of digital EQ8 Block Library files for the Accuquilt Qubes.  These files include 60 gorgeous Nine Patch variation block designs that you can load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

 

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns.

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix and Match Die sets.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qubes to cut out these blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

60 Gorgeous Nine Patch Blocks!

I have included 60 Nine Patch Party Block designs from beginner to challenging, from traditional to creative.  You are sure to find some great options to design and color your own quilts in EQ8.

 

These blocks are Nine Patch Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube Mix & Match Set, no companion dies are needed.

Since the Nine Patch design is based upon a 3 x 3 grid, your finished block sizes will finish larger as indicated in the chart below.

The Nine Patch Party files come in the five Qube sizes, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ .  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need. You only need one size of EQ8 Qube files as EQ8 will let you resize the blocks.

Complete Instructions including Die Cutting Guide!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and a Die Cutting Guide.

The Die Cutting Guide provides pictures of the Nine Patch Party blocks and which shapes are needed from the Qube to cut out that block similar to the picture above.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

You can purchase these files in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Quilting!

More Products Available!

If you like designing and making your own quilts with EQ8 and Accuquilt, you may like some of my other products.

     

216 Four Patch Designs from the Accuquilt Qube Brochure (Available in each Qube Size)

Set 1 of Accuquilt Block on Board dies

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

 

New Product! EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt BOB Set 1

 

Ever since I published my EQ8 block library files for the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix & Match sets, the requests have been coming in for more.  I decided to put together block files for the Accuquilt Block on Board (BOB) dies.  BOB die blocks enable you to create an entire block with one die board.  Every piece needed for the block is on the design board.

This file contains SET 1 of the BOB block designs which includes 20 blocks.  The blocks vary in size as indicated to match the BOB die. I have included the size of the block by the name reference.

The ONLY designs included in this set are:

  • Bear’s Paw 14”
  • Chimney Sweep 10”
  • Churn Dash 9”
  • BIG Churn Dash 12”
  • Crossed Canoes 9″
  • Glorified Nine Patch 9”
  • Hattie’s Choice 8”
  • Hunter’s Star 6”
  • LeMoyne Star 9”
  • Log Cabin 12”
  • Maple leaf 8″
  • Morning Star 12”
  • Ohio Star 12”
  • Pineapple 10”
  • Snail’s Trail 12”
  • Snail’s Trail 8″
  • Snowball 6”
  • Spool 6”
  • Starry Path 9″
  • Storm at Sea 9”

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software from The Electric Quilt Company.

Required: You will need the Accuquilt BOB die set in the size that matches the EQ8 library file in order to cut out these block designs with the Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  Make sure your cutter is the right size for the BOB die.

This is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8 Design Software.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled to match the reference guide.

Now you can use the power of EQ8 to recolor and combine blocks to design beautiful quilts.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your BOB design quilts.

You can purchase these downloadable blocks in my shop HERE!

Happy designing with your Accuquilt Block on Board Set 1 library blocks in EQ8.

 

            

If you liked this EQ8 Block Library File, check out my other available files that work with Accuquilt.  See the complete line of products HERE!

More BOB library files and EQ8 Accuquilt Library files coming soon!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product.

Happy Designing!

 

 

Free Tutorial – Goose Trot Quilt designed in EQ8, Cut with AccuQuilt

This is my son Colin’s quilt.  It is called Goose Trot.  I wanted something to give him for his tiny house to make it a bit cozier.  I also knew I wanted to try my new AccuQuilt GO! 12″ Qube dies with my AccuQuilt GO! Cutter and use some fabrics from my stash to make it scrappy.  This is the design that I came up with and I really think he will like it.

It is made with this simple four patch block I designed.  I just rotated the block to create the overall design.

Here is the full design of the quilt.  If you want to design it with EQ8, you can find a design tutorial on my EQ8 Lessons with Lori Blog post over at Electric Quilt HERE

Goose Trot Quilt

Finished size is 51″ x 60″

Finished block size is 12″

Materials

  • 2 yd assorted blue and gray fabrics for geese
  • 1/2 yd light blue solid
  • 1 3/4 yd light gray print for vertical strips
  • 1/2 yd for binding
  • 4 yd Backing
  • 4 yd Batting

Directions

Please note:  This assumes you will be using your AccuQuilt GO! 12″ Qube and die cutter to cut out the quilt.  There is enough fabric to cut the traditional method.  See tip at end of tutorial.

Dies used in this design:

  • GO! Square-6 1/2″ (6″ Finished) (55000)
  • GO! Quarter Square Triangle-6″ Finished Square (55726)
  • GO! Half Square Triangle-3″ Finished Square (55703)
  • GO! Strip Cutter – 2 1/4″ (1 3/4 ” Finished) (55053)

Cut Fabric:

Assorted blue and gray fabrics.  I mixed half and half blue and grey fabrics, using light and darks for interest.   I wanted to use up a bunch of scraps and this was the perfect way to do that.  You just have to count as you go so you have enough pieces of each shape.

Using 7 3/4″ strips of fabrics to cut Number 4 shape (6″ finished Quarter Square Triangle), CUT

  • 30 – Assorted blue Number 4’s
  • 30 – Assorted Gray Number 4’s

Using 4 3/4″ strips of fabrics to cut Number 5 shape (3″ finished Half Square Triangle), CUT

  • 60 – Assorted blue Number 5’s
  • 60 – Assorted Gray Number 5’s

Light Blue Solid

  • Using 2 – 7″ x WOF strips of fabric to cut Number 1 shape (6″ Square), CUT
    • 10 –  Number 1’s

Light Grey Print

  • 3 — 9 1/2 ” x 60 ” strips

Binding

  • 6 — 2 1/4″ x  WOF strips for binding

Assemble the blocks

Begin by making 60 sets of Flying Geese.  I alternated using the greys and blues.

Then join two geese together and make 30 sets of these.

Then arrange your flying geese blocks with your light solid blue squares into a 12 ” block.  I actually arranged the whole strip before I assembled the blocks to make sure they were scrappy and to spread around the different prints.  There are five complete 12″ blocks in a strip.

Assemble the Quilt

Once you have your blocks together and arranged, add your light grey print strips to complete the quilt top.

Finish the Quilt

  1. Create a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting and pieced quilt top.
  2. Baste the quilt layers together.  Quilt as desired.
  3. Add binding and finish.

Here is my quilt sandwich, pin basted and ready for quilting.  Notice my helper, Cookie cat in the window seat.

I like to hand bind my quilts most of the time.  I just watch a little TV and stitch away.  I used the solid light blue for my binding.

For traditional cutting, you can try these charts.

NEW PRODUCTS for EQ8 and ACCUQUILT GO! QUBE

If you like designing quilts with EQ8 and then cutting them out with your Accuquilt GO! Qube, you might want to check out my new EQ8 block libraries for Accuquilt.

I have created EQ8 Block Library files for each of the 216 blocks shared by AccuQuilt to go with their GO! Qube dies and companion dies.  There are currently available in all the block sizes.  Get all the information about all of these products on my blog page about my Add-on EQ8 block libraries for AccuQuilt or head on over to my MY SHOP

Were you inspired to try this quilt?  Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments and share pictures with me on social media on Facebook or  Instagram.  Be sure to hashtag #LoriMillerDesigns so I see it!  And don’t forget to sign up for my blog updates to you get ideas like these right to your inbox.

Looking for the EQ8 Design Instructions?  You can find them HERE

For more projects and tips and techniques on using EQ8, visit my Electric Quilt blog series EQ8 Lessons with Lori.

For more information on EQ8, go to Electric Quilt 8 Software.

Published – Welcome Home Pineapple Table Topper

 

In the May 2020 issue of American Quilter Magazine, you will find my latest design. It is a stunning table topper made with Princess Palette Batik by Mirah.  This palette of batiks acts like blenders and is the perfect combination of colors for the design.  This sunny Pineapple represents warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality and is perfect to welcome guests or gift to a friend.

I designed my topper in EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  It is a foundation paper pieced design that would be great for an intermediate quilter or a dedicated beginner.  I find starting on paper pieced projects that are smaller is a great way to try out this technique.

I was able to import the Princess Palette Batik fabrics right into EQ8 to mock up a realistic picture of my design.  I could try different colors before I had to cut into that precious fabric.  Batik by Mirah generously provided all of the fabrics.  They have some beautiful fabrics that you should definitely consider for your next project.  Batik by Mirah

 

I used foundation patterns created with #EQ8 to make each of the eight sections of the quilt.

It is a lot of stitching, pressing and cutting, but the result really starts to take shape.

Here, I am trimming the sewn foundation.

Then I stitched the four sections of the block together.

The individual blocks  come together to create one pineapple.  There are 8 blocks needed to make the topper.

 

I sewed four blocks together to make half the topper and then stitched the two halves together.

I use a water soluble pen to mark the quilting designs on the topper.  I wanted to stitch little feathers in the background.

Then I stitched cross hatching in the pineapples.

Here is a closeup of the quilting after it was finished and washed.  I love that crinkly texture!

I would love to see your version, just tag me on facebook or instagram @lorimillerdesigns

Happy Stitching!

 

New Products Available: EQ8 Block Library for Accuquilt Blocks

 

 

 

I am very excited to introduce a new product in my shop.  Most of you know that I am an EQ8 Superfan.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8, and I use EQ8 to create my original patterns.  This past year I finally jumped on the Accuquilt bandwagon and became an Accuquilt GO! Getter.  I love how quickly I can cut out a quilt and have a project all ready to sew.

I received an 8″ GO Qube with my Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  I really wanted to design with the Accuquilt 8″ blocks in EQ8, but there was not a library file of the blocks to be found, so I decided to create them.  I got approvals from both companies and created a downloadable file containing all of those Accuquilt blocks drawn in EQ8.  Now they are available in my shop.

The blocks provided by Accuquilt to use with the GO! Qube are all Four patch blocks.  These blocks are based upon a 2 X 2 grid, the most popular style of quilt block.

Accuquilt provides 216 Block designs with their popular GO! Qube die sets

  • For the base GO! Qube Mix and Match die set, there are 72 blocks.
  • For the add on Companion CORNERS set, combined with the Mix and Match die set, there are 72 blocks.
  • For the add on Conpanion ANGLES set, combined with the Mix and Match die set and the Companion Corners set, there are 72 blocks.

For my product launch, I am offering EQ8 Library files with a set of blocks that match them.  They contain the GO! Qube Mix and Match set, the Add On Companion Corners set, and the Add on Companion Angles set for a combined total of 216 blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

It is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled and colored similarly to the blocks provided by Accuquilt so they are easy to match up.

The files currently come in five sizes, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ sizes.  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your Four Patch 2 X 2 grid design quilts.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product.

 

 

I love to teach EQ8!

A wonderful thing happened about five years ago.  I discovered a fabulous software program that has changed my life and took me in surprising and fun directions.  Electric Quilt was a computer software program to design quilts.  It was perfect.

Me at age 11

Let’s take a step back.  I decided to retire early in 2012 and do something with all my creative energy.  I had been a sewist since age 11 and had sewn clothing, home decor, halloween costumes and most recently quilts and small quilty gifts.  I was designing with pencil and graph paper.  I wanted to design more quilts and had an idea to submit to quilt magazines.  I needed something more efficient.  I found Electric Quilt 7 quilt design software.

I bought the software, I tried to use it, it was a comprehensive program.  I was squeaking out a few things when I discovered what turned out to be the first EQ Academy in Ohio.  I lived in Michigan, not a bad drive from where I lived so I invested in myself and attended classes.  So truth be told, it was a perfect match.  I started my career as a computer programmer and ended up as a Director of Information Technology in the Automotive industry.  Mixing my technical background with my love for quilting made Electric Quilt the perfect choice.

I was off and running after those first classes, I was designing my own original patterns.  I made beautiful quilts for friends and family.  I submitted designs from EQ8 to magazines with success and started my own independent pattern business.

I loved it so much, I started to teach the software to others.  I started out teaching my husband, he is so supportive and was my first student.  I began to teach at a local quilt shop and to teach at local quilt events.

I had a wonderful opportunity come up a few years ago to teach for Electric Quilt at one of their EQ Academies.  I really enjoyed it.  I especially enjoy teaching beginners, it is so rewarding to see the light bulbs come on and to have them get excited about designing that perfect quilt they have been thinking about.

It is rewarding to help others be able to design and be creative using this unique, comprehensive software.

I continue to build my knowledge and teach others.  This year I will be teaching a lot of new users, maybe you will be one of my students and learn the joys of designing in EQ8.

Here is my current EQ8 2020 Teaching Schedule:

Postponed to a future date  March 26-28    Decorative Stitch Quilt Shop, Shelby Township, MI

CANCELLED  See you in the Fall  April 2-5    Sprng EQ Academy, Perrysburg, OH

Sep 17-19        Decorative Stitch Quilt Shop, Shelby Township, MI

Oct 1-3             Fall EQ Academy, Perrysburg, OH

I hope you can join me for one of those dates.  Invest in yourself and take a class, you will learn so much.

I also travel to teach at shows, guilds and shops.  Check out my Classes page for my current offerings.

Happy Designing!

 

Free Tutorial – DIY Wrapping Paper or Fabric

Most of you know, I am an EQ8 fanatic and this time I used the quilt design software to create my own wrapping paper and my own fabric with the EQ Printable fabric sheets.   EQ allows you to export blocks and motifs as an image that you can then edit and print using the Photo Layout on the Image Worktable.  Don’t worry if you dont have EQ8, I will include PDF files of my homemade wrapping paper that you can use too.  In addition to the wrapping paper, I used the printed fabric to create a little drawstring bag.

I edited a block with a Vintage Sewing Machine, added some holly, and scaled it onto a sheet of paper and printed it out.

It is an 8 1/2″ x 11′ sheet of paper, but you can wrap some cute small gifts with it.

I also colored a block called Evergreen that was a mod looking pine tree and printed it out.

For this gift, I wrapped the main gift in white tissue paper.  Then I trimmed my diy wrapping paper and cut it in half.

Then I just matched up the print and taped them together in a long strip.

I used the strip and wrapped it around the package like an embellishement sleeve and then just added a coordinating bow on top.  This is a good way to use your cute designs when you are limited to your printer paper size.

Here are the PDF Files that you can use to print that I designed with EQ8.

LMD Holiday Vintage Sewing Machine

LMD Mod Evergreen

Next, I printed my cute holiday vintage sewing machines onto EQ Printable fabric sheets.  I printed two of them and then used them as fabric to create this cute drawstring bag.

DIY Fabric Drawstring Bag

Finished size is approx 6″ x 3″ x 7″

Note: Read through directions first before sewing.  Unless otherwise noted, use 1/4″ seam.

Materials

  • 2 —  8 1/2″ x 11″ printed fabric sheets
  • 2 —  8 1/2″ x 11″ fabric for lining
  • 2 —  2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips of fabric for casing
  • 2 —  26″ pieces of ribbon for drawstring  (1/2″ or less)

Directions

Sew Casing

  1. Make a 1/4″ double rolled hem on each of the short ends of the casings.
  2. Fold wrong sides together and stitch.
  3. Roll the seam to the back so it will be hidden on the back side of the casings and press.
  4. Measure down 1 1/2″ from top of printed fabric and pin the casing down.  Stitch very closely on the top and bottom to secure the casing.  Backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam.  Sew both casings.

Sew Bag

 

  1. With right sides together, stitch the sides and bottom of the bag.
  2. Cut a 1 1/2″ square from each bottom corner of the bag.
  3. Pinch the bag together to box the corner and stitch across.
  4. Place the lining  pieces right sides together. Stitch the sides and bottom of the lining leaving a 2-3 inch opening in the bottom of the lining for turning.
  5. Box the corners of the lining in the same way as the outer bag.
  6. Leaving the lining the wrong side out, slip it over the bag aligning the top edges and seams.
  7. Stitch around the top.  Pull the whole bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Stitch the hole in the lining closed.
  8. Tuck the lining into the bag.  Top stitch around the top of the bag.
  9. Thread the ribbon through both casings.  Start one from one side and the other from the opposite side.  Knot the end of the ribbons to hold them.
  10. Pull the drawstring to close the bag.

I used EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets.  There are several types of fabric sheets to choose from.  I really like them and I use them a lot for quilt labels.  The fabric holds the color very well and is pretty soft to the touch when you wash it.  You can get more information about them HERE.

Share pictures of your own DIY Wall Paper or Fabric!  Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @lorimillerdesigns

Looking for the EQ8 Design Instructions?  You can find them HERE!

For more projects and tips and techniques on using EQ8, visit my Electric Quilt blog series EQ8 Lessons with Lori.

For more information on EQ8, go to Electric Quilt 8 Software.

Free Tutorial – Pop Art Wall Quilt

Greetings!  I am making this quilt for my son for the holiday, it is a picture of his cat, Oreo.  Being a 20 something young man, I wanted something a little more grown up but still fun.  This quilt is made by taking a picture of Oreo and editing it using EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  The edited pictures are then printed on EQ Printable Inkjet Fabric Sheets.  You can use the general tutorial with any picture of the same size but what makes it so much fun, is the ability to edit the picture to black and white and then add different background colors.  It makes this quilt reminiscent of the visual art created by Andy Warhol.  If you have not tried using the photo editing functions of the Image Worktable in EQ8, here is your chance.  Let’s make a Pop Art Wall Quilt.

Pop Art Wall Quilt

Finished size is 24″ x 30″

Materials

  • 9 —  8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ printed fabric pictures
  • 1/4 yd black fabric for binding
  • 1 yd backing
  • 1 yd batting

Directions

Cut Fabric:

Black

  • 4 — 2 1/4″ strips

Print your edited  8″ x 10″ pictures onto Printable Fabric.  (Link for quilt design and photo editing at the end of post)  Be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions when printing.  I used EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets.  There are several types of fabric sheets to choose from.  I really like them and I use them a lot for quilt labels.  The fabric holds the color very well and is pretty soft to the touch when you wash it.  You can get more information about them HERE.

These are the sheets that I printed.  Then I trimmed them to 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ with a seam allowance.

I pieced them into a nine patch.  Arrange the colors how you like.

Quilt the Wall Quilt

 

 

Layer quilt top with the backing, batting and kitties quilt top.

Pin baste the quilt layers together.

Quilt as desired.  I used painters tape to mark horizontal lines and then I quilted about 1/2″ apart with my walking foot with a dark gray thread.

Then I pieced the black binding strips together and bound the quilt.  I need to make a hanging sleeve, but it is finished.

Here is a sneak peek at my work area.  As you can see, my new studio is still in progress but I just had to sew, it has been months of moving and unpacking.

Here is my original design from EQ8.  The colors are not quite as vivid when you print them on the fabric, but they are still eyecatching!

And here is the original picture of Oreo.  He had an issue with his ear, so he always has that rakish, debonair look.

Share pictures of your Pop Art Quilt!  Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @lorimillerdesigns

Looking for the EQ8 Design Instructions?  You can find them HERE!

For more projects and tips and techniques on using EQ8, visit my Electric Quilt blog series EQ8 Lessons with Lori.

For more information on EQ8, go to Electric Quilt 8 Software.

Published – EQ8 Designing More Quilts

I am honored to have a Chapter in the new EQ8 book, Designing More Quilts from the Electric Quilt Company.  I have been partnering with the Electric Quilt Company to share quilt design lessons on their DoYouEq,com blog for both EQ Mini and EQ8 for a couple of years.  Many of you have made those designs with the tutorials I offer right here on my Lori Miller Designs Blog.

I have the privilege of joining many EQ Experts who share their Quilt Design Tricks in this book.  They include lessons on creating Medallion quilts, panel quilts, baby block quilts and more.

        

I wrote Chapter 3 Creating Modern Quilt Layouts with Alternate Gridwork.  Wow, that’s a mouth full but it includes a chapter jam packed with ideas to use EQ8 to create modern elements like asymmetry, exaggerated scale, negative space and minimalism in your quilt designs.

There are lots of tricks to creatively use borders, horizontal layouts, whole top designs and clever block placement to create beautiful designs.

 

I finish with ideas to use the built-in Irregular grids provided by EQ8 to add to your design toolbox.

It’s a fun lesson if you are exploring modern quilt design concepts using the tools that came with your software.  My lesson is just a jumping off point to highlight design tips you might not have thought of or tools with EQ8 you have not used before.

EQ8 has other books that might be of interest to you.

     

A couple of my favorites are the EQ 8 Block library book (You can peruse all of the free blocks that come with the software at your leisure, it is great inspiration too!)

and the first design book, EQ8 Designing Quilts.

For more information on the EQ8 Designing More Quilts book, you can visit Electric Quilt HERE.

Happy Quilt Designing!