Archive for February, 2013

Well almost!


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I belong to a group, the Sydney Southern Cross Quilters, with a new mystery quilt challenge.

I’ve been slowly working away on my block. I decided to go with the 12″ block idea and then when next month’s instructions are issued I can decide whether to proceed with another 8 blocks or turn my block into a medallion quilt.

The first instruction is for an applique block. I’m using some of my fabric scraps saved from the quilt (flimsy stage without borders at the moment) I am currently making for my niece in green and purple batiks. The block I have chosen is from my EQ add on CD, Folk Art Applique. I decided I wanted a fairly simple design with the option to use some of my smaller scraps in the circles. Of course I still had to purchase background fabric.

It took me some time but I finally decided on which scraps to use where, I have yet to stitch the circles down.




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Are you still pondering the uses of yesterday’s tutorial on the use of Full Sashing Squares in an On-Point EQ Layout. Are you thinking ‘I don’t have time to sit through the tutorial never to use it again’.

Well ponder no longer, once you’ve mastered the technique  you will use it again and again. Have you ever wondered how to get the extra blocks in the many elaborate quilt layouts you see? You need to ‘float’ them on Layer 2, see yesterday’s tutorial. You might consider something like this, created from star number 22 in the Layout Library and a couple of blocks I found in the block libraries. Looks pretty good to me.


but without those extra tulips sitting up into the border it is sadly lacking, it just doesn’t have the same appeal does it?


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Sarah has asked for a tutorial on how to complete this task. I’ve taken quite a few screen shots to make the steps as simple as possible to follow so this will be a long post. If you see any errors please let me know.

Open a new file -name it something relevant. Choose an on-point quilt layout. I chose a 3 x 3 design with 12″ blocks and 2″ sashing.


It should look like this.


Now go into your block libraries and choose any block to insert into your layout. I chose an applique design.


Set the block into your layout however you wish and colour to suit yourself.


Below is the erase tool.


I have used the erase tool on all the outside sashing triangles so I can see where to place my new full sized sashing squares.


Next you’ll need a plain block to be used as our new, full sashing squares. You can do this by choosing the set block tool and then right clicking into the sketchbook and choosing to create a plain block.


However I prefer to draw one the exact size I need in Easydraw. My sashings are 2″ wide so I’m drawing a 2″ x 2″ block  By doing this when I drag it from my sketchbook onto my quilt it is already sized correctly.


I coloured it


and then I saved it. Yes  you do want to save this blank block to the sketchbook.


We are now going to switch to Layer 2, (the tab is at the bottom of your quilt) or it is sometimes referred to as the applique layer.


Now back to your sketchbook and left click on the sashing square you created earlier and drag it to your quilt top and drop it where you want it. You’ll need to do this 12 times as you need 12 sashing squares around the perimeter of your quilt.


This is the adjust tool


You will need to pick one of your full sashing squares by left clicking on it, a box will highlight the edges.


You will need to rotate your block 45 degrees to turn it on point.


and manoeuvre it into position with these tools.


If you can’t get your sashing square into position correctly it may be necessary to go into your Quilt Worktable Options and choose Snap Settings and then decrease the nudge settings to 1/32″.


You will notice your sashing square extends beyond the current border.


All your sashing squares will need to be placed into position, use of the alignment tool will help. Choose the adjust tool, left click on one of the squares in the correct position and while using the Shift key pick the blocks you wish to move and then left click on the alignment you need. They should all now be in line with your first chosen block.


All your sashing squares now extend beyond the border of your quilt.


Now change to your borders tab at the bottom of your quilt.


Make your border 1.5″ wide.


Back to Layer 1

You will notice the border now extends to the sashing squares.


Colour this border the same as your set in triangles.


Right click on your quilt top and uncheck  outline patches and outline blocks by left clicking on  each line. You turn them back on by left clicking back on them again.


It now appears you have set in triangles extending the full length of your sashing squares.


The last step is add borders as required.


Remember if you use this method EQ7 will no longer be able to provide you with accurate rotary cutting instructions for the set in triangles. It is purely for visual purposes only.

Thank you for your patience. I hope it wasn’t  too long and complicated. If you’ve stayed with me you’ve done well – congratulations.

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After my post yesterday I thought I may have been overthinking the steps required to achieve the end result. Today I have achieved the same result but with far fewer steps. Instead of having to float your borders in Layer 2 why not just extend your first border on layer 1 so it extends to the tips of your sashing squares and then just add borders as usual – simple, so simple I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier – lol



Here it is all coloured in with the same result –  and it took about a quarter of the time as well. I did say yesterday there was probably more than one way to do this!







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In another group I belong to Sarah asked if it was possible to have full sized sashing squares at the end of the sashing rows in an on-point setting in EQ. Well, yes Sarah it is.

There are a couple of tricks necessary to make it all work. You will need to ‘float’ your squares and borders on level 2 but you will still need a small border on level 1 to extend your setting triangles to your border. If you see my image 2 below you can see the border I’ve put on level 1 which when  ‘outline patches’ is unchecked makes it appear your setting triangles extend all the way to my first border.

There may be other ways to do this but this is the method I chose.

If  this isn’t clear to you, please let me know. Would you like a tutorial on this? If you would like a copy of my EQ7 file leave a comment and I’ll send it to you. This obviously won’t happen if you’re a no reply person!




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This design is inspired by a blouse I saw a woman wearing on the train to work the other morning. Looking at it again I can see something nautical happening.



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Phew it’s been a bit hectic around here the last three weeks but finally it’s all over and I can get back to my usual routine. I’ve been trying to do a little bit of sewing the last few days and I’ve also been trying to play catch up with all the outstanding  jobs that need doing around the house.

My niece rang me at Christmas and said she had a new bed, king size in fact. You know where this is going don’t you? It appears the quilt I made her a few years ago no longer fits the bed and she would like a new one, greens and purples would be nice.

When I was running errands a few weeks ago I found some nice batiks that seem to fit the colour combo requested and because I was out of time I decided on some of these easy cut/sew blocks. They are a good fit and the beauty of these blocks is they don’t take long to sew together. Unfortunately I wish I had bought more of the fabric  because  I’ve run out, now I’m playing with layouts to try and solve the problem but I think it will be back to the shop for me. A king size bed is awfully large  isn’t it?




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