S2019 - Designing Custom Quilts in EQ8

With Barb Vlack


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Class Overview

Think outside the box! Not every quilt is made of equal-sized blocks. EQ8’s Custom Set layout is like starting with a large design wall and placing blocks of different sizes next to one another to create beautiful quilts. Using a combination of the Set Block tool and the Adjust tool is where the magic happens.

This full-day class will concentrate on the Custom Set layout style on the Quilt Worktable. You’ll design several custom quilts from scratch, manipulate layouts from the Layout Library, plus you’ll learn a fun trick for instantly creating a quilt layout from a block that you drew yourself. By the end of class, you’ll have a library of layouts to take home with you.

You’ll have fun as you learn to set, rotate, flip, resize, stack, clip, and manipulate multiple blocks at once. The irregular layouts can be used over and over to create t-shirt quilts, photo quilts, modern quilts, folk-art style, applique, pieced, and the possibilities go on and on.

Course Topics

  • Review the basics of setting and customizing the sizes for blocks in the custom layout.
  • Learn the quilt grid settings for easy snapping and sizing of blocks as you set them.
  • Create a variety of quilt designs with a single layout.
  • Learn to draw a block and turn it into a quilt layout.
  • Explore the Layouts by Style in the Layout Library.
  • Save newly created layouts to the Layout library.

Who Should Take this Course

  • Confident beginner- to intermediate-level students with basic EQ8 knowledge.
  • Students who want to design quilts with blocks of different sizes and proportions.
  • Students who already have good knowledge of the EQ8 Quilt Worktable.

Course Includes

  • Small class size for optimal learning experience. 16 maximum students per class.
  • Take-home handouts.
  • Complete instructions for finding EQ8 help: When to get it? Where to go?
  • Classroom assistance from EQ staff.

EQ Academy Reviews

This was my first time at the EQ Academy. And it was worth the wait! I learned so much, and came back home and started using what I learned right away. Created my first table runner in EQ8 and actually finished it. Can’t wait to start another project AND attend another class. Thank you for everything.

Cindy W - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

Thoroughly enjoyed my EQ classes. Instructors and those helping were outstanding. Well-structured lessons and handouts were excellent.

Jeanne G - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

This is my first EQ Academy. I learned so much. The whole experience far exceeded any expectations I had. I will certainly be back for many more.

Celia T - Oklahoma, USA
EQ Academy Student

I was pleasantly surprised – after the first day of the 2 day beginner’s class, I could have left happy with what I learned. Highly recommend.

Sandra L - Pennsylvania, USA
EQ Academy Student

I am so glad I went. I learned so much. Thank you again for a great learning experience.

Janice B - Michigan, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was a fantastic, energetic, & fun experience learning the EQ8 software. I couldn’t have asked for better instructors. They really wanted you to learn & were so helpful. I would highly recommend signing up for these classes. Thanks to EQ for having these in-person classes.

Catherine H - Kentucky, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was an incredible experience and I learned so much! Staff was exceptional and were very patient with all of our questions. I’m looking forward to using EQ8 , thank you to all who helped provide this Academy!

Diane S - Nebraska, USA
EQ Academy Student