S2019 - Designing Modern Quilts in EQ8

With Jenny Novinsky


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Class Overview

EQ8 isn’t just for traditional designs! In this class, you’ll learn to design quilts with a modern aesthetic using Custom Set, strip quilts, and other layouts that break out of the conventional grids. Use borders to your advantage and learn how to manipulate classic blocks on the Block Worktable to give them a modern spin.

In this full-day course you’ll explore topics such as negative space, manipulating the scale of blocks, and drawing your own unique quilt layouts. You’ll play with deconstructing blocks and discovering new colorways for quilt designs.

At the end of this class, you’ll have a Sketchbook full of quilts that will inspire your own modern designs!

Note: This class was offered at the Spring and Fall 2018 EQ Academy workshops and will cover the same material.

Course Topics

  • Create quilts with a modern twist using a variety of different layout styles.
  • Learn the ins and outs of using Custom Set to create quilt designs.
  • Draw blocks that can be converted to layouts.
  • Edit blocks from the library to create new variations.
  • Use the coloring tools to audition new colorways.

Who Should Take this Course

  • Intermediate-level students with EQ8 knowledge in creating quilts and basic drawing.
  • Students who want to design quilts with a modern style, negative space, and asymmetry.

Course Includes

  • Small class size for optimal learning experience. 16 maximum students per class.
  • Handouts for all the designs created in class.
  • 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