Designing Your Own Blocks

With Jenny Novinsky


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Class Overview

This class will provide you with the fundamental skills to draw both pieced and applique blocks in EQ8. You’ll draw blocks from scratch, as well as learn to edit existing blocks from the library.

The EasyDraw portion of the class will focus on grid-based blocks and how to set up the worktable and snap settings for successful drawing.

PolyDraw will cover the basics of the CAD-drawing style and making the most of the specialized grids.

The Applique portion will concentrate on using the Shapes tool to draw pre-defined shapes to create fun and unique applique designs. You’ll also use the StarMaker and PosieMaker tools, as well as Wreathmaker.

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

Course Topics

  • Learn how to find the block’s grid.
  • Set up block dimensions and snaps based on the grid.
  • Learn which drawing style (EasyDraw or PolyDraw) is appropriate for the pieced block you want to create.
  • Edit blocks from the library.
  • Determine appropriate sizes for blocks to make them easier to sew.
  • Block vs. Motif for applique designs.
  • Print patterns for the blocks.

Who Should Take this Course

  • Confident beginner- to intermediate-level students with basic EQ8 knowledge.
  • Students who want to design pieced and applique blocks along-side other like-minded students in a creative, sharing and collaborative environment.

Course Includes

  • Handouts for creating the designs created in class, including extra ones for practice at home
  • Classroom assistance from EQ staff

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