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Thread: Rhonda's Electric Quilt Class - Week 2 - Block Work

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    Rhonda's Electric Quilt Class - Week 2 - Block Work

    EQ5/EQ6/EQ7 Classes Week 2

    Here we are again for a second class on using the EQ5/EQ6/EQ7 programs

    We talked about and practiced using the simple tools and made a 9 patch quilt block.

    So today we will make two more quilt blocks and explore more tools

    Remember - tools are shown in the last few pages of your manual.

    So for this lesson I would like to have you set your quilt block for 6 blocks horizontally and 6 blocks vertically. I refer to this as a 6 x 6 grid.

    Remember to reset the blocks click on
    Layout
    Change horizontal to 6
    Change vertical to 6
    Clear the sashings to 0
    If you have a border click on
    Border and delete the border(s)

    This is what you should see now: EQ6 and EQ7 share the same layout here.

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    Next we need to work on a block.

    Click on Worktable
    Click on work on block
    Click on Block in the top tool bar
    Click on New and then
    Slide over to easy draw


    Click on the arrow in the left tool bar if you are using EQ6 or EQ7(right on EQ5)


    Click on the arrow in the right tool bar - EQ5

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    So here is a block I use a lot. It is one of my shortcut blocks and also a traditional block. Once you understand the basic way of making and using this block you can change the lines and use it anyway you can dream up.

    I count the dots from the corner so I can place the lines the same way at the beginning of the line and where it ends. Also I need both lines to be the same. You can slant these lines and make a different look or you can split this block in other ways. But for now let’s stay with the original look.

    Please remember you have to have your line connected to dots on a line for them to remain. If the dot is not on the line but is only close it won’t work. The line will disappear when you move on to color.


    My Kansas Dugout shortcut tutorial:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ks-t59742.html


    This is a Kansas Dugout Block - No color yet

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    It doesn’t really make any difference what size your center is. I counted over 5 dots but you could use 6 or even 7 if you want a fat center.



    Now let’s add color. Click on color and color it how you like.

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    Now let’s set it into the 6 x 6 grid.
    Go back to the worktable and click on Work on Quilt
    Then click on the set tool. Refer to your book if you need to find it.
    Then click on the block you want to use and then click on the square in the grid to place that block.


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    Now you can play with the rotate tool - Just start turning them and seeing what designs you get when you turn things. As you turn them watch for things you like the look of. I like the x in the corners and so I started with that. Then I turned the four in the middle til I decided which way I wanted the center to look. Then I decided on the four corners in the middle.


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    After you get the design you like then you can start adding colors and seeing how it affects the design.

    Here I added a third color. You can add as many colors as you like and divide up the design however you think it looks good. Just changing colors makes a big difference in how it looks. Adding color and turning the blocks is a great way to come up with new ideas. It’s lots of fun!


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    After you get the design you like then you can start adding colors and seeing how it affects the design.

    Here I added a third color. You can add as many colors as you like and divide up the design however you think it looks good. Just changing colors makes a big difference in how it looks. Adding color and turning the blocks is a great way to come up with new ideas. It’s lots of fun!


    Next week we will talk about putting these designs into a quilt.

    Hope you enjoyed this week’s lesson!


    the pic below here is a checkbook cover I use to make.
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    Sorry about the size of the pictures. I am still finding my way around this site as far as posting pics on here.

    If you have any trouble downloading the tutorial let me know and I can save it as a PDF if you need that.


    I didn't get to add this as I ran out of allowed pics. so here is the last of what I wanted to add.


    One more thought for this week:

    I’ve used this block for making checkbook covers and coin purses and hotpads.
    Here are a couple of pictures of things I made with this method

    the first pic is a coin purse and the second one is a hotpad I use to make alot of them for the store I sold to then. Just thought you might like to see what this quilt block looks like in real fabric.
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    Thanks Rhonda for another great tutorial. I was able to follow it and create the block and go from there to playing with many quilt layouts possibilities. Again, thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial for us.
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    You did a wonderful job making this tutorial. Your lessons are so doable. I hope as we get more into this you can show us how to add our own fabrics and squares and how to figure how much fabric we need to make the designed quilt. Thank
    you for showing us what we can do with our program.

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    Thank yo sooooo much for your time and effort on these great tutorials! Learning way more than trying to pick it up out of a manual! Thanks!
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    Thanks Rhonda..just want to mention.....save save save.....in EQ7 it's the red arrow up.... not I can play....
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    Thanks again for another great Tut. Looking forward to more.
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    You're welcome everyone. Yes I plan to show how to add your own fabric and figure yardage. In a couple of lessons down the road.

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    Thank you for another great tutorial. It was fun playing with the pattern. Debbie

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    WOW Rhonda, another great tutorial. I now look forward to Mondays.
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    thank you rhonda for your effort on this tut it is great

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    OH this is SOOOOOooo much more fun and easy to understand than any old manuel! THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    a thousand times over thank you! can't wait until the next one!
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    thank you again, just posting to be subscribe.

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    Thanks Rhonda. Another great lesson!!! Please do a pdf. file. They are so easy to print and keep for future referral.

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    Here is the PDF for Week 2. I will try to remember to do this when I post each lesson.
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    Thank you so much, I am really enjoying playing with EQ! It was a nightmare now it is fun!!!
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    thank you Rhonda got it I really appreciate it very much.

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    Ronda, you must have sooo much patients, my comp. is in the shop and I'm having to work on another,I couldn,t
    get the colored block to the quilt,I need a bit of help.
    I can't begin to describe how much I appreciate this,I look so forward to each tut each week.

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    Rhonda am trying to work on my quilt in EQ5, I am getting the following message when I try to set the block, and I don't have the slightest idea what it is talking about. Please help.

    "Can't set drawing on base layer of quilt. (Use Layout Options to remove restrictions.) "


    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by d.swindle View Post
    Ronda, you must have sooo much patients, my comp. is in the shop and I'm having to work on another,I couldn,t
    get the colored block to the quilt,I need a bit of help.
    I can't begin to describe how much I appreciate this,I look so forward to each tut each week.

    d.swindle
    What were you clicking on? If your colored block is saved in the sketchbook then
    Make sure you are in quilt and not block - Go to worktable to change from one to the other
    Click on the set tool
    Click on the colored block in the palette
    Click on the square in the quilt where you want to set the block.
    Continue to do this to set all the blocks where you want them

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    Quote Originally Posted by verna2197 View Post
    Rhonda am trying to work on my quilt in EQ5, I am getting the following message when I try to set the block, and I don't have the slightest idea what it is talking about. Please help.

    "Can't set drawing on base layer of quilt. (Use Layout Options to remove restrictions.) "


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    Verna2197
    It is telling you you need to click on layout 1. Layout 1 is your base layout. You have to be in layout 1 to set the blocks and work on them. The language they use is not real plain. I don't know why they can't use turn tool instead of rotate and block tool instead of set tool. that is how I think of them. It makes more sense to me!

    And if they are going to call it a base layout why can't they call it that in the button so their words match up! Less confusing that way in my opinion.

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    Great Tutorial Rhonda. I am having a lot of fun playing around with this and learning how to use it. Thank you for taking the time to teach us all how to use this awesome software!!
    Jeanne

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    Rhonda am trying to work on my quilt in EQ5, I am getting the following message when I try to set the block, and I don't have the slightest idea what it is talking about. Please help.

    "Can't set drawing on base layer of quilt. (Use Layout Options to remove restrictions.) "


    Thanks
    Verna2197


    Hi Verna... I was getting this same message and was on layer 1 and it still wouldn't work. This is what I did and haven't had anymore problems with it. In EQ5,
    Go to File, click on Preferences, a box will pop up. Look at the tabs and click on Layout Options. You have several boxes that have check marks in them, uncheck the following boxes, Prevent motifs from being set on layer 1 and prevent uncolored drawing from being set on layer 1 then click OK and try it again. That should fix the problem. Hope this helps!! This is what worked for me on Tutorial 1.
    Jeanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanne307 View Post


    Hi Verna... I was getting this same message and was on layer 1 and it still wouldn't work. This is what I did and haven't had anymore problems with it. In EQ5,
    Go to File, click on Preferences, a box will pop up. Look at the tabs and click on Layout Options. You have several boxes that have check marks in them, uncheck the following boxes, Prevent motifs from being set on layer 1 and prevent uncolored drawing from being set on layer 1 then click OK and try it again. That should fix the problem. Hope this helps!! This is what worked for me on Tutorial 1.

    Thank you so much, It worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by verna2197 View Post
    Thank you so much, It worked for me.
    Glad it worked for you! Hopefully you wont have anymore problems.
    Jeanne

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