Sizes in Electric Quilt
The first thing to remember is that quilt blocks in EQ do not have a size associated with them. The size can be anything!
This quilt was fun to design. The colors were inspired by . . .
. . . a quilt designed by Barb Vlack on the cover of her book Quilt Design: Border, Layout, and Setting Secrets, published in 2003.
A Nifty EQ Tip
I learned this little trick from Barb Vlack.
When you click on a solid color in the Paint dialog box, you can right click and choose “add grades” to make new swatches. It is easy-peasy.
For example, when you right click on a solid red, like I did (above) . . .
. . . the result (above) will grade from red to yellow in 10 steps.
Is that cool, or what?
You can even click to change the starting or ending color to get exactly what you want.
I clicked on the yellow box (above) and chose a blue instead . . .
. . . and got this new palette.
When you click “Add to Sketchbook” the colors are ready to use!
Let me say that again. Wow.
Barb’s Quilt Design Book is full of great stuff like this. It was written for EQ5, and my example is in EQ5, but this method works EQ6 and EQ7 too.
I have thrown away many old computer books, but books from Electric Quilt are keepers—worth hanging onto, even 9 years later.
Printing on Dark Fabric
The Electric Quilt Project Files – Free!
You can download my EQ file and have some fun designing with the new NYB shapes.
The files are all identical.
3 Cool Tips
Many of us only use a small number of the tools available in Electric Quilt, but I hope our little tip today will make you want to explore EQ even more.
- Make it a habit to right click occasionally, just to see what extra options EQ gives you.
- Be sure to set the block size in the quilt layout to 6 inches for the NYB quarter circle, okay?
- If you ever have a chance to take any class from Barb Vlack—go for it!
You CAN Sew It!
Whether you design with EQ or a paper and pencil, you know you can actually sew it and get great results when you use your ordinary Inkjet printer and Inklingo to print the shapes on fabric!
Combo 2 – Cut the freezer paper 7.25 x 8.75 and print a Custom Page Size. (The fabric can be slightly smaller.)
Maybe you will use this combo layout to print several fabrics with diamonds, half diamonds, large triangles, and small triangles, and mix and match them in several New York Beauty blocks.
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Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.