You don’t have to start from scratch every time you draw a block in EQ7! One of the easiest ways to draw a block is to start from an existing block and make modifications. Copy a block from the Block Library and edit it to the Block Worktable and start playing!
For this lesson, we’ll use the New York Beauty block from the Sparkling Bubbles quilt (Quiltmaker, July/August 2013) to make variations. Download the EQ7 project file with this block here.
Here is the original block used in the Sparkling Bubbles quilt.
For the first variation, we’ll simplify the block by deleting a few lines.
1. With the original block edited to the Block Worktable, click the Pick tool on the left toolbar and click on one of the lines inside the first arc, to select it.
1. Press the DELETE key on your keyboard to delete the line.
2. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining lines inside the first arc.
3. Now we have a simpler version of the original block. Click Add to Sketchbook to save this variation.
For the second variation we’ll add lines to the block.
1. Begin with the original block on the Block Worktable.
2. Click on the small red box on the Shape tool to open the Edit Line box.
3. Click on the first “ray” in the second arc to select it, then click the Half button on the Edit Line box.
This creates a node in the center of the selected line.
4. Repeat step 3 for the remaining rays AND the outer arc segments.
Click the Line tool and use the new nodes to draw more rays between the existing rays.
6. Click Add to Sketchbook to save this variation.
For the third variation we’ll delete, add, and modify existing lines.
1. Again, begin with the original block on the Block Worktable.
2. As we did in the first exercise, click the Pick tool and delete the lines inside the first arc.
3. Now delete the lines of the smaller arc.
4. Click the Arc tool and draw a 3” arc in the bottom left corner of the block. (If your arc is flipped the wrong way, tap the SPACEBAR on your keyboard while you’re drawing to flip it the opposite way.)
5. Click on the small red box on the Shape tool and click the arc you just drew. On the Edit Arc box change the number next to Stagger to 6. Click the Stagger button.
6. Click, hold, and drag the base nodes of the rays to the corresponding nodes on the small arc.
7. Click Add to Sketchbook to save this variation.
There are so many possibilities! How many variations can you draw?