Quilt block & pattern – Autumn 1

A little while ago I picked up a copy of Electric Quilt 8, a quilt design software package that is fairly rudimentary, but that has some very useful tools that don’t exist in Photoshop or Illustrator.

I’m in the process of learning how to use this software, and designed this pattern this morning. It’s fairly simple, being a bunch of on-point half square triangles made with strip sets, but I love the impact of the small blocks and repetition.

As designed, this quilt is made with 5 x 5″ blocks and would finish at around 64 x 64″ — it could be scaled up or down just by adding / subtracting blocks, however, so it’s pretty versatile.

Yardage estimates! This is one of the super-duper-extra-handy tools that EQ8 provides. So so so so so so so useful. These estimates are based on standard 43-44″ yardage and a scant quarter-inch seam allowance.

And finally, the block design…again, super straightforward. Make a bunch of strip sets, then chop ’em into HSTs. I can’t wait to give this a try.

And that is my first actually-written-down quilt pattern design. It doesn’t include cutting or sewing instructions, but that’s something I’ll have to figure out how to do on my own — EQ8 doesn’t do that stuff, unfortunately.

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