Today I’m excited to celebrate my 2 year blogiversary with you! For this party, we’ll be designing octagon quilts in EQ, and turning them into reality quickly with Inklingo.
If you’re here from the Quilting Gallery, welcome! You can see pictures of my Doodlebug Garden quilt here.
Last month, Linda Franz introduced the Periwinkle Octagon Collection, complete with a reverse mystery for making a quilt with the new shapes. You can see the collection and the related posts here. I was intrigued by the shapes, but wanted to make something a little smaller than a full sized quilt. In the blog posts, Linda includes EQ files for the quilt so you can recolor it. Her blocks have several octagons in each, but I wanted a file with the octagons individually. So today, I’ll show you how I drafted that block, and next week I’ll walk you through each step of the sewing process.
First, though, I want to show you the end result 🙂
My husband dubbed it, “Long May She Weave.” Would you like to make one too? You’ll need the Inklingo Periwinkle Octagon collection for the kite shape, and the free collection for the diamond. If you have EQ, you can design along with me and create your own designs or colorations. Let’s get started!
1. Open up a new EQ project. Click on the Work on Block icon, and then pull down the Block menu< New Block < PatchDraw block. Set up your block like this:
(Grid: circle, 12 rings, 8 spokes, 48 horizontal and vertical snaps).
2. Using the blue pencil tool on the left, click on each spot where a spoke touches a ring to create your octagon. Note: the vertical and horizontal spokes aren’t shown, but you can still see where to click by following the horizontal and vertical lines that go through the center of the block. When you get all the way around, click twice on your original point to complete the octagon.
3. Now pick a corner to start making your kites. Using the pencil again, click on the narrow point, then the block corner, then follow the spoke to click the octagon point, and back to your starting point. Repeat for second kite in the corner.
4. Complete kites in the next corner. Use the arrow tool to select your first two kites, then copy and paste.
5. Use the flip buttons (icons right after the snaps setup in the top bar) to rotate kites. Then use the arrow key to move them to the right corner.
6. Repeat for the bottom corners.
7. Now click on the color tab at the bottom of the block. Color as desired and add to sketchbook. You won’t need this octagon block for my quilt, but you may want it as you play with designs.
8. Go back to the pieced tab of the block and click on the octagon. Delete it. This will enable us to draft the star in the center of the octagon.
9. Copy and paste the kites again, arranging them in the center of the block. After you copy and paste the kite, use the tool that shows a square changing to a diamond to rotate the kites into the correct orientation.
10. Once you have the four center units placed, draw a diamond with the pencil tool to fill in the gaps.
11. Copy, paste and rotate the other three diamonds. Then color in your patches, and you’re ready to use the block in a quilt layout! Please note, the Periwinkle Octagon collection uses kite shapes (purple below), not half kites like the EQ patches, so make sure you always color the two triangles in the same color to represent the full-sized kites.
So now you’re ready to design with the Periwinkle Octagon and free shape collections. Next week, I’ll show you how I used EQ to calculate yardage and patch counts, and walk you through my steps to sewing “Long May She Weave” together.