While the iPad is great for drafting on the go or capturing a idea for later, I always head to EQ7 when I’m planning the actual quilt.
I took the Apple Tree block that I was playing with on the iPad from yesterday’s post and quickly redrafted it in EQ7.
I’m thinking a 16 inch block right now although you could certainly downsize it to 8 or 12 inches if you wanted by changing my 2 inch grid to a 1 inch for an 8 inch block or 1.5 inches for a 12 inch block.
By plugging my block size in a diagonal setting with sashing and adding a couple borders, I easily see that a twin size quilt could look like this.
However, those setting triangles are pretty big because of the size of my block so while I’ve never done pieced setting triangles, I pulled a log cabin block in from the block library, insert it into the setting triangles, rotate it and this is what I have.
From here, I can play with additional options like adding an inner white border. The beauty of working in EQ is that once you have your original idea – you can look at lots of different options easily without having to rework the entire quilt. I rarely make the first draft of any quilt.
I can also easily tweak my original block — what if I used 4 patches for the apples to give the quilt more interest.
As always, although I’m using only a few colors for the design process, I would make this quilt scrappy using many greens and reds.