I thought I would share some tips for designing a medallion style quilt this month (my Christmas In July challenge for Island Batik is a medallion quilt). EQ7 has a variety of border styles that make this a fun and creative process.
First you need to start out with your quilt layout. I just wanted one 12 inch block as my center, so after adding a few choices into my sketchbook I started a new quilt, using a horizontal layout. I then clicked the first tab (layout) and after selecting 1 block horizontal and vertical set my block size at 12 inches.
Next step is to go to the second tab (borders) and start selecting your borders. Your layout will probably start with one border already present.
As you can see, there are quite a few border styles to choose from. It's a lot of fun to click on each one to see what happens. There are additional options for the different border styles as well, you can usually adjust the number of units in the border, and the width of your border.
To see how the block will look with your center block you click the Layer 1 tab. Color the border just as you would a block. If you use the control key you can color all the units on each side at once - that makes it quick and easy.
I hope you've enjoyed this overview of how to add borders to make a medallion quilt on EQ7. I love all the possibilities of working with the different border options. You can also add blocks to the borders - which make the options infinite, as well as super challenging to sew! Here is a fun design I came up using the same borders, but a different block in the center, and playing with setting blocks in the border patches:
I could go on playing with this for hours!
For more ideas about using EQ7 make sure you check out Quilt Shop Gal's Blog - she has been linking up several bloggers on the 10th of each month as we celebrate Electric Quilt's 25th anniversary - and make sure you use the #EQ25 on social media - I was a winner for their May social media giveaway!