This is a tool I rarely use but it would save me so much grief! I often want to design quilts that just don’t fit the “normal” settings. I’m working up some swap blocks into a quilt and the next one will use blocks from the Nifty Fifty 8 swap I hosted several years ago.
Since there are 50 states, I have 50 blocks to put into this quilt. A traditional layout just doesn’t compute for that number of blocks so when I assembled the quilt top our NF8 group donated for breast cancer research, I had to come up with something different.
I was working in Pennsylvania on a travel nurse assignment at the time and I know I had EQ installed on my computer but I think I drew this out by hand. I want to use the same layout for my own quilt top and I wanted to see it in EQ6 before I start cutting. Luckily I have this picture of the charity quilt top to work from. My neighbors in the apartment complex must have thought I’m crazy for hanging a quilt from my balcony. 🙂
I’m changing my borders a bit for my own quilt so the quilt will be a little larger. The charity quilt seen above is 102″ x 114″….a large quilt! Mine will be 108″ x 120″…..a larger quilt! Why did I do that???? I want my layout to look like this instead of plain strips between the 9-patches:
Everything is the same except for a 3″ addition to the borders. It won’t be too hard to calculate the size of the strips I need to cut. What’s going to be hard is deciding how to place all those blocks! My Queen size bed probably won’t hold them all without over lapping. 🙂
Custom Set allowed me to place my blocks exactly where I want them and put spacers where I want strips. If you haven’t given it a try…what are you waiting for? It’s a wonderful tool. Thanks Penny, et al at Electric Quilt.