For the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge, we had to use the Riley Blake fabric the Cottage Garden collection in a quilted item, challenging ourselves to make something we never have before. An equilateral triangle quilt has been on my to-do list forever, so I decided that was what I was going to make.
I usually use EQ7 (Electronic Quilt) software to play with different layouts, fabrics, colors, and sizes before setting on a design to make, but I had no clue how to use EQ7 to design a triangle quilt. I dove into the instruction manual (which is awesome by the way) and learned how to design a triangle quilt quickly and easily. I would like to share that knowledge with you today.
To design a triangle quilt in EQ7:
1. Within EQ7, select the tab "Quilt" at the top of the screen, then "New Quilt", then "One Patch Quilt"
2. The new quilt that shows up will automatically default to a hexagon quilt. Now select the tab "Layout" at the bottom of the screen.
3. A One Patch Layout Screen will pop up. Use the pull down menu on Patch style and select Thousand Pyramids. (Note: by changing the patch style you can create other types of one patch quilts such as hexagon, diamond, and tumbler.)
4. Now you just need to play with your dimensions and setting to get the type of triangle and the size quilt you would like. I wanted an equilateral triangle (also known as a 60 degree triangle) so I set my width and height to be equal. You can change the number of units in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction.
5. Finally, you can design your quilt to have half triangles on the ends of the rows forming straight sides or design your quilt to have full triangles on the ends of the rows for a zigzag edge. The straight side version is what comes up automatically, to get the zigzag sides, select the tab "Borders" at the bottom of the screen and press the Delete button to delete the border.
The design on the left has a border and the design on the right has no border.
I hope that this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below or e-mail me and I will do my best to answer them.
I am linking up to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday over at the wonderful Late Night Quilter's blog.