Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January EQ8 Block Spotlight & Giveaway!

Did you know that each month Electric Quilt highlights a block from the EQ8 Block Library? They share a few ideas on how you could use the block in a unique way in a quilt top then asks EQ users to play and show what they can do with the block.

This month's block is the Pinwheel Square and you can find it on EQ's blog here. You can link up your design and see everyone else's on the blog page too.

I decided to play with the Pinwheel Square this month and came up with three different looking quilt tops.

1. Vertical Layout

I used the vertical layout to have regular and half drop blocks and then colored parts of the block the same color as the dark background to give a vertical zigzag look between the columns of blocks.

2. Combined with Duck and Ducklings

For the second design, I combined the Pinwheel Square block with the Duck and Ducklings block. I colored parts of both blocks white like the background to simplify the quilt top a little.

3. Combined with Irish Chain

For the last design I combined with Pinwheel Square block with a simple Irish Chain block I drew in EQ8. I colored the blocks to look a little like flowers.

Which is your favorite design? Have you ever played with and submitted a design in the EQ8 Block Spotlight?


Do you want to win a copy of EQ8? I am giving away a copy over on Instagram right now! You can find the link here. (Note: this giveaway is only on Instagram, a comment on this post will not be counted as an entry.)

The Electric Quilt Company is generously offering a special coupon code for my readers.  Use can use EQ8CHERYL for 20% off of their entire website, (EQ8, EQ8 upgrades, books, add-ons, etc.). The code is good until March 31, 2020.


  1. Wow...striking designs. I can't wait to learn!!

  2. These are a lot of fun Cheryl. I especially like the third version with the Irish Chain.

  3. I've submitted designs for other months. And after reading this post, I decided to play around with the block, set it on point, and came up with a heart. Changing the coloring a bit, I gave it a slightly woven look.

  4. I had not hear of that challenge before. And from your versions I like No. 1 "Vertical Layout" the best :) xo Melanie

  5. Versatility plus! I don’t EQ, but I love it when you do!


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