I’m a fan of Electric Quilt (EQ) software, having used it for many years. It allows me to design my own blocks and quilts, try out layouts and color combinations, and print yardage requirements. And star blocks of all sorts are just about my favorites, so when I saw recently that EQ has a new add-on featuring star quilts, I was sold!
The “Star Power” add-on is based on an out-of-print book by Judy Martin. I’m not sure how I missed this book, but I do not own it. (Are you hearing another excuse to buy the add-on?) The add-on includes all the blocks AND quilt designs from the book. Once the add-on is part of your own EQ you can edit the blocks and quilt designs or make your own quilt designs using Judy’s blocks.
The add-on includes many beautiful star blocks. (In fairness, the basic EQ program has a lot of star blocks as well.) I gravitated immediately to Judy’s collection of “simple stars” because I’ve never made stars like this! Here’s an example, exported from EQ (with a few color changes by me, of course).
And once I’d seen those blocks, I integrated them with a chain block that came standard with my EQ8 software, changed colors a few times, added some borders, and generally fooled around with it until I had this:
The add-on includes a number of stunning designs by Judy, most of them more dramatic than my simple design. Here’s an example:
I’m looking forward to making more star designs in EQ8 and then some quilts from those designs!
Do you use EQ? Other design software? I’d be interested to know.
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