I have been using EQ7 to design original blocks for many of my quilt designs for Quilt Design a Day (Qdad). Each of us has committed to designing a quilt a day. I joined originally for fun, but now I am very serious about continuing. The discipline of designing every day has improved my designs and increased my creativity. It has also made me a much better EQ7 user. We get our inspiration from the two photos and their color palettes on Design Seeds. I then convert the palettes to Kona Cottons using PaletteBuilder. You can see my tutorial on Creating Custom Palettes on my Tutorials page.
I use EQ7’s Serendipity function (Block>Serendipity) to design many of my quilts. I usually I start with a some kind of representation inspired by the Design Seeds photo and palette. For example, this week we had an orange slice as the inspiration photo and palette.
I started by drawing a block, in Easy Draw, which was a very literal translation of the inspiration photo:
Next I decided to see what would happen if I used EQ7 Serendipity to change the block. I went to Block>Serendipity> Shrink and Flip. EQ7 then shrinks the hi-lighted block (on the left) and combines it with three copies of itself.
The flags below the main picture determine the direction the 4 shrunk blocks will take. I look at each block and decide if I want to keep it. When I want to keep a block, I press the Add to Sketchbook button. Look at the quilt below and notice that I placed the Design 3 blocks in the center, Design 1 blocks in the inner pieced border, and Design 4 blocks around the perimeter. All of the blocks have the same components arranged differently.
The same thing can be accomplished with graph paper, crayons (or colored pencils/markers, etc). Draw the original block, make copies, either by hand or photocopied, color them, cut them apart and rearrange. I would take a photo of your design when you are done. One tool which you might find useful is the Dritz design mirror. It is a two mirror set which you can set by your design to see what it would look like multiplied. It is thrilling!!!
Have a quilty day!!