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Giant Double Aster Block and EQ7

on Jun 14, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, eq7, free spirit fabrics, quilt, tutorial | 9 comments

I came across a neat block on Pinterest. It is a link for a flickr image found here. Turns out the quilt block is a Marcia Hohn Quilter’s Cache block called the Double Aster Block. (Her block is “on point” where mine is straight on, by the way.)

Well that background story is all good, but I really thought the block had enough interesting lines by itself, to make it into a quilt.

One block- one quilt. Not 12 identical blocks. I mean really ONE BLOCK = ONE QUILT. You read that right.

Doesn’t look too big in the photo, right?? Just look like a block?

Let me show you how I went about making the block super-sized. This is the how-to, which I did, of course you can always go all MATH on it to make it bigger also. My method uses Electric Quilt software. (EQ7)? If you have the software, this is super easy. You don’t even have to work in the quilting worktable. It is just one BIG block. {{Click on the images to make them larger.}}

First, I had to draft out the block in the Easy Draw board. It might already be a block in the block library EQ provides, but I thought it’d be quicker to just draw it out. (You can do this One Block = One Quilt with any block)

See that red arrow in the above picture?? That box tells you the blocks finished size. My default is 10″ (I don’t know why, I’ve never made a 10″ block???)

Simply, change the 10 to whatever you like. In my case, I made the BIG block quilt 50″ square, so both number 10’s were changed to 50’s. See how the ruler changed along the edges?

Next up- super easy, color it in. Or don’t. It’s up to you. Then all you have to do it go to FILE-> PRINT-> ROTARY CUTTING…

There are a few variables to change around when you are looking at the print menu, like rounding all seams to 1/8″ of an inch or allowing for a 1/4″ standard seam allowance, but that stuff isn’t tricky, so I didn’t do a screen shot.

Now you have the cutting directions/sizes for a GIANT quilt block. My block has 20″ half square triangles for goodness sakes. I added the ruler and scissors into this next picture, so you can see how big it turned out.

Since it is just a block, it really didn’t take all that long to sew together. I definitely think I’d do it again with another block. Who knows where pinterest will send me next.

Oh Pinterest, you sneaky inspiring little rascal…
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**The fabrics used in this block are all from my stash. Free Spirit: Joel Dewberry- Aviary II and the white is Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements.


  1. I would like to hire you to stand next to me every time I use EQ. No doubt having you breathing down my neck would drive me batty, but look at all I would learn! I truly had no idea you could draw the block FIRST and THEN change the size. What a revelation!


    June 14, 2012

  2. Great idea! I change the size all the time in EQ but never thought about going that big……….oh boy…..more fun coming!


    June 14, 2012

  3. So I don’t have EQ, nor can I get it 🙁 But I LOVE this quilt. Would you be willing to share the pattern? Thanks!!


    August 13, 2012

  4. The reason EQ scaled it to a 10 in block initially is that you have what is basically a 5 patch block, which is split up into 2 4in segments and one 2 in segment. Looking forward to making this as a center for a big block quilt!
    Thanks for sharing!



    November 18, 2012

  5. I would like to make this a finished 12″ block. Could you help me in the sizes of the pieces? Thanks


    July 6, 2014

  6. Would you do this pattern for me on a 3 ft by 3 ft to use as a barn quilt pattern?

    kay Williams

    February 14, 2015

  7. Thank you. I needed a reason to buy this program LOL. I finally purchased EQ7 from Walmart at a great price. This will be major fun!!


    March 24, 2015

  8. I would love to have this pattern to make a quilt out of would you be willing to share. I do not have EQ7 either.

    Elyse B

    February 27, 2016

  9. This is an antique block designed by Nancy Cabot.

    Janet Maruca

    August 31, 2016

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