When I color and add to Sketchbook, why do I only see my last coloring?

The other colorings are there. They are just stacked. Each time you color and click Add to Sketchbook, your latest coloring gets stacked on top of the previous colorings.

  • Up to 10 colorings can be on a stack.
  • This prevents the need to scroll through dozens of blocks to find the coloring you want.
  • It saves computer memory.
  • It also prevents a new block from being formed each time you color any patch on the quilt.)

How to see the stacked colorings

There are “coloring arrows” in the Sketchbook and on the Blocks palette.


To help you understand these arrows, try this:

  1. Click the View Sketchbook button.
  2. Click Add to Sketchbook.
  3. Color your block with prints.
  4. Click the Color tab.
  5. Click the Edit button on the Sketchbook.
  6. Select the block.
  7. Click the View Sketchbook button > click the Blocks section.
  8. Get a block from the Block Library.
  9. Click the Blocks section (if necessary).
    You will see your block. Look beneath the block:

You’ll see the words “Block 1 of 1; Colorings (some number – I don’t know what you’ll see for the first number) of 3.”

  • The block will have 3 colorings – 2 are the colorings all library blocks have (one grayscale; one multi-color). The third coloring is the coloring you made and saved.
  • To see your coloring, click the forward pointing arrows until you see your coloring.

Experiment with the coloring arrows to see what they show you:

  • Left-most arrow: shows you the block drawing – (coloring 0)
  • Second arrow: shows you the previous coloring
  • Third arrow: shows you the next coloring
  • Fourth arrow: shows you the last coloring

Two ways to see all block colorings when setting blocks into the quilt

  • Click these same coloring arrows appearing at the bottom of the Blocks palette.
  • OR right-click inside the Blocks palette > choose Select Coloring. You can select the coloring you want to use.


If you do not want EQ to stack colorings

If you prefer a duplicate block be created, with only one coloring, each time you add a new coloring to the Sketchbook:

  1. Click FILE > Preferences > General tab.
  2. Change “Maximum number of colorings on a block” from 10 to 1.
  3. Click OK. You will now get a new block drawing each time you color on the Block or Quilt worktable and add to Sketchbook. You can change this setting at any time.