Today’s post is another in my series to dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Electric Quilt Company. They are celebrating with monthly giveaways. I’m honored to have blogging friends who also love EQ, help with this celebration by releasing EQ themed posts on the 10th of the month. Along the way you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, learn about amazing designers that use EQ software to design, as well as giveaways all with an EQ theme.
Don’t forget you can certainly design more in EQ7 than quilts. Here are a few examples for what you can use this software for:
- Organizing spices in a kitchen cupboard
- furniture planning a room in your home
- planning a garden
- designing a wine bottle vest
- Purses, bags, and totes
- Christmas Ornaments
- greeting cards
- glass etching
- quilt labels
- gift tags
- book marks
- circle, heart shape, hexie shape, even musical note shaped quilts!
The possibilities for what you can design in EQ7 is endless.
Tutorial to dress up a dish towel
First, measure the width of your dish towel. Mine measures 16″. Determine the height you want your fabric trim to be for this dish towel. I’m using a max of 4″. Thus, adding 2″ of buffer all around my design, I’m going to start by creating a block in EQ7 that will measure 20″ x 8″, giving me plenty of work space. Steps for this are:
- open EQ7
2. start a new project design file called “Dish Towel Trim Design”
3. click on the BLOCK icon
4. Using the main menu bar, click BLOCK > NEW BLOCK > EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW MOTIF
5. Click on the EASY DRAW TAB, located at the bottom of the screen. In the DRAWING SETUP menu bar, towards the top, adjust the block size to be 20″ x 8″. And, click on GRAPH PAPER CELLS box and set the grid for HORIZONTAL at 20 and vertical to 8. Also, uncheck snapping options.
6. click on the APPLIQUE tab
7. use your LINE tool to draw three sides of a rectangle box that measures 16″ x 2″, where you draw both sides and the top of the sides of a rectangle.
8. Click on the ARC tool and draw an arch that is 1/4th the width of your towel (or the increment for the number of curves that you want). For now, I recommend you draw this arc slighly under your 3 sided rectangle (your arc should not touch anything right now).
9. While on the Applique tab, click on the BEZIER tool and draw a half circle, below your three sided rectangle. You’ll want this half circle to be 4″ wide (1/4 the width of your dish towel) and approximately 2″ deep.
10. Click on the SHAPE tool and click on the half circle. You’ll now see handles on each side that you can move and drag to change the shape of this circle. Play with it to create the desired curve.
11. Click on the PICK tool and then click on your half circle, followed by clicking on the center point (a black square). Click Ctrl C (copy) and control V (paste). Use your mouse to click and drag the half circle, by clicking on the center point. You want to move it to where it is connected to the right of the lst half circle.
12. Click on the PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around the two half circles to highlight them. Then click Ctcl C and Ctrl V. Again, use your mouse to click on the center point of the 2nd set of half circles and drag them into position next to the lst pair.
IF your four half circles does not line up with your 3 sided triangle, use your PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around all four of the half circles to highlight them. Then you can use your mouse to click/hold on one of the corner nodes to reduce the size, or enlarge your halfcircles to be the perfect width for your dish towel.
13. Once you are comfortable, using your PICK tool, click the center point of these half circles and slowly move them into position where the left and right sides touch the left and right side of your half square triangles.
14. Use your ZOOM tool to check to make sure all points of your design are connected, to create an applique’ shape vs a disconnected set of lines and curves. I like to use the enlarge (+) tool by clicking on it and then using my mouse to draw a box around corners or points where I have connected lines or curves to find any area that may not have been connected. Should you find a spot that is disconnected you can use your PICK tool to grab and drag a line to another one, to connect them. And use your FIT TO WORKTABLE tool (4th tool on the right below).
15. Color your dish towel applique design within EQ7. This step is also a good check to confirm that all of your line and curve drawings are connected, as if they are not, you’ll end up coloring the entire block vs the applique shape you wish to create. To color your applique’ shape, click on the COLOR tab at the bottom.
Your SKETCHBOOK for fabrics should appear and you can click to select a fabric/color of your choice. Use your PAINTBRUSH tool to click on (aka to paint) your applique shape.
16. While we now have an applique’ design motif that would work for the top side of our dish towel, we want to increase the top part of the strip, that will be able to wrap around the backside of the towel, be tucked, as well as stitched to secure. To modify this shape, what we need to do is increase the width of the “band” only, by 1″ on each side. To do this we:
Click on the SHAPE tool and then RIGHT CLICK on the applique’ shape to get the EDIT NODE tool bar to appear. We then click on the line, slightly above the left side of the left most half circle. We can then click on the ADD button in the EDIT node menu bar.
Now, click on the ADD button in the Edit Arc Menu.You will see a new node handle appear. Using the PICK tool, click, hold and drag that node to the left, adding 1 – 1/2″.
Now grab the top corner node and drag it to the left the same distance. Repeat those steps on the right side to create a 1 – 1/2″ tab on each side of your kitchen towel band.
The design possibilities are endless. How about reverse applique’ hearts? Or text applique? Or Machine embroidery ?
Remember when you print your templates, you do need to adjust the size of your template to align with your block, as well as adjust settings for 1/4″ seams (or how ever you prefer).
For those that may struggle with visualize how this design can be stitched out on a dish towel, I do want to share that I will soon release a tutorial showing you thru those steps. But today, I simply wanted to inspire ideas on how to use EQ7 for more than designing a quilt, as well as provide a basic tutorial to use EQ7 to help create designs to embellish dish towels.
As I was inspired for this tutorial and project, by way of a dish towel apron tutorial, from Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop, I wanted to share a link to her great video tutorial on Youtube. While her tutorial turns a dish towel into an apron, the same technique that she uses to tuck the fabric behind the dish towel, is what this EQ design tutorial incorporates with the tabs on each side of the circle design. Here is a link to Kimberly’s tutorial:
EQ and Aurifil have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a some yummy Aurifil Thread or a copy of EQ7 this month? While I wish I could let you know exactly what the prizes are this month, I’m writing this post before they are officially announced. But, you can visit the EQ site to find out more details about the specific prizes this month.
DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?
Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary. Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights. Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:
Marian of Seams to be Sew
Pamela of Pamela Quilts
Carol of Fun Threads Designs
Carole of From My Carolina Home
Tina of Quilting Affection
Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products). Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing. I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.
Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: