This month, the Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary where you can win yummy fabric from Island Batik, as well as other prizes.

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And, to help with the celebration, I’m sharing an EQ tutorial which I hope and, I’m thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

DESIGNING FOR ENGLISH PAPER PIECING (EPP) IN EQ7

I love to continue to create when I’m traveling.  And, I’ve found EPP projects are great to take on a trip. While I could cut my own paper pieces, I’ve found great value and excellent customer service by ordering such templates from Paper Pieces.  I’ll also confess I’ve sometimes ended up on a trip and forgotten my paper pieces, or not brought enough.  But they are super good about shipping orders out quickly, I don’t hesitate to place an order with them while traveling.

As I’ve heard many quilters  mention that “they can’t design hexagons in EQ7”,  But that isn’t true. I do it all the time and love how easy it is to do, as well as how helpful it is to plan my fabrics and colors within EQ7 for such projects.  While I initially thought I’d share a tutorial on this, there are actually so many excellent EQ7 tutorials for creating hexagons, as well as showing different ways to do so, that I wanted to heighten awareness of a few of My Favorite EQ7 Tutorials for creating Hexagon designs:

As I’m currently planning a couple of EPP projects using the 60 degree diamond shape, sized for easy cutting of 2 1/2″ strips, I thought I’d share a tutorial for you, based on what I’m planning to create.

MY TUTORIAL:  DESIGNING PROJECTS IN EQ7 FOR 60 EPP 

NOTE:  As with life, there are many different ways to design in EQ7.  This is one of the ways I approach this type of design.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “EPP 60 degree diamond projects”).

On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW BLOCK

 

 

Change the settings in the DRAWING SETUP menu for a 10″x10″ block.

drawing setup

CLICK on the EASYDRAW table

CLICK BLOCK LIBRARY and CLICK the HEXAGON block and CLICK ADD TO SKETCHBOOK.  

CLICK on the VIEW SKETCHBOOK BUTTON  

View Sketchbook button

The Project Sketchbook will appear.  CLICK on the  HEXAGON BLOCK and CLICK the EDIT button.

Project Sketchbook

Edit block 2


Click FILE EXPORT IMAGE and browse to where you want this image to be created on your computer.  For me, I selected desktop.

Click NEW BLOCK PATCH DRAW MOTIF

Click on the TRACING IMAGE TAB, located at the bottom.

tracing image table

Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button

Image import button

Browse to select your previously exported Hexagon block image.  You will not need to crop this image, so when the pop up window appears simply CLICK OK and then click anywhere on the TRACING IMAGE TABLE to have your image appear.

tracing image table with imported hexagon image 2

Click on the APPLIQUE tab

Applique Tab

 

We will now trace this image to create an applique shape for our EPP project.

To do this we will use the LINE TOOL.  Left click on a point, drag release and the end point. Repeat to get all sides of each diamond.

line tool

 

CLICK the HIDE/SHOW IMAGE button, to view your drawing independently of the image. This helps to see if you missed drawing any of the diamonds.

hide show image button

applique six pointed star 2

Your Undo button is your friend as you can click it to undo steps you have created within the software that you may not want. It is located in the row underneath the file menu, towards the top of your screen.  

undo button


EPP Six pointed star idea 1

As we have completed several steps, let’s be sure to take a few quick steps that are actually good habits to periodically during any EQ7 project, as well as at the end of your projects, before you close the software:

  • Click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK, to save a copy to your sketchbook.

save to sketchbook

  • click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

save tool

TURN THAT DIAMOND SHAPE INTO A TUMBLER BLOCK:

You simply take three of your 60 degree diamond shapes, rotating to create a block.

tumbling blocks rotated 59 degrees

 

Highlight your tumbler block, then Ctrl C and Ctrl V to copy paste to create more blocks.

tumbling blocks 2

tumbling blocks 3

 

Very easy to nudge your blocks into place and continue to build your tumbling block design in EQ7.tumbling blocks 4

 

Have fun using the color/fabric selection tool to plan your project too!

EPP Six pointed star idea 2

Easy peasy to design EPP projects in EQ7.  What do you think?  This was really a quick tutorial, which I hope to inspire you to play with EQ7 software to design and plan out your EPP projects.  If you have any questions, or feedback let me know.  You can leave a comment on this post, or email me.  I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can and help you, while also incorporating your feedback to make this tutorial easier to follow.

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Island Batik have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of fabric from Island Batik or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
 
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!

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

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.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:
You can find Paper Pieces at:

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:

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