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 many blogging friends who also love EQ, celebrate 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.
There are so many reasons why I love playing around in EQ7 software. One is helping me with color and fabric selections, as I’ll confess I’m not very good when it comes to picking out colors for any project. But, EQ7 comes with just about every color that exists and a large selection of fabrics. Plus, every month they have a free fabric collection of the month, which you can download and easily import into your fabric library. You can also scan in your own fabrics, to use within EQ7 software. Electric Quilt also has digital fabric “stash” collections, from top fabric manufacturers, that you can purchase and use in your EQ software.
Today, I’m sharing an EQ7 tutorial that walks you thru how to create a colorwheel. For those that have EQ7, or are considering purchasing it, I always encourage users to consider “playing” with the software for 15 minutes a day. You’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn and how quickly you’ll be comfortable with the software to create. Taking time to go thru the EQ tutorials available on the EQ website, as well as shared by fellow bloggers, are all excellent ways to learn and improve your EQ skills and have fun while learning.
Here is my tutorial for creating a Colorwheel in EQ7 software:
Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.
On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “colorwheel”).
On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW BLOCK
Change the settings in the DRAWING SETUP menu for a 10″x10″ block.
CLICK on the EASYDRAW table
Click once on the ARC TOOL, which should be located on the left hand column of your screen. You will now be in arc mode and when you click, hold, drag, release your mouse you’ll create an arc. Drawing from left to right will create an arc that bows to the right, while drawing fro right to left will create an arc that bows to the left.
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.
Before proceeding, play around with the arc tool and use your mouse to create various arcs. And, use the undo tool to remove, until you are familiar with these tools.
To create the arcs for our Colorwheel:
Click the arc tool, to be sure you are in the mode of creating arcs. Use your mouse to move your cursor to the top right hand corner of your block. Click the mouse, hold and drag your mouse to the left corner of your block and release. You should now have your first arc.
Repeat to create another arc 2″ down from the corner top right, to 2 inch inside of the bottom left corner.
Repeat to create a 3rd arc 4″ down from the corner top right to 4 inch inside the bottom left corner
Repeat to create a 4th arc 6″ down from the corner top right to 6 inch inside the bottom left corner.
As we have completed several steps, let’s be sure to take a few quick steps that are actually good habits to repeat 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.
- click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.
Now we are going to divide our arc into three pieces, which you may want to visualize as slicing a pie. To do this we will use the LINE TOOL.
Click on the LINE TOOL and then click on the right corner of your block, hold your mouse and drag to create approximately 1/3 slice of this pie. I dragged to the upper line releasing my mouse at the 4.5″ mark, but any place you wish to release to create your slice is fine.
Repeat this step releasing your mouse, to create a line using the ruler on the left side of your block. Again, I released my mouse at the 4.5″ mark. .
Click to save this block design to your sketchbook and click to save your file.
We now want to create a quilt layout that will hold four blocks, which we will turn into our color wheel vs a 1/4 slice of pie.
Click on the WORK ON QUILT button.
Click on the LAYOUT TABLE.
On the Horizontal menu change the settings to reflect: Number of blocks horizontal and vertical = 2 each, Finished size blocks 10″x10″
Click on the Borders Table
Change the default settings in the borders menu to reflect no borders (move the slider to the far left).
click on the LAYER ONE TABLE
On the right hand column you’ll find the SET BLOCK TOOL. Click on this tool once.
Your BLOCK SKETCHBOOK appears showing you all the blocks you have saved to your sketchbook, for this project. Click on the block you wish to use (e.g. 1/4 color wheel circle that is sliced into three pieces) and move your mouse over to the block on LAYER 1 and click, to fill that block your block design. Click again, one time on each of the remaining three blocks to place a block in each quadrant of your project.
For the example below, I had added the blue color to my block, saved that version to my sketchbook, thus it appears in each of my four blocks.
click on ROTATE BUTTON, located in the right hand column. Now click one time on the block in the upper right corner, to rotate it.
Click twice on the block in the lower right corner.
Click three times on the block in the lower left corner.
You should now have all blocks rotated where you can see your uncolored colorwheel (again, my example has blue in each quadrant, but don’t worry about that).
Save your design to your SKETCHBOOK and SAVE your design file, using the buttons referenced in earlier steps of this tutorial.
Now we are ready for the fun part – picking colors and fabrics for our colorwheel. We will start with pulling fabrics, for our project, from our fabric library.
CLICK ON LIBRARY > FABRIC LIBRARY
Scroll around the fabric library and select fabrics you want to use in this project by click on your selections and click on SAVE TO SKETCHBOOK.
Click on the PAINTBRUSH tool.
The SKETCHBOOK FOR FABRICS AND COLORS will appear:
Click on any fabric/color swatch and then click on any share in your Colorwheel to color it, as you wish. As mentioned, this is the fun part. Play with it and enjoy.
I’m actually amazed. Coloring is fun. I’m still “playing”, but I do hope I’ve inspired you for another fun way to use EQ software.
Ok, now you can see that I’m challenged when it comes to working with color. But, this is another example how one can use EQ7 to learn and improve their quilting skills. Not just for designing, but for auditioning fabrics and playing with color, it can also be a great tool to learn about color. And, that is exactly why I designed this colorwheel in EQ7. I simply wanted to play with color and fabrics to challenge myself and build my skills and comfort for working with color.
Don’t forget to save your file.
As mentioned earlier, I hope I’ve inspired you to play with EQ7 and use this tutorial to create your own colorwheel. I also hope you’ll share on my Facebook page any colorwheels you create. And, if you go thru this EQ7 tutorial and have any feedback on how to make it easier to follow, or have questions, please feel free to email me, or leave a comment. I’ll do my best to help you thru this tutorial so that you can learn and create your own colorwheel, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to make it easier to follow.
EQ and Riley Blake Fabrics 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 Free Spirit Fabric or a copy of EQ7 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
Mary of Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog
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: