SewCalGal is delighted to be participating in Beaquilter’s EQ Applique’ Animals Blog Hop this week. I hope you are having fun visiting all the participating blogs too! If you are not familiar with this blog hop, all the participating bloggers LOVE EQ and are sharing tips, tutorials, inspiration and giveaways on their blogs this week, all with a EQ Applique’ animal, bug or critter theme!
I was initially thinking of a simple table topper, but didn’t get very excited about this design. Although I have ideas on how to add more pizazz to the blocks, to make this table topper more interesting. And, it is super easy to do this in EQ7. For me, it isn’t just a matter of being easy but fun. I find it quite relaxing, de-stressing, and super fun to use EQ7 to let my creativity run free……
In playing with EQ7, I did decide that I have to make some Aloha Mug Rugs.
I love combining Modern Quilting Tools, such as EQ7 and the Silhouette Cameo to help plan and create projects quickly and easily. I don’t like to take time to draw on paper, nor do I like to manually cut out an applique’ shape. From an EQ7 perspective, I also selected the gecko shape to share insights on a few of my favorite tools in EQ7 that help me quickly trace an image of such a detailed shape as this gecko.
Importing an image and tracing it in EQ7 is really very easy.
It is a matter of becoming familiar with a couple of very simple tools.
The Zoom tools definitely help to fine tune a trace that needs to be at a detailed level, such as with my gecko. And, the drawing tools (pick, shape, line, bezier, freehand) are the artist tools that are also easy, along with the undo tool.
The Edit Arc tool allows you add segments (nodes) that make it easier to use the shape tools to have your trace match a detailed drawing. If you have not yet used these tools in EQ7, or are not comfortable with them, I highly encourage you to play with them. They really are easy and fun to use and you can easily create very detailed applique’ shapes.
EQ7 allows you to create an applique’ block that you can use to set in your quilt designs, or you can create an applique’ motif that you can place anywhere on your quilt top (e.g. sashing, borders, blocks, etc). It is also easy to convert an applique block to an applique’ motif or a motif to a block.
If you are interested in seeing my tutorial , please click this image to download a PDF tutorial for creating a detailed applique’ motif. It has been uploaded to Google/Drive and you should be able to view it, do a save as to save to your computer and/or print it from within Google/Drive. It has far more details than I could include in this post.
I hope you found my post insightful on using EQ7 for applique and for those that are learning, that my tutorial is helpful. Beaquilter has pulled together a talented group of quilters that use EQ software and have shared many wonderful tutorials this week. If you haven’t yet visited them, I hope you’ll take time to check out the tutorials. And, they are also hosting giveaways sponsored by the Electric Quilt Company that there is still time to enter. Here is the line up for this blog hop:
Sewincrediblycrazy (Summer Stuff)
- DoYouEQ has excellent free tutorials for EQ7 and other EQ software. For those that don’t have a lot of time, try my “15 minute” approach. Take advantage of the free Benni Harper Lessons and spend 15 minutes a day. You can easily start/stop in the middle of a lesson and also repeat as often as you need to embed it into your muscle memory. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn in a short period of time, just spending 15 minutes a day with your EQ software.
- More confident users and advanced users should take advantage of the monthly EQ Challenges at Club EQ, hosted by the very talented Barb Vlack. These challenges are free and an amazing way to learn/improve your EQ AND Design skills!
- The EQ7 Summer Drawing Series starts May lst and is FREE to everyone. Simply visit the EQ blog to follow this series. SewCalGal is definitely looking forward to it. And, the EQ Blog is a great blog for all EQ users to follow as they share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and a lot of fun activities!
- Beaquilter also has a great EQ tutorial that she shares every Tuesday on her blog. SewCalGal certainly enjoys Bea’s blog and looks forward to her weekly EQ tutorials too!
Did I mention a giveaway?
The Electric Quilt Company has generously sponsored this blog hop where participating blogs are hosting a giveaway for different versions of Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs (1-8). SewCalGal has a copy of version 8 to give to one lucky follower.
This CD allows you to easily browse through the designs, print them in any size to precisely fit your borders, blocks, sashing for all of your projects. This particular collection includes all over designs, feathers, flowers, whimsicals, leaves and geometrics. You can use with out EQ7, or within EQ7 you can easily pull in these designs to plan out how you will add free-motion quilting to your project. SewCalGal is a big fan of these Quiltmaker Quilting Designs.