Category: Electric Quilt Company

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.

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I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  

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Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 

 

This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:  http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Electric Quilt Company

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Welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    I can honestly say I love all things EQ (Electric Quilt), thus I’m absolutely thrilled to have them as a sponsor for this event.  This year they’ve been celebrating their 25th Anniversary and QuiltShopGal, as well as several blogging friends, have been releasing posts on the 10th of every month, with tips, tutorials, inspiration and even giveaways along the way.  While I wasn’t able to release such a post on the 10th of this month, due to my website hijacking, I’m happy to being back in the saddle again.  And, today, I want to share insights with you about EQ, some freebies, my recommended approach to learning EQ Software, some great tutorials for learning and other opportunities, as well as a host a giveaway where anyone around the world can enter to win (website hijacker wackos will be disqualified as they take the fun out of creativity for all of us).

Who remembers when EQ#1 was released  in 1991?  I quickly fell in love with EQ software. And have happily used EQ#2, #3, #5, #6, #7 as well as EQStitch.  I missed EQ4 simply because life got in the way.

While I wasn’t good at keeping packages, or artwork, of my EQ journey, I was delighted that  Karen (Sew Karen-ly Created), who also began using EQ#1, had kept the packaging for most of the EQ software releases and gave me permission to share.

 

Who remembers the original install process for EQ software using multiple CDs?   Amazing  to think how we can now download software and quickly install vs loading multiple CDs.  Technology has certainly changed.

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Who remembers “The Floppy Gazette”?  The original EQ Newsletters came in the mail, and like the more modern email newsletters, they have always been packed with tips, tutorials, EQ News, inspiration, as well as insights on new products. 

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 Over the years, The Electric Quilt Company has released many amazing software packages that help quilters create.  I strongly feel had it not been for the EQ team, our world of quilting would not be as wonderful as it is today.  We certainly would not have as many designers and authors releasing sharing their designs, if they all had to design on paper vs computer.


EQ also partnered with Quiltmaker to releasing 8 different collections of Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs.  These can work as standalone software packages, or within EQ7, which allows you to audition quilting designs on your quilts, as well as print out in any size, to use to stitch out on your projects.

The Stash collections are some of my favorite EQ products, as each release of Stash contains the new fabric collections from top fabric manufacturers.  They are very reasonable and certainly would make a great gift for EQ software users.

EQ has a variety of bound books that are excellent resources to learn/improve your EQ skills.  They are easy to follow with great visuals, all at a reasonable price, making them another great gift idea for any EQ user.

EQ has a variety of printables, including inkjet fabric sheets and foundation quilting.  I’ll admit the EQ “Lawn” printable fabric has become my absolute favorite printable fabric.  I think any of these products would make for great gifts for any quilter, regardless if they use EQ software or not.

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foundation quilting sheets 

EQ University was launched in 2014 with new classes being offered all the time.  I can honestly recommend these classes to anyone interested in learning/improving your EQ skills.  They are well organized, taught my experts, include written and video tutorials, that you can repeat as often as you wish, plus during the official scheduled class you get access to an expert to help with your questions, all for a very reasonable price.  Yes, a EQ University Class would also make a great Christmas gift for any EQ software user.

DID I MENTION FREEBIES?

Free Fabric of the Month – While EQ7 comes with a fabric library, every month EQ releases a new set of digital fabrics that you can download and use in your software, for free.

Free Projects of the Month

Free Lessons / Tutorials – The EQ Team has a great list of lessons on their website and also share more tips and tutorials on their blog.  For newbies, I recommend the approach of “15 minutes of playtime per day in EQ”, where you can start, stop, repeat any lesson till you feel it is part of  your muscle memory.  Focus on one functionality in EQ at a time, so you don’t feel intimidated with this robust software package.  You’ll be amazed how much fun you’ll have and how much you will learn in a short time.

Club EQ is a great way to learn/improve your skills by participating in monthly challenges where all participants share their design files.

EQ University – has a free  “Quick Startclass, that is perfect for newbies, as well as those that may simply want to check out what EQ University is all about.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Actually, there are two different giveaways where you could win a prize from the Electric Quilt Company:

EQ sponsored our bloggers celebration of the #EQ25 Anniversary, with our final posts released on the 10th of December.  You can enter to win a copy of EQ Mini by visiting Marian @ Seams to be Sew.

Electric Quilt is also our sponsor today, for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event,  and will be giving a special Christmas Gift, to one lucky winner, any place in the world.

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Are you ready to learn what this gift is?

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EQ is giving a copy of their new EQ Mini software.  This is great software for those wanting to learn to design quilts, but not yet ready for the more robust EQ7 software.  Think of it as a scaled down version of EQ7, but owners of EQ Mini also have an optional upgrade path to EQ7, should they later want to upgrade. And, EQ Mini is available at a very reasonable price, making it also a perfect Christmas Gift,  While you may want Santa to bring you a copy of EQ Mini, or other EQ products, don’t overlook EQ Mini as a perfect gift for a kid, or grandkid that may want to become a future quilt designer!

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To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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 You can find the Electric Quilt Company 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:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, where many have extended deadlines to enter to win wonderful Christmas Gifts.  You just need to enter by December 20th.

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – November

The Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a bundle of HQ scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

Today, I want to share some recommendations for learning EQ software, as well as some tips and hopefully inspiration too!  EQ7 is a robust software package that I absolutely love, as I love all things EQ, but I still have loads to learn.  I’ve recommended my approach to learning this software many times, but I want to share it again today:

Pick a topic and “play” with it, until you are comfortable with it.  15 minutes a day of play time in the software can be a great way to learn.  There wonderful lessons and tutorials available on the EQ website, as well as on blogs and YouTube.  My favorite tutorial series for beginners is the Benni Harper Mystery series lessons.  You can start/stop/start again for what works for your schedule, as well as repeat as often as you wish.

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EQ University has a variety of wonderful online classes, with EQ Experts, that you can watch over and over again. One of the features within EQ7 is to create custom quilt designs (e.g. non-traditional block designs).  I often look at quilts and try to analyze how it might have been designed.  To clarify, I view there is always great value in purchasing a design, as you also get instructions to help you make the project, but I analyze to try to develop my skills of using the EQ software.

When I saw the original Octagon Table Toppers Class, by Kari Schell, at EQ University I knew that this would be a perfect class for me to expand my skills (and comfort) with creating custom quilt designs in EQ7.  The class provided step-by-step videos, as well as written instructions.  This class surpassed my expectations and at $25 I felt it was an exceptional value.  Thus, I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about creating designs for custom quilts.

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While the initial Fall class has already begin, I think you could still join in if that is the only date that works for you.  But there are also additional dates for this class in 2017 that I wanted to heighten awareness of:

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DID I MENTION INSPIRATION?

There is an Electric Quilt Users Group on Facebook where members are good about helping each other, as well as sharing inspirational projects.

Renee Chester shared a photo of a quilt design she recently created in EQ7. It caught my attention, and I was happy that she approved me sharing this inspirational design.  BTW, she purchased the software in August 2015 and enjoys playing with, often doing so daily.  And she shared that she loves the software too!

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You can find Renee at:

https://www.facebook.com/ReneeChesterQuiltDesings2016 

https://reneechester.wordpress.com/

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH:  Let’s Play With Creating A Custom Quilt in EQ7

In this lesson we are going to learn to create a custom quilt in EQ7, with a variety of block sizes.  You could apply this to designing Row Quilts, or blocks of any size, even adding sashing around blocks, as appropriate.  I simply hope to inspire you to play with the Custom Quilt functional in EQ7.

1) Create a new project in EQ7 called “Playing with Custom Quilt”

2) On the Main Menu Bar Click Quilt > New Quilt > Custom Set

3) Click on the Layout tab on the bottom.

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Set the layout size for 60″ wide and 72″ long.

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4) On the Main Menu bar, click Libraries > Block  and select a number of block designs that you would like to create with.  To select them, you simply click on them and click “Add to Sketchbook”.  For me, I’m using the following blocks which you can quickly find via the search feature in the library.

Broken Dishes
Birds in the Air
Corn and Beans
Picnic Bouquet
Lily Wreath
Hot Latte
Lucky Clover
Dutchmen’s Puzzle

5) Click on the Work on Block Icon.

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6) On the Main Menu click Block > New Block > Easy Draw Block

7) Click on View Sketchbook and select one of the blocks for your Custom Quilt design (found in the block tab). Click the “Edit” button in the lower part of this Sketchboook menu.

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8) The block will now appear on the EasyDraw menu table.  We will first change the size to be 12″x12″.  To do this, on the Drawing Setup bar, change the width and height to 12″.

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9) Click on the Color tab, on the bottom menu. And click on the Paintbrush tool, in the upper right hand menu bar.

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10) Click on the color or fabric of your choice, in the Sketchbook Fabrics and Color.  Then you can click on the various parts of your block design that you wish to set the color.

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11) Click the Save to Sketchbook icon, on the top menu bar.

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Repeat steps #7-11 for each block twice, as you’ll want to have each design saved as a 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ block, ideally with different colors.  Once you have all your blocks in the two sizes, colored and saved to your sketchbook, proceed with the steps below.

12)  Now the real fun begins as you can play and play, to layout your blocks to create your own custom quilts.

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It is fun to continue add blocks, as well as move them around to change the layout.  You can also continue to change colors/fabric selection, as you go, if desired. I just tend to do it when I create my blocks, then later, after I get the quilt layout defined, I may change colors.

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Please let me know if you have questions on this tutorial. I will try to help you, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to make it easier to follow.  

 

DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Timeless Treasures 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 yummy fabrics from Timeless Treasures or a copy of EQ7 from the Electric Quilt Company?  Just visit the blogs and leave a comment for these two businesses, to enter to win.  And don’t forget to use hashtag #EQ25 to also win prizes that the Electric Quilt Company is hosting for their 24th Celebration in 2016..

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

I’m also 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.

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:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

You can find the Electric Quilt Company 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:

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – September

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a fabric bundle from Andover Fabrics.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH

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Note:  This tutorial will be updated to provide a video tutorial, as well as the step bys tep tutorail shared in this post.  This really is an easy process in EQ7, but I also realize it may be confusing for some.  Thus, I’m committed to update this step-by-step tutorial, based on feedback, as well as provide a video tutorial.  

Ok, on to the tutorial today….which will be updated shortly, to include a video tutorial.

There are a variety ways to do almost anything in EQ7.  Today, I’m sharing how to use the Brush Tool to create a tree.  This tool is also a handy way to create flower stems, vines, and much more.

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The Brush Stroke tool creates a design segment around a spine that you draw.  You can set the stroke styles for width and point, before you “convert” to patch drawings.

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Before you attempt to  use this tool, click on the Applique tab.

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If you do not see the Brush Tool brush-stroke-tool click on the Customize Toolbar

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And be sure that the Brush Tool is selected.

 

You can use the Stroke Precision Bar to adjust the settings.  For my tree, I varied the width and boldness settings and want to encourage you to play with these settings.  Keep in mind, you can also change the shape of your tree and branches, once you’ve clicked the convert option for the Brush Stroke tool

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I also want to encourage you to play with the Contour and End Cap options.

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Click on the Brush Stroke tool and draw the spine of your tree. Click off, to any blank space on your Applique’ table.

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Click, hold your mouse down, draw a branch.

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Use the Zoom tools to zoom in (or out) as you create your tree.  You’ll notice that the branch and the tree trunk need editing for better alignment.

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Use the Zoom in tool to draw a box around the area of the tree trunk and the branch (click, hold drag, the box.

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Click on the Pick Tool, click on the tree trunk to select.

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Click on the Convert tool to convert your shape to a Bezier collection.

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Click on the Shape Tool as we need to edit the part of the branch that connects to the tree..

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We can now use the handles and nodes to reshape the tree limb to better align to the trunk.  Use the handles to drag and re-shape to better align with the shape of the trunk.

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Grab the nodes with your mouse, click, hold, drag to align to the tree trunk.

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You can repeat the above steps to create a variety of tree branches, as you desire.

Click on the COLOR tab.

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Click on the Color Brush  and then click on your desired fabrics or color swatches.  When you use your mouse to click on the branches, or tree trunks, you can paint the shape with your desired fabrics or colors.

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

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click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

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This tree is now an applique’ shape that you can use in the future.

Let’s add some Fall Leaves.  Again, while there are many ways to add leaves, we are going to take advantage of some leaves that come with EQ7 and you can find in the library.

On the main menu bar, click LIBRARIES >> EQ7 Libraries >> 06 Motifs > Leaves >> White Oak >> Add to Sketchbook

 

On the Main Menu click Work On Quilt icon.  We wiill now create a quilt design with our tree applique block and add leaf motifs (applique) to our wallhanging design.

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Click QUILT > NEW QUILT > Horizontal.

Click on the Layout tab

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Change the settings for number of blocks to be 1 horizontal and 1 vertical, with the width of 24 and height of 30.

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On the borders tab, set the borders to 0.  To clarify, for purposes of this exercise, we will not be using borders, but you can certainly add them on your own, as you desire.

Click on layer 2

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Click on the Set Blocks Tab.

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Your Sketchbook appears for block. Click on the block for your tree and drag it to you Layer 2.

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Click on Sketchbook Blocks Motif and the Oak Leaf Motif.

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DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Andover 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 fabric from Andover Fabrics 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?

I’m also 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.

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:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Mary of Quiltin Grandma

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company 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:

EQ Mini

Have you heard about the new software from the Electric Quilt Company called EQ Mini?  I’ve had a chance to play with this exceptional software package and I’m delighted to share insights with you today.

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INSIGHTS FROM ELECTRIC QUILT



EQ Mini is designed for quilters are are just getting started using software for quilting.  It is a scaled down simpler version of EQ7. 


Highlights:


Design Elements

  • 300 copyright-free blocks
  • 3,500 scanned fabrics
  • 4 layout styles, unlimited possibilities
  • 8 border styles at any size
  • Complete layout and border editing capabilities

Print & Export

  • Print template patterns
  • Print foundation patterns
  • Print rotary cutting charts
  • Print yardage estimates
  • Share quilt designs to Facebook
  • Export quilt designs as JPEG files

Help & Tutorials

  • Tip of the Day help screen
  • Interface help screens for each tab
  • Online video tutorials
  • Online fully-illustrated lessons
  • Online help with search feature

EQ Mini has the option of purchasing creative Add-Ons and also to upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7.

For those that want to better understand the differences of EQ Mini vs EQ7, the EQ team has created a downloadable PDF that provides an excellent comparison of these two software packages.

MY REVIEW

EQ Mini is a great entry level software package for quilters interested in using software to design, audition fabrics, draft patterns, and determine fabric requirements.  It is super easy to use and comes with an excellent online help, as well as robust tutorials.  For those that might later outgrow the functionality of EQ Mini, there is also an upgrade path to EQ7.

I personally have used EQ Mini and believe it has an exception value and would even be a good tool for many kids that have good understanding of computers and are interested in designing quilts.  But as I so often hear from quilters that are interested in EQ7, but might be concerned about the expense, EQ Mini is a good segway to test the waters and learn how easy it is to use and how much fun they can have designing projects, with the thought that they could later upgrade to EQ7.

You can easily create your own quilt designs.

I don’t think I can emphasize how easy this software is to use, but it really is!

And there are over 160 projects you can download and use for free in EQ Mini (or EQ7).  I think many quilters that have not pursued EQ7 are going to fall in love with EQ Mini.

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{above} Heart Swirl design is a free downloadable design by Linda Poole.

Bottom line:  If you don’t yet have EQ7, I hope you’ll check out EQ Mini.

You can find Electric Quilt at:

www.electricquilt.com
http://doyoueq.com/
http://doyoueq.com/blog/
http://classes.electricquilt.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ElectricQuilt/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricQuilt
https://twitter.com/ElectricQuilt/
https://www.pinterest.com/electricquilt/
https://www.instagram.com/theelectricquiltcompany/

#EQ25 – A Tutorial to use EQ7 for Creating Stencils, based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a fabric bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics.  

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And, as I love all things EQ, to help with this celebration, I’ve created an EQ7 tutorial for using quilting stencils, which I want to share with you today.  Incorporating stencils into EQ can help to plan your projects, as well as create your own unique FMQ designs.  Of course, for those with EQStitch, you can also easily convert these designs to machine embroidery.  Plus, you could also easily use this technique to incorporate into quilt labels.

MY EQ7  TUTORIAL:

While this tutorial shows how to incorporate any stencil, I’m using a stencil from a design collection by Cindy Needham, called the Ultimate Stencil Collection.   You may be aware that I’m also hosting a challenge this summer, with three ways you can enter to win prizes. One is to sketch/doodle FMQ design ideas using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils.  And, while you can certainly sketch on paper, you can also use EQ SW to create your design ideas and share.  And, when you share, you’re automatically entered to win prizes.  Plus, you don’t have to purchase anything to sketch out your design ideas, as Cindy has free downloadable templates.  Of course, there are also ways to enter by using these stencils and doing free-motion quilting on your pieced, applique, or wholecloth quilts, of any size, where you can also win prizes.

It is really easy to use stencils in EQ7 to apply to your designs.  But, admittedly, the Ultimate Stencil collection, Ultimate Background Stencil collection and the new Ultimate Shape collection are all versatile stencils that are so much fun to pull into EQ7 and let your creativity have fun.  Possibilities are endless.

Here are a few auditioning ideas I came up with for some of my doodling using the Ultimate Stencil Collection.  If there is interest, I will happily create a video tutorial, but for now, I hope this will inspire you to play with these stencils in EQ7 to sketch out design ideas for blocks and/or projects.  And don’t forget you can do this for any stencil.

 

To use stencils in EQ7, here are the basic steps.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “2016 FMQ Challenge FMQ Design Ideas”).

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

Click on the TRACING IMAGE tab

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Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button.  Navigate (browse) to the folder where you have stored your image for the Ultimate Stencil – Circle.  A pop up will appear showing you the defaults for the image you scanned for your artwork, for you to crop it.  We do not want to crop, so simply click ok.  And then use your cursor to click anywhere on the Tracing Image tab for your image to appear.

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The image appears the size that you saved your scanned image.  In the example I’m sharing, my image was approximately 6”x6”.  As we want this image to be fairly close to the actual size of the stencil, we will manually adjust the size while on the Tracing Image tab.

Use your mouse to click, hold, drag one of the corners of this image outward to enlarge (drag inward to make smaller).

Note:  If you want to create a design larger than the template, that is easy to do using only the stencil and paper, as well as within EQ7.  For EQ7, you simply extend out the lines, and the rings of the stencil to the size you want and add more circles, for the grids that you wish.

Likewise, when using this stencil to design FMQ motifs for blocks that are smaller than the stencil, you simply use only the portion of the stencil needed for your blocks, or the area you want your design to be.

The grids are 1” apart and the design area of the stencils are basically 16”x16”.  In EQ7 we are going to create a template for ¼ of the Ultimate Stencil, where our block will measure 8”x8”.  A ballpark scale in EQ7 is fine, as we’re creating stencil design ideas that will be marked on our projects using the actual stencil.

How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 do not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.

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How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 does not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.

Click on the APPLIQUE tab.

Draw (doodle) within EQ7, saving your design ideas to your sketchbook, as you go.

On the main menu click LIBRARIES > BLOCK LIBRARY > SKETCHBOOK

Use your mouse to select all your design ideas and click COPY.

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While in the Sketchbook View click on the STENCILS tab and click paste.

import an image of the Ultimate Stencil – Circle template

Set your block size for the desired size of your block design.

Enlarge/shrink your image to reflect the appropriate scale of the actual stencil.

Now, let’s create a folder for your Ultimate Stencil design ideas in MY LIBRARY, so that you can use these stencil designs for other projects, within other EQ7 project files.

Now, let’s play with these design motifs to see how they would look on your quilt projects.

For purposes of this lesson, I   will walk you thru how to apply on a whole cloth quilt vs quilt blocks of various sizes, but don’t forget you can use the stencil grids to create designs in 1” increments easily up to 16”, as well as manually extend to larger sizes.

On the applique tab

Save your design to your sketchbook

From within the sketchbook on the block tab copy your design, click on the stencil ta  and paste your design.

How about adding a smaller version of the same motif, not just on the sides, but inside of the two larger motifs?   With the Ultimate Stencils having a 1″ grid it is super easy to transfer these designs to your quilts in any size.  And very easy to do an echo line to any of those 1″ gridlines, creating a 1/2″ FMQ echo line.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

Distortion ?

Within EQ7 if you do not adjust the size of the image of your stencil equally you will pick up some distortion in your FMQ motif which you design in EQ7.

ultimate stencil square 3

Don’t forget you’ll use your actual plastic Ultimate Stencil to mark your quilt top for FMQ.  Thus, when using EQ7 to plan out your design ideas for the Ultimate Stencil, you need not be 100% precise with your design.  But you do want to be close enough you can use the stencil to mark your fabric to FMQ as desire.

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For those that have EQStitch software, it is also super easy to convert these FMQ designs to embroidery designs.  They also work well for creating quilt labels.  To clarify, you can use stencils to create borders for your quilt labels, as well as for adding FMQ motifs within your quilt label.

Again, let me know if you have any questions and/or if you are interested in seeing a video tutorial for creating stencils in EQ7 and/or how to take these stencil designs in EQ7 to convert to embroidery designs using EQStitch.  Today, this tutorial was simplified, not knowing what the interest of using stencils in EQ7/EQStitch might be.  For me, I find them easy to do and offer great fun when it comes to planning out my FMQ, as well as machine embroidery.

I hope this has inspired you to play with the Ultimate Stencils to create designs that you can stitch out on your projects and hopefully share in the Ultimate Quilting Challenge #2 Linky Party (aka Doodle/Sketch) to enter and win prizes.  Incorporating your stencils into EQ7 is easy peasy and so much fun.  Definitely faster and more versatile than using paper to sketch out ideas.

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The EQ Team also recently released an EQStitch tutorial, for quilting in the hoop designs, which I want to recommend those with this software, or interested in it, to check out: http://doyoueq.com/lessons/quilting-in-the-hoop-with-eqstitch-and-quilting-designs/

DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Art Gallery 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 fabric from AGF 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?

I’m also 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.

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:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

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:

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:

25 Years with the Electric Quilt Company – An #EQ25 Celebration With Prizes and More – and an EQ Tutorial too!

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.

IslandBatikLogo-198x137

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:

#EQ25 – Tutorials to create more than quilts in EQ7

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.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

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
  • banners
  • 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:

  1. open EQ7

2. start a new project design file called “Dish Towel Trim Design”

3. click on the BLOCK icon

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.

drawing setup

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.

 

step 1 frame

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).

step 2 frame

 

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.

BEZIER tool

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.

step 3 frame

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.

step 4 frame

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.

step 5 frame

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).

zoom tools

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.

step 6 frame

 

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.

edit arc menu

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″.  

tabs

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.

 

step 7 frame

The design possibilities are endless.  How about reverse applique’ hearts?  Or text applique? Or Machine embroidery ?

step 7 frame with hearts

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).

print templates

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNKDoWqnxA 

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

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.

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

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.

You can find the Electric Quilt Company 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:

#EQ25 – EQ7 Tutorial – Creating Colorwheels

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.  

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

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 “stashcollections, from top fabric manufacturers, that you can purchase and use in your EQ software.

color wheel

 

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

New block

 

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

drawing setup

CLICK on the EASYDRAW table
easy draw menu

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.

arc tool

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

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.

first arc

Repeat to create another arc 2″ down from the corner top right, to 2 inch inside of the bottom left corner.

arc 2

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.

arc 4

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.

save to sketchbook

  • click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

save toolNow 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.

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. .

block for the color wheel

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.

quilt button

Click on the LAYOUT TABLE.

layout table

On the Horizontal menu change the settings to reflect:  Number of blocks horizontal and vertical = 2 each, Finished size blocks 10″x10″

horizontal layout

Click on the Borders Table

borders table

Change the default settings in the borders menu to reflect no borders (move the slider to the far left).

borders menu

click on the LAYER ONE TABLE

layer 1 table

On the right hand column you’ll find the SET BLOCK TOOL.  Click on this tool once.

set block

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.

quilt layout for color wheel blocks need to be rotated

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).

quilt layout for color wheel blocks after rotation

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.

library - fabric

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.

save to sketchbook

Click on the PAINTBRUSH tool.

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.

quilt layout for color wheel playing with color

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.

color wheel 2

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.

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

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?

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

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.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company 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:

25 Years with the Electric Quilt Company – A Celebration With Prizes and More – Do You EQ/

I’m dedicating this post to the Electric Quilt Company, who is having an amazing year long 25th Anniversary Celebration with yummy prizes every month, plus loads of fun.  And, I’m thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  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

 

DO YOU EQ?

I love all things EQ and highly recommend ALL EQ products. I’m not a paid spokesperson, or an affiliate.  I receive no product or payment when I endorse EQ.  I am just honestly in love with their products and a believer that they have been instrumental in make our world of quilting so wonderful today, thus I want to help them celebrate their 25 years of EQ.

And, I want to know if you EQ how you use it, or what do you want to learn?

Are you familiar with Club EQ?  There are monthly challenges that can be a great way to learn/build your EQ skills.  This FREE club is hosted by the very talented Barb Vlack, who is also an Expert EQ teacher.  Each month she hosts a different challenge and the challenge this month is based on the Layout Library, using Stars.   I highly recommend all EQ6/7 Users to join Club EQ.  I think you’ll be surprised at how much fun this can be and how it can improve your knowledge of the software as well as your design skills.

No matter what your software or design skills are, by participating you have the opportunity to learn.  And, you’ll also get access to the design files for those that submit their designs in EQ7, which is another great way to learn.    Join Barb Vlack and others in Club EQ.  I’m going to challenge myself by joining this challenge this month.

TIPS, TUTORIALS AND INSPIRATION

To help inspire and encourage you, I wanted to highlight some great tips, tutorials and inspirational projects for using the Layout Library:

Special effects layout library

stars and petals

new york beauty fans

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

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 Riley Blake Fabric 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

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

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:

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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