Category: EQ7

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



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.


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


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:
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!


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:

Tutorial – Cutting Applique Shapes With Modern Tools and Software

This post contains Affiliate Links.

Today, I’m sharing insights on Modern Tools and Software that can be used for cutting fabrics for applique’, as well as cutting many other items.  I’m also sharing a tutorial to help you take a design created in various software (e.g. EQ7, machine embroidery designs or software, etc), or even sketched on paper, to create an SVG file that can be used to cut your shape on an electric cutter. And, there was a release this week of new software from Silhouette, that I want to increase awareness.

If you don’t have any of these tools, I hope you’ll still follow along and share your perspective on what you may like or dislike about applique.  And, if you do have these tools, or other modern tools, I’d also enjoying hearing your perspective on what you may like or dislike on using any of these tools.


Machine Applique ?  Machine Embroidery Applique ? Needle Turn Applique ?All the work required to trace and cut your shape?  Using an AccuQuilt Die?  Using an electronic cutter, like a Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse, Brother SnC, etc.?  Using software to create your own unique design in EQ7 or other software?  Or do you think of doodling on paper to create your own design and manually transfer that design to cut your shape on fabric?

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the evolution of modern tools and their benefits for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts continues to grow.  It just seems that it was a few years ago that die cutting machines (e.g. Sizzix Big Shot, AccuQuilt GO!) were considered revolutionary and, for many, they are still a valued modern tool that help them be creative.

For those uising die cutters, AccuQuilt actually has many wonderful dies to cut applique shapes perfect for this time of year.  And, they make cutting such shapes easy, fast and fun.


Sizzix also has many wonderful dies, that are perfect for Fall theme projects.

But what about when you have a shape that isn’t available in a die or the die doesn’t cut the shape in a size that you want?

Maybe you have an applique shape you created using Electric Quilt/EQ7 software, or from machine embroidery digitizing software, and you want to cut that shape in fabric, for your project.  

dog paw

Maybe cutting one shape using manual tracing and cutting techniques would be ok.  But what if you need to cut hundreds?  Who would want to manually cut out dog foot prints to go around borders and sashing when you could cut them out on an electronic cutter that would be a perfect size for your project?

Within EQ7, as well as many other software packages by the Electric Quit Company, you can easily print your applique templates to cut your fabrics.  And, for those using electronic cutters, you can also print your applique templates (or Foundation Piecing Templates) to a PDF.  There are several ways you can then use this PDF, but in just a minute, I’ll share a tutorial to show an easy way.

Within machine embroidery digitizing software packages, you can also print your templates to cut your applique shapes using traditional methods.  Or, you can print to a PDF for use on an electronic cutter.

There are actually a variety of Electronic Cutters on the market, so the steps can vary with each:

And, while Silhouette, Sizzix, Brother,  Janome, Cricut and Pazzles all have their own software package to help you design your own shapes on their machine.  There is also a variety of other software packages that you could use to cut your shapes on these machines.  

Make the Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot are independent software packages that allows you to create your own shape and cut on many of the electronic cutters.

Again, each electronic cutter and each software package that connects with one or more cutters, all have different pros and cons.  And, different steps for how you can create your own design, or take a design from a machine embroidery applique design (or an EQ7 design file) to your cutter.  I’m not going to try to walk you thru all the options, but for those that may want to get an applique template or foundation (paper pieced) templates created in EQ7 (or other software by Electr

For those that have an electronic cutter and may find challenges with cutting shapes created in other software packages (e.g. EQ7, machine embroidery digitizing software), here is a tutorial that I’ve found to be easy to use and economical.  It simply relies on your ability to create a PDF (or you may already have one with your purchased machine embroidery design files), as well as use a free program called Inkscape to create an SVG file format that can then be used to cut on various electronic cutting machines.

If you do not have software on your computer, to allow you to create a PDF, here are two free programs that you may want to consider:

note;  You may have Illustrator, or other software packages that support Vector graphics that will allow you to create SVG.  But as these are typically expensive software packages, but if you don’t the free Inkscape program works great!



Step 1

If you do not already have Inkscape installed on your computer, you will need to download and install this FREE progra from:

Step 2


Within the Inkscape program, click FILE > OPEN and navigate to open the PDF created in V7.

Under the PAGE SETTINGS option, Click the page that contains your appliqué template on the pdf and then click ok

Step 3

Click on the Select and Transform button on the left hand tool bar (arrow button).

And use your mouse to click on the template. Right click and select UNGROUP.  You may have to click the UNGROUP button twice, to ensure all the items are ungrouped as you may have a group within a group.

Step 4

Right-click the vector graphic and click “Ungroup” from the pop-up menu. This splits the image up into its vector components so you can extract the parts you require.

Step 5

pdf import settings for inkscape

For multi-page PDF files, be sure to use the PDF Import Settings to select the page for the shapes that you wish to import to Inkscape.  To clarify, if there are multiple pages, you will need to repeat this step by “Select page” under the Page settings option.

Step 6

ClICK on any item, other than your appliqué shape and delete. Note: You may need to click once and ungroup again, before you can delete the misc items that were on your PDF.  Goal is to get to the point that only your desired appliqué shapes are in view in Inkscape.

Step 7

CLICK FILE SAVE AS type the name of your design, which now has the SVG file extension. Save as to your desktop, or an area you will remember.

Step 8

Your SVG file is now ready to be opened in software for your electronic cutting machine, following steps unique to your software to send it to your machine to cut.


For those that enjoy machine embroidery, Silhouette has released PLUS software this week that will allow you to open up machine embroidery designs and cut your applique shapes on your Silhouette machine:  This new PLUS software will work with the following machine embroidery file formats:

  • PES
  • DST
  • EXP
  • JEF
  • XXX

In addition to being able to open machine embroidery files in this new PLUS version, there is also functionality for creating Rhinestone designs.   Personaly, I’m delighted with this new PLUS software release and plan to not only use it to cut applique shapes for machine embroidery applique (MEA), but to incorporate sketch pens and/or rhinestones into my MEA designs, as well as use  MEA designs to create quilt labels and more.  The possibilities are endless.

While I am not an Affiliate for Silhouette, I honestly think their software is a good value.  This new PLUS version comes has two options to purchase:

  1. Standalone (you do not already have Silhouette Designer Edition) – $74.99
  2. Upgrade version (you already have Silhouette Designer Edition) – $25.00


note:  If you purchase the Upgrade for the new PLUS software, be sure you have the most current version of Silhouette Designer Edition (3.6.39).  If you do not, download and install the free upgrade to the most current version which you can get on their Silhouette-Studio page, by scrolling to the bottom and clicking the button that says download:   Once you have the Plus version successfully installed, your software will clearly show “plus” at the top.  You will then simply click FILE > OPEN and change the file type to reflect the file format of the machine embroidery design you want to open. Then, you can use the entire design to print, to change portions to rhinestones, or remote all but the cut line which you can use to cut your fabric with perfect alignment to your machine embroidery design.

I just purchased the Upgrade to PLUS and was able to quickly and easily open up machine embroidery applique files, to cut out the appropriate size applique shapes.  If there is enough interest, I may later record a video tutorial, but the steps are truly very easy.

While I’m a Silhouette owner and excited about the new Designer Edition Plus software, I am disappointed it does not pull in designs created in various Electric Quilt software (E.G. EQ7),.  Earlier insights on the Silhouette website had reported the Designer Edition Plus software would allow users to open up “stitching” files, which made me get very excited about the ability to easily create cut applique shapes created using EQ7 software.  But this week, they changed their website to reflect it would only open a limited selection of machine embroidery design formats.

For now, I’ll continue to rely on using PDFs and Inkscape for my EQ7 designs, to create SVG cut files for my Silhouette, but I do hope that one day there will be an easier way to turn my EQ7 applique shapes into cut files, as well as use my sketch pens for overall EQ7 designs.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if EQ7, or an EQ add on, would support creating SVG files?

To clarify, I’m excited about how the Silhouette Designer Edition Plus helps to integrate machine embroidery designs with the Silhouette ecutters, but I’d like to also be able to easily incorporate designs that are created in one of the most popular quilt design software packages – EQ7, eliminating the need to create PDFs and process them thru Inkscape, before we can cut them in our Silhouette, or other ecutters.  Electronic cutters are great tools, but if the manufacturers of these devices and the respective software companies of standalone software, want to embrace quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts, they need to help streamline the connectivity between our primary designing tools (e.g. EQ7) and the ability to cut on their electronic cutting tools.  So far, the hardware and software companies seem to be falling short of missing this opportunity.

Here are some links to other sources of great information on various electronic cutters and software:

Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew has a great tutorial overview of various electronic cutters and software:

Jin Yong of Under A Cherry Tree has a blog that focuses on electronic cutters and has released many tips, tutorials and inspirational projects, although she is not a machine embroiderer, so will most likely never explore the new Silhouette Designer Edition Plus software:

As mentioned earlier, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this broad area of Modern tools and software and applique in general.  Are you excited about the direction these modern tools are going and their ability to help us create?

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

EQStitch Tutorial – Part Two — Seasonal Design – Halloween Theme: Witches Hat and Text

Today I’m sharing an EQStitch Tutorial for those that have EQStitch, an add-on software program for EQ7 users.  This is also the 2nd part to the previous tutorial where we created a witches hat that will be combined with text in this tutorial. 

First, I want to ask if you complete this tutorial and have any feedback I hope you will  email address copyor leave a comment.  I will happily incorporate feedback into this tutorial, hoping to make it clearer in content and easier to follow.  But please let me know specifically which steps you have problems with and any particulars that can help me make appropriate changes.  

EQStitch is easy to use and you can use most fonts that you have on your computer (but not all make for good machine embroidery designs and some can’t be digitized within various embroidery software packages).  The functionality in EQStitch is quite robust, so I want to encourage all EQ users that enjoy machine embroidery to play and create.  Possibilities are endless.

EQStitch comes with an online Help, Lessons and Video Tutorials that I highly recommend you take advantage of.  For text, here are a few resources that help you learn how to digitized text for machine embroidery:

Help Page  “5 Tips on using the Text Tool
Help Page “How do I use text in my design”
Lesson 5, for EQStitch, Using the Text Tool
Tutorial video, for EQStitch, 14 Use the Text Tool

For purposes of the tutorial, which I’m sharing with you today, we will focus on learning the “basics” of creating text, as well as how to combine a text design with the witches hat design, created in part 1 of this seasonal tutorial.  We’ll also learn a few tips on sizing your design for a particular project.

There are endless possibilities for how you can layout text in machine embroidery using EQStitch:

More advanced EQStitch users can use the Text Tool (and other tools) to create text on curved lines, vertical text, straight line, monograms and more.


In addition to being quite flexible for how you want to layout your text in EQStitch, there are also many other ways you can use text to create a unique design:
         different size text and different fonts
         different colors
         designs based on wingdings
         freehand drawing of text
         trace an image of a signature, or other handwriting
         shaded fonts
The possibilities are endless and can be great fun to add text to your designs, create quilt labels, WordArt, Inspirational Quotes, Monograms, Names, Machine Applique’ Text, Banners, and so much more.
While not every font can be digitized (e.g. not all wingdings work), or work for a specific project.  For example, a fine line font may look cute when designing, but gets lost when stitched on terry cloth or some knits.  Thus, I encourage you to do a test stitch out first of the font you are considering and next your actual project.  Overtime, you’ll form your own opinion on your favorite fonts for machine embroidery and what type of materials each font works best with.
Machine embroidery digitizing software will allow you to edit your text message, during the design process, but each software package can have a different approach when designing text.  EQStitch treats the font as a patch, which can be filled with stitching, or even applique’ and once you convert your text to a patch, you can not edit your text message, but you can edit the shape of each letter, Edge and Fill Settings, Color and more.  Plus, the ability to save your designs to a custom library makes EQStitch very easy for using previously created designs, as well as combining designs.
Once you have your text message ready, EQStitch is quite easy to use to edit the shape as you digitize ( (e.g move the nodes of a patch to alter the the shape, the angle, etc.). 
I hope you’ll follow along with me, and use this tutorial to ultimately add text to the witches hat we previously created in part one of this tutorial.  While, we are going to do some basic text digitizing, we’ll build on this exercise with future tutorials that I plan to share.  Of course, as always, I’d appreciate your feedback on this tutorial as I’d be happy to make changes to make it easier to use, as well as feedback on how you would like help with text that I will try to incorporate into future tutorials.  As such, feel free to leave a comment on this blog post or email me directly.
I also hope this tutorial will inspire you to have fun and create with EQStitch, as the possibilities are endless.  Now, let’s begin with part 2 of this seasonal tutorial for the Witches Hat with text.
STEP 1: Restore Default Settings
Open EQStitch
Reset your EQStitch settings to default settings, to ensure we are using the same settings in our software:
Cancel any prompts that may ask you to create a new file, or open an existing file.
Click FILE > PREFERENCES>RESTORE and click the RESTORE DEFAULT SETTINGS button.  This will result in prompting you to close and restart EQStitch.  Click OK to confirm.
STEP 2: Open Project File for the Witches Hat with Text Tutorial
Open EQStitch:  Double click the EQStitch icon on your desktop.  The Tip of the Day box will appear, but click CLOSE, as appropriate.
In the Project Helper box, click OPEN AN EXISTING PROJECT and click the name of the project for Part 1 of this tutorial (LESSON WITCHES HAT).  Click OK.
STEP 3: Define your Drawing Board and Hoop parameters

On the top toolbar, click the WORK ON STITCHING button.  

Click STITCHING>NEW DESIGN>EMBROIDERY.  You will see three tabs along the bottom of the screen:  Tracing Image tab is for creating designs traced from an image (e.g. clipart, photo, scan of your drawing, etc).  The Artwork tab is where the drawing of your design will occur. You will select thread color and stitch properties on the Stitch tab. 

On the top menu bar, click on STITCHING=>DRAWINGBOARD AND HOOP SETUP.  Or on the Precision Bar,  click the last button on the right, which is for More Drawing Board Options.  

In the General options, the Hoop Size box will allow you to select the brand of embroidery machine and hoop size you will use for your machine and hoops.  If your hoop size is not included in one of the Standard Hoop Size options, you can define your hoop size using the Custom Hoop Size option.  For oval hoops, you’ll simply need to define an area that can be stitched within your hoop size.  To verify, you can print the design and then place the printout inside of your actual hoop that you plan to use.  
Note:  The hoop size you select will become the area you can use to draw your design in using EQStitch.  It helps you to size your design to the actual hoop size you may wish to stitch it out in. But as you save files to a Custom Library, for future use, you will once again be able to quickly adjust the size of your design for your hoop size.  Just remember that it is always best to set  your hoop size at the beginning of any project vs after digitizing it, as changing a hoop size can change the size of your design (and may need to manually make changes to the size again).


After you make your selection, click OK.  While these selections vary, based on your machine and hoops that you may have, for this exercise, here are my settings that which I will use to start this exercise (I’ll intentionally change them later, as part of this exercise so you can also learn the implications of making a change during your design process).

WARNING:  Changing your hoop size after you have created your design can change the size of your design.   Also, items that may be copied to your clipboard are erased when you change your hoop size, so it is best to make these changes at the start of your project. There are steps you can take to ensure this does not cause a problem with how you may wish to stitch out a design, but it is best to initially setup your Drawing Board and Hoop Setup options before you begin creating your design in EQStitch.


While on the Drawing Board and Hoop Setup, click on EMBROIDERY EDGE SETTINGS and select RUN STITCH for the Edge Style.  Set Edge Length to 2.5 vs the 3.0 default.         


While still on the Drawing Board and Hoop Setup, click on the EMBROIDERY FILL SETTINGS and select BRICK WALL for the Fill Settings.


Click OK.        
STEP 4: Prepare for Text


Click on the Artwork Tab on the bottom.

First, we will need to enable the Text tool

on the Drawing Tools menu, as our software has been restored to default settings, which do not include certain tools.



Click the CUSTOMIZE button

at the bottom of the Drawing Tools menu and then click ADD/REMOVE and a menu box will appear.

Click the TEXT tool, to check it.  Click anywhere on the ARTWORK tab to close the menu box.  You now have the text tool on your Drawing tool menu.

STEP 5 Create Text


On the Artwork Tab

Click on the Text tool 

Click in the upper left area of your Artwork table and using the click, hold, drag and release with your left mouse draw a box.


Use your mouse to grab the nodes of this box to enlarge, as appropriate.  Click, hold and drag various nodes, until your text box covers the majority of the area that will fit within your hoop.  This creates the canvas for typing text in EQStitch.  You can create a unique box for each font that you may want to use, but in this tutorial we will use the same font for the entire text.
Click twice inside the box to get into typing mode.  A flashing vertical line indicates you are in typing mode.  If this vertical line should disappear, click inside the typing box again.
While inside of this box you can change any of the text options that you wish (e.g. font, size, etc.).    If you exit the edit mode, by being active inside of this box, simply click the text tool bar and double click inside of the box to get back to the mode to edit your text.  You can also edit this mode and change the size of the box by clicking outside of the box, then clicking the pick tool and then clicking on the box.  You can now grab the box and drag corners or sides to change the size, as appropriate.
The text menu bar will appear:

Select the Arial Font and set the size to 18.0mms.
Type the words “I will trick-o-treat for fabric” or “Happy Halloween” or any text you wish to use or your Witches Hat project.


As long as you are in text mode, you will continue to see a flashing bar where ever your mouse is, inside of the  text box.
STEP 6 Convert Text to Patch


Once you have completed typing and formatting your text, you need to return to “select” mode so that you can “convert to patches”.  Click the outline of the text box to get into “select mode”.  The flashing bar inside of the text box will no longer be visible.

Click the convert to patch button

Now you can edit each letter individually or drag a box around a word and edit it.  The text box will now disappear.

STEP 7 Format Text for Stitching
Click on the STITCH  tab.

The text is now ready to set the color.

Click the Set Thread tool
along the right of the screen. The Thread Color palette will display. 
Click on a black thread in the Thread Color palette.
Click the Spray Can Tool


Use your mouse to set the color for the text fill and text outline for your entire text, changing everything to stitch in black.

You may need to use the zoom tools

to zoom in, zoom out, refresh and/or fit to screen as you set the thread color.
STEP 8 Simulate Stitching and make Final Edits

Click the Simulate Stitching tool

Click the play sewing forward button (arrow point righted) to watch your text stitch out online.



This is a good time to make any changes you feel appropriate.
save to sketchbook button
STEP 9 – Save to Library
Click on the text and click the SAVE button, located at the bottom of the Stitching Libraries menu box.
Click on the MY LIBRARY button.  Scroll down to the library you created in Part 1 of this Tutorial, the “Tutorials” and click on the SEASONAL – FALL library to open it. 
Click PASTE to add your text to this library.
Click the SAVE LIBRARY button and CLOSE.

Click your SAVE button 

your design file, as a backup step.  Your text is now in your Custom Library, where you can later use it on future projects, as you wish.


STEP 10 – Combine Witches Hat and Text


and the Project Sketchbook will appear.


Click on the STITCHINGS and the text for the witches hat.  Click EDIT


The text will now appear on your ARTWORK tab.
Use the Pick Tool
to draw a box around all of your text (left mouse, click, hold, drag and release).


Click EDIT, COPY to copy the text. 
view sketchbook edit the withes hat paste
format, as appropriate.
 Click COPY and click CLOSE.
On the Artwork Tab, use the Pick tool to click, hold, drag a box around all of the text.
Use your Pick Tool to draw a box around parts of the text to move them around to how you want them to appear.

Click your SAVE button 

 to backup you design.


Click on the STITCH tab.
Click the SORT THREADS button. 
Use your Simulate Stitching to verify how your design will stitch out, before you send it to your machine.  You may need to reset your thread colors, to ensure you used the same black in both of the designs that you combined.
Click Simulate Stitching > play sewing forward and watch how your design stitches out. If the Simulate Stitching does not stitch out the way you want, you can go back and edit, or repeat this tutorial from the beginning, but it should reflect a good sample stitch out that simply needs to be tested on your project.  Depending on the material you are stitching it out on, you may need to make changes to the underlay, or you may personally want to tweak the design to make it your own.
Step 11 – Finalize the Size of your Design for your project
This is a step that can be applied to any EQStitch project, before you format your design to stitch out on your machine.  As design sizes can change when you change hoop sizes, when you pull a copy of a design from a Library, or combine designs, it can be worthwhile to confirm what overall size your design will stitch out, as well as what the text size of a given letter will stitch out (to ensure it is legible on your project).
For the current Witches Hat and Text, I want to stitch out an overall design that is approximately  4.5×4.5 and text to be approximately 1”. 
Using the ruler, I realized that I should be using a larger hoop for my design, as it was filling the 100mm hoop and would only provide me a 3.75” x  3.75” stitch out.  I went back to my Artwork Tab >Stitching>Drawing Board and Hoop Setup
The hoop options for my machine are:
small hoop:  72x50mm  (2.8”x 1.9”)
medium hoop:  100x130mm (3.9”x5.1”)
large hoop:  145×255 (5.7”x 9.6”)
mega hoop: 150 x 400mm (5.9” x 15.74”)
Jumbo hoop:  260×400 (10.2” x  15.74”
As the project that I want to create, using this design, will best be suited for my Large hoop,  I change my custom hoop settings accordingly.  I now need to use the Ruler tool and Pick tool to change the size of my design to meet my project objectives of stitching out a design approximately  4.5” x 4.5”
And I want each text letter to be at least .50”, or more.
To check your text size, click the RULER tool
and using your mouse (click, hold, drag) you can measure the size of any letter, the overall width and height of your text, etc.  And, you can do this for your overall design. 
If you want to make changes to the size of your text or overall design, you would then use your PICK tool 

 to draw a box around the item you want to change.  You can then click on the nodes of that box to reduce or enlarge your design as you wish.

Using the Ruler Tool, Pick Tool and Zoom tools I was able to fit my design into a hoop that would support my project size, getting a design that will stitch out ~4.5”x4.5” and letters will be about .6”. 
Step 12 – Create Design File for Your Embroidery Machine
To send to your machine:
A box will appear prompting you for information as to where you may want to write this design file, as well as the name and machine file format.  If you are not sure, this is where you may need to pull out your embroidery machine manual.  My personal steps are to save this design file in two places:
1)      first copy I place in the same workgroup that I have for this project on my computer, should I want to make further design changes in the future, incorporate it with other designs, or to simply use it again.  My file path is:  c:documentsMy EQStitchTutorial Exercises
2)      USB which I can insert into my embroidery machine.
Once the export of your file has been completed, an EQStitch pop menu will appear and you simply need to click OK.

Of course, remember to SAVE your EQStitch project file before you exit. 

Again, you need to provide the SAVE IN option the file path where you want to write your file, the FILE NAME, as well as the SAVE AS TYPE that your embroidery machine will need to stitch out the design.  Then click the SAVE option.
The default path for saving projects in EQStitch and EQ7 is the same. It should be My EQ7PJ7 Witches Hat and Text.
You could stitch this design out for a variety of projects, but I’m thinking of using it on a bag, shirt, and maybe a mugrug.  If you go thru this tutorial and have feedback, please email me or leave a comment.  Of course, I’d also enjoy seeing photos if you stitch this out on your machine.
Happy Digitizing with EQStitch!

You may also want to check out my list of favorite tutorials for EQ software, as there many sources for excellent tutorials that are a great way to plan and learn.

If you are an EQStitch user,   I hope you will follow along with my new series of EQStitch tutorials and have fun,  Feel free to leave a comment or  if you have any questions or address for quiltshopgal

EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop and Giveaway and EQ7 tutorial

quiltshopgal's favorite tutorialsToday QuiltShopGal is participating in a EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of FunThreads Designs.   We hope to inspire you and increase awareness on how you can incorporate photos into projects you design in EQ7.  And, SewCalGal thinks you’ll be amazed with the insights, tips, tutorials and inspirational projects shared by the participating bloggers in this blog hop. Plus, there is a great giveaway opportunity too!
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Today, SewCalGal wants to share insights on some of my favorite uses of the EQ Image worktable, which offers a vast amount of functionality within EQ7.

 One of the most popular uses of the EQ Image worktable is to create memory quilts.  You can easily upload a photo  to EQ7 software, edit your image and decide how you want to place your images on your project.  
It is also easy to size your images in this software and print your image to EQ Printable fabric.  There are a many varieties of Printable fabric, but Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric is SewCalGal’s favorite.  


You can easily print your pictures to EQ Printables and piece them into your projects to create special memory quilts.  


Or even a  seasonal “memory quit” table runner.
It is very easy to use EQ7 to decide what blocks, fabrics and images you may want to use in your project.  
And, as I’m a batik lover, I’ll share that I just purchased the most recent EQStash online which has over 1,100 new batik fabrics from top fabric manufacturers such as Hoffman, Island Batik, Moda, Robert Kaufman, and Timeless Treasures.  Wow, am I having fun designing with these beautiful batiks too!
The Image Worktable will also allow you to:
  • Trace a photo to create an quilt design
  •  (e.g. applique design, paper pieced design, etc.) 
  •  photo editing
  • resize
  • rotate
  • flip
  • cropping
  • hue saturation and lightness
  • color changing
  • apply effects to create watercolor artwork (47 different options)
  • create an art quilt / photo collage quilt
  • photo layout to create backgrounds/print your own fabric


  • And, it is also a popular tool to create quilt labels
  • And, you can even use the Image Worktable to create greeting cards! Imagine sending out personalized greeting cards throughout the year, that could contain your photos, favorite clipart, as well as designs that you’ve created in EQ7!
TUTORIAL – Create A Quilt Label:
For those with EQ7, here is a mini tutorial to help you get your feet wet with the image work table in EQ7.  This exercise will show you how to create a quilt label, as shown above.  But you can also use this tutorial to create clip art to make a greeting card, or for your blog.
Start a new EQ7 project and name it Playing with Images.  
Click the work on Quilt button ( located on your top menu bar)

Click on the Layout tab and change the settings to:
1 block horizontal

7″ wide
5″ high 

(or your desired size)

Click on the Borders tab and change the settings to:

.5 for all sides of the border.


Click on Layer 2 tab.

Click on the Text tool icon

In the popup menu for Applique Text that appears select your favorite font and size of your text.

Press and hold your Shift Key while clicking your left mouse button down and draw a box on Layer 2 for where you want your text to appear.

Using your mouse click once inside of that text box and now type the text you wish to add to your quilt label.
Click the paintbrush icon and select the color (or fabric) that you want your text to use.
Now click on your text to “paint it the color you wish.
Click on Image Worktable in the menu icons.

Click the upload an image icon.

Browse to where the image you want to play with is located. Open it and then you might want to crop it before you start.
click the Zoom Fit button
click the crop button and use your mouse to grab the nodules on the dotted line around your picture, to drag to where you want to crop.  Essentially you reframe your picture and then click the checkmark in the green circle (on the main menu bar) to accept the change.

Click the Add to Sketchbook button. 

Repeat for as many photos you wish to add to your quilt label.
click on the work on quilt button 

click on the layer 2 tab (at the bottom of your menu)
Click on the set photo button 

You can click on the export image button to create an image that you can use as clipart to print a greeting card, share on your blog.  
You can also click File > Print > Quilt and print this image on Electric Quilt Printable Fabric to use as a quilt label, as you feel appropriate.
You can save these images each time you make a change and they are saved to the Photo section of your sketchbook. Design quilts with these unique pictures and print them on photo fabric for one of a kind quilts.
TUTORIAL – Create A Greeting Card:
Click on the Work on Quilt Icon

Click on the layout tab and use the following settings
Number of Blocks Horizontal = 1  Vertical = 1
Finished Block size = 8.5 width and 11 height
Sashing = 0
Click on the borders tab and set to 0 borders
Click on the Work on Image Icon
Click on the Upload Image icon and browse to find the image you want to upload.

Click add to Sketchbook
Click on the Work on Quilt Icon

Click on the Layer 2 tab
Click on the set photo icon
Click on the photo in the “Sketchbook Photos” that you want to place on the cover of your greeting card.
Hold down your shift key and your left mouse button and draw a box on Layer 2 in the lower right quadrant
Click on the Adjust Icon and click on your image to move or resize it.  To move simply click on your image and hold down your left mouse button and drag your image to the location you desire.  To change the size of your image you can use your left mouse to click on any of the crosshair boxes on your image and hold and drag to change the size.  Or, type in the measurements you desire in the size box on the menu bar and press enter.
Caution:  Be careful to change the size of your image keeping the scale aligned to the original image to avoid distortion of your photo (e.g. don’t stretch too tall or too wide, unless that is what you intend to do).
Click on the text icon to add text to your greeting card. 

An Applique Text popup box will appear.  Select a font that you wish to use and set the size of your font, as desired.
Use your mouse to draw a box in the upper left quandrant by holding down your shift key and your left mouse button.
Click inside of this box and type “Happy Easter”, or your appropriate text.  For my sample, as I used a 1” font size, I inserted enter after the Happy to get my text to appear on two lines.
Click on the paintbrush color to select a color (or fabric fill) for your text. 
Click on your text with your paintbrush to paint your text the color you have selected.
Click on the adjust tool and click on your text.
Type 180 in the rotate text box
Click the save to sketchbook button

Click the save button to save your file.
Click File > Print > Quilt
On the Print Quilt Pop up menu, be sure the following options are unchecked:
Print Name
Print Block Outline
Print Patch Outline
Before you click the “print”, to send to your printer, consider printing your card on a heavier paper than typical everyday inkjet paper.  You may want to use a white cardstock for your greeting card, but really just about any paper that you can run thru your printer will work fine 
Fold your paper in quadrants to create the greeting card and you are ready to give your handmade greeting card away.
You can also save this card to an image and print a card from your photo manager.  From the main menu in EQ7 click File >  Export Image.  But be sure when the “Export Image File of Quilt” pop up menu appears to uncheck Outline Patches and Outline blocks.
Think of the possibilities of adding quilting blocks, appliqué, or an endless variety of photos or clipart to personalize your greeting card.  Of course, I’d love to see what type of greeting cards (or quilt labels) that you create with the Image Worktable and EQ7.  Super Easy Peasy and Fun.  And if you have questions about this tutorial, simply    email address copy
and let me know if you need help.  I’ll also gladly update this tutorial to try to make this tutorial easier to follow, based on your feedback.
Don’t forget to visit all of the blogs participating in this hop, as they are sharing great tips, tutorials and inspirational projects all focused on the Image Worktable in EQ7.  Here is the lineup for this hop:
April 14th

April 15th

Patchwork Breeze


April 16th

Did I mention a Giveaway?
Electric Quilt is the sponsor of this blog hop and 

Carol of FunThreads Designs has coordinated a giveaway using a Rafflecopter form that you can use to enter to win a pack of Electric Quilt Inkjet Fabric or a copy of Digital Essentials.

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Santa Sale

Sometimes Santa needs help to know what we may want for Christmas.  Here is an opportunity where you may want to leave a note for Santa to let him know what you want, as well as how he can find it on sale!  I’m certainly letting Santa know I have a few EQ products on my Christmas Wish List.  

The Electric Quilt Company has a Quilt-tacular Santa Spree! 

Here are a few EQ things on my Christmas that I’m hoping Santa will bring me and I thought you may also want them too!

The new book: EQ with Me: Applique Drawing

Premium Cotton Satin Inkjet Fabric

You may want Santa to bring you some EQ Books, EQ Printable Fabric or Paper, EQ7 software or EQStitch Embroidery software/add-on,  Blockbase or other EQ Software,   You may even want to have Santa give a copy of Quilt Design Wizard to a young future quilter for Christmas.

Santa Spree! Save 25% site-wide (excludes EQ7)!

Use code  SANTA. Sale ends December 15, at 11:59pm EST.

Playtime with EQ7 – It’s All About Borders (and a special challenge opportunity for EQ users)

SewCalGal always enjoy playtime with EQ7.  It is fun to quickly create a design and then change it to create a completely new design, as well as to help select fabrics and color palettes.   Today I had fun thinking about design layouts for the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 – It’s All About Borders, with Patsy Thompson.  This particular challenge is focused on inspiring quilters to learn/improve their FMQ skills, but I’ve also come up with a way to make this a fun challenge for EQ users.  So, this post has two opportunities:

1)  Anyone interested in  learning/improving their FMQ skills can participate in any/all 2013 FMQ Challenges. And, while Challenge #5 encourages you to also create your own unique design, this post shares insight on how I used EQ7 to quickly come up with some design ideas.  You are welcome to use these designs or adapt them to make them your own.

2) For EQ Users, consider this a call for your quilt designs using EQ7/EQ6.  Simply take a look at the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 and  to design a project layout for this FMQ Challenge – It’s All About Borders!  Keep in mind this challenge will focus on borders that show off FMQ vs pieced, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enter a design, with a lot of borders that also uses piecing.  Your design can be any size (e.g. table runner/tolpper, wallhanging, lap quilt, full size quilt, etc.). Bloggers and non-bloggers can enter by way of a linkup at the bottom of this post.

The Challenge calls for 8-10 borders to a project.

Here are some of my design ideas for the It’s All About Borders Challenge:

table runner idea

 {above} Wall Hanging measures 38″x38″ Inside ble mock measures 12″x12″  Borders measure: #1 – 2.5″, #2 – 1/2″, #3 – 1/2″, #4 – 1/2″, #5 – 1″, #6 – 1″, #7 – 2.5″, #8 – 1/2″, #9- 4″.

  table runner idea

{above} Table Runner measures 30″x65″
Inside piece measures 5″x40.5″
Borders measure:  #1 – 1″, #2 – 2.5″, #3 – 1/2″, #4 – 2″, #5 – 1/2″, #6 – 2.5″, #7 – 1/2″, #8 – 3″.

large throw

{above} Large Throw measures 66″x74″
Inside piece measures 40″x48″ and could easily contain a large area for FMQ or blocks.
Borders measure:  #1 – 1″, #2 – 2.5″, #3 – 1/2″, #4 – 2″, #5 – 1/2″, #6 – 2.5″, #7 – 1/2″, #8 – 1/2″, #9 – 3″.

table topper or wallhanging

{above} Wall hanging or Table Topper measures 45″x45″
Inside block measures 9″x9″.
Borders measure:  #1 – 6″ wide and uses half drop diamonds”, #2 – 2.5″, #3 – 1/2″, #4 – 2″, #5 – 1/2″, #6 – 2.5″, #7 – 1/2″, #8 – 1/2″, #9 – 3″.

For EQ Users, this is a unique challenge this also a great challenge for you and they’ll be special prizes awarded to one lucky winner.  But do take time to look at the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 as your designs need to support the theme of this challenge.

To enter the FMQ Challenge – It’s All About Borders click here.

To enter this EQ Challenge – It’s All About Borders:

Rules to enter this challenge:

Deadline to enter is October 31st, 2013.  SewCalGal is coordinating working with sponsors.  You can find a current list of sponsors and prizes on the main page for the FMQ Challenge.  Those that enter this EQ Challenge – It’s All About Borders will receive one entry to win a prize in the 2013 FMQ Challenge.  SewCalGal will also have more sponsors and prizes for this EQ Challenge and will announce more info this summer (and update this post).  But either way, I hope if you are a EQ Fan you’ll use this challenge to help inspire others.
For bloggers:

Please post your entry on your blog. To clarify, you can include as many photos of this  exercise in your post, but you can only add one link to the linky tool below. You can share tips, tutorials if you like, but your design ideas are a must requirement for this challenge.  And your design ideas need to be appropriate for the FMQ Challenge – It’s All About Borders.

Bloggers should not add a link to their blog, but a direct link to their blog post to a current post that references they are entering this EQ theme challenge.

For non-Bloggers:

1) You will need to have a Flickr account ( 
2) Upload your photos for this month’s challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select “FMQ Challenge“. While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the “FMQ Challenge” group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows you created a project or sharing your practice sandwich that reflects insights shared in this  tutorial.  Be sure to Copy the URL link to your specific photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool above, to officially enter this show.

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Sue’s Sew EZ Designs – Notions, Fabric & More – Final Sale

Sadly, Sue’s Sew EZ Designs‘ online business is holding their final closing sale with plans to shut down May 31st.  Sue is going to continue to focus on selling her own designs, but has decided to stop selling notions, fabric and other items online.

For those looking for deals, there are some super deals.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

EQ7 – best price ever!


Aurifil thread – amazing low price!


And great price on fabric by the yard and fat quarter bundles too!

EQ Stitch Is Now Available – What Do You Want To Digitize?

The Electric Quilt Company has released a new software product, called EQStitch.


SewCalGal recommends EQStitch to those that own an embroidery machine and EQ7 software and want the ability to create their own embroidery designs.  It is an easy to use software package and an extremely reasonable price, making it an affordable modern quilting tool, so I’m confident this is going to become a very popular software package.

EQStitch is machine embroidery digitizing software that is an “plug-in” for EQ7.  This software is easy to use, with auto-digitizing features, that will help you create beautiful designs which you can stitch out on your embroidery machine.  As an add-on to EQ7, you’ll be able to create unique embroidery designs in minutes and easily incorporate these designs into your quilt design!


While you can use EQStitch to create your own embroidery design, it also comes with 310 embroidery designs and 200 machine applique’ designs that you can use “as is”, or modify these designs to make them your own design.  There are 19 different fill styles and you can easily adjust the angle and density, as well as adjust the underlay settings to give your design stability.  And you can create a Steil Stitch edge (like a satin stitch), create redwork, or use a Bean Stitch edge.  For many, this may sound confusing as there is so much functionality that comes with this package, but it really is a fun and easy to use tool.


Standard and custom hoop sizes are available. Export the file for any of these machine types:

  • Baby Lock/Brother (*.PES)
  • Elna/Janome/Kenmore (*.SEW)
  • Janome/Elna (*.JEF)
  • Melco/Bernina (*.EXP)
  • Pfaff (*.PCS)
  • Singer (*.XXX)
  • Tajima (*.DST)
  • Viking (*.HUS)
  • Viking D1 (*.SHV)
  • Viking/Pfaff (*.VIP)
  • Viking/Pfaff (*.VP3)


There are also 33 minutes of video tutorials,  6 step-by-step PDF lessons, 12 How Do I? topics and a full digitizing section in the Help files. And, a new book “Learning EQStitch”, by Yvonne Menear will be published soon.


This is a great way to get your feet wet with EQ and learn how to create your own machine embroidery designs.  This software is a excellent value at $249.95, but the Electric Quilt Company has a special on this software for $149.97, making it an excellent value.

What would you like to digitize?  How about some machine applique’ for your Silhouette, AccuQuilt or Sizzix applique’?  Or would you like to create beautiful monograms?  How about digitizing and stitching out special quilt labels?  Or digitize quilt motifs for your quilts?  The possibilities are endless.

For more info on EQStitch:

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

2012 Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony

Welcome to the 2012 Golden Quilter Award Ceremony!  Every quilter is invited to attend.  And, when you do, SewCalGal hopes that you will also celebrate and congratulate the winners of the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards.

A bit of background information, for those that may not be aware.  The Golden Quilter Awards started a few years back, when SewCalGal started thinking about the Oscars and all the other awards that are given out to those in the entertainment business, but there wasn’t anything for those in the quilting business, that make our world of quilting so wonderful. 

Annually, PR Angels are asked to help spread the word about these Awards, to increase awareness and get more quilters to participate by submitting nominations and ultimately by voting.  For several weeks nominations are accepted and any quilter, any place in the world, can submit nominations for approximately ten categories.  When nominations are closed, all nominees are recognized and voting is then opened, where anyone can vote for their favorite nominee.  Tonight is the night we now get to hear who the ultimate winners are and celebrate. 

Like the Oscars, while it is an honor to be nominated to the Golden Quilter Awards, it is even more special to be a winner of any of these annual awards.  The nominees and winners get bragging rights.  For PR Angels, those that nominate and/or vote they get entered to win prizes donated by sponsors, that are always given out after the Award Ceremony.

red carpet Pictures, Images and Photos
Like the Oscars, attendees of the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards get dressed up.  Of course, quilters are also welcome to come in any attire that they want (you can even wear your PJs).

Chery (Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting) is expected to arrive wearing this beautiful quilted jacket that she made. 

Looks like we are ready to get started………..

Time for the envelopes, please.

For Best Designer, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!
Bonnie K. Hunter
For Best Author, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!

Bonnie K. Hunter
For Best Teacher/Instructor, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!
Bonnie K. Hunter
For Best Quilt Store (physical), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to Mary Jo’s Cloth Store!
Mary Jo’s Cloth Store
For Best Quilt Store (online), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company team!
Missouri Star Quilt Company
For Best Longarm Quilter, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to Karen McTavish!
Karen McTavish
For Best Product (Physical), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to the Olfa Corporation and Olfa Rotary Cutter team!
Olfa Corporation

Facebook url:!/pages/OLFA/102711346433359

For Best Product (Software), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to the Electric Quilt Company and the entire EQ7  team!
The Electric Quilt Company
For Best Quilt Book Publisher, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
 While there are many amazing Quilt Book Publishers that were recognized by quilters, from around the world, when nominated for the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards, it is clear that two such publishers are loved equally.  There was a tie for this category, so we want to recognize both of these amazing publishers for their contributions in making our world of quilting so wonderful.
Congratulations to the C&T Publishing and to Martingal & Company, home of that Patchwork Place.
C&T Publishing

Stash Books:
Facebook url:!/ilovequilts

Martingal & Company, home of That Patchwork Place


For Lifetime Achievement Award (most influential person), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to the Bonnie K. Hunter, who is clearly loved by quilters from all over the world for all of her contributions to make our world of quilting so wonderful! 

Bonnie K. Hunter
As quilters, we want to say congratulations to all of the 2012 Golden Quilter Award Winners.   Over 4,000 quilters, from all over the world took time to vote and they wanted to honor you as being the best of the best world wide, to say thank you for all you have done to make our world of quilting so wonderful! 
To all of the PR Angels, Nominating Committee, those that took time to vote, as well as those that come to this 2012 Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony, I hope you will help to congratulate this winners when you see them, by leaving a comment on their blog and/or Facebook page, or send them a note thru Twitter. 
While my posts and images are copyright protected, if anyone wants to use photos and/or information in this post,  to blog about, include in a newsletter, etc., you have my permission and encouragement to do so.  I view PR for these winners is one of the best gifts we can give them.  If you need higher resolution images, just email me to let me know.
Thank you
 to the Sponsors of the
2012 Golden Quilters Awards:



Time to Party!

Champaigne Pictures, Images and Photos

Celebrate!! Pictures, Images and Photos

And, maybe, while you are celebrating you’ll go visit one or all of the 2012 Golden Quilter Award winners on their Facebook page, blog, or twitter and leave them a sweet note of congratulations and how much you appreciate all they have done, to make our world of quilting so wonderful.

Tomorrow, after I’ve had a chance to sleep in, take a good nap, etc. I’ll let everyone know who won the prizes during our party tonight.  For those that may not understand what is going on, these prizes are randomly given out to those that have helped, over the past few months, with PR for this event, nominations and for voting.  Collectively, there are well over 5,000 quilters that have helped world-wide. 

Lastly, don’t forget, the page  on this blog labeled “Golden Quilter Awards” is updated throughout the year.  You can always check it for a summary of current information and appropriate links.  It will be updated within a few days, to summarize the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards and will be updated as it gets closer for the 2013 Golden Quilter Awards, next spring!
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