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

fall-tree-by-quiltshopgal

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.

tree-with-color

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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.

save tool

 

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:

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1 comment on “#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – September”

  1. nice lesson and definitely one of my favorite tools also, it’s so handy for so many little shapes that are hard to do if you have to actually draw them. I love that I can widen them or make them smaller prior to converting to a shape.

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