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.
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.
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:
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!
You can find Renee at:
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.
Set the layout size for 60″ wide and 72″ long.
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.
Birds in the Air
Corn and Beans
5) Click on the Work on Block Icon.
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.
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″.
9) Click on the Color tab, on the bottom menu. And click on the Paintbrush tool, in the upper right hand menu bar.
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.
11) Click the Save to Sketchbook icon, on the top menu bar.
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.
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.
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..
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: