Quick Tip Tuesday! Finding Blocks

Posted 01-17-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

EQ7 lets you search for blocks in two different ways: by notecard (name) and by category.

Search by notecard

  1. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library > Search > By Notecard.
  2. Put checks next to the fields you want to search (in general leave all 3 lines checked):
  3. Under Find at most _____items enter a number between 1 and 999, or leave it at the default which is 50.
  4. In the box at the top marked Find all the blocks with this notecard text, type the word or words you want to search by.
    (For example “trees”)
  5. Click the Search button > click OK.
  6. Click any block you want to use, then click Add to Sketchbook.

Please note:

Search the Name field:
You will see more results if you type only part of a name. For example “Ohio,” rather than “Ohio Star.”

Search the Notes field:
If you save your own blocks in the library you can search by notes you’ve added.
If you have BlockBase installed, be sure to put a check next to Notes. BlockBase names are numbers. Only the earliest known name (therefore not all names) for a block is in the Notes field.

Search by category

Each block in the Library is marked according to predetermined categories.

  1. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library > Search > By Category.
  2. Click any section to view the categories.
  3. Click the image next to a category name to add the category to the search. You can add as many categories as you want. To remove a category, click the image next to the category again, to deselect it.
    (For example “Rotary Cutable” and “Valentine’s Day”)
  4. Under Find at most _____blocks enter a number between 1 and 999, or leave it at the default which is 50.
  5. Click the Search button > click OK.
  6. Click any block you want to use, then click Add to Sketchbook.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Drawing Vines, Stems or Leaves

Posted 01-17-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Setting up the worktable Click Worktable > Work on Block Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Applique tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, beside Snapping Options, make sure buttons 1 and 3 are turned OFF and that buttons 2, 4 and 5 are turned ON. Click the Customize Toolbar  button. Click Add/Remove Buttons Click Brush Stroke if it is unchecked. Click away from the list to close the pop-up menu. Drawing the stem The Brush Stroke tool has many style options, so experimenting will help you understand this tool. The style with two pointed ends is good for leaves. Click the Brush Stroke tool. Drag the mouse on your block. A line draws as you drag.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch January 2017

Posted 01-15-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

The simplest designs to create are silhouette designs.  You just define the shape and fill in with stitches.  Your eyes will tell your brain what you should see there and the image makes sense.  You do not need to spend a lot of time creating stitch details with silhouettes.  You can add one small element of contrasting color for added interest. You can use any image from the EQ7 program or from your own files. Bring the image into the EQStitch embroidery worktable. Set the drawing board options to be an embroidery design with no outlines and select one of the textured fill stitches. Choose a textured fill stitch from the drop down menu.  Textured stitches add interest to a simple shape.  Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the preferences. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Adding a Digital Fabric Stash

Posted 01-13-2017 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

Many designers like to work in EQ Mini with actual fabric lines.  One way to do that is to use the Digital Fabric Stashes that you can purchase as add-ons to your EQ Mini software.  These digital stashes are available as online downloads right from the online Electric Quilt Shop.  Many manufacturers are included in these downloads that are created several times a year.  Here is a little bit more about these digital fabric libraries. What stashes are available? There are currently 11 digital stashes available at the online Electric Quilt store that you can purchase.  Each stash has over 1000 fabrics representing several manufacturers fabric lines, some have many more.  Electric Quilt generously provided me with a copy of the latest Digital stash 2016 -03 which contains Batik fabrics so that I could share my experience with you. What is included? EQ Stash 2016 Download 3 features the newest

Quick Tip Tuesday! Easy New York Beauty Blocks

Posted 01-10-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own New York Beauty block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations. Setting up the worktable Click Worktable > Work on Block. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Arc. A grid will display on the worktable. Drawing the corner wedge This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click and hold your mouse on the PolyLine tool. A flyout will appear. Click the PolyArc tool. Start by drawing the large, corner wedge at the bottom-left

Quick Tip Tuesday! Drawing Eight-Pointed Stars

Posted 01-03-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own eight-pointed star block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations.   Setting up the worktable Be on the Block worktable. Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Eight Point Star. A grid will display on the worktable.   Drawing the first patch This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click the PolyLine  tool. Starting at the top-left diamond shape, click and release the mouse at one of the four points of the diamond to

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Winter Icicles Throw Quilt

Posted 12-30-2016 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

For this week’s EQ Mini Friday Fun, we are going to venture into designing a quilt.  This throw size Winter Icicle quilt is just the right size to cozy up with on a cold winter’s day.  It uses built in triangle or flying geese blocks in a vertical pattern to mimic icicles in winter.  The large scale blocks are placed into vertical strips to create the fun icicle shapes.  It is a fun modern statement in solids or wintery blue prints. Winter Icicles Throw Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size:48” x 56” Skill Builders: Working with vertical strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with blocks Adding blocks Rotating blocks Working with Scale On to the design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the

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