Club EQ is now Design and Discover! Plus Lesson and Challenge!

Posted 01-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Club EQ Design & Discover

We’ve updated Club EQ (again!)! Now you can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the design right on the blog with a link up!

To Link Up Your Photo
Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your quilt).

If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other!

Now on to the lesson…
We are going to be making this quilt (or your own variation! If you don’t want to use the specific blocks I’ve used, that’s OK!). It has things on different layers, sashing, stencils…lots of fun stuff!

Click on Quilt Worktable

Click On-Point Layout

Enter  these settings:

Click the Design tab

Click Block Tools

Click Open Library

Click the Search button and choose By Notecard

Type “Mosaic, No. 1(2)” and click the Search button

Click on the block and click Add to Sketchbook
If you want to add some other blocks you’d like to audition in the quilt, feel free to add them to the Sketchbook too!
Click Close

Click on the block. Hold down your ALT key on your keyboard and click on the spaces marked with the X to place the block in the spaces as shown. (Usually holding down the ALT key will place the block in every other space but it works a little differently with on-point layouts.)

Click on EQ Default Flying Geese (EQ8 comes with default blocks already loaded so you don’t even need to get it from the Block Library!)

(Or, if you like the look of another block feel free to use that!)

Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click in the sashing in two different areas.

Click Rotate, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click the block marked with the X.

Click Open Library

Click the Search button and choose By Notecard

Type in “Tulip Heads” and click the Search button

Click on the block and click the Add to Sketchbook button

This block is actually a motif so, to see it you will need to click the Motifs tab.

Click Layer 2 at the bottom of your screen.

Click the Set Block tool, and click on the block. Now, hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click and drag to set the motif on the quilt. Don’t worry about size or placement.

Click the Adjust tool and make the motif 5.5 x 5.5 by typing the size in for the Width and Height. You can move it into place by using your mouse or the X and Y axis show in the purple rectangle.

Copy and paste the motif and place 3 more as shown.

Now I want to make my motif into a block to put into the blank squares. (You COULD place them just like we did the motifs, but just in case you would ever want to do this in the future.)
Click View Sketchbook

Click Blocks and click the Motifs tab

Click the Tulip Heads block and click Edit

On your keyboard press CTRL + A to select all. You will see little black squares on the outside of your block to show that it is selected.

On your keyboard press CTRL + C to copy

Click Block > New Block > Applique Block

On your keyboard press CTRL + V to paste

Click Center in Block

Click the Color tab and color it as you wish

Click Add to Sketchbook

Click Quilt Worktable

Click Layer 1 at the bottom of your screen.

Click on the block as click in the spaces as shown to place it in the quilt. Notice that the motif version shows without a background and covers other blocks. The block version pops into the quilt grid.

If you put this block (or motif) or any other block or motif you put on Layer 3 it will show up as a stencil.

Click Open Library

Click the Search button and choose By Notecard

Type in daffodil and click Search

Click on the daffodil stencil and click Add to Sketchbook and click Close.

Click on Layer 3 at the bottom of your screen. Again, and block, motif or stencil you put on this Layer will show as a stencil.
Now, click the Stencils tab.

Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click and drag out the stencil.

Click the Adjust tool to change the size and location of the stencil.

Click Thread Tools

Here you can change the Color, Style and Weight of your Thread.

Click Block Tools

Click Add to Sketchbook to save the thread coloring

Click the Adjust tool and now you can copy and paste your stencil to place it in all the appropriate spots in the quilt. If you can’t seem to get it exactly the right spot you can also use the X-Axis and Y-Axis to place the stencils

Click on Layer 1 and recolor the quilt as you’d like. Then click on Layer 2 and recolor and Layer 3 if you want as well. You can use the Layer Icons to hide and show layers. As you can see in this example Layer 1 is hidden.

When you have your quilt designed just the way you want, remember to Add to Sketchbook.

Then, click the Print & Export tab and click Export

Type in a file name and click Save

To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.  Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images

We hope you like this new format and lesson! I can’t wait to see the quilts you design!

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2017

Posted 12-17-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

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Posted 12-01-2017 by Jenny | Posted in: Downloads EQ News and Press EQ8

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll notice that each year around this time, we have a cute little visitor to our site: It’s our friend, Sunbonnet Sue, and she has the very important job of decorating the tree each year! She holds a special place in our hearts here at EQ and I thought I’d share a little bit about her story today. Penny McMorris & Dean Neumann, EQ founders The Sunbonnet Sue animation was created by Dean Neumann, EQ co-founder and programmer. She made her first appearance on our site back in 1996, shortly after our first website was launched. EQ3 was our current version of the software at that time. EQ3 could only export PCX files (PiCture eXchange) for images. Dean made the animation by drawing individual blocks on the Block Worktable for each of the movements. He exported a PCX for each block and

Club EQ – Using Panels

Posted 12-01-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Club EQ Uncategorized

We’ve updated Club EQ! Now you can follow along with a lesson on the challenge! Also, entering is even easier because all you need is an image file. (We won’t be sending out project files anymore so no more worrying about uploading or compressing files.) Here is more info on how to submit your quilt(s)! December Challenge: Using Panels! A question that we get a lot is how to use panels in quilts. So, that is what we are doing this month for Club EQ! Here is the quilt I created. Download the EQ8 project here. I used Petit Fleurs Alphabet Blocks Fabric Panel by Carolyn Gavin for Windham Fabrics. (There is a whole line of fabrics that go along with it and I think they are adorable.) First I searched the internet to get a full image of the panel. (If you are using a panel you already have

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Posted 11-28-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10 Favorite Posts

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Posted 11-19-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

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Posted 11-15-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10 Favorite Posts

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #2 – See a Large Preview of the Fabric! The fabric palette is full of small swatches of your fabrics and colors that are currently in your Sketchbook. Because the swatches are small, it’s often hard to tell what the print really looks like when making your selection. In EQ8, you can now see a larger preview of the selected fabric while you’re designing! With the Fabric Tools selected, click on the Detach button in the fabric preview. This will remove the fabric preview from the palette, and open it in a small window on your screen. You can move and resize this window in an empty

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