Quick Tip Tuesday! Add Text to a Block

Posted 08-23-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

What if you want to add text to a block? The Set Applique Text tool only works on the Quilt worktable.

If you need to add text to your block you can do it this way:

Set your block into a one block quilt.

1 WORKTABLE > Work on Quilt.

2 QUILT > New Quilt > Horizontal.

3 Click the Layout tab (at the bottom).

4 Make “Number of blocks” Hor and Ver both be: 1

5 Click the Borders tab (at the bottom).

6 Click the Delete button to delete the border.

7 Click the Layer 1 tab.

8 Click the Set Block tool > set your block into the quilt. It will now look like one large quilt block, with no border around it.

9 Right-click the right-hand toolbar > choose Add/Remove buttons > click the Set Applique Text  tool if it is not checked. This will add this new tool to your toolbar. This tool is used on Layer 2.

10 Click Layer 2 (at the bottom).

11 Click the Paintbrush  tool > choose a solid color for your font.

12 Click the Set Applique Text tool.

13 Choose a font in the drop down box. (This box will show all True Type fonts on your computer. You can change the font later, after you type, if you wish.)

14 Point the mouse at your block, and, holding down your keyboard SHIFT key, drag the mouse on the block. A small text box will form. This box will enlarge as you type, but will be small before you begin typing.

15 Type whatever you’d like in this typing box. Start a new box if you want a different font, color or size text somewhere else on your block.

16 If you’d like to color the block, click back on Layer 1 and color the block.

17 Once your block is finished you can export it by using FILE > Export Marquee Selection or FILE > Export Image.

For example:

Note: If you use Export Marquee Selection you drag a select box around your block, and will then be able to Copy to the Clipboard and then Paste the block into a document, for example, in Word.

If you use Export Image you will use Insert > Picture > From File in Word.

If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and we will be happy to help!

EQStitch Sunday Stitch August 2016

Posted 08-21-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Applique is the easiest way to create large areas of a design.  Adding embroidery onto, inserted into, and embellished around applique fabrics will increase the interest in the design.  Also, it makes the sewing at the machine go so much faster when the large areas are applique fabrics.  Filling every area with stitches takes time and isn’t always necessary to make a nice design. Open your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Use the shape tools and make a simple drawing of a flower with a stem and leaves. Click on the fabric tab and add fabric to all of the elements. Click on the stitch tab and assign the edge stitches of your choice with the set applique edge tool. Color the stitches with the set thread tool. Add the design to

Quick Tip Tuesday! Adjusting the Color of Scanned Fabric

Posted 08-16-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Your imported fabric image, on the IMAGE worktable, is an image just like any photo. So you can use the photo tools to adjust the color. Worktable > Work on Image > Color > use any of these.   For example, the Red/Green/Blue adjustment… Before adjusting any image, pay attention to the starting numbers in case you want to switch back to them. Or click Close to discard your changes. When you are through, use IMAGE > Add to Sketchbook as Fabric to save your newly cropped and color-adjusted scan. If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and we will be happy to help!

August – Win Art Gallery Fabrics!

Posted 08-10-2016 by Christine | Posted in: EQ25

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our fabric winner: Donna Choc! Thanks to everyone who participated. To see who’s sponsoring September’s contest, view the schedule here. NOTE: For those of you who said you REALLY want EQ7, I encourage you to check out our brand new product, EQ Mini. This program has the basic features of EQ7 at a “test-drive” price. You’ll get a feel for what EQ7 is like and can upgrade any time! This product is a download, so no shipping costs or waiting for it to arrive! Read a review here. Read more about EQ Mini and watch a video here. >> Also, for those of you who said you need to spend more time learning how to use your EQ7, please check out the following: FREE EQ lessons on our DoYouEQ.com website Lesson Books for EQ7 and EQStitch Online Classes for EQ7 and EQ Stitch

Quick Tip Tuesday! One Patch Quilts

Posted 08-09-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Tool Tip Tuesday

To start a One Patch quilt, click QUILT > New Quilt >One Patch Quilt One Patch layouts are made up of a single patch that repeats throughout the quilt. Remember that these are patches and not blocks. Each patch can be colored individually with prints or solids. Pieced blocks cannot be set into the patches. Use the arrows to set the number of patches horizontally and vertically. It’s important to remember that the shape of the patch plays a significant role in determining how the patches are counted. There are 14 patch styles to choose from including two custom styles. Click the down arrow to view the list of styles. Click on the style name to select it. A small sample patch will appear in the palette with the length of each side of the patch indicated. The overall size of the patches can be adjusted using the slider bar.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Using the Custom Set Grid

Posted 08-02-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Using the Grid allows blocks to snap for the best accuracy when laying out a custom set quilt. Learning about the Grid The buttons for using the Grid are on the Graph Pad on the Quilt worktable. These tools are most useful on Layer 1 of Custom Set layouts and Layers 2 and 3 of traditional layouts. Keep in mind that the Grid, whether the button is pressed or not, will only be visible on a custom set quilt. Although it’s not visible, it still works for snapping on Layers 2 and 3 of traditional layouts. The Buttons Show grid: Displays the grid on the quilt based on the settings in the Quilt Worktable Options dialog. Snap block position to grid: While moving with the Adjust tool, the upper-left corner of the block snaps to the grid.  Snap block size to grid: While resizing with the Adjust tool, the block

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #52

Posted 07-24-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Sunday Stitch is changing!  Instead of being a weekly blog it is changing to a monthly blog with new ideas presented the third Sunday of each month.  I can’t believe it has been a year of weekly blog entries all ready.  Print the blogs and have them bound to use as a  quick reference guide on how to work with the tools and inspirational ideas suggesting how  you can get more creative with the EQStitch program. Have you considered thread color as a digitizing element?  Simply applying color to the elements of a design can create a unique look.  Even with monochromatic designs you can get amazing results with your designs. Open your EQStitch program on the desktop to luanch it and start a new design on the embroidery worktable. Change the size of the hoop area to be a 125 x 175 mm hoop (5 x 7 inch stitch field).

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