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Nov. 29, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #18

Text fonts come in all shapes and sizes but not all fonts will stitch well.  Fonts can be letters or small icon shapes.  All fonts you have in your computers’ Font Folder on your hard drive will be available in the drop down menu in EQStitch.  Below are some tips for dealing with fonts in the EQStitch program.

1.  Just because the font is available in the fonts folder and can be accessed by EQStitch does not mean it will stitch well.

2.  The smaller the font size the harder it is to read when created with threads.

3.  Applique fonts need to be fairly large in order to incorporate the zigzag edge stitches without closing down the font shape.

4.  The approximate size on the properties bar when creating text is indeed approximate.  If you need an exact size of letter, you need to select it and then type in the size on the property bar at the top of the screen.

5.  Stitch filled fonts look best without having an outline edge stitch applied.

6.  Capital letters with a block shape and bold setting work well for stitching fonts.

7.  All text from the font folder in the drop down menu of EQStitch is seen as patches.  They have width to them where you apply the fill stitches.

8.  Script fonts are difficult to stitch out nicely.  If  you want script, use the freehand drawing tool and write your text with cursive penmanship (creates a continuous sew line) to get a true linear design for your font.

9.  When using the freehand drawing tool to write your script, you may want to shorten the stitch length on the stitch tab in order to get smoother lines.

10.  You can mix and match different fonts into one word by using more than one text box on the artwork tab.  You can only use one type of font style in each text box you create.

The above tips are just a few things you can do with the EQStitch program.  There is so much more to learn in creating specialized fonts.  Consider taking a class at EQUniversity on-line to learn more about dealing with fonts.

Nov. 24, 2015

Quick Tip Tuesday! Activating and Deactivating

Understanding Activation and Deactivation
EQ7  can be installed and activated unlimited times, but only 2 computers can be activated at one time. You can “turn on” and “turn off” activations to choose which computers you want to work on.

Watch this Video
Watch this video to learn more about the ACTIVATION PROCESS. You can use EQ7 on all of your computers, but you can only have 2 active at any one time.

How many computers can I install EQ7 on?
You can install EQ7 on as many computers as you want, however only 2 computers can be active at a time. If you want to use EQ7 on your laptop, but it’s already activated on your desktop and your work computer, you’ll need to deactivate on 1 computer before activating on your laptop. Again, activating and deactivating is a quick and simple process over the Internet.

This diagram shows a scenario a registered EQ7 user might encounter. Notice that EQ7 has been installed on 5 computers. It is only active on 2 computers. If the user wants to take her Netbook with her on vacation, she’d have to deactivate 1 of the 2 computers, and reactivate on her Netbook.

When should I deactivate my EQ7?

Be sure to deactivate:

  •     Before you give your computer away.
  •     Before you change your computer by reformatting, or upgrading to Windows 10.
  •     If you get a new computer and no longer plan to use EQ7 on your older computer.
  •     This deactivation will “save” the activation, and it will be ready for you to re-use when you’re ready.

What if my computer crashed, or I no longer have it?
Once a computer is activated, it uses up an activation even if you uninstall, or your computer crashes, or you no longer own that computer. When you can’t deactivate, we can. Contact tech support and we can free up that activation for you to re-use.

Live technical support M-F, 9am-5pm EST.
Call 419-352-1134 or contact

Activating and deactivating is a quick and simple process. If you have reached the limit of authorized activations, you can deactivate EQ7 on one computer and reactivate on another. You do not need to uninstall files.

  •     The computer needs to be connected to the internet to deactivate.
  •     You will receive two messages when deactivating. Click Yes and OK, respectively.
  •     Once you deactivate, this returns the activation to the activation server so that you can use it in the future on the same or different computer.
  •     You can quickly and easily reactivate by clicking on the EQ7 icon. The activation process will begin automatically.

Deactivating on Windows XP, Vista, 7
Click Start > Programs > Electric Quilt > EQ7 > EQ7 Deactivate this Computer.

Deactivating on Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10
From the Start Screen, view Apps > Electric Quilt > EQ7 Deactivate this Computer.

Deactivating EQ7 (Mac)
Open EQ7.
On the menu bar, click Electric Quilt > Deactivate. EQ7 will close. Then you will receive two messages when deactivating.
Click Yes and OK, respectively.
If you do not see Deactivate on the menu, that may occur when you have the Mac’s language set to anything but English. If you temporarily switch    your Mac’s language to English, the deactivate option will appear where it should be.

If you have any questions, please contact tech support. Call 419-352-1134 or email
We are here  M-F, 9am-5pm EST.

Nov. 22, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #17

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication, as a guide to belief and action.  Simply put it means to plan ahead.  When digitizing we do this all the time.  Think of what type of design you want to create, the steps it will take to create the artwork, work from background to foreground, apply stitch properties and thread colors, and then sort the information before exporting it to become a stitch file for your embroidery machine.  Did you know you do all that when designing with your EQStitch?

Sometimes it is just easier to let the auto digitizing functions of the program take over and think through all the steps for you.  But, when you rely on auto digitizing,  you lose the control to be creative yourself.  

One of the ways to take the control from the very beginning of the design process is to tell the program what you want to do in the ‘drawing board options’ box before you begin to draw your artwork.  This works really well except when you are on the machine applique worktable.  The auto digitizing is strongest on this worktable.  All lines will automatically have a zigzag edge stitch and all closed objects are assumed to be filled with applique fabric.  You can over ride this feature by being careful with your artwork to start with and then changing the stitch properties on the stitch tab in EQStitch.

Open your EQ Stitch program and click on the ‘stitch worktable’ icon.

Click on STITCHING>New Design> Machine Applique.

Click on the drawing board options box on the properties bar at the top of the design area.

In the drawing board options box, set the  embroidery edge stitch to a ‘bean stitch’ and the embroidery fill stitch to be ‘no fill’.

Using the ‘freehand drawing tool’, draw a squiggly line on the artwork area.   Since we set the drawing board to have a embroidery edge to be the bean stitch, you would expect the line drawn to be that stitch.  Click on the stitch tab and notice how it is not the bean stitch but instead it is the zigzag default edge that you would have with an applique.  This is because we are on the applique work table.

Return to the artwork tab and keeping  the open line, ‘clone the selected line’ and then flip and rotate it to create a free form flower head without closing the  shape together.

Add a small star shape to the center of the area.

Use the ‘brush stroke’ tool to create a flower stem.

Now use this same design and clone and re-size it two more times to create 3 separate designs.

On one of the designs only, use the oval drawing tool (circle) and create another edited circle shape to mimic the flower head outline.  This will be a closed shape into which you can apply applique fabric.

Click on the fabric tab at the bottom of the screen and add applique fabric to the closed shape area you created.

Once you add the fabric to the closed shape, the auto digitizing functions take over and apply the placement line, the tack down line, and the edge stitch.

Click on the stitch tab and apply the stitch properties of your choice to each of the different design elements.

Nov. 19, 2015

The newest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is out!

The new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is out! You can find my article on page 86! It talks about how to make a simple diagonal striped block and make lots of different layouts and designs.

There are also lots of ideas, tricks and tips included as well as a lesson. The lesson has step-by-step directions on how to make this adorable Cat Chevron Quilt!

There is also an EQ7 file (opens a PDF that includes a link to the EQ7 project) to download with the Cat Chevron quilt and all the following quilts (and more)  included!

I hope you like it!

Nov. 18, 2015

Creating “Nested” Blocks in EQ7

There’s a quick and easy way to create your own nested block designs in EQ7. Once you learn to create these fun designs, you won’t be able to stop!

The best candidates for nested blocks are those with large plain squares in the center, like these:

We’ll be using the Serendipity feature called Merge Blocks to create these designs. You must have blocks saved in your Sketchbook in order to use the Serendipity tools.

Follow the steps below to create your first nested block!

  1. Open EQ7 and create a new project called Nested Blocks.
  2. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library.
  3. Scroll down and click the Variable Stars style on the left (under 01 Classic Pieced).
  4. Click on the second block to select it.
  5. Click the Add to Sketchbook button. Then click the Close button.
  6. Click the Work on Block button .
  7. Click BLOCK >Serendipity > Merge Blocks. Because the Variable Star block is the only block in the Sketchbook, you’ll only see that block on both the left and right sides on the Merge Blocks window.
  8. Click on the Variable Star in the Select a background block column on the left. You’ll then see the a smaller Variable Star “nested” in the large center square of the Variable Star background block.
  9. Click Add to Sketchbook.
  10. After adding to the sketchbook, you’ll see a second block appear on the right. That’s the new nested design we created! Click on the new design to merge it with the background block again.
  11. Now we have a three-block nest showing in the center. Click Add to Sketchbook.
  12. You can keep repeating this process (select new block on right, Add to Sketchbook) as many times as you’d like to create the number of “nests” you’d like to use.
  13. When you’re done merging blocks, click the Close button. Your new blocks will be in the Sketchbook, ready for you to use in your quilt designs!

Just because we’ve used the same block for merging in the steps above doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up! Try combining all different kinds of blocks.

Don’t forget that you can edit an existing block design to make it more suitable for nesting.

I thought Lady of the Lake (01 Classic Pieced > Five Patch) would make an interesting background block.

But I had to get rid of that center diagonal seam. So I edited the block to the Block Worktable, selected the diagonal line with the Pick tool  and hit the Delete key on the keyboard. Now I have space to merge!

Hint: Check out the 02 Contemporary Pieced > Frames section of the library. These blocks were designed for framing printed fabric photos, but they’re perfect for nesting blocks too!

When choosing blocks for merging/nesting, keep the following guidelines in mind.

The background block must fit the following criteria:

  • Blocks must be created on the EasyDraw drawing board, or blocks from the Library that have been drawn using EasyDraw.
  • The block must have at least ONE parallelogram that’s larger than other patches.
  • The size of the parallelogram must take up a certain amount of space in the block.

Any block in your Sketchbook can be merged with that background block.

Have you used any of the Serendipity tools before? I’d love to hear what you’re designing!

Nov. 17, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Export Marquee Selection Tool

Export Marquee Selection

Use this tool to select and export all or part of the quilt, block or image currently on the worktable as a full-color image.

Using the Export Marquee Selection command is possible from the Quilt worktable or the Block worktable.

Click FILE > Export Marquee Selection.
OR click on the Export Selection   tool on the Project toolbar. If the  Export Selection  tool button is not visible, right-click on the toolbar and choose Add/Remove Buttons or click on the Customize Toolbar  button > Add/Remove Buttons >Export Selection.

The cursor will change to a small crosshair inside a magnifying glass . Select the portion of the computer screen that you want to export by dragging a marquee box around the area. When you release the mouse, the snapshot has been taken. An Export Selection dialog appears with options for saving, copying or printing the snapshot.

For the Windows version:

  • Save a file: Choose this option to display a dialog for naming the file. The snapshot will be written as a Windows BMP file with the name you give it. EQ will automatically add the three-letter extension bmp.
  • Copy to Windows clipboard: When you choose this option, the snapshot is copied to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste the snapshot into any Windows application. Open the publication or document you want to paste the file into and choose Paste. The default keystroke for most Windows applications is Ctrl+V.
  • Print: This option sends the snapshot directly to your printer. EQ7 scales the snapshot to the printer proportionally trying to print the design as close to the same size as you see on the screen as it can.

For the Mac version:

  • Save as: Will open a dialog box for you to name and save the file as a bitmap.
  • Print: This option will send a copy of the image to your printer.

• If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.
• To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday! -  The Export Marquee Tool) and then print as normal.

Nov. 15, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #16

I love the ability to use the Custom Set Quilt Layout in EQ7 to help with my designing.  What does that have to do with EQStitch?  It works really well for me to be able to ‘see’ my quilt layout and where my machine embroidery designs would best be placed to enhance the entire quilt project.  I was a quilter first and a machine embroiderer second so now almost all of my embroidery ends up in a quilt.

From the quilt worktable, click on QUILT>New Quilt>Custom Set.

On layer 1 of the quilt layout, click on the ‘set block’ icon on the toolbar and ‘while holding down the shift  key’ on the keyboard, click/hold/drag/release the blocks you have designed for your quilt layout.

Scatter the blocks around the quilt layout area giving lots of space between the blocks. (Your blocks may be pieced, appliqued, or an image printed on fabric.)

Click on each of the blocks with the ‘adjust’ tool and set the size of the blocks on the layout to be the size of the blocks you have all ready created on the properties bar at the top of the screen.

Continue adding your all ready created blocks and sizing them correctly across the quilt layout.

Now add plain blocks in various sizes around the all ready constructed blocks using the same steps to fill in all the areas of the quilt layout.

I use the size of the plain blocks to determine the size of embroidery fields I have to work with when creating my custom quilt.

Below is a picture of a custom set layout of a commissioned quilt I made using fabric with various sizes of oriental ladies printed on it.  I fussy cut the ladies images out and added small black borders to create blocks with an even size to them so it would be easier adding plain spacer blocks around them.  Then I added machine embroidery designs to each of the plain spacer blocks with the same oriental theme to complete the quilt top.  This is a great way in incorporate your machine embroidery designs created with EQStitch into your quilt layouts.