As a quilter and machine embroidery individual, I learned very quickly that I could do so much more with my computerized machines if I knew how to use the computer and all the different programs that support our quilt designing and machine embroidery designing. I had already retired from my career as a dental hygienist of 40 years to now become even busier with my career of teaching sewing and all the related topics.

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EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne–Whole Cloth Quilting

Posted 05-20-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Whole cloth quilting can be accomplished by stitching free motion, in the embroidery hoop, or by printing templates and transferring the design to the quilt top to stitch through.  The choice is yours.  EQ8 aids us in this adventure of whole cloth quilting by providing stencil blocks in the Block Library built into the program.

The EQ8 program gives us a visual of how the whole cloth quilt will look when stitched.  You can always change the layout once you start working on the quilt material itself.  For instance, on the quilt pictured above, I would not create a stencil for this wavy line border.  I would most likely use the serpentine stitch on my machine at maximum width and length and repeat the rows one beside the other stitching with my walking foot until the outer border was filled to my satisfaction.  I like to use this visual reference of how my quilt will look when completed by laying stencil blocks on layer 3 of a Custom Set Quilt layout in the EQ8 program.

My first step in creating my whole cloth quilt would be to search the extensive EQ8 Blocks Library and see if there are all ready designs in the library that I may want to use.  I don’t need to draw my own blocks.  Since there are so many blocks available to me, even if the exact block is not there, I can use one that is close to what I had in mind and then edit it to make it exactly what I wanted.

Open the EQ8 program. 

I will start by clicking on the Quilt Worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.

Next I will determine the type of layout I want my quilt to have.  I decided it would work easiest to use the Custom Set quilt layout.

Click on the layout tab at the top of the screen and then click on the Custom Set layout icon on the selection ribbon at the top.

In the layout box I will enter the size of my whole cloth quilt.  I have decided to make a 40 x 40 inch quilt.

You can choose to have borders or delete borders from the layout on the Borders tab.  I deleted the borders for my quilt layout.

Now I need to gather the blocks I want to use on my whole cloth quilt.  I need to find these in the Blocks Library.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen.

Navigate to the 07>Stencils Library in the EQ Block Library Folder.

There are many different types of stencils available to us in this library based on different categories.

NOTE:  When looking through the stencils available, you will note that some of the stencils have a solid outline around them.  It is better to choose a block without this solid outline.  Choose a design block that has a dashed outline so you will see the stitch design only and not the block outline.

Navigate through the designs in the libraries and choose a couple that you would like to use.  Pick whichever designs that appeal to you keeping in mind that you want the stencils without the box solid outline around them

Click on the designs of your choice and then click on the add to sketchbook icon in the upper right corner of the block library box.  Click on the close at the bottom of the box once you have selected all the elements you wish to use.

Click on the Design tab at the top of the screen and then click on the Block Tools icon from the selection ribbon.  You will be able to see all the blocks you chose from the library in the Sketchbook Blocks by clicking on  the Set Block icon and then clicking on the Stencils tab on the left side of the screen.

Click on layer 3 of the quilt worktable.  Layer 3 is where you would generally lay your quilting stencil designs.

In the sketchbook blocks folder on the left side, click on any one of the stencil designs you have in the sketchbook to select it.

Move the cursor over to the worktable and while holding down the shift key on the keyboard, click/hold/drag release a box area for the quilt block stencil.

Click on the adjust tool icon in the sketchbook blocks menu and then click on the block on the worktable.  You will see selection handles around the block area.

Once the stencil block is selected with the adjust tool, you can set the height and width of the block on the left side of the screen.  I am making my block size to be 8 x 8 inches.  Once I type in the size, I will place it directly in the center of the worktable by clicking on the center horizontal and center vertical icons in the sketchbook menu.

With the block still selected with the adjust tool, click on copy and then click on paste in the menu.  This will place another copy of the design on the worktable.  Click on it with the adjust tool and drag it to the position you want it to stitch in on the quilt.  Repeat the process as much as you want to have the number of design elements you would like to have.

Choose another block and add it to the quilt worktable layout to fill in the whole cloth quilt design.  Using the same process as above,  select as many stencil elements as you want and resize them however you choose. Use the handy Adjust Block icons in the sketchbook at the left to resize, rotate, copy, and paste the elements around the center working your way to the outer edge of the quilt table layout. Be sure to add you completed design to the sketchbook.   Remember this is your quilt and you are the designer so there is no right or wrong way to produce this.  Just make it visually interesting to yourself.

Click on the Print/Export tab at the top of the screen.  Click on any one of the blocks to select it and then click on the printer icon on the menu bar to send the design to the printer.  You can lay the paper template onto the quilt sandwich and stitch directly through the paper following the lines to create the pattern.  Tear away the remaining paper after you complete your stitching.

The EQ company makes foundation sheets that are perfect to use to print your stencils.  They are easy to see though for perfect placement on your quilt top.  They tear away cleanly after stitching.  Check them out on the EQ website.

You are on your way to creating awesome whole cloth quilts designed with the EQ8 program!!

EQ8 Lessons With Yvonne–Designing with Dresden Plates

Posted 03-18-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Dresden plate applique is a very old technique.  It lends itself perfectly to today’s machines with all their decorative stitches.  There are many blocks all ready in the library with the dresden fan blades that you can use for your particular design. Open your EQ8 program. On the opening screen, click on ‘search for block patterns’. In the BLOCK LIBRARIES box you will see under the 01 Classic Pieced section that there are 5 different sections for Dresden variations.  Click on the Dresden Four Fans section.  Click on the first image in the upper left corner.  Click on ‘Add to Sketchbook’ icon and then click on the word ‘close’ at the bottom of the library box. Since the original design is now in the sketchbook, we can edit it any way we want and add edited copies to the sketchbook without over writing the original block design. Click on the

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2017

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

Are you using your EQStitch to design Christmas gifts?  Adding that special touch to a design with a monogram, custom design, or unique message makes the gifts we give mean more.  It shows we thought about the receiver of the gift while designing and stitching their gift. Using the features of EQStitch, you can double check your digitizing work before you go  to the machine.  This is especially important when time is limited.  Catch your errors and correct them before spending precious time stitching away only to find you are less than happy with the results.  You can rely on EQStitch to help you immensely in the digitizing process. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select embroidery as the new design type from the drop down menu. Click on the oval tool from the toolbar and select the heart shape. Move the cursor over

EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2017

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

Those pesky jump stitches!  Not all embroidery machines automatically trim jump stitches.  The newer models of machines can be set to trim jumps over a certain length.  But, older model embroidery machines do not always trim jump stitches for you.  All machines will cut and tie off the threads when going from one color to another.  Did you know that EQStitch can help you to trim those stitches even for an older model machine? Consider text designs.  You most often stitch all the text with one color thread.  That means a jump stitch from letter to letter.  Often the jump stitches can be small and hard to get hold of to trim later.  Digitizing effectively can help with that. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch work table icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>embroidery. On the embroidery work table tool bar, click and hold the little black button at the


Posted 10-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Sometimes the simplest designs have the highest impact on a quilt.  Consider the modern quilt movement.  Very little print on the fabric and very few design elements on the quilt allow the quilter to showcase the stitches themselves.  Why not make a simple applique a focal point on a rather plain quilt and highlight that applique with some embroidery stitches.  Applying the applique to a whole cloth background as an embroidery element can bring the quilt to life. Click on your EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Click on the drawing board options icon on the project bar at the top of the screen. In the options box, click on the machine applique setting and select and ‘E’ stitch with the following properties.  Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box


Posted 09-17-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Coloring and sketching/doodling is now seen as being a relaxing meditative hobby that aids in overall health.  Who knew??  I wanted to see if I could actually ‘sketch’ an embroidered design.  This can be a little tricky as stitches are precise with a defined type, width, length and texture.  I was able to draw something that I felt was similar to a ‘sketch’ with stitches using my EQStitch. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon to open the stitch features. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen. Bring in an image onto the image tab and size it to the size of the hoop you will be using.   You could also use a motif image from the block library if you wanted to.  The image is up to you. Add the image to the sketchbook so it is available for tracing


Posted 08-20-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

When joining two shapes in EQStitch you will always have a start and stop point (tie off) of each of the shapes. To make them join seamlessly you need to draw them in one motion so they connect without a tie off. Using any shape tool, create a closed shape on the drawing board area. Now use the line tool and create lines around the object that appear to be connected. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and fill the center shape with the set fill stitches tool. Color each of the lines with the set thread tool. You will see that when you click on a line to apply the color it does not color all the lines at once. This is because the lines are not really connected to the object shape in the center. Each of the elements of the drawing will