EQ Mini can be used to design so much more than just a quilt. Using your creativity and EQ Mini Software, you can design any quilty project. This month, EQ Mini was used to stitch this generous Sweetheart Quilted Zip Pouch. Using a smaller size and scale in the EQ Mini design creates a fun way to build the outside of the pouch. Based upon a horizontal quilt layout, we play with size, scale and heart blocks to create this lovely pouch. It is perfect to make for someone you love for Valentine’s Day or any special day. Sweetheart Quilted Zip Pouch Skillset: Beginner Size: 11″ x 8″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with blocks Adding blocks Rotating blocks Using half drop blocks Working with Size and Scale On to the design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick
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
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
Adding Fabric to EQ Mini There are several ways to add fabric to EQ Mini to provide more realistic designs or to mimic the look of the fabric that you have. This allows you to virtually see your quilt before you cut into the fabric. There is a lot of flexibility, however, EQ Mini does not provide full functionality, so there are limitations to what fabric can be added. I will help you sort it out to make the most of this EQ Mini Quilt Design software. Free Built In Fabrics EQ Mini already comes with a built in library of 3500 scanned fabrics. You can even search for fabrics by color or by a descriptive word in the title of the fabric like “dots” or “striped”. I can often find a fabric that is very close to what I am planning on using already in the library. Also in
This Friday, we will design a lovely holiday table runner. This runner will help reinforce EQ Mini design basics and also provides a great idea for home decor or a holiday gift. EQ Mini is not just for designing full size quilts, it can be used for table runners, mini quilts, and small quilted items too. Use the design software to try out colors, patterns and settings until you are ready to stitch up something special. Holiday Table Runner Skillset: Beginner Finished Size: 12 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal layout Editing a 48” horizontal medallion Working with borders Inserting a border Using a block border Let’s get started designing together! 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 very top
That is the question posed to me by one of my sit and stitch friends when I told her I was going to be blogging about EQ Mini. She was not familiar with the software and was not sure what it did. Maybe you are in that boat, maybe you have heard of Electric Quilt or of quilt design software, but never ventured into that world. I thought I would start at the beginning and offer my input on the EQ Mini design software. Do you design your own quilts? Do you scribble on a piece of paper or mark up graph paper with colored pencils? Or it is all in your head and you try to do the calculations as you go. Do you use traditional patterns but wished you could see how your fabrics would look all stitched up before you cut into them Electric Quilt Mini
Let the Friday Fun begin! EQ Mini may be a smaller version of the full blown Electric Quilt software, but it is packed full of versatility and possibilities. This cute baby quilt is a great example of a simple but stunning design you can make yourself. This pattern uses a pack of 5 inch charm squares so it is easy to cut out as well. Each EQ Mini design project I share will include skill builders to help you work with the different components of the EQ Mini Software. This is a great beginning project for a new EQ Mini user. Charming Baby Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size: 40.5” x 40.5” Skill Builders: Working with horizontal layout Editing a 48” horizontal medallion Working with borders Inserting a border Using a block border Let’s get started designing together! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close.