EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Winter Icicles Throw Quilt

Posted 12-30-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: How to add fabrics to your library

Posted 12-09-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Holiday Table Runner

Posted 11-18-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: What is EQ Mini and Why do I want it?

Posted 11-04-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Charming Baby Quilt

Posted 10-21-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

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.

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Introduction

Posted 10-07-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

Welcome to EQ Mini Friday Fun, a blog series devoted to sharing, teaching, and informing you about the new scaled down, simpler version of EQ7 quilt design software.  This program was created for quilters who are just getting started using software for quilt design.  EQ Mini will help you create, edit, share, and print patterns and yardage for your quilt designs. My name is Lori Miller and I will be your host as we explore EQ Mini software.  A little about myself. I am a life long sewist and quilter.  My home base is Troy, Michigan where I design, stitch, and sew quilts and quilty things.   In 2012, I started a new career sewing and designing quilts and quilty gifts.  I started to submit my designs and patterns to magazines and I wanted a tool to help me more quickly document my ideas, try different color paths,  and provide color

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