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EQStitch Sunday Stitch #33

Posted 03-13-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Did you know you can see how the embroidery  you created in EQStitch will look on the quilt layout in EQ7?  You can determine if you want to stitch in alternate blocks, on a border, or over several blocks based on the size of the design you create.  You just need to keep in mind what hoop size you have for your particular machine and design within those restrictions.  You can always multi hoop for continuous designs that flow from one point to another. Once you have created your design and added it to the sketchbook, you will also see an image of the design in the sketchbook on the embellishment tab.  These are images of  your design and not the actual stitches needed to sew the design at the machine.  If you are placing your designs onto a quilt, you can design the quilt on the quilt worktable and

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #32

Posted 03-06-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Being creative is a step by step process.  Your finished creation is a testament to your thoughtful care in developing your imagined project.  Everyone approaches how they create differently.  The creative process is unique to you.  Which tools you choose to use, what colors you determine your creation to have, and the many layers of texture all help to express your thoughts on design.  The EQ7/EQStitch program gives us such great flexibility that we can design anything we can imagine. Sometimes when I just need inspiration, I simply look at all the designs in the EQ Libraries and then choose something I can combine or edit in order to create my own unique designs for machine embroidery.  While browsing the libraries I often have an idea hatch into an embroidery design. Launch your EQStitch program from your desktop. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon at the top of

EQ Academy Meet the Teachers: Yvonne Menear

Posted 02-29-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Academy EQ News and Press EQStitch

The first of our two 2016 EQ Academy events is coming up in April in Perrysburg, Ohio and we’re introducing each of our teachers here on the blog. A few days ago, we featured Christa Watson. Now it’s time to get to know Yvonne Menear! We’re happy to have Yvonne joining us for the second time as the EQStitch instructor at EQ Academy. She literally wrote the book on EQStitch and was our #1 beta tester during the development of the embroidery plug-in for EQ7! Yvonne is a familiar face here on the blog with her weekly Sunday Stitch posts that share lots of great EQStitch tips and inspiration. She’s also the moderator of the EQStitch Yahoo Group and has a very busy teaching schedule that includes in-person classes and retreats, as well as online classes at EQ University. Yvonne says: “When I was a little girl, my teenage babysitter

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #31

Posted 02-28-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

There are many design tools available to us in the EQ7/EQStitch program, but not all tools are available on every worktable.  That does not mean we can’t use them all in one way or another to design in EQStitch.  The drawing tools are simply that–they draw our artwork for quilting or embroidery.  We simply take the artwork from one worktable  and paste it into the EQStitch worktable and apply our stitches from there. See if you can figure out which worktable and which tool I used to create this embroidery design below.  Tip–This entire design was created with one tool and one stroke only of the cursor moving over the drawing page. Things to remember when creating your designs- 1.  The size of the hoop area may make your detailed artwork very difficult to actually stitch.  Make sure you choose your hoop size with thought to how it will actually

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #30

Posted 02-21-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Sometimes I need to clear my head and try not  to think of anything at the moment.  This is why adult coloring books are so popular.  The new Zentangle drawing process is another way of just enjoying drawing nothing in particular and creating something spectacular in the process. I often open my software program and choose a tool or two and just start doodling.  Adding to the shapes by using the wreathmaker (my favorite) tool and using the clone tool can start to create something special.  Using the other functions of flipping, rotating, re-sizing, and changing the background color all adds to the design.  Sometimes I am so satisfied with the doodling that I actually stop and stitch it out to use in a project down the road.  If I don’t have time to stitch it, I can always export the image and print it onto fabric to sew later.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #29

Posted 02-14-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Ever notice there are not a lot of embroidery designs that are dedicated to boys/men?  Most are of pretty things like flowers.  Embroidered designs for males seem to be more text than pictures.  You can create your own series of designs for men and create a  library of designs for men in the EQStitch program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon. Click on LIBRARIES>Stitching Libraries Click on the My Library Heading at the top of the Stitching Library box. Click on add library and then type in a new name for your library. Click on the OK to have the library added to your My Library . Click on the style 1 subheading and right click> modify style to change the name. Type in a new name for the style.   Click OK to set the new name for the style. I named mine

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #28

Posted 02-07-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

It is unseasonably warm in British Columbia, Canada where I live.  We have very little snow or cold days.  To my surprise my Daffodils are all ready coming up!  I have decided to create a quick machine embroidery pattern that I can stitch onto quilted pot holders from my local dollar store. Open your EQStitch  program. Click on the stitch worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on Libraries>Block Library a the top of the top of the screen. In the library box, click on the words  search> by note card. Type in the word Daffodil. My program showed several designs in the library with the word Daffodil listed. I scrolled to the end to find the linear drawing of a Daffodil. Click on the daffodil of your choice and add it to the sketchbook. Click on view sketchbook icon at the top of the screen. Locate the

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