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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.

EQ on the APQ Podcast with Pat Sloan!

Posted 02-15-2016 by | Posted in: EQ25 Favorite Posts

Do you listen to the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast with Pat Sloan? I was a guest on her last show! Listen in to hear all about EQ and our 25th Anniversary giveaways! There are also other great guests on her show with helpful tips and fun interviews! Tune in on Mondays for the live show or listen all her shows here! For more information about our 25th Anniversary and giveaways, click here!

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

Free Valentine’s Day Project!

Posted 02-13-2016 by | Posted in: Downloads Favorite Posts

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend Here’s a free project download from EQ user, Pamela B. of Pamelaquilts.blogspot.com! Pamela was nice enough to tell us about this project. Where did the idea come from? “I created the first Modern Love Mug Rug in 2015 for an exchange between members of the team I belong to on Etsy – Quiltsy Team. My swap partner didn’t have any preferences, so I decided to create a fun valentine’s day project for her. I had just finished a snowball table runner and had a nice stash of small red and white triangles left from that, so sewed them together and started to design. Designing in EQ7: The Modern Love Mug rug was a quick and easy little project in EQ7. I knew I had a dozen little triangles to work with, so I just set the layout tab for a quilt of 3 horizontal rows with

February Contest – Win $100 to Fat Quarter Shop!

Posted 02-10-2016 by | Posted in: Contests EQ25 Favorite Posts

Contest is closed. Congratulations to the winner: Pamela Gillespie! Our next contest starts March 10th featuring Moda Fabrics! Welcome to the second of ELEVEN giveaways we’re hosting on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. February’s Featured Sponsor: Fat Quarter Shop!  They’ve provided a $100 gift certificate for one lucky winner on our blog! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: What are your favorite fabric themes (batiks, reproductions, florals, etc.) and who are your favorite fabric designers? Wait, there’s more! Win an EQ7 on Fat Quarter Shop’s Blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the 25th of every month. Participation in each monthly EQ contest counts as one entry toward the grand prize giveaways thus allowing for up to 11 entries

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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