Quick Tip Tuesday

Quick Tip Tuesday! Pieced Sashes

Posted 03-21-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

To set a pieced block into a sash space. Click the Layout tab at the bottom of your screen and add Sashing. Click Libraries > Block Library. Find the blocks you want. Click Add to Sketchbook and Close. On Layer 1, click the Set Blocks  tool. CTRL+click on a sash space. This will set your pieced block into half the sash spaces. Repeat to fill the other sash spaces. Click the Rotate Block  tool. Use CTRL+click to rotate alternate sash blocks needing rotating. Tips for finding a block that works well as a pieced sash Look at LIBRARIES > Block Library > Sash Blocks These square blocks look good in sash spaces. But they look odd in the Library because they were drawn as rectangles, to fit sash spaces. Therefore they look “squished” when displayed in squares. Look at LIBRARIES > Block Library > Border Blocks Many of these blocks

Quick Tip Tuesday! Adding Embellishments/Embroidery

Posted 02-14-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

In EQ7, this library is called the Embroidery Library and the tool used to set the designs on the quilt is called Set Embroidery. In EQStitch, the library name was changed to Embellishment Library so that the designs would not be confused with those created on the Stitching Worktable of EQStitch. Add an Embellishment to your Sketchbook Click LIBRARIES > Embellishment Library. Click the Import button and choose either From Project or From Embroidery Files. Add as many designs as you want to the Sketchbook by clicking to select them.• Use CTRL+click to select multiple files at once. • Use SHIFT+click to select a range of files. • Use CTRL+A to select all the files in that folder. Click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Note: You can also import embellishment files from other projects or from .EXP files. While in the Embellishment Library, click Import and make a selection. Choose

Quick Tip Tuesday! Applique Letters on Top of the Quilt

Posted 02-07-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Uncategorized

Click Worktable > Work on Quilt. Click Add/Remove Buttons . Click Set Applique Text if it is unchecked. Click Layer 2. Click the Paintbrush  tool. Select a fabric or color for your text. Click the Set Applique Text tool. Choose the font, style and size in the Applique Text box. (This can be changed later.) Hold down your keyboard SHIFT key, then click and drag a box on the quilt. Type your message. Click the Adjust tool. Click the message you just typed. Drag the text by the center to move it. Drag the text by a corner to resize it. Click Add to Sketchbook  .We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else please contact tech support.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Adding Sashing

Posted 01-31-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Sashing can be one of the key features of your quilt. Keep in mind, you can only add sashing to Horizontal, On-point and Variable Point layouts. Start with a quilt on the worktable. Click the Layout tab at the bottom of the worktable. In the Layout palette, use the sliders to change the size of the sashing. Click the Layer 1 tab. You can now add color to your sashing using a coloring tool, or even try different block settings in the sashing using the Set Block  tool. Note: To draw your own sash blocks, draw them in a rectangle the size of your sash. To do this, click BLOCK > Drawing Board Setup. Change the size to 12″ x 2″ or whatever size fits your sash. Your newly drawn sash block will appear square in the Sketchbook, but will look perfect when set it into the sash spaces on

Quick Tip Tuesday! Make the Grid Dots Easier to See

Posted 01-24-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

If you have a hard time seeing the grid dots on the Block worktable, you can make them bigger through the Drawing Board Setup. However with detailed work, you may want to make them small again as they may become more distracting than helpful. Click  Worktable > Work on Block Click Block > Drawing Board Setup. Under General, click Snap Grid. At the top under Grid display, click to select Display large grid dots. Use the drop-down menu to change the dot color if that would be helpful. Click OK. If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and we will be happy to help!

Quick Tip Tuesday! Finding Blocks

Posted 01-17-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

EQ7 lets you search for blocks in two different ways: by notecard (name) and by category. Search by notecard Click LIBRARIES > Block Library > Search > By Notecard. Put checks next to the fields you want to search (in general leave all 3 lines checked): Under Find at most _____items enter a number between 1 and 999, or leave it at the default which is 50. In the box at the top marked Find all the blocks with this notecard text, type the word or words you want to search by. (For example “trees”) Click the Search button > click OK. Click any block you want to use, then click Add to Sketchbook. Please note: Search the Name field: You will see more results if you type only part of a name. For example “Ohio,” rather than “Ohio Star.” Search the Notes field: If you save your own blocks

Quick Tip Tuesday! Drawing Vines, Stems or Leaves

Posted 01-17-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Setting up the worktable Click Worktable > Work on Block Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Applique tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, beside Snapping Options, make sure buttons 1 and 3 are turned OFF and that buttons 2, 4 and 5 are turned ON. Click the Customize Toolbar  button. Click Add/Remove Buttons Click Brush Stroke if it is unchecked. Click away from the list to close the pop-up menu. Drawing the stem The Brush Stroke tool has many style options, so experimenting will help you understand this tool. The style with two pointed ends is good for leaves. Click the Brush Stroke tool. Drag the mouse on your block. A line draws as you drag.

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