Quick Tip Tuesday

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.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Easy New York Beauty Blocks

Posted 01-10-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own New York Beauty block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations. Setting up the worktable Click Worktable > Work on Block. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced 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, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Arc. A grid will display on the worktable. Drawing the corner wedge This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click and hold your mouse on the PolyLine tool. A flyout will appear. Click the PolyArc tool. Start by drawing the large, corner wedge at the bottom-left

Quick Tip Tuesday! Drawing Eight-Pointed Stars

Posted 01-03-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own eight-pointed star block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations.   Setting up the worktable Be on the Block worktable. Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced 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, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Eight Point Star. A grid will display on the worktable.   Drawing the first patch This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click the PolyLine  tool. Starting at the top-left diamond shape, click and release the mouse at one of the four points of the diamond to

Quick Tip Tuesday! Copy from One Block to Another

Posted 12-27-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

You can create new blocks by mixing elements from various blocks together. For example here is how you would take a flower from one block and make it the start of a new block. Block A = the block with the flower you want to copy Block B = the new plain block you want to paste the flower on Block C = another block with patches you want to copy Copy the patches from block A Start with block A on your worktable Click the Pick tool. Use Shift+click to click on each patch you want to copy from block A ( Or CTRL+ A to select them all). Click EDIT > Copy. Paste the patches onto block B Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Block. Click the Applique tab beneath the block. Click EDIT > Paste. Your copied patches are now on the new block.While the patches

Quick Tip Tuesday! Deciding Which Block Drawing Style

Posted 12-20-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

EQ7 has 4 drawing styles: EasyDraw PatchDraw PatchDraw Motif EasyDraw + PatchDraw Here are quick tips to help you decide which drawing style best suits the block you want to draw. Pieced blocks? Use EasyDraw OR PatchDraw (the Pieced tab). Applique blocks? Use PatchDraw Applique patches, without a background square behind? Use PatchDraw Motif Blocks combining piecing with applique? Use EasyDraw + PatchDraw   We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else please contact tech support.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Changing Block Size

Posted 12-13-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Block Size on the Block Worktable Block size, when drawing, does not really matter. The block you draw at 11″, can be printed or used in a quilt design in any size. The same is true for all blocks from the Block Library. The size of your block = Any size you want when printing or quilt designing. Block size is simply to help you draw, so you can size patches in your drawing. To see rulers across your block, click VIEW on the top menu, and make sure Block Rulers is checked. To be able to easily change the size, click VIEW on the top menu, and make sure Precision Bar is checked. You can quickly change block Width and Height, and the number of grid Snap Points, right on the Precision Bar. Please Note: Block size does matter when printing Rotary Cutting. To get the most accurate rotary cutting sizes,

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