Sew Alongs

EQ7 Jump Start: Block 1 Link Up!

Posted 05-16-2014 by | Posted in: Block 1 EQ7 Jump Start Sew Alongs

It’s time to show off your first sew along block! It’s always exciting to see everyone’s fabric choices. Here’s my block: I just love this block. Pretty simple to sew, but still a striking design. Plus, there are lots of different options when coloring the block. Here are a few more examples: To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! GIVEAWAY! You can link up your Block 1 photo at any time. But for those who link up by Monday, May

EQ7 Jump Start: Block 1

Posted 05-05-2014 by | Posted in: Block 1 EQ7 Jump Start Sew Alongs

Are you ready to jump in? I am! This is Block 1 of the Jump Start Sew Along. Today we’re going to set up a basic quilt and print the pattern for our first block. Let’s get started! (Want an easy-to-print version of this lesson? Click here to download the Block 1 Lesson PDF file.) Open EQ7. On the Create a new project tab in the Project Helper window, type “Jump Start Sew Along”. Click OK. We’ll work in this same project for the entire sew along. Click the Work on Quilt tool . This is the Quilt Worktable. Take a moment to look around your screen. See the diagram below for the important stuff to know. We’ll set up a basic quilt layout. But don’t worry–you don’t have to make this quilt. We’ll talk more about quilt layouts later in the sew along. On the top menu bar, click

EQ7 Jump Start: A New Sew Along Announcement!

Posted 04-16-2014 by | Posted in: EQ7 Jump Start Favorite Posts Sew Alongs

4 Blocks, Lots of EQ Skills! I’m so excited to announce a new sew along here on the EQ Blog! We’re going to make a fun-to-sew quilt together that will teach us lots of useful EQ7 skills. If you’re an EQ newbie, I hope this sew along jump starts your EQ journey. If you’re a long-time EQ user, you may still learn something new. Plus it’s just fun to sew along with the group! All of the blocks we’ll be working with are based on a nine patch grid. They’ll be fairly simple to sew, but we’re going to learn a lot about EQ7 along the way. Like the sew alongs we’ve done in the past, I’ll start by posting a lesson for the block. You’ll have two weeks to do the lesson and sew the block. Then I’ll post the “Link Up” page where we can all share pictures

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Quilt Link Up!

Posted 10-01-2013 by | Posted in: EQ7 Summer Drawing Finished Quilts Sew Alongs

Ready to share your finished EQ7 Summer Drawing Series projects? I’m so excited to see what everyone has done with their blocks! You should all be so proud of yourselves for drawing AND sewing these blocks! Here’s my finished quilt: I used the four lesson blocks and added some flying geese to create movement around the quilt. Dense quilting just didn’t seem in keeping with these soft, feminine colors, so I kept the quilting fairly minimal. I hope all the sew-alongers love their finished projects as much as I love mine! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your quilt). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this quilt,

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Block 4 Link Up!

Posted 08-31-2013 by | Posted in: Block 4 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

Here we are at the very last block of our summer sew along! If you didn’t see it before, make sure you check out the Block 4 Mini Lesson. It uses the Swath tool, which is a very cool feature new to EQ7 that you do not want to miss! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this block, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You can link up your Block 4 photo at any time. But for those who link up by Thursday, September 5, 2013, 9

EQ7 Summer Drawing Series: Mid-Month Mini Lesson #4!

Posted 08-15-2013 by | Posted in: Block 4 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

This is a special bonus post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series Sew Along! For this mini lesson, we’ll try out a couple of drawing tools on the Appliqué tab that we haven’t used yet in this series. I’ll give you some hints on how to draw this block, but I won’t be writing out step-by-step instructions because I’d like you to give your new drawing skills a workout. Note: Make sure your Precision Bar settings are the same as they were when you drew the Block 4 lesson—on the Appliqué tab make sure all the snap settings and Auto Fill  are turned ON. Click here to download the Mini Lesson PDF file. With the Block 4 design on your worktable, and the Applique tab selected, delete the four appliqué patches using the Pick tool . Click the Bezier Curve tool . Draw a curve that starts at the grid

EQ7 Summer Drawing: Block 4– EasyDraw + PatchDraw

Posted 08-01-2013 by | Posted in: Block 4 EQ7 Summer Drawing Sew Alongs

Welcome to the Block 4 post for the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series! It’s the last block in this drawing+sewing series and I hope you’ve learned a lot about the EQ7 Block Worktable along the way. Block 4 is drawn on the EasyDraw + PatchDraw Block Worktable. This kind of block combines both pieced and appliqué elements. For the pieced layer of the block, EasyDraw tools are used (like Block 1). And for the appliqué layer of the block the Appliqué PatchDraw tools are used (like Block 3). Remember that EasyDraw is like drawing with paper and pencil; we draw lines or curves and EQ7 creates the patches. And with the PatchDraw Appliqué tools we can draw closed or open patches. Closed patches can be filled with fabric or solid colors. Open patches will be treated as thread, and can be colored with the Set Thread tool. You can find more

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