Traveling to sewing shows in the Spring and Fall is always a really busy time for me. This week I go to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to teach at the Creative Festival. After that I go to the Houston International Quilt Festival to teach EQStitch and EQ7 classes. The very best part of the traveling is that I get to meet so many people and hear what they are doing with the program. They also share with me the types of lessons they want to have in the future. That is really helpful for me. The worst part of traveling is that I am away from my sewing machine and don’t have time to test sew my design ideas. I recently taught a machine embroidery class in which we made fobs. You can see these at my groups website under the September class heading. http://members.shaw.ca/lmeg/ These quick and easy little projects
Wow! 10 weeks of Sunday Stitch all ready! My goodness the time is really going by fast. Time is the number one commodity I can never quite get a grasp on. It seems like I am always rushing to get things accomplished. Somedays, I think I have a moment of brillance hit me but I don’t have time to develop it right then. So here is a little tip I will share with you if you have the same problem of time getting away from you. I have a project file I created called ‘practice folder’. I set it up in my EQStitch and then when an idea hits me, I quickly try to work out a simple design with the idea I have and place it in the sketchbook in my ‘practice folder’ project file. This way I can go back and open the sketchbook and look at what
I am always under a deadline for something so I need to get creative really fast. Maybe you find the same thing happening when you need a last minute gift. I love using the tools in EQStitch to quickly develop a design ready to be stitched in minutes. 1. Double click on the EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program. 2. Once your program opens, name a project file for yourself. I am calling mine ‘Variation on Dresden Plate’. Be sure to click ‘OK ‘ at the bottom of the box. 3. If you have been changing your settings in the program for other projects, be sure to reset the defaults for the project before you start. Click on FILE>Preferences and restore the default settings. Relaunch the program and open the project file named ‘Variation on Dresden Plate’. 4. Click on the ‘stitch worktable’ icon at the top
How many of you are ‘Cross over Crafters’? By this I mean, how many of you do more than one type of crafting and use the elements of one type of craft in another type of craft. I suspect many of you are like this. It is great that our EQ program allows us to be quilters and machine embroidery enthusiasts and combine the two loves in one program. But, I do more than that. I often use the artwork in the EQ7 side of the program and capture it to use in other programs. I often just print the artwork onto fabric and then use that as the guidelines for my free motion thread painting. EQStitch allows me to create designs that I use in quilting, home decor, clothing, and crafting of all sorts. A very simple design can add an impressive expression to other projects. Have you ever
There is an old expression ‘The Devil is in The Details’. Loosely translated, if applied to machine embroidery, it means that the finished project may look good, but the process of the stitching may not be satisfactory. The details of how you digitized a design are as important as the finished project. Think of a red work design. It is all one color and ideally will stitch from one element to the next without a lot of tie off stitches or jumps. The back of the work will look as smooth and finished as the front of the work. Yet, we have all come across designs that look great but stitch very erradically jumping from one spot to another. How annoying! The smoothest stitch out considers the ‘pathing’ of the design. With EQStitch we can use basic shapes and set them to path correctly to avoid these jump stitches. 1.
I really don’t like to think of Christmas before the month of December. Everyone seems to start preparing for Christmas earlier and earlier every year. I was in one of my local stores in July and they were all ready placing out their Christmas items. By the time Christmas actually arrives I am really tired of it all. I don’t like the commercial aspect of it. But, as a machine embroiderer/quilter, I know it takes a good deal of time to create projects that you want to give away as Christmas gifts. This is a quick and easy design to stitch with a Christmas theme. 1. Open your EQStitch program and then click on the ‘stitch worktable icon’ and set up the machine applique worktable. 2. On the artwork tab, click on the ‘oval drawing tool’ (heart shaped) and hold the icon down for a few seconds to get the
What are ‘add-on’s’ and what will they do for us? An add-on is an additional feature that when added to a program it will expand it’s capabilities. This is what we have with EQStitch because it was added on to the EQ7 program. EQStitch can not stand alone and operate. It must be added to EQ7 to work. There are also add-on products that can be added to the EQ7 quilt design software. The big advantage of having an add-on program is that you can use items from the core program in the new add-on program without having to purchase new features. We can use the blocks and images from EQ7 as the basis of a new stitched design in EQStitch. This is a great feature for me because I can not draw. I am really good at tracing something that is all ready there or editing something that is