Jul. 20, 2015

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Jul. 19, 2015

Close to Hershey, PA? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Jul. 16, 2015

Quilt Festival Class Enrollment

Now Open! Sign Up Now!

Take a hands-on EQ class from experienced teachers at Quilt Festival Houston. Online enrollment now open!

Here is a list of EQ classes being offered at Quilt Festival 2015. See full descriptions here.

(231) – EQ7: LET’S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING… 
October 27, 2015: Tuesday all day, 9 – 12 noon; 2 – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Ellen Kranz
Level: Beginner with little or no working knowledge of EQ7.

(236) – BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE INTRODUCTION TO EQSTITCH
October 27, 2015: Tuesday all day, 9 – 12 noon; 2 – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Yvonne Menear
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

(325) – EQ7: I WANT TO LEARN MORE…
October 28, 2015: Wednesday all day, 9 – 12 noon; 2 – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Ellen Kranz
Level: Beginner with some experience or instruction in quilt designing in EQ7.

(329) – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DIGITIZING WITH EQSTITCH
October 28, 2015: Wednesday all day, 9 – 12 noon; 2 – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Yvonne Menear
Level: Beginner with basic understanding of EQStitch/Intermediate

(428) – BEYOND THE BASICS: CONTINUED LEARNING IN EQ7
October 29, 2015: Thursday all day, 9 – 12 noon; 2 – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Ellen Kranz
Level: Basic knowledge of EQ7 is required.

(453) – LET’S GET STARTED WITH EQ7
October 29, 2015: Thursday half day, 9 – 12 noon
Instructor: Barb Vlack
Level: Beginner

(484) – MORE FOR THE EQ7 BEGINNER
October 29, 2015: Thursday half day, 2 – 5 pm
Instructor: Barb Vlack
Level: Confident beginner

(526) – CREATE YOUR OWN PAPER-PIECED DESIGNS WITH EQ7
October 30, 2015: Friday all day, 9-12 noon; 2 – 5 pm
Instructor: Yvonne Menear
Level: Any level

(556) – DESIGNING BORDERS IN EQ7
October 30, 2015: Friday half day, 9 – 12 noon
Instructor: Barb Vlack
Level: Intermediate (not for beginners)

(591) – DESIGNING QUILTS IN EQ7 WITH BLOCKS OF DIFFERENT SIZES
October 30, 2015: Friday half day, 2 – 5 pm
Instructor: Barb Vlack
Level: Intermediate (not for beginners)

(742) – DESIGNING CUSTOM LAYOUTS FOR TRADITIONAL OR MODERN QUILTS WITH EQ7
October 31, 2015: Saturday half day, 9 – noon
Instructor: Yvonne Menear
Level: Any level

(747) – DRAWING BLOCKS WITHOUT DRAWING
October 31, 2015: Saturday half day, 9 – noon
Instructor: Barb Vlack
Level: Beginner with some EQ7 practice

Jul. 15, 2015

Creative Spark: Quiltmaker July/Aug ’15

One block can offer a variety of different looks, all depending on the layout it’s placed in. That’s the topic of the newest Creative Spark article in the July/August issue of Quiltmaker. Using the block from Deborah Johnson’s Fresh Fleurs quilt (p. 22), I created some fun design variations in EQ7:

Hard to believe that the four quilts above all use the same, simple block! To get the details on how to make these layouts, check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: One Block, Lots of Layouts!

Jul. 14, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – Work on Image

Work on Image

Use this tool to display the Image worktable. The image worktable is great to use when you are scanning fabric, making photo quilts and quilt labels just to name a few! You can crop your images, adjust the color, turn colored images into black and white and much more!

To work on a new image:

1. Click the Work on Image button.

2. Click Image on the top menu.

3. Click Import Image.

4. Select the image you want to work on from the hard drive.

5. Click Open.

To edit an image from the Project Sketchbook:

1. Click the View Sketchbook  button.

2. Click the Photos section.

3. Click directly on the image to select it.

4. Click Edit > to Image worktable. The Sketchbook will close and the image will display on the worktable.

The Image worktable

Below is a diagram of the Image worktable. This is where you enhance photos and prepare images for printing on photo fabric.

What can you do on the Image Worktable?

There are lots of effects you can apply from the image worktable. Here is a video about applying effects.

You can also:
Increase/Decrease Color Depth, Resize the image, Balance color automatically, Change Red/Green/Blue (RGB) levels, Change Hue/Saturation/Luminosity (HSL) levels, Colorize to make not only sepia colored images, but desaturated images in any color, including 100% black and white images, Use Hue Map to change ranges of color in the image to other ranges on the color wheel, Channel mixer lets you change red, green, blue, and contrast levels to make creative color adjustments for any photo (and remove color casts from a photo), Create Colorway changes all the colors in an image according to ready-made palettes, custom palettes, or random palettes, for example making the sky pink and the flowers turquoise, View the Histogram to see different levels in the image, Adjust the Histogram, Equalize the Histogram, and Adjust Brightness and Contrast.

For more information, check out the lessons included in your EQ7 that talk more about the image worktable.

Or, you can search for a specific topic in the Help.


• If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.
• To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday! -  Work on Image) and then print as normal.

Jul. 13, 2015

Timeless Treasures Block Challenge

[This challenge has ended. Watch for winner announcement on Wednesday, July 29th.]

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This block design challenge is open to everyone! All you have to do is color a block using fabrics from Timeless Treasure’s new Charleston collection by Revive and submit it by Monday, July 27th!
No sewing required! No software required!

Challenge Rules

1.  Choose a block (or design your own) and color it with Charleston fabric(s). You may do this using any method you’d like: draw and color it on graph paper, design it using software, choose a block from EQ7, etc. You may use as many Charleston fabrics as you’d like and may also add 1 solid color. (A minimum of 1 Charleston fabric is required. You may not use fabric from any other collection. Winning block is not chosen by quantity of fabrics used.)
2.  Submit an image/photo of your block using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post by the deadline.
3.  One entry per person.

View the Charleston collection here

Using EQ7?

If you’d like to use EQ7 for this challenge, draw or select a block in EQ7 and color it with Charleston fabrics using the free download below. You may also use 1 solid color if you’d like. Export a JPEG of your block and submit it using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.

Download the Charleston collection for EQ7 here

Submitting Your Block

You may submit a photo or image of your block whenever you’d like using the Link Up at the bottom of this blog post.

Deadline: The challenge will close Monday, July 27th at 9am EDT.
Winners will be announced Wednesday, July 29th.

Here’s how to create an image of your block if you are using EQ7:
(If you are not using EQ7 and need help submitting, simply take photo of your design and upload it.)

  1. With your block design on the Block Worktable, click FILE > Export Image.
  2. In the Export Image box, next to Save in, navigate to the folder where you’d like to save the image. Next to File Name, type a name for your file.  For Save as type, choose JPEG files.
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  3. In the Export Image File of Block box, input these settings:
    Dimensions: type in the width and height you used to design the block
    Resolution: 150 dots per inch
    Outline patches and Outline blocks is optional.
    JPEG Quality: 100
  4. Click OK.

Prize

And to the winner goes:

fabric

  • A fat quarter bundle of Charleston fabrics!
  • $75 merchandise credit for anything at ElectricQuilt.com! (Excludes online classes at EQ University.)

Start designing now. Two weeks will go by fast!

You may submit your block any time! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.
Good luck! :)

Jul. 08, 2015

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Promo code: JULYBOOKS  |  Sale ends: 7/10/15


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