Jun. 23, 2015

Quilting Designs 20% off!

Each CD features a beautiful variety of over 500 of the most popular quilting designs and variations from past issues of Quiltmaker, selected for you by the magazine’s staff. Use promo code STENCILS20 to save 20% on Quiltmaker’s Quilting  Designs Series.


Does not require EQ7. Compatible with EQ7 or EQ6.
Discount only applies to Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs. Offer ends June 24, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 19, 2015

FLASH SALE: 25% off Feathered Star Collections

Use promo code 25STARS to save 25% on Marsha McCloskey’s Feathered Star block collections for EQ7.

Offer ends June 19, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 16, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – Clipping Blocks

Clipping Blocks

The selected block can be clipped  either to the center layout’s edge, the quilt edge or blocks can hang over the quilt’s outer border.

Do Not Clip  Let a block hang over the quilt’s outer border by clicking this tool.

 

 

Clip to Border of Quilt  Clip a block at the quilt’s outer border by clicking this tool

 

 

Clip to Center Rectangle of Quilt  Clip a block at the quilt’s center layout edge by clicking this tool.

 

 

 

The Clip tools are found on the Graph Pad.

 

They are useful for clipping blocks on Layer 2, on Layer 3, or in a Custom Set layout. You can choose to clip to the center layout’s edge, the outer border edge, or let blocks hang beyond the border edge. Use the Adjust   tool to select the block you want to clip.

To display or hide the Graph Pad, choose Graph Pad from the VIEW menu. A check mark appears next to the menu item when the Graph Pad is displayed.


• 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! -  Clipping Blocks) and then print as normal.

Jun. 12, 2015

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are 20% off!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series is  ready to be used with  your EQ7!  Download the block collections right into your program! Use promo code JUNE100 to save 20% on Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Requires EQ7. Discount only applies to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volumes 1-6. Offer ends June 13, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 08, 2015

Save 20% on BlockBase

Based on Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, BlockBase has virtually every pieced block published from 1836-1970. Over 4300 patterns, ready to print as patterns! Use promo code JUNEBLOCKS to save 20% on BlockBase.

Discount only applies to BlockBase. BlockBase is only available for Windows® operating systems. Click here to learn about using with EQ7 for Mac.

Offer ends June 9, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 07, 2015

Q&A with Christine Stainbrook

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We love to find beautiful quilts that were designed with EQ7! While looking through new magazines, we found EQ user Christine Stainbrook and her Love Song quilt. It is currently featured in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine.  Read below to find out about Christine’s design process, how she got hooked on EQ and what she has to say to other desingers out there :)

EQ: Congratulations on being featured in McCall’s! What’s is like seeing your design in a magazine?
Christine:
It’s always exciting when I see something I designed in a magazine.

EQ: Before we discuss the quilt and your design techniques, tell us about yourself!
Christine: I’m a third generation quilter and have been quilting for 35 years.  I love to teach as well as design and write patterns to share my ideas with other quilters. I have a pretty eclectic, varied taste, combining traditional, contemporary and modern styles and fabrics, then making it all work together.

EQ: So what inspired you to create the Love Song quilt?
Christine:
That’s a tough one.  I just played with the fabrics in several different designs, then decided maybe an applique center.  When the design was finished, it just said “Pick Me!” Sometimes designs pop into my head in the most unlikely places. I was in a doctor’s office and a painting gave me an idea for a quilt, so I drew it out on the back of an envelope until I could get home and use EQ.

EQ: What role did EQ7 play in this quilt?
Christine: Everything I design is done in EQ, since version 4.  Now I’m using EQStitch.  I like the ease of use for drawing applique and being able to place actual fabrics in the design.  It sure makes tweaking designs a bit easier.

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EQ: How did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to try it?
Christine: I first saw EQ4 at a local quilt shop that I frequented.  After getting online and seeing what the program could do, I had to have it.  The graph paper and colored pencils sure was a lot more time consuming.

EQ: How has the program changed your designing ability?
Christine:
Being able to make changes either to the drawing or the coloring has really streamlined the design process for me.  I can add, remove or change the blocks/drawings and then see if they work with the fabrics I’m using, or use another fabric line completely.

EQ: Do you own any other EQ products? If so, what are your favorites and why?
Christine: I have several add-ons for EQ: Block Base, My Dream House, Angle Play Blocks, Dear Hannah, Dear Jane, Kaleidoscope Collection, Star Power, Stars & Sets, Town & Country, Baltimore Album and Classic Applique (20’s & 30’s and folk art)

EQ: Wow, that’s great! What draws you to purchase additional EQ products?
Christine: I like the variety of blocks that each add-on includes…it helps stir the inspiration and creativity when looking for ideas for different fabric lines or fabric combinations.

EQ: Some designers are reluctant to use EQ7 because they worry they’ll struggle to learn how to use the software. Do you have any words of encouragement?
Christine: If your struggling, just don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  You can always hit the undo button.  If you need a more structured learning environment, I’d suggest taking classes at EQ University to gain a better handle on how to make the program do what you want it to.  I just kept playing and figured out how to make it work, then took classes to see if there was a better way to do something.

EQ: As a McCall’s featured designer, what advice would you give to other designers aspiring to have their work published?
Christine: Just to not give up.  If one magazine doesn’t like your design, try another magazine or see if you can work with them to fit your design to their needs. I submitted a manuscript to a publisher once, and of course received a rejection, but it sure didn’t stop me.  I just went another direction and made it work.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Christine. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your quilt or your design process?
Christine:
I guess the most important thing to remember is that quilting, whether as a job or hobby, should be fun.  If you’re not having fun with it, maybe re-evaluate the type of projects you’re working on, or take some classes or project workshops to see where in the “quilty” scheme of things your passion lies.

A big thanks to Christine Stainbrook for doing this interview with me. Stay tuned to see the next EQ-designed quilt we come across – it might be yours! :)

Jun. 05, 2015

Tips, tricks & tutorials from users!

If you know someone who’s thinking about purchasing EQ7, tell them about this post!

We do our best to provide lessons, videos and how-tos for our EQ users and from time to time we come across others providing help too. We LOVE to see well-written tutorials, helpful videos and detailed lessons by EQ users for EQ users. Here’s a few we’ve come across that are definitely worth bookmarking!

Scanning your own fabrics and using them in EQ7

By EQ user, Al Navas
Click here for the tutorial with photos
(Or view the tutorial on Al’s blog.)

Writing your own pattern, making a quilt label, creating custom blocks and much more

By: EQ Artist, Bea Lee
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated lessons

Creating paper piecing designs in EQ7

By EQ user, Joanna @ShapeMoth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Drawing curved lines in EQ7

By EQ user, Joanna @ShapeMoth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Creating a custom layout in EQ7

By: EQ user, Mary Elizabeth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Drawing hexies in EQ7

By EQ user and employee, Jenny Novinsky for Quiltmaker Magazine
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Designing a sampler quilt in EQ7

By EQ Artist, Amy Gibson
Click here for the tutorial (EQ7 giveaway is closed.)

Designing a Bargello quilt layout in EQ7

By EQ user, Wendy
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial


There are so many more resources out there. If you’ve come across any helpful blog posts, videos or lessons by EQ users, feel free to comment below to share them with us and other EQ users!

We keep a collection of lessons we’ve made or found online at DoYouEQ.com. Click around to find tutorials, free fabrics, free quilt designs, monthly challenges and more!

Remember, you can always find help from us in all these places…

If there’s anything in particular you need help with, let us know! :)