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October – Win prizes from Handi Quilter!

Posted 10-10-2016 by Christine | Posted in: EQ25

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Melissa Murphy! ONLY ONE CONTEST LEFT BEFORE THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY! View the contest schedule here. Also, if you don’t have EQ7 but want to try designing quilts on the computer, check out our new product, EQ Mini! 25% off TODAY ONLY! (Use Promo Code: MINI25) Welcome to the TENTH of ELEVEN giveaways we’re hosting on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. October Featured Sponsor: Handi Quilter! They’ve provided HQ Batting Scissors & an HQ Light Strip! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: Do you own a long-arm or mid-arm quilting machine? If yes: What brand? If no: Do you pay a professional to quilt your projects? — Wait, there’s more -  Win an EQ7 on Handi Quilter’s blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog

Quick Tip Tuesday! Creating your own “fabric” in EQ7

Posted 10-08-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Uncategorized

You can create your own “fabric” using the Photo Layout Tile feature. Add a photo(s) to your Sketchbook either through the Library… by importing your own photos… or through the Image worktable… Click FILE > Print > Photo Layout. The Photo Layout will appear. Click, hold and drag a thumbnail photo to the photo layout. With the photo selected, drag one of the corner handles inward reducing the size of the photo. Click the Tile button on the top toolbar. The photo is now repeated across the page. Note that your original photo that was used to create the tiled page disappears when you click Tile. You can toggle the Tile button on and off if you need to adjust your original photo. Use the Resize dialog and the Rotate and Flip buttons to make adjustments to your tiled photo. Click the Print button  on the top toolbar to print

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Introduction

Posted 10-07-2016 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

Welcome to EQ Mini Friday Fun, a blog series devoted to sharing, teaching, and informing you about the new scaled down, simpler version of EQ7 quilt design software.  This program was created for quilters who are just getting started using software for quilt design.  EQ Mini will help you create, edit, share, and print patterns and yardage for your quilt designs. My name is Lori Miller and I will be your host as we explore EQ Mini software.  A little about myself. I am a life long sewist and quilter.  My home base is Troy, Michigan where I design, stitch, and sew quilts and quilty things.   In 2012, I started a new career sewing and designing quilts and quilty gifts.  I started to submit my designs and patterns to magazines and I wanted a tool to help me more quickly document my ideas, try different color paths,  and provide color

EQ Academy 2017 – Enrollment Open!

Posted 10-04-2016 by Sara | Posted in: Classes & Demos EQ Academy

Join us for a 3-day workshop in Perrysburg, Ohio April 20-22, 2017. We’re back in Ohio for the 2017 EQ Academy! These 3-day workshops for learning EQ7 and EQStitch software have been huge successes. For 2017 we’re bringing back our esteemed instructors for another round of EQ fun! Gaining EQ7 Confidence with Mary Ellen Kranz – For beginner EQ7 students EQ7 Block Drawing with Kari Schell – For intermediate students wanting to focus on drawing blocks Intermediate EQ7 with Barb Vlack – For intermediate students who’ve taken EQ7 classes previously Three Days of EQStitch with Yvonne Menear – For EQStitch owners wanting to learn to digitize their own EQ designs for their embroidery machines Enrollment is now open. View all the class listings here. Hope to see you there!

Quick Tip Tuesday! Bargello Quilts

Posted 10-04-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Instructions for designing a Bargello Instructions for designing a Bargello quilt (a lots of other things!) are already included in EQ7! Click HELP > How do I? > How to: Quilts > Create a Bargello Quilt. This shows you basics like how to change strip width, and number of divisions within the strip, which opens up bargello possibilities. Pre-made Bargellos Also there are pre-made bargellos, ready to color, as the last quilt in most of the Layout Library’s “Basics by Size” category. To access them: Click Libraries > Layout Library > Basics by Size. Click on a size and scroll to the end. Click Add to Sketchbook Click the View Sketchbook  button Click Edit The Paintbrush Tool has several different brushes if you click and hold on it. They can be helpful in coloring Bargellos. By Elke Kern We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or

New Stash Download! All Batiks!

Posted 10-03-2016 by Christine | Posted in: New Products

Design with the NEWEST batiks on the market by adding over 1,100 to your EQ Fabric Library! What are you waiting for? Watch this video to see some of the fabrics included:  Keep your Fabric Library up to date! Download EQ Stash Online now!

Quick Tip Tuesday! Scallop Border

Posted 09-27-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Here is how to use EQ7 to create a pattern for your scallop: To make a scallop border (or any other border that is not straight) you can draw a one scallop motif to repeat along the length of the quilt. or draw the whole line of scallops as a motif. Let’s look at an example of a quilt with a scallop border made with a single motif section that was repeated. Click FILE > Open > Start with a quick quilt project > Table Runners. Click OK. In the Sketchbook, look through the quilts. You will see one Table Runner with a scalloped edge. Click Edit. Click on the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of the screen. Now click the Adjust  tool > next click on a scallop and drag it away. You’ll see that it is made of individual blocks. There are actually 3 different blocks that

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