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Oct. 18, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #12

Sometimes all I need is a cup of coffee to refresh myself.  A little quiet time and a chance to decompress goes a long way.

Did you know that EQStitch has designs all ready digitized for you to use?  You can use them as they are or edit them for your personal touch.

Launch your EQStitch program from the desktop.

Set the program back to the default settings to start the new project.  Click on FILE>Preferences and restore the defaults.

Find a design all ready digitized in the stitching library.  Click on LIBRARIES>Stitching Library.

Choose any design you want from the library.  I need a cup of coffee.  I want an applique design.  In the library box, under the EQStitch Machine Applique heading, click on ‘home and leisure’ heading and locate the pink coffee cup.  Click on the cup to select it and then click on ‘add to sketchbook’ at the bottom of the box.  Close the box by clicking on the word ‘close’ at the bottom of the box.

Click on the view sketchbook icon at the top of the screen.

In the sketchbook, click on the ‘stitchings’ heading at the left, then click on the ‘machine applique tab’ at the top of the box.  Locate the coffee cup and click on it to select it.  A blue box will appear around it.  Click on the word ‘edit’ at the bottom of the box.

The design will appear on the machine applique worktable.  It was designed to be stitched as two separate elements.  I want to edit this.

Click on the fabric tab at the bottom of the screen.  You will see that both elements all ready have fabric applied.  Click on any fabric of your choice to apply a new color.  I do not want the handle to be separate or as an  applique so I will leave it as is.

There is no ‘remove fabric’ option from the design available so I need to re-create the handle to make it a stitch element instead.   Click on the artwork tab at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the ‘pick tool’ to select it and then move it over to the handle and click once to see the selection handles around the coffee mug handle only.

Click on control +C  to copy the handle.  (Command + C for the Mac).  This places a copy of the handle on the clipboard.

Click on the delete key on the keyboard to remove the handle.  RIGHT CLICK> Paste to place the copy back onto the worktable.  This will make the program think it is an entirely new design element.

Click on the fabric tab.  You will see that there is no fabric added.  Leave it empty and click on the stitch tab instead.

Click on the stitch tab and add the embroidery tools to the toolbar.

The machine applique worktable does not have the stitch tools and they need to be added.

Click on the ‘set fill icon’ and select a stitch type for the handle.  Click on the ‘set edge stitch icon’ and click on the red ‘X’ on the properties bar to turn off  the edge stitches then click on the stitch design to remove the outline stitches.

Click on the artwork tab at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the ‘pick tool’ and then click on the handle to select it.  Click on the ‘send to back’ icon on the properties bar so the handle will sew first before the applique mug stitches.

Move the cursor over the center cross hairs on the handle and click/hold/drag it inwards so it is slightly under the mug element.

Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and color all the stitch elements.

You can personalize the design even further by adding decorative elements or adding text.  The ability to customize the design is completely up to you.  Add whatever you wish to make it your own.

Oct. 16, 2015

Q&A with Kimmy Brunner

'Harvest' 2015 IQA Raffle Quilt

‘Harvest’ 2015 IQA Raffle Quilt – Photo Credit: Mike McCormick of M3 Photographic

Have you seen this year’s International Quilt Festival’s raffle quilt? It was designed by an EQ user, Kimmy Brunner! She told me all about it in our interview below!

EQ: Congratulations on making the 2015 Raffle Quilt for the International Quilt Festival in Houston! Tell us about the process of being chosen for this and how it felt!
Kimmy: I was simply thrilled. This is an honor that I *never* expected would be bestowed on me and I am grateful beyond words. The Board of the International Quilt Association (IQA) decides who will be asked and they approach the artist several years in advance. The artist has the choice of working with a partner, or making the quilt themselves. I chose to make mine a solo quilt.
An original design must be submitted for approval to the Board two years before the raffle date (I simply saved my [EQ7] design as a jpeg and submitted that. It was a snap!), and the completed quilt must be delivered one year before it is to be raffled. During that last year, the quilt tours the country and appears at Quilt Market events to promote ticket sales. All proceeds from ticket sales support the IQA’s charitable and educational endeavors. Finally, the quilt is displayed at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston where more tickets are sold and, on the last day of Festival, the winner’s name is drawn. The whole process is super fun and exciting!

EQ: Before we discuss the quilt details and your design techniques, tell us about yourself!
Kimmy: I was taught to quilt by my grandmother, who also taught me to knit, crochet, embroider, and sew. I loved to sit with her in the evenings, with the sounds of the farm drifting in through the windows, doing our handwork together. As I grew older, I moved away from the other skills and concentrated on quilting, which is truly my passion. In the late 1990s I bought a longarm quilting machine, began to win awards, and took up teaching. After winning Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year several times I was offered a position as Ambassador for the wonderful Handi Quilter company and now I travel all over the world, sharing my love for quilting with others.

Kimmy Brunner

Kimmy Brunner

EQ: So what inspired your design for the Harvest quilt? How did you choose the theme, fabrics etc.?
Kimmy: The quilting industry has given me SO much. More than I ever dreamed of and more than I would ever have believed possible. I feel like I am reaping an amazing harvest of blessings from the generous and creative people with whom my path has crossed and I wanted my quilt to reflect that feeling of rich abundance.
In Minnesota, where I live, harvest time comes in a wave of gorgeous saturated colors; golds, oranges, reds, browns, rusts and purples, with the clear blue lakes and skies providing a crisp counterpoint to the autumnal tones. This was the palette that I chose for my project. My dear friends, Bruce and Diane Magidson of Sew Batik, generously offered to donate the fabrics for the quilt and I had a ball choosing colors from their various lines of rich batik textiles. Fil-Tec donated the Glide threads in colors to match, and Quilter’s Dream provided the yummy thick batting.

EQ: Why did you use EQ7 to design this quilt?
Kimmy: I wanted to design something incredible; something difficult and challenging, with a gazillion tricky points. I knew that the only way I’d be able to accomplish this goal would be to choose a design tool that would work seamlessly with me and do the ‘heavy lifting’ while I was free to dream big. I needed a partner that would enable my design to be completely accurate, but that didn’t require a degree in Advanced Rocket Science to learn. There is simply no other tool that even comes close to EQ7 when it comes to doing all of the tasks that I would require my partner to perform. Choosing this software was a no-brainer; I needed a miracle worker and EQ7 was it!

EQ: How did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to try it?
Kimmy: I’d been hearing rave reviews about the program from my friends for years. Everyone loves its flexibility and precision, as well as its ease of use. It seemed like every time I’d go to a quilt retreat and see someone working on an interesting new original quilt, the answer to my “Which pattern is that?” question was always the same; “I designed it myself in EQ!” After seeing the fantastic things that other quilters were doing with this software, I knew I had to try it for myself.

Harvest in EQ7

Harvest in EQ7

EQ: Did you teach yourself to use the program or did you use tutorials, lessons etc.?
Kimmy: I taught myself with the assistance of the User Manual. It really wasn’t difficult at all; if you are patient and are willing to take your time, read through the manual, and do a little trial and error, you can easily learn this program. However, now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of the cool stuff that can be done with EQ7 I would definitely like to take a class to see the more advanced tasks that can be accomplished. I would love to get every single bit of functionality out of this software and see how far I can take it!

EQ: How has the program changed your designing ability?
Kimmy: I am no longer afraid at all to design tricky patterns. If you can dream it up, the program will help you accurately stitch it up. Harvest has over 1100 pieces in the borders alone, with more points than I care to count, and EQ7 made it so much easier to assemble those pieces accurately. The sharp points that used to intimidate me are no match for the program’s tools, and resizing a quilt is as easy as clicking a few buttons. I used to moan and groan if my pattern’s layout needed to be adjusted, new elements needed to be added, or the size needed to be scaled up or down. Now, I know that I can quickly and easily make changes on the fly so I am much more willing to take risks and try new things during the design process. That newfound confidence has led me to create much cooler quilts than ever before.


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EQ: After attaining such a great accomplishment, what advice do you have for others who are looking to reach similar achievements?
Kimmy: Believe in yourself. The quilting world has room for everyone and that means you! Experiment with colors, with different media, with new layouts until you find your voice. Don’t just make copies of other people’s quilts. Make YOUR quilts. Share your work, and your knowledge, with others via social media. Let your light shine brightly and then stand back and watch the magic happen!

A special thanks to Kimmy Brunner for doing this interview with me. Be sure to visit Kimmy’s website,, and check out her Craftsy class, Machine Quilting With Templates! She’s also on Facebook!

If you’d like to enter to win the Harvest quilt, tickets are available by contacting the IQA office at They can also be purchased during International Quilt Festival at the IQA Booth. The drawing will be Sunday, November 1, 2015, and you do not have to be present to win. Ticket prices are $1 each, 6 for $5, and 25 for $20.

Oct. 15, 2015

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks – See all the designers! AND Save 20%!

Quiltmaker Magazine releases collections of 100 blocks that are designed by today’s top designers (probably lots of your favorites!) All the collections have a variety of applique, foundation, mixed technique, and pieced blocks.

And, they can be added right into your EQ7! It’s really easy! You can watch a video about adding the blocks to EQ7 here.

To find out even more about the different volumes, click on each of the images. Don’t forget to check out the designer’s websites too! Many of the names you might recognize as fellow EQ users!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are on sale 10/15/15-10/16/15. Use code OCT100 to get 20% off!

Volume 1

Applique Blocks Delightful designs including a frog, cats, flowers, leaves and so much more—these 20 applique blocks will spark your creativity.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Striking angles made simply with foundations, these eight stunning blocks will help you produce many colorful quilts.

Mixed Technique Blocks Clever combinations of applique, piecing, foundation piecing and embroidery—you’ll treasure these 24 blocks as you create new heirlooms.

Pieced Blocks Amazing inspiration abounds from these 48 pieced blocks—make one, two, several or many—they are addictive.

Designers included in Volume 1

Volume 2

Applique Blocks Find a delightful assortment of both fusible and turned-edge applique designs among these 20 blocks.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Discover new angles in 8 eye-catching blocks made with precise foundation piecing.

Mixed Technique Blocks Check out 22 inspiring blocks with combinations of applique, piecing, foundation piecing, and embellishment.

Pieced Blocks Flip through 50 creative blocks pieced with colorful squares, rectangles, triangles and even a few curves.

Designers included in Volume 2

Volume 3

Applique Blocks Clever designs including both fusible and turned-edge applique among these 14 blocks.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Striking angles showcase precise foundation piecing in 12 eye-catching blocks.

Mixed Technique Blocks Combinations of applique, piecing, foundation piecing and embroidery shine in these 30 inspiring blocks.

Pieced Blocks Be inspired from 44 creative pieced blocks. You won’t be able to make just one!

Designers included in Volume 3

Volume 4

Applique Blocks Discover clever designs including a dog, bunnies, flowers, snowmen and critters. You’re sure to find something you love.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Striking new shapes and angles in 12 eye-catching blocks made with precision foundation piecing.

Mixed Technique Blocks All new blocks showcase creative combinations of applique, piecing, foundation piecing and embroidery.

Pieced Blocks Inspiration abounds from 36 pieced blocks. Make just one or many—the possibilities are endless!

Designers included in Volume 4

Volume 5

Applique Blocks Find a delightful assortment of both fusible and turned-edge applique among these 14 one-of-a-kind blocks.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Striking angles made simple with foundations, these 8 stunning blocks are sure to spark your creativity.

Mixed Technique Blocks Twenty-two blocks feature clever combinations of applique, piecing, foundation-piecing and embroidery.

Pieced Blocks Browse through 56 creatively pieced blocks to find inspiration for a new project.

Designers included in Volume 5

Volume 6

Applique Blocks Clever designs including both fusible and turned-edge applique are among these 16 one-of-a-kind blocks.

Foundation-pieced Blocks Discover striking new shapes and angles in 14 eye-catching blocks made with precision foundation piecing.

Mixed Technique Blocks Twenty-six new blocks showcase creative combinations of applique, piecing, foundation-piecing and embroidery.

Pieced Blocks Inspiration abounds from 44 pieced blocks. You’re sure to find something you love for your next project!


Designers included in Volume 6

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Oct. 13, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Import Image Tool

The Import Image Tool

1. Click the Import button on the toolbar.

Or, choose BLOCK > Import Image for Tracing (or STITCHING > Import Image for Tracing if importing on the Stitching worktable)

The Import Image dialog box will display.

2. Browse to find the file you wish to import. By default, the filter for Files of type is set to display all image files. If you would like to filter which file formats display (only jpegs for example), click the down arrow next to Files of type and select the file format you would like. Choose the file from the folder, then click Open.

The Crop Image dialog will appear.


Using the Crop Dialog
This dialog lets you crop the image very precisely before placing it on the worktable. Cropping and resizing can also be done once the image is placed on the worktable.

Crop using the mouse
The crop edges can be adjusted by dragging the nodes over the image. Corner nodes ( or ) will maintain the original proportions. Middle nodes (  or ) adjust width and height separately. Position the mouse anywhere inside the cropping box until the 4-headed arrow cursor   displays. Press the left mouse and drag the cropping box to the desired position. Size and position entries update automatically in the dialog.

Crop using the dialog entries
Adjustment of the crop edges can be done by typing values or clicking the arrow buttons to adjust the values. When typing values, press the Spacebar or Enter key to complete the entry.

Units of measurement include the cultural units, (inches, centimeters, millimeters) and pixels. The most precise unit to use for cropping is pixels. Rounding may occur in the width and height entries if using cultural units. This is because the value needs to be rounded to the closest pixel. Pixels cannot be cut in half.

To reset the crop selection entries, click Reset to start over.

The lightness control determines how faded the image will be on the drawing board. By default, the lightness adjustment will be set to 50. You’ll want the image to be somewhat faded to make it easier to see the lines of your drawing when tracing. This control gives you the flexibility you need to adjust for both light and dark images.

Drag the slider or type a new value to adjust the lightness. The results of the lightness indicator won’t be displayed until the dialog closes.

Placing the image on the worktable
When the dialog closes, the image is loaded into the cursor. There are several options for setting the image onto the worktable:

1. Click for inside fit. This means the whole image will fit inside the block. The largest dimension scales to the block’s width or height.
2. Press and hold the keyboard SHIFT key and click for outside fit. This means the smallest dimension scales to the block’s width or height and the other dimension spills outside the block edge.
3. Press and hold the left mouse button as you drag on the worktable to size the image while it is being set. The proportions of the original image are maintained during the drag process.
4. Press the ENTER key or the ESC key to fit the image to the full block size. This option will distort the image if the image and block are not proportional.

• 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! -  The Import Image Tool) and then print as normal.

Oct. 11, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #11

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.  These quick and easy little projects come in handy when traveling.  I use the fobs to mark my suitcase so it is easy to find at baggage pick up.  

Launch your EQStitch program from your desktop.

Click on FILE>Preferences and reset the program back to the defaults if you have been playing with the settings.

Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery to be on the embroidery stitch worktable.

Click on the ‘drawing board options’ box on the properties bar at the top of the screen.

In the options box, click on the embroidery edge setting and change it to running stitch.

In the options box, click on the embroidery fill settings nd change it to no fill. Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box to set the new preferences.

Click and hold the black arrow at the bottom of the toolbar to get the fly out menu.  Click on the words ‘add/remove buttons’.

In the tool box, place a check mark in front of all the tools by clicking on them.  Click anywhere on a white space on the screen to close the selection box.

Click on the ‘Ellipse’ tool on the toolbar.

Move the cursor over to the drawing board, and while holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard (Command for Mac), click/hold/drag/release a perfect circle on the hoop area approximately 50mm in size (2 inches).

Click on the ‘clone selected objects’ icon on the properties bar at the top of the screen to get a second copy of the circle element.

Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and color each circle a different color.

Click on the artwork tab and use any tools you wish to create your own little design.  It must be small enough to fit inside the circle elements.

Click on the stitch tab and apply any stitch properties you want for your design.

Click on the artwork tab and make another cloned copy of the circles. and move it to the right so it is away from the first two circles.

Click on the stitch tab and apply a steil stitch outline to the last circle.

Click on the artwork tab and select each of the elements and center the objects on the hoop area.

The objects will be one on top of the other.  The stitch order will be the first circle as a placement line, the second circle as the tack down line, the decorative elements you created, and finally the edge stitch outline to join all the elements together.

AT THE MACHINE:  Hoop tear away stabilizer, stitch the first circle placement line on the stabilizer only.  Float your fabric under the needle and stitch the next circle tack down line.  Stitch the decorative elements you created.  Remove the hoop from the machine and  tape a string loop extending from inside the circle outwards.  I used a 6 inch piece of string folded in half to make a 3 inch loop.  The tape will keep the string from catching under the design area and into the feed dogs when stitching.  Add another piece of fabric to the back side of the stabilizer large enough to cover the circle area.  I spritzed a small amount of 505 spray adhesive on the fabric before applying it to the back so it would not move.  Carefully place the hoop back into the machine making sure the string and backing fabric have not moved.  Stitch the final steil stitch outline which will join all the elements together.   I used pinking shears to trim the top fabric and then the back fabric for a decorative raw edge finish.  After trimming, remove the completed fob from the stabilizer.

Oct. 08, 2015

Creative Spark: Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15

Have you received your newest issue of Quiltmaker yet? Grab your copy and check out the EQ7 Creative Spark feature on page 38!

This feature focuses on the fabric coloring tools. Using the Fussy Cut  and Rotate Fabric  tools, you can see exactly what your finished quilt will look like!

Visit Quiltmaker’s site to see the companion EQ7 lesson for the article: EQ7 Fussy Cut and Rotate Fabric Tools

Oct. 06, 2015

Week 6 of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long: Show and Tell!

It’s the last week of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long!

Don’t forget you can download the rows and the EQ7 block library HERE.

Also, be sure to check out what people have been making in the Flickr group, and the Facebook group is also great for more info and pictures, too!




This week we have Show and Tell!

Check out what all these talented quilters have made from these rows!
Doris Rice from Quilting Queen Online 
Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked
Reeze Hanson from Morning Glory Designs
Loreen Bogdan from School House Quilts
Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt
Carla Henton from Creatin In The Sticks
Marlene Baerg Oddie from Kissed Quilts
Amy Warner from Sew Incredibly Crazy
Nancy Myers from Patchwork Breeze
Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew
Darlene Quilshop Gal – and she also has another row available as well as a tutorial on creating rows in EQ for Accuquilt

And here are the prizes for the week!
KLIC-N-KUT- Zing Air basic package
Northcott Fabrics
–  featured blogs will give away a bundle of 6-8 yards of fabric
Hobbs Batting
– 5 bats

Please visit the designer’s blogs to enter!
Visit Marian’s site for more details and to see the rules and guidelines.

Also announcing the winner from our contest! Susan Jones who commented “I get my inspiration from quilting magazines.” was randomly chosen as the winner of an EQ7! When Susan found out she won, she said, “Wow!!! Guess I can no longer say that I never win anything! This is definitely something that has been on my wish list for awhile so I am super excited. Thank you so much…I can’t wait to start experimenting.”

Congratulations to Susan and thanks to everyone who participated!