Apr. 28, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Swath Tool

 The Swath Tool

The Swath Tool draws a pre-defined, stylized stroke surrounding a segment. This segment or “spine” of the stroke can be edited and shaped like any curve or line segment. The stroke or “hull” surrounding the spine can have varying widths and end styles.

1. Click Worktable > Work on Block.
2. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif.

You may not see the the Swath tool on your screen.
If not, here is how to get it:

  • Click the Customize Toolbar    tool on the left side of your screen.
  • Click Add/Remove Buttons…
  • Choose Swath tool from the list.

3. Click the Swath Tool

4. Position your mouse cursor on the worktable where you want the line to begin.

5. Click, hold and drag to draw your stroke. The “spine” of your patch will draw in blue.

6. Release the mouse to finish your line. Two lines appear surrounding the spine with the selected style shapes within the two lines.

7. Use the Shape tool to edit the spine of the stroke.

8. Click the Convert to Patch button on the Precision Bar to complete the patch.

Before clicking Convert to Patch only the spine is editable.

After clicking Convert to Patch everything is editable.

Use the Precision Bar (View > Precision Bar) to select different contours.

You can also use the  Precision Bar to select different styles.

Other Helpful Tips

  • This is the only tool on the PatchDraw toolbar that is NOT part of the Stitching worktable as well.
  • The Swath tool works best with smooth, gentle curves. It is not intended for use with sharp curves. If your design requires a sharp curve, it is best achieved by creating separate swaths.

  • You can select the contour, style, width and boldness BEFORE you draw, or you can draw the stroke with the current settings and then adjust the settings AFTER you draw.
  • Remember to always use Convert to patch when you’re done editing the stroke. If you forget, EQ will automatically convert it to a patch.

• 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 Swath Tool) and then print as normal.

Apr. 28, 2015

The Hoopsisters are gearing up for another great Mystery Quilt!

The HoopSisters Mystery Quilt is an online quilt-in-the-hoop block of the month! You will not know what the final quilt looks like until the very end, in Week 6, when you receive the files on how to lay out your blocks.

Sign up begins (this Friday!)  May 1st and ends June 15th. Participants get their first week’s files instantly via download! Then, each week following throughout the month of June HoopSisters will release a new set of files and instructions. Finally in Week 6 the final layout is revealed!

Aubrey Ellerbrock of HoopSisters says, “EQ7 files are included! And they work perfectly with a Mystery Quilt! EQ allows our customers to play with layout options and colors for our Mystery Quilt. Each week they get an EQ file for that specific block! Then, in Week 6 they get the full EQ file that shows the entire layout!”

For more information:

Sign up for Mystery Quilter Alerts

Download the Free Fabric & Thread Key Now & Get Fabric Shopping

Follow the Mystery Quilt Blog

There will also be live webinars the first week of May.


Apr. 27, 2015

Close to Denver, CO? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Apr. 27, 2015

Two Day Book Sale

Save 20% on all books at ElectricQuilt.com! Sale ends Tuesday, April 28th at 11:59pm EDT. Use code LEARN20 at checkout.

Offer only valid on books at ElectricQuilt.com. Use code LEARN20 at checkout. Expires April 28 at 11:59pm EDT.

Apr. 24, 2015

100 Blocks Volume 6 – Now Available!

Collect Volumes 1-6!

Do you collect Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines? Build up your EQ7 Block Library with these unique and versatile blocks! Download today!

Here’s a quick preview of the blocks in Volume 6!

Apr. 22, 2015

Classic Applique 20% off!

Sale ends Thursday on Classic Applique! Use code “classics” and get 20% off! Click here to see the designs available.

Discount applies only to Classic Applique. Offer ends Thursday, April 23 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.




Apr. 21, 2015

More EQ Academy Photos!

We found some more great photos from EQ Academy that we wanted to share! Check out our original gallery to see the new pics!

We also wanted to thank Moda, Timeless Treasures and Aurifil for their prize donations for our lecture nights. Our students were overwhelmingly surprised!

Are you interested in attending EQ Academy next year? Sign up for our email list!