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Quick Tip Tuesday! Star Sashing

Posted 11-01-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

If you have ever come across this library in EQ7 it doesn’t look like much. But, let’s try this. Click Libraries > Block Library > EQ7 Libraries > 10 Sashing > Star Sashing Click Add to Sketchbook to add all of the blocks to your sketchbook. Click the Layout tab at the bottom of the screen Type in 2″ for Sashing Height and Width Click the Layer 1 tab at the bottom of the screen Click the Set Block tool and click on the block you would like. Hold the Ctrl key down on your keyboard  and click in the sashing.   Some blocks (like with the yellow quilt) will need to be rotated. Click the Rotate Block tool and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard. Other blocks will look better on-point. Have fun experimenting! If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and

Quick Tip Tuesday! Quick-Quilts

Posted 10-25-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Did you know that EQ7 comes with over 70 quilts already designed? When your program (EQ7 or EQStitch) opens, you will see this screen. Click on the “Start with a quick-quilt project”   You can use the quilt selector arrows to scroll through and see different quilts in the same project. Once you select your project click OK.The Sketchbook will open. Find the quilt you want and click Edit. Now, you can leave the quilt as it is or change anyway you’d like. In the example, there is the original table runner and one in which I recolored and rotated blocks. Have fun with these quick-quilts! If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and we will be happy to help!

EQStitch Sunday Stitch

Posted 10-23-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I am writing my lessons for EQ7/EQStitch classes at the Houston Quilt Festival 2016 now.  I will be heading to Houston on Oct 30 for a week of classes.  I look forward to meeting all you energetic EQ users.   The products produced by the Electric Quilt company just keep getting better and better.  I use them all and link them together to get one of a kind projects. I invite you all to attend some of my classes.  Click on the link below to see some little samples of my works in the short video. Classes_at_Houston_Quilt_Festival_2016

Q&A with Jan Allston

Posted 10-22-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Q&A

EQ user, Jan Allston might have landed one of the coolest jobs in the world. Get this… Jan has been asked to pack her bags (and sewing machine) and board the MV Magellan in January 2017 for a World Cruise! That’s right, a WORLD CRUISE! The adventure starts in London and, well, I’ll let her tell you the rest… Note: I asked Jan to send me a couple photos of quilts she’s designed in EQ so you’ll see those throughout. EQ: Hi Jan! Tell us a bit about yourself? Jan: I’ve been sewing all my life: from making dolls’ clothes as a nipper in Scotland, through making my own dresses as a teenager, making clothes for my two daughters as they grew up, to taking up quilting in 2005 when I retired from my job as Director of Computing at a local secondary school in Eastbourne, Sussex in England where

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Charming Baby Quilt

Posted 10-21-2016 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

Let the Friday Fun begin!  EQ Mini may be a smaller version of the full blown Electric Quilt software, but it is packed full of versatility and possibilities.  This cute baby quilt is a great example of a simple but stunning design you can make yourself.  This pattern uses a pack of 5 inch charm squares so it is easy to cut out as well.  Each EQ Mini design project I share will include skill builders to help you work with the different components of the EQ Mini Software.  This is a great beginning project for a new EQ Mini user. Charming Baby Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size: 40.5” x 40.5” Skill Builders: Working with horizontal layout Editing a 48” horizontal medallion Working with borders Inserting a border Using a block border Let’s get started designing together! Open EQ Mini.   If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close.

Quick Tip Tuesday! Diagonal Strip Block

Posted 10-18-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Sometimes it’s tricky to know the width of a vertical strip. Here is one way! 1 Click BLOCK > New Block > EasyDraw. 2 At the top, change the Precision Bar so the numbers are like this: The Graph Paper Cells and Horizontal and Vertical next to them do not matter. What DOES matter is that the Snaps Horizontal and Snaps Vertical are 4 x the 7.5” size = 30 x 30 That allows you to start and stop a line at any ¼” point, which you will need to do. 3 Draw 2 vertical lines, 1” apart, at any point, like this: (You are drawing them vertically, so you can measure the 1” separation) 4 Click the Pick  tool 5 Hold down your keyboard SHIFT key as you click both vertical line, to select them both. 6 Right-click and choose Rotate > rotate by 45 degrees. Your 2 lines

EQStitch Sunday Stitch October 2016

Posted 10-16-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Add interest to text shapes by using stitches and shadows.  Text fonts stitch best if they are block style capital letters.  Fonts that have thin and thick areas are more difficult to stitch and still look good.  Bold, block letters have more space to them to add decorative stitches. Open your EQStitch program. Add the tools to  the toolbar by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the toolbar and then on the words add/remove buttons. Place a checkmark in front of the tools and then close the selection box by clicking on a white space on the page. Click on the drawing board options box and set the embroidery fill to ‘smooth’ and the embroidery edge stitch to be  ‘no edge’ setting.     Select the text tool from the toolbar.  Move the cursor over to the artwork area and click/hold/drag/release a text box on the page. Double

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