One of the best advantages of designing in a software program is that you can see how the finished project will look on the computer screen before you even begin to stitch. This is a great way to evaluate designs and see how the stitches change the ‘feel’ of the design. You can also determine what type of stitches work best for the specific use of the project. Start with a simple linear drawing and apply different stitch properties to change the design. Determine which elements are lines only and which will be closed shapes Create an entirely applique design or mix and match applique elements with stitch elements. Keep it simple with a red work style of design. Add texture to elements with directional stitches. Change the edge stitches of the elements to add more interest. Add artwork details and text for another look. Keep making changes and add
EQ has lots of different ways to learn. Lessons and help videos come with the program. We have more lessons available on our site. Our YouTube channel has lots of videos. But there are also lots of classes available. The past two years we’ve had EQ Academy in Perrysburg, Ohio. Read more about it here. This year we are also having EQ Academy in Denver, Colorado. There is still time to sign up! We also have online classes available with EQ University. There are lots of teachers all over the world providing EQ classes. You can search to see if any are close to you. Also, if you are teaching an EQ class, let us know so we can add you to our list.
Machine embroidery is used in home decor, quilts, clothing, wearable accessories and much more. Whatever you can think of, you can probably add some machine embroidery to it. Recently, I have fallen in love with the artistic expressions created with cloth as the medium. I can easily spot a design that is created by someone with artistic abilities. I can sew, but I am not necessarily artistic by nature. I have been experimenting with painting on cloth, but I still need to start with a design that I can follow. (Color within the lines!) Launch your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on LIBRARY>Stitching Library Click on the EQStitch library and locate the zany zoo folder. Click on the caterpillar to select it and then click on add to sketchbook and close at the bottom of the
This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Barbara Bieraugel! Stay tuned for next month’s contest sponsored by Island Batik fabrics! View full contest schedule here. Welcome to the sixth 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. Note: This month’s contest winner will be announced Monday, June 27th. June Featured Sponsor: Aurifil Italian Threads! They’ve provided the brand new Heritage Collection by Jenny Doan as the giveaway! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: Visit the EQ Quilt Gallery to see what people have made with EQ7. Which quilt is your favorite? NOTE: Contest closes Saturday, June 25th at 9am Eastern time. Winner will be announced Monday, June 27th. Wait, there’s more - Win an EQ7 on Aurifil’s blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET
There is more than one way to create an artwork object to have stitches applied to it. There is not necessarily one correct way only, but one way may indeed give you better results when you apply stitches to your object. Consider the simple square box. You could draw it with four separate line segments or you could use the polygon shape tool and select the square box shape as an already closed object. Both ways of drawing are considered a square. When you click on the stitch tab and apply the edge stitches to the design you will see which box shape looks better. Line segments have a start/stop point on each line. A closed shape is a continuous stitch all around the outer edge. If you are very careful with your drawing using a line drawing tool you may be able to get the edit points of each
Spotted in the May/June issue of Love of Quilting magazine: Another beautiful quilt designed in EQ7! Read about Deborah Kalenty and her Patriotic Cosmic Stars quilt: EQ: Congrats on being in the newest issue of Love of Quilting Magazine! Your Patriotic Cosmic Stars quilt is beautiful! How does it feel to see YOUR design in a magazine? Deborah: It always feels very nice—exciting! I’ve had a few projects published over the years and it always feels gratifying. EQ: Tell us a bit about yourself, Deborah. Deborah: I’ve been quilting for 27 years; I started my business: Quilter’s Obsession in 2005—initially as an online web store. Then I began vending at quilt shows about a year later. I earned an Instructors Certification from Studio 180 Designs two years ago and have been teaching and lecturing since then. About me personally, I’m happily married for over 20 years, with two children; we