Jul. 30, 2015

Q&A with Sandi Feenstra

Sandi's Finished Quilt

We love to see what our users create with EQ7! EQ user, Sandi Feenstra reached out to us via social media to tell us about a quilt she had just finished. She sent us a photo of her EQ7-designed quilt (pictured left). It measures 60″ x 78″ and is made up of 875 2.5″ squares! I thanked Sandi for reaching out to us and asked her a few questions… 

EQ: Thanks so much for posting your EQ7 project on social media! We LOVE seeing EQ users’ creations! What was your inspiration for this quilt?
Sandi: I saw a picture of an “Around the World” quilt and knew I wanted one.  This project began when I was lucky enough to discover candy squares of a popular Moda fabric collection reduced 50%.

EQ: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into quilting. 
Sandi: My husband retired 3 years ago and moved us to Green Bay, WI.  Being in a new environment I needed a  hobby to occupy my free time.  The only sewing machine I’d ever owned was a 45 year-old Singer. Once I purchased my new machine I started shopping in the local quilt shops, sewing machine stores and attending local sewing parties.  I met three very lovely ladies who were  all into quilting who helped me as I’d never made a quilt before.  I also researched quilting styles and designs online and joined a few Facebook sewing and quilting groups.

Sandi's EQ7 Design

EQ: How did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to purchase it?
Sandi: In a Facebook group I belong to, a member mentioned EQ.  I researched the product and was disappointed that it was not available for Apple computers.  I continued to read about it but being a loyal MAC gal thought I was just out of luck.  Finally, EQ announced the EQ7 would be released for MAC.  I knew then I would purchase the software.  Besides, my husband had purchased several musical instruments and we have a standing “quid pro quo” arrangement…better known as “you buy something; I get to buy something.”

sandi

EQ: How has the program changed your designing capabilities? 
Sandi: Before EQ7 I used graph paper and colored pencils to design a few quilts. With EQ7, the process is no longer tedious, rather it’s  fun. It’s like a game. I currently have over 300 virtual quilts completed (I doubt I’ll finish all of them).

EQ: Did you teach yourself how to use EQ7 or did you use additional resources? 
Sandi: I watched the video lessons and completed the quilt lessons.  I joined the EQ7 Facebook page and started playing with the program.  It is easy to follow.  I love the startup tips every time I open the program.

EQ: What about the software do you find most beneficial?  
Sandi: Being able to decide the finished size and print the fabric requirements for the quilt is beneficial.  I also love the ability to upload fabrics in my stash and use them when picking the fabrics for my quilts.

EQ: Any plans for future EQ7 projects? 
Sandi: I would never start a quilt without first plotting the design in EQ7, printing a picture of my project and the fabric yardage requirements.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Sandi! Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your quilt or your design process?
Sandi: I sew quilts  for fun, family and friends.   I love designing virtual quilts when I do not have  time to be in the sewing room. I have met wonderful friends who share quilting as a hobby in Green Bay and I design quilt projects for them using  EQ7.

A big thanks to Sandi Feenstra for doing this interview with me. Stay tuned to see the next EQ-designed quilt we come across – it might be yours! :)

Jul. 29, 2015

Winner announced & EXTENDED CHALLENGE FOR EQ USERS!

[This quilt challenge is closed. See who won here!]

revive

We are so impressed with all the fantastic blocks submitted! As always, you make it so hard to select just one.

The winning block for the Charleston challenge belongs to: Carole Carter! Congratulations Carole!

Carole’s block:

Carole's Block

Honorable Mentions:

Ria Klopper

Ria Klopper


Marque McKay

Marque McKay


Adrienne Quinlan

Adrienne Quinlan


Sheri Lesh

Sheri Lesh


Thanks so much to all who participated. To see all the other blocks submitted, view the original challenge post.

HEY EQ7 USERS: The challenge isn’t over!

We’re so impressed with the blocks submitted that we’d love to see what you can do with them!

Design a quilt using your block and submit it by Monday, August 3rd at 9am EDT. We’ll pick one more winner based on your block in a quilt design.

Rules:

  1. You must use the block you submitted to the original challenge exactly how it appears there. (You may flip, rotate and scale it.)
  2. You may add up to 3 additional colorings of your block.
  3. You can add sashing, borders and cornerstones if you’d like.
  4. All fabrics in quilt must be from the Charleston collection. (You may also use up to 2 solid colors if you’d like.)
  5. Quilt must be submitted by deadline.
  6. One entry per person.

Use any quilt layout you’d like!

If you need to download the Charleston fabrics again, you can find them on this page:

Download the Charleston collection for EQ7 here

Submitting Your Quilt

Export a JPEG of your quilt and submit it using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
If you need help doing this, click here for instructions.

Deadline: The challenge will close Monday, August 3rd at 9am EDT.

Prize

And to the winner goes:

fabric

  • A fat quarter bundle of Charleston fabrics!
  • $75 merchandise credit for anything at ElectricQuilt.com! (Excludes online classes at EQ University.)

You may submit your quilt any time before the deadline! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.
Good luck! :)

Jul. 28, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Freehand Tool

The Freehand Tool

Use this tool to trace designs, or draw freehand.

To draw a line

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

2. Click, hold and drag to draw your line.

3. Release the mouse to finish your line.

To draw a patch

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

2. Click, hold and drag to draw your patch.

3. While still holding down the mouse button, hover the cursor over the initial node.

4. Release the mouse to finish your patch.

Tip: Before releasing the mouse button, you can erase a portion of a freehand curve by holding down your keyboard SHIFT key and dragging backwards over the curve.

Adjusting the Freehand Smoothness
The Freehand tool is a great way to trace images and guides. The Freehand tool uses Bezier curves. They are made up of several nodes which determine the smoothness and accuracy of the drawing. The more nodes created by the curve, the choppier the drawing can be. Fewer nodes create smoother curves and segments.

To adjust the smoothness settings, click the Drawing Board Setup  button on the Precision Bar, or click Block on the top menu bar, then choose Drawing Board Setup. You can make the adjustments under PatchDraw > Freehand, Rectangle, Ellipse.


• 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 Freehand Tool) and then print as normal.

Jul. 28, 2015

20% off all Boutique Products!

A lot of our EQ Boutique Quilt Patterns now include EQ7 projects!
See all of the Quilt Patterns here!

All of our EQ Boutique collections are 20% off!
See them all here!

Sale ends July 30, 2015. Use code SAVE20.

Jul. 25, 2015

Close to Syracuse, NY? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Jul. 21, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – Drawing Board Options

Drawing Board Options

The Drawing Board Setup dialog lets you customize the Block worktable settings. After choosing Drawing Board Setup from the BLOCK menu, the Drawing Board Setup dialog appears. You can also display the Drawing Board Setup by clicking the button  on the Precision Bar.

General

Block Size Type the size you want for the block. Allowable range is 1-200.

Snap Grid
Grid Display: Choose small grid dots or large grid dots. Click the drop-down list to Select a color for grid dots.

Rectangular Grid: Click the right and left arrows to change the number of grid points on the horizontal axis and on the vertical axis. Allowable range is 4-200.

PatchDraw (Pieced tab) Special Grids: Check Use a non-rectangular grid if you want to use one of the grid options in the drop-down menu. If you check this option, the Select a grid style drop-down will become enabled. Click the down arrow to display the grid options. Click to choose the one you want to use. Based on the type of grid chosen, you can change the dimensions or rings and spokes. Click the right and left arrows to change these numbers.

Tolerance Area These numbers affect the size of the area for “selecting” objects using various tools.

Selecting with the Shape Tool: These two entries adjust the area or region, in pixels, surrounding a node or segment when using the Shape tool. In other words, if this number is at 5 and you have your mouse 15 pixels away from the node when you click, EQ won’t select the node. If you are within 5 pixels, EQ will select the node. This feature gives you the ability to set the number small when doing fine, tedious drawings. In general you will probably want this number big. Allowable values are 3-10 for a node and 5-20 for a segment.

Selecting with the Pick Tool: Enter a number for Area around the 4-arrow image for moving to increase or decrease the area surrounding the move cursor. Allowable values are 5-20.

Selecting with the Thread Tools: Enter a number for Area around a segment for applying thread color to adjust the area, in pixels, surrounding a segment making the thread tools more or less sensitive when applying thread color. In general, you will probably want this number big. Allowable values are 5-20.

Display
Guide Color: Click the drop-down list to Select a color for guides for the pieced layer, applique layer and for editing in PatchDraw.

Rulers: Check Show rulers on drawing board to display rulers on the Block worktable.

Nudge Settings: Click the drop-down menu to set the Precision Bar nudge increments. This option allows you to choose the increments that the Precision Bar will use to nudge an object when you’re adjusting its size or position. Each click of an arrow on the Precision Bar will nudge the number by the amount set here. Allowable values are 1/32″ – 1″. The default is one quarter inch (0.25).

Layer Icons: Check Provide icons to show and hide block layers to place a light bulb image on the tabs. When the light bulb is clicked, it will turn the current layer on or off. You’ll know the layer is off when the light bulb is gray, and you’ll know the layer is on when the light bulb is yellow or lit up. You’ll find this feature useful when drawing PatchDraw blocks or EasyDraw + PatchDraw blocks. If you turn off the current layer, it will automatically turn back on as soon as you click on the worktable.

Graph Pad Graph paper is used as a visual design aid to help locate where to place design elements. It should not be confused with the Snap Grid, which is used to snap design segments to precise locations.

Graph Paper Options: Check Show graph paper to display the graph paper on the worktable. Click the drop-down menu to Select a graph paper color.

Number of Graph Paper Divisions: Enter a number or click the left and right arrows to change the numbers for cells wide and cells high in your graph paper. Allowable range is 2-48.

EasyDraw

Snapping
Check Snap to grid to force segments to behave like magnets snapping to the nearest grid point when you release the mouse.

Check Snap to nodes of drawing to force a segment to snap to a node of an already drawn segment. The node is not required to be on a grid point.

Check Snap to lines and arcs of drawing to force a segment to snap to the lines or arcs of a drawing.

Enter a number in Snap sensitivity in pixels to change the sensitivity area.

If Snap to nodes of drawing or Snap to lines and arcs of drawing is checked, this number represents the range in pixels for the snapping to take place. For example, if the sensitivity is set at 10, the cursor must be within 10 pixels of a node, line or arc for it to snap. If the cursor is outside of this range, the segment will start or stop where it is dropped instead of snapping. Suggested value is 5. Allowable range is 4-10.

Customization
EasyDraw Node Size: Click to select Display small nodes or Display large nodes.

EasyDraw Node Select: Click to select whether you want to Select a single node when editing, or to Select all the nodes at a given point when editing.

Smallest Drawn Object: EasyDraw requires lines and arcs to intersect one another so EQ can turn the objects into a patches. Because the computer is capable of drawing and saving extremely small segments, it does not mean that the resulting patches that get created are practical to actually sew. The two entries here have suggested values that we have found useful for drawing. If you are trying to draw something extremely complicated, reducing these numbers may be helpful. If you have difficulty drawing and want to force EQ to force you to draw longer lines, then try increasing these numbers to the upper range. Unless you’re working on something specific, we suggest that you just leave these values at the default settings.

PatchDraw

Options
Snapping Options: Check Snap to grid of worktable to make lines or curves start on a grid point when you begin dragging and snap to a grid point when you release the mouse.

Check Snap whole patch to grid to make patches snap to the grid. The node that gets snapped to the grid is the node that is closest to a grid point.

Check Snap to node of drawing to automatically snap to an existing node if it finds one within the range set in the Sensitivity box. Allowable range is 4-10.

Check Auto snap aligned segments to make lines that are the same length snap on top of one another. It is important to position the lines directly across from one another to see them snap on top of one another. If one line is higher or lower than the other, the snapping will not occur. The distance for snapping is determined by the number you set in the Sensitivity box. Allowable range is 4-10.

Smallest Drawn Object: Since the computer is capable of drawing very small segments, it is possible to accidentally click your mouse using PatchDraw and create a segment that you did not intend to draw. These setting will help you avoid these unwanted segments. Suggested value is 200. Allowable range is 100-900.

Join and Fill Options: Check Auto join when drawing to make lines or curves automatically join (connect) to one another as you draw or as you edit.

Check Auto fill when patch is closed to fill all closed patches with a cream color, indicating it is a closed patch.

Freehand, Rectangle, Ellipse
Freehand Default Settings: Move the slider bar left or right to change how the Freehand tool draws. The closer the slider bar is to Better Fit, the more nodes created when you draw. This will require a lot of editing, but will make your drawing more accurate. The closer the slider is to Looser Fit, the fewer nodes created when you draw. This will create a smoother drawing with less editing. See Adjusting the Freehand Smoothness.

Rectangle Default Settings: Click to select whether you want the Rectangle tool to draw a Rectangle with squared off corners, or a Rounded Rectangle with custom corners. If you choose Rounded Rectangle, the corner numbers will become enabled. Use the left and right arrows to change the roundedness of each corner. See the Rectangle Tool.

Ellipse Default Settings: Click to select whether you want the Ellipse tool to draw an Ellipse, Pie or Arc. If you choose Pie or Arc, use the left and right arrows to change the Starting angle and the Ending angle. See the Ellipse Tool.

Stroke and Swath
Brush Stroke Default Settings: Use these options to change how the Brush Stroke draws.
Click the Contour drop-down menu to choose the style of the stroke.
Click the End Cap drop-down menu to choose the stroke end.
Use the left and right arrows to change the settings for Minimum Width (0-9) and Boldness (1-9).

Swath Default Settings: Use these options to change how the Swath draws.
Click the Contour drop-down menu to choose the style of the stroke.
Click the Style drop-down menu to choose the shape of the style.
Use the left and right arrows to change the settings for Minimum Width (0-9) and Boldness (1-9).


• 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! -  Drawing Board Options) and then print as normal.

Jul. 20, 2015

See us first!

Do you follow us on Facebook?? We use social media to let our customers know about things like

  • FREE projects
  • FREE fabric downloads
  • FREE blocks
  • FREE challenges and contests
  • NEW products
  • BIG sales
  • and lots more!

To follow us, visit our page and click the “Like” button.
(NOTE: If you already follow us on Facebook, you may not be seeing ALL our posts.)
To make sure you never miss a freebie, choose “See First” from the drop-down menu. See the image below for help!

SeeFirst

Feel free to like, comment and share any of our posts! We like feedback :)

On Instagram? Follow us there too!