Sometimes less is more. You can design overall projects using only a few different shapes. Start with three simple shapes and then move your hoop from place to place to create an overall scene with the basic shapes. Open the EQStitch program and search the libraries for the shapes you want to use. I chose an oak leaf, a pumpkin and an acorn. Add the shapes to the sketchbook. Open the shapes on the block worktable (where they were created), and copy/ paste them to the stitch worktable to be able to use them in the embroidery machine. Do this for each shape separately rather than combining all the elements on one stitch worktable. Save each of the design elements to the sketchbook. Add the stitch properties you want for your basic shapes and then export them in the file format you need for your machine. I did a
We just got back to Ohio from our EQ Academy in Denver, Colorado. This was our first time hosting an EQ Academy away from home (Perrysburg, Ohio) and was it ever FUN!! …And memorable! Some of my favorite moments include the incredible views of the Rocky Mountains, the awesome computer labs (with comfy chairs!) at the Greenwood Plaza Triad, the yummy snacks in the break room, the creative row quilt Barb’s students designed together, all the blocks Kari’s students were learning to trace, quilt shop hopping, the Broncos kicking off the NFL season with a win, dining out, seeing some firemen in uniform , taking the Light Rail downtown and of course, watching what all our students were designing in EQ7! It was so fun being able to meet so many talented quilters. Our EQ users (and teachers) are awesome!!! Pictures from the 3-day workshop are below. Students: A BIG
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner: Marie Werner! Thanks for participating! Find out who’s sponsoring our next contest here. Welcome to the ninth 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: Contest closes on Sunday, September 25th at 9am ET. Winner will be announced Monday, September 26th. September Featured Sponsor: Andover Fabrics! They’ve provided the full collection of Handcrafted Patchwork by Alison Glass. 18 fat quarters!! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: Which best describes you? A. I like to design my own quilts. B. I like to use a pattern someone else has designed. Wait, there’s more - Win an EQ7 on Andover’s blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the
We are excited to announce that EQ and Craftsy are working together to promote a Craftsy class with the extremely talented EQ Artist and best-selling author, Kimberly Einmo. Kimberly is a long-time Electric Quilt designer and friend. Because of her continued support, we are happy to share her online class with you at 50% off! Enroll today in Kimberly’s Magical Jelly Roll Quilts online Craftsy class and save 50%! Sew beautiful quilts that come together with ease, using precuts, yardage or fabrics from your stash. Kimberly uses templates and rulers to make cutting, piecing, appliqué and machine quilting easy and fun! Make one of five included patterns, or use what you learn to create your own designs. Kimberly will share her techniques for invisible and contrasting thread machine appliqué. Learn how to create flying geese units, stars, checkerboards and more. Gain the confidence to combine fabrics, experiment with color and
From user: LINDA JONES Linda wanted to use the same colors in several different quilts, and wanted a way to find the same colors again. She found a way to make it easy. Linda saved the 9-patch with the colors she wanted. Then she designed the new quilt she wanted to color. She *temporarily* placed the colored 9-patch into a square on a side of her new quilt (you could actually put it into another shape patch if you don’t have any rectangles). Then Linda did all the color manipulations she wanted until her quilt was all colored. When she was finished, she just replaced the 9-patch with the block that was supposed to be there. If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support and we will be happy to help!
What if you want to add text to a block? The Set Applique Text tool only works on the Quilt worktable. If you need to add text to your block you can do it this way: Set your block into a one block quilt. 1 WORKTABLE > Work on Quilt. 2 QUILT > New Quilt > Horizontal. 3 Click the Layout tab (at the bottom). 4 Make “Number of blocks” Hor and Ver both be: 1 5 Click the Borders tab (at the bottom). 6 Click the Delete button to delete the border. 7 Click the Layer 1 tab. 8 Click the Set Block tool > set your block into the quilt. It will now look like one large quilt block, with no border around it. 9 Right-click the right-hand toolbar > choose Add/Remove buttons > click the Set Applique Text tool if it is not checked. This will add this
Applique is the easiest way to create large areas of a design. Adding embroidery onto, inserted into, and embellished around applique fabrics will increase the interest in the design. Also, it makes the sewing at the machine go so much faster when the large areas are applique fabrics. Filling every area with stitches takes time and isn’t always necessary to make a nice design. Open your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Use the shape tools and make a simple drawing of a flower with a stem and leaves. Click on the fabric tab and add fabric to all of the elements. Click on the stitch tab and assign the edge stitches of your choice with the set applique edge tool. Color the stitches with the set thread tool. Add the design to