Today I’d like to introduce you to our last (but definitely not least!) EQ Academy teacher, Barb Vlack! Barb has been a part of the EQ family almost as long as Dean & Penny! If you’ve ever participated in one of our monthly Club EQ challenges, you’ll recognize Barb as the club leader who has inspired EQ users worldwide to learn more about the software for more than 20 years. Barb has been a user of the Electric Quilt software since version 1 was introduced in 1991 and has helped in the development of several versions of EQ as a beta tester and as a “Can-you-do-this?” idea person. She has authored three books published by The Electric Quilt Company: Too Much Fun! (1997), EQ4 Magic (1999), and EQ5 Quilt Design (2003). She also contributed to the EQ with Me: Quilt Design book. For Heroes by Barb Vlack, Designed for ClubEQ challenge,
Being creative is a step by step process. Your finished creation is a testament to your thoughtful care in developing your imagined project. Everyone approaches how they create differently. The creative process is unique to you. Which tools you choose to use, what colors you determine your creation to have, and the many layers of texture all help to express your thoughts on design. The EQ7/EQStitch program gives us such great flexibility that we can design anything we can imagine. Sometimes when I just need inspiration, I simply look at all the designs in the EQ Libraries and then choose something I can combine or edit in order to create my own unique designs for machine embroidery. While browsing the libraries I often have an idea hatch into an embroidery design. Launch your EQStitch program from your desktop. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon at the top of
Recently, I came across some really astonishing quilts and just had to find out if they were designed in EQ! I contacted Amy Krasnansky, the designer of these quilts, and as it turns out, she IS an EQ user! Amy Krasnansky began quilting in five minute increments snatched while tending her toddler son fifteen years ago. After covering her household, friends, and family with quilts, she began entering them in shows and contests. She has designed quilts for Quilter’s World magazine and the book Quilts Made With Rulers. Her quilt Time Flies But We Take the Train won grand prize in the Grand Central Terminal Centennial contest, and her quilt Do You See What I See? was recently declared a finalist in the National Quilt Museum’s 25th Anniversary contest. She works part-time as a software engineer and lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children. For more of her
Marlene Oddie (one of our EQ Artists) is wrapping up Island Batik’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Blog Hop with a great post on her blog today! Marlene used EQ Heidi’s Heartfelt Holiday free download as a jumping off point for her quilt. Click here to download the project file for Heidi’s quilt (compatible with EQ7, EQ6, and Quilt Design Wizard). It’s never too early to start a Christmas quilt, right? Marlene’s quilting is really spectacular. Here’s just a peek at the beautiful quilting on her design: Visit Marlene’s blog to see the full quilt reveal! I especially love the border detail. And if you visit today (3/4/2016), you can enter in the fabric giveaway!
We’ve been introducing each of our EQ Academy teachers here on the blog in anticipation of our first 2016 workshop coming up in April. You’ve met Christa Watson and Yvonne Menear. Now it’s time to get to know our good friend Mary Ellen Kranz a little better! Mary Ellen has sewn and quilted since childhood. She found her career path in computers but continued to pursue quiltmaking. Twenty years of experience teaching computer technologies provided her with an understanding of how PCs, printers, scanners and digital cameras could blend together in the process of creating fiber art. As a quiltmaker, teacher and author, Mary Ellen Kranz shares her knowledge of how to combine quilting, digital photography, and computer software with quiltmakers across the country. Her quilts appear in shows and galleries and reflect a broad range of quiltmaking skills and techniques. Patten Pond, Quilt: Mary Ellen Kranz, Quilting: Cheryl Hayes
Fabric When you import fabric EQ7 repeats the image over and over again. (That’s why cropping to the repeat is important.) Fabric not cropped to repeat Fabric cropped to repeat Here is how you import fabric… Click LIBRARIES > Fabric Library Click Import > From Image Files. The Import from Fabric Scans dialog box will be displayed. Click the drop-down list next to Files of type. Choose the image type in which the files are saved. Leaving the option on Image Files will display all image types at once. Click the drop-down list next to Look in. Navigate to find the folder containing the fabric scans you wish to import. The fabric files will display in the dialog box. Click to select the files you want to import. You can multiple-select by holding the Shift key and selecting a range of files, or by holding the Ctrl key and clicking
The first of our two 2016 EQ Academy events is coming up in April in Perrysburg, Ohio and we’re introducing each of our teachers here on the blog. A few days ago, we featured Christa Watson. Now it’s time to get to know Yvonne Menear! We’re happy to have Yvonne joining us for the second time as the EQStitch instructor at EQ Academy. She literally wrote the book on EQStitch and was our #1 beta tester during the development of the embroidery plug-in for EQ7! Yvonne is a familiar face here on the blog with her weekly Sunday Stitch posts that share lots of great EQStitch tips and inspiration. She’s also the moderator of the EQStitch Yahoo Group and has a very busy teaching schedule that includes in-person classes and retreats, as well as online classes at EQ University. Yvonne says: “When I was a little girl, my teenage babysitter