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Q&A and Book Giveaway!

Posted 06-01-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Contests Q&A

Winner: Kim Wheeler! This contest is now closed. Thanks for participating! Did you see this book in the newest issue of Love of Quilting magazine? It definitely caught my eye! Scrap Quilt Secrets by Diane Knott is a must have. Read about Diane’s expertise with color and scraps and how she uses EQ. EQ: Hi Diane! I noticed your book, Scrap Quilt Secrets, in the newest issue of Love of Quilting. Tell us a bit about it! Diane: Thanks Christine, I’ve been giving quilt presentations and teaching workshops for a few years and I noticed that I kept getting the same questions over and over again. Basically, it seemed like most people wanted to know more about the process or steps I take to create my own bright scrappy quilts designs with hundreds of fabrics in them, from traditional two or three color vintage quilt designs. So I came up

Quick Tip Tuesday – Layout Library

Posted 05-31-2016 by Jenny | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The EQ7 Layout Library contains 541 pre-designed layouts ready to be made into quilts on the Quilt Worktable. Use these layouts as a jumping off point for your quilt designs. For example, if you’d like to make a quilt that’s sized appropriately for a queen-sized bed (but don’t want to think about the math of it), the Layout Library > Basics by Size is a great place to start. The Basics by Style category offers a wide variety of custom set layouts that range from simple medallion quilts to special effect quilts. Click LIBRARIES > Layout Library. The Layout Library is organized into two categories: Basics by Size: This category has quilts ranging in size from California King down to placemats. Each size category contains several layouts — horizontal, on-point, with or without sashing, and so on. When you add and edit one of these layouts to the worktable, you

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #44

Posted 05-29-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I can’t freehand draw,  but I can trace.  I need a drawing image to start with before I begin to digitize.  While watching my grandson create a picture in a dot-to-dot drawing book, it came to me that this is a good way to demonstrate the digitizing principle of ‘pathing’.  Pathing is finding your way around a design in one continuous line so you end up not having any jump stitches in your embroidery.  You can usually do this for the majority of your design.  Any elements not attached to the line will have a jump stitch to those free standing elements. Start by opening your program and being on the stitch worktable. There are many websites on the internet where you can download free dot to dot drawing pages.  Save one to your computer so you can bring it into the EQStitch program as a tracing image.  I found

Quick Tip Tuesday – Tips for Working with Quilting Stencils in EQ7

Posted 05-24-2016 by Jenny | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Stencils can be found in the Block Library under EQ7 Libraries > 07 Stencils. You can also draw your own stencils on the Block Worktable! When designing quilts, you should place your quilting stencils on Layer 3 of the Quilt Worktable. Use the Set Block tool  to set stencils on Layer 3. Drag-and-drop makes setting stencils super easy! Any block that you set on Layer 3 will appear as a stencil and can be colored with the Set Thread tool. After placing the stencil on the quilt use the Adjust tool  to select the stencil. Then use the Graph Pad above the Quilt Worktable to fine tune the placement and sizing of the stencils. Try rotating the stencil 45 degrees (below, left) or reducing the size and repeating multiple times in the same block (below, right). Use the Set Thread tool  to make changes to the color, style and weight

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #43

Posted 05-22-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

You can take the simplest of designs and create a different look by using texture. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing board options icon on the properties bar. In the drawing options box, click on the embroidery edge settings and set the edge to a steil stitch with the maximum width of 10 mm and no underlay stitches. Click OK in the bottom of the box. Click on the drawing board icon again and set the embroidery fill settings to no fill stitches and click on the OK in the bottom of the box. Click/hold the oval tool to get the fly out menu.  Select the circle from the menu. Move the cursor over to the hoop area and while holding down the control key on the keyboard, click/hold/drag/release a perfect circle

Quick Tip Tuesday – Designing for Pre-Cuts in EQ7

Posted 05-17-2016 by Jenny | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

In EQ7, you are working with finished sizes. When planning your patch/block sizes in EQ7, subtract ½” from the pre-cut size to account for seam allowance. For example, if you want to make a strip quilt using a Jelly Roll (2.5” x 44”), set your strip size to 2” x 43.5”. The same concept applies to block design. Let’s say you want to use a Mini Charm Pack (2.5” x 2.5”) to make this Double Irish Chain block: First, subtract ½” from each dimension of the Mini Charm Pack, giving you the finished size of the patch- 2” x 2”. This block is 5 squares wide and 5 squares tall, so multiply the finished patch size by 5 to find the finished block size. Finished Block Size: 2” x 5 = 10” The math for half-square triangle units is a little different. For HST units, subtract 7/8” from the pre-cut

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #42

Posted 05-15-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I have a challenge for you.  Think of an era of time and what symbols you imagine that automatically relate to that time period.  Consider the 1950′s.  That was a time of the big explosion of rock and roll music, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, juke boxes, dancing the jive, drive-in movie theaters, and so much more.  When you see these icons you automatically think of the 1950′s era.  Now take just the years’ numerals and create a design using those numbers only.  I chose 1953. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. I choose to work on the aqpplique worktable because I can do both embroidery and applique on this one worktable. Make sure you have all your tools added to the toolbar. Click on the text tool to select it.  Move the cursor

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