Mar. 24, 2015

Gorgeous Star Block Collections for EQ7

Two day sale on select Star EQ Boutique block libraries! Use code STAR2015 for 20% savings. Click here to see the star block collections available.

Discount applies only to select Boutique star block collections. Offer ends Wednesday, March 25 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Mar. 24, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Applique Text Tool

Set Applique Text Tool

Use this tool to add applique text to your quilt.

You may not see the Set Applique Text  Tool on your screen.
If not, here is how to get it:

1. Click the Customize Toolbar    tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen.

2. Click Add/Remove Buttons…

3. Choose Set Applique Text  from the list.

How to use the Random Recolor Tool

1. Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of your screen.

2. Click the Set Applique Text  Tool.

3. Position your mouse cursor over the quilt.

4. Hold down the keyboard SHIFT key.

5. Click hold and drag diagonally to form a small box on the quilt.

6. Release the mouse. The box will re-size to a small box with a flashing cursor.

7. Type your word or phrase. Use ENTER key on your keyboard to put text on the next line.

8. Use the Applique Text box to select the typeface, size and style of your text.

9. Click the Paintbrush   tool to change the color of your text.

Note: You can use the Adjust  tool to resize, rotate and move your text. However if you decide to change one of the text settings in the Applique Text box, like the font style, the Adjust settings will be lost and you’ll need to reapply them.

The Set Applique Text tool is only available on Layer 2.

Applique Text Basics:

  • When you click on the Set Applique Text  tool the first time, EQ will read through the list of TrueType fonts (typefaces) on your computer and load those fonts into the palette. The first time this happens you may experience a bit of a delay as EQ reads the fonts, depending on the number of fonts installed on your computer.
  • The default text color is white if you do not already have a fabric or solid selection made.
  • All formatting characteristics are applied to the entire text box. If you want different typefaces, sizes or styles for text, you need to create separate text boxes for each.
  • Some formatting styles (bold and italic) are specific to different typefaces. If you remove this style from your text using one of these typefaces, the text will disappear.
  • You cannot copy and paste text within a text box. Everything needs to be typed or deleted using the Delete or the Backspace keys on your keyboard. You may copy and paste entire text boxes using the Adjust tool, however.
  • Once the Set Applique Text tool is deselected, the text box is converted into an applique block. This allows the text box to be replaced with any type of block by using the Set Block and Set Photo tools.


Mar. 19, 2015

Peel & Stick is so fun! Don’t miss this one day sale!

Mar. 17, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Random Recolor Tool

Random Recolor Tool

Use this tool to try out different color schemes on your quilt.

You may not see the Random Recolor  tool on your screen. If not, here is how to get it:

1. Click the Customize Toolbar    tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen.

2. Click Add/Remove Buttons…

3. Choose Random Recolor  from the list.

How to use the Random Recolor Tool

1. Design and color your quilt with fabrics or solids.

2. Click Add to Sketchbook  to save this version. You may want to go back to it later.

3. Click the Random Recolor tool.

4. Choose an option in the dialog.

Shift Hue  – hue is what makes something red, green, or blue.

Saturation – could be described as purity of color. High saturation would be very rich colors, whereas low saturation would look washed out. The saturation is changed by adding or subtracting gray.

Brightness – refers to the intensity of color. A high brightness would have a lot of white, a low brightness more black.

Randomize – Choosing Randomize will replace all the colors in the quilt with a different color from the current palette. As it does this, EQ will keep track of the colors used and try to prevent duplication. However, the more you click with the Random Recolor tool set to Randomize, the more you may notice the colors “collapse” and you may find that what once were different colors are now the same color in the quilt. The more colors you have in your Sketchbook the better the results.

Map to Colors – This feature will replace each fabric or color with the closest color in the current palette. If a fabric is being replaced, closeness means closest to the fabric’s average color. Using Map to Colors after shifting any of the  values will change the calculated colors to colors from the current palette.

Map to Fabrics – This feature works just like Map to Colors except it replaces each color with the closest fabric from the current palette. Closeness for fabric is measured using the fabric’s average color.

Tolerance – the distance EQ will look when making a replacement between the actual color and potential replacements.

5. Click directly on the quilt. The quilt will change based on the adjustments you made.

6. Continue to click to see different variations. Be sure to click the Add to Sketchbook tool to save any colorations you like.

7. Click Add to Sketchbook to save your quilt.

The Random Recolor tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2.

Here are some examples of “Randomized’ quilts. They are not all gorgeous, but they certainly can provide inspiration for some wonderful color schemes.

the original

 

Tip: Not sure which fabrics will work best for your quilt? Then color your quilt in solids first, then click the Random Recolor tool, and choose  Map to fabrics. EQ7 uses the fabrics in your sketchbook to color your quilt! The more fabrics you have in your sketchbook, the better the results usually are. (click on each quilt for a closer look)

Mar. 16, 2015

If you made just one quilt block a day…

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Discount only applies to BlockBase. BlockBase is only available for Windows® operating systems. Click here to learn about using with EQ7 for Mac.

Offer ends March 17, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Mar. 14, 2015

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Enjoy Pi(e) Day with this cute free EQ7 download! (Requires EQ7)

Mar. 13, 2015

2-Week Block Design Challenge for Everyone!


Congratulations to our winners:

LR

Linda Remley – (EQ7 Entry)


PK

Piotr Kowalczyk (Non-EQ7 Entry)


A big thank you to Michael Miller Fabrics and all who participated in this challenge! Wow, did we have a hard time choosing just 2 winners – there were SO many amazing designs! We love seeing your talent! Scroll down to view all the creative entries.

Sign up for EQ newsletters to find out about the next design challenge!

Winners: Please look for an email from me (ChristineKohler@electricquilt.com) so we can get your EQ products and Michael Miller fabric to you!

Thanks again for participating :)


MM


Challenge ended 3/11 at 9am EDT.

Don’t have EQ7? Win one!

This block design challenge is open to everyone! All you have to do is design a block using fabrics from Michael Miller’s Fiesta collection and submit it by Wednesday, March 11th!

Challenge Rules

Design a block using whatever method you’d like and color it with Fiesta fabrics. (Draw and color it on graph paper, design it using other software, etc.) You may also use 1 solid color if you’d like.
Submit an image/photo of your block using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
(One entry per person.)

View the Fiesta collection here

EQ7 users:

Create your block in EQ7 and color it with Fiesta fabrics using the free download below. You may also use 1 solid color if you’d like. Export a JPEG of your block and submit it using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
(One entry per person.)

Download the Fiesta collection for EQ7 here

Submitting Your Block

You may submit a photo or image of your block whenever you’d like using the Link Up at the bottom of this blog post.

The challenge will close Wednesday, March 11th at 9am EST.
Winners will be announced Friday, March 13th.

Here’s how to create an image of your block if you are using EQ7:
(If you are not using EQ7 and need help submitting, simply take photo of your design and upload it.)

  1. With your block design on the Block Worktable, click FILE > Export Image.
  2. In the Export Image box, next to Save in, navigate to the folder where you’d like to save the image. Next to File Name, type a name for your file.  For Save as type, choose JPEG files.
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  3. In the Export Image File of Block box, input these settings:
    Dimensions: type in the width and height you used to design the block
    Resolution: 150 dots per inch
    UNcheck Outline patches and Outline blocks
    JPEG Quality: 100
  4. Click OK.

Prizes

There will be two winners: One from the EQ7 submissions and one from the non-EQ7 submissions.

MMfabricThe EQ7 block design winner will receive an EQ Prize pack of their choice, a 10-yard bundle of Fiesta fabrics and coordinating Cotton Couture Fabrics and a Cotton Couture color ring from Michael Miller Fabrics!

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The non-EQ7 block design winner will receive the Electric Quilt 7 design software (available for PC or Mac), a 10-yard bundle of Fiesta fabrics and coordinating Cotton Couture Fabrics and a Cotton Couture color ring from Michael Miller Fabrics!

Start designing now. Two weeks will go by fast!

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Good luck :)