There are many design tools available to us in the EQ7/EQStitch program, but not all tools are available on every worktable. That does not mean we can’t use them all in one way or another to design in EQStitch. The drawing tools are simply that–they draw our artwork for quilting or embroidery. We simply take the artwork from one worktable and paste it into the EQStitch worktable and apply our stitches from there. See if you can figure out which worktable and which tool I used to create this embroidery design below. Tip–This entire design was created with one tool and one stroke only of the cursor moving over the drawing page. Things to remember when creating your designs- 1. The size of the hoop area may make your detailed artwork very difficult to actually stitch. Make sure you choose your hoop size with thought to how it will actually
Download one of Art Gallery’s newest collections for free: Denim Prints! How to link to your EQ7: 1. Download the file: Denim Prints by Art Gallery Fabrics 2. Find the file in your Downloads folder. (If you’re on a Mac, open that file in Finder.) 3. Copy and Paste that file to My Documents>My EQ7> User folder That’s it! Now open EQ7 and view the Fabric Library. Select “My Library” and there, you’ll see the Art Gallery Denim Studio Collection! Enjoy!
The first of our two EQ Academy Workshops is fast approaching and we can’t wait to see you all in person! The April 21-23 workshop will be held in Perrysburg, Ohio and we have four wonderful teachers ready to show you the ins and outs of EQ7 and EQStitch.Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be profiling each of our teachers so you can get to know them better. First up is Christa Watson! This will be Christa’s first time teaching at EQ Academy and we’re so happy to have her join us this year! Christa has been designing original quilts and class samples since the early days of EQ4. We first “met” Christa when she emailed EQ to tell us that she had used EQ7 to design a quilt that would be featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of Quilty. We’re always so excited to see
Here are some things we recommend users look at, so they get the most out of their program: Watch the Videos 1. Open EQ7 2. Click Close to close the Tip of the Day. 3. Click Cancel at the next [Open/New] box. 4. Click VIDEOS on the top menu bar and choose a video to watch. Learn from the Lessons 1. Click HELP > EQ Lessons (PDFs). 2. Under QUILTS > print and do each lesson. 3. Under PRINTING > print and do each lesson. We recommend saving other lessons until you’re ready to draw or work with photos. Look at the other How-To Instructions You’ll find steps for making Quilt Labels, Bargello Quilts, Drawing New York Beauty Blocks and lots more. 1. Click HELP > How do I?… Check these fun steps out. They answer many often-asked “how-to” questions. Use Dynamic Help 1. Click on the tool with the
Sometimes I need to clear my head and try not to think of anything at the moment. This is why adult coloring books are so popular. The new Zentangle drawing process is another way of just enjoying drawing nothing in particular and creating something spectacular in the process. I often open my software program and choose a tool or two and just start doodling. Adding to the shapes by using the wreathmaker (my favorite) tool and using the clone tool can start to create something special. Using the other functions of flipping, rotating, re-sizing, and changing the background color all adds to the design. Sometimes I am so satisfied with the doodling that I actually stop and stitch it out to use in a project down the road. If I don’t have time to stitch it, I can always export the image and print it onto fabric to sew later.
EQ7 saves your projects as “.PJ7″ files on a folder on your computer. Unless you’ve specified somewhere else, all your projects will be in the PJ7 folder, found here: (My) Documents > My EQ7 > PJ7 Why is this important? If you want to send a project to a friend, transfer projects to a new computer or backup your files you’ll need to know where they are located. It’s also a good idea to compress the files first, so that they are smaller. Open your project in EQ7. Click File > Compress Project File Size… Choose either Delete unused blocks, fabrics, embellishment, pictures and thread or Delete unused fabrics only Click OK Your file is now compressed. If you want to email an EQ7 project to a friend… Navigate to (My) Documents > My EQ7 > PJ7 and then attach it to your email If you want to transfer files
Do you listen to the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast with Pat Sloan? I was a guest on her last show! Listen in to hear all about EQ and our 25th Anniversary giveaways! There are also other great guests on her show with helpful tips and fun interviews! Tune in on Mondays for the live show or listen all her shows here! For more information about our 25th Anniversary and giveaways, click here!