Aug. 05, 2015

EQStitch and related products are 25% off!

See all of the EQStitch products here!

Sale ends August 6, 2015. Use code 8Stitch.

Aug. 04, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Shape Tool

The Shape Tool

The Shape tool allows you to edit and change the shape of patches by moving nodes to reshape the patch, as well as adding nodes to line segments.

To Change the Shape of the Patch:
1. Position the mouse over a node.

2. Click on the node with your left mouse button, hold and drag it to a new location.

Double-click on a segment to add a note.    Click, hold and drag the node to a new location.


The Pieced layer of the PatchDraw worktable is permanently set to Snap to Grid. When you are moving nodes on the worktable, you will notice the node snapping to the closest grid point.

Be sure that your patches don’t overlap one another. You may find it just as easy to redraw a block than to edit an existing block.

To Add and Delete Nodes:
1. Position the mouse over a line segment.

2. Double-click with the left mouse button to add a node.

3. Click on the new node with your left mouse button, hold and drag it to a new location.

To delete a newly added node, double-click the node again.
Double-click on a segment to add a node.     Click, hold and drag the node to a new location.

• If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.
• To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday! -  The Shape Tool) and then print as normal.

Aug. 04, 2015

Charleston Quilt Challenge – Winner!

So we asked our Charleston block-challenge participants to design a quilt using their original block… and boy did they come up with some fantastic designs!!

As usual, EQ7 users make it so difficult for us to choose a winner. We are so impressed with their talents!

The winning quilt design* belongs to….. Adrienne Quinlan! Congratulations!

Adrienne’s quilt design:


Honorable Mentions:



Martha Peterman


Kelly Grace


To see all the quilt entries, view the original challenge post here.
To see all the block entries, click here.

Thanks so much to all who participated, we hope to see future entries from all of you! :) Congratulations to our winner and honorable mentions. Stay tuned to the blog for future challenges.
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*The staff at EQ, along with Timeless Treasures chose the winner based on creativity, effectiveness of fabric use and adherence to rules.

Aug. 03, 2015

Free fabric download – MINIONS!


Fabrics of the Month: 1 in a Minion by Quilting Treasures

Click here to download this collection for your EQ7 now!

Aug. 02, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch Blog #1

Although EQStitch was designed for the beginner level using auto digitizing, it can indeed create some pretty amazing works of art with just the simplest tools.

1.  Launch your EQStitch program

2.  Click on the ‘stitch worktable’ icon at the top of the screen

3.  Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery


 4.  On the toolbar at the left side of the screen, click on the little black arrow at the bottom.

In the pop up menu box, click on the words ‘add/remove buttons’

Place a check mark in front of all the tools by clicking on them.

         Click anywhere on a white space of the screen to close the box

 5.  Click on the ‘drawing board options’ box on the object properties bar at the top of the screen.

In the drawing board options box under the ‘stitch’ heading, set the embroidery edge stitches to ‘no stitch’ and the embroidery fill setting to a ‘smooth’ fill stitch.


 Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ at the bottom of the box to set the drawing properties.

6.  Click on the ‘brush stroke’ tool to select it.

 7.  On the stroke properties bar at the top of the screen, click on the down arrow next to contour and end cap to select the style of stroke you want to create.



8.  Move the cursor over to the drawing board and click/hold/drag/release to create a few squiggle lines on one side of the worktable only.

 9.  Click on EDIT>Select All

 This selects all the lines you drew and groups them as one object.

 10.  With lines all selected, click on the ‘clone selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

A second copy of the design will appear on the worktable.

 11.  Click on the ‘flip left and right’ icon on the multiple select property bar.

12.  Click on the ‘pick tool’ to select it.  Move the cursor over the crosshairs on the cloned copy and click/hold/drag it to the opposite side of the worktable aligning it with the first image.


13.  Click on EDIT>Select All

Click on the ‘center selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

The entire object will now be centered on the worktable.

   Add to sketchbook

14.  Click on the ‘stitch tab’ at the bottom of the screen.  The design is filled automatically with the smooth stitches and no outline that we set as the properties in the drawing board options box.

15.  Click on the ‘set thread’ icon on the toolbar at the right to see the color palette.

       Click on any color to select it.  Move the cursor over to the stitch design and click once to set the new colors.

   Add to sketchbook

16.   Click on STITCHING>Export Stitching File


Name your file and select your file extension for your own embroidery machine.

  Click on ‘SAVE’

 17.  Send the files to your machine and stitch the design.  Here is what I created using the squiggle designs.  This is my entry into the silent auction for the Houston Quilt Festival 2015.


Jul. 30, 2015

Q&A with Sandi Feenstra

Sandi's Finished Quilt

We love to see what our users create with EQ7! EQ user, Sandi Feenstra reached out to us via social media to tell us about a quilt she had just finished. She sent us a photo of her EQ7-designed quilt (pictured left). It measures 60″ x 78″ and is made up of 875 2.5″ squares! I thanked Sandi for reaching out to us and asked her a few questions… 

EQ: Thanks so much for posting your EQ7 project on social media! We LOVE seeing EQ users’ creations! What was your inspiration for this quilt?
Sandi: I saw a picture of an “Around the World” quilt and knew I wanted one.  This project began when I was lucky enough to discover candy squares of a popular Moda fabric collection reduced 50%.

EQ: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into quilting. 
Sandi: My husband retired 3 years ago and moved us to Green Bay, WI.  Being in a new environment I needed a  hobby to occupy my free time.  The only sewing machine I’d ever owned was a 45 year-old Singer. Once I purchased my new machine I started shopping in the local quilt shops, sewing machine stores and attending local sewing parties.  I met three very lovely ladies who were  all into quilting who helped me as I’d never made a quilt before.  I also researched quilting styles and designs online and joined a few Facebook sewing and quilting groups.

Sandi's EQ7 Design

EQ: How did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to purchase it?
Sandi: In a Facebook group I belong to, a member mentioned EQ.  I researched the product and was disappointed that it was not available for Apple computers.  I continued to read about it but being a loyal MAC gal thought I was just out of luck.  Finally, EQ announced the EQ7 would be released for MAC.  I knew then I would purchase the software.  Besides, my husband had purchased several musical instruments and we have a standing “quid pro quo” arrangement…better known as “you buy something; I get to buy something.”


EQ: How has the program changed your designing capabilities? 
Sandi: Before EQ7 I used graph paper and colored pencils to design a few quilts. With EQ7, the process is no longer tedious, rather it’s  fun. It’s like a game. I currently have over 300 virtual quilts completed (I doubt I’ll finish all of them).

EQ: Did you teach yourself how to use EQ7 or did you use additional resources? 
Sandi: I watched the video lessons and completed the quilt lessons.  I joined the EQ7 Facebook page and started playing with the program.  It is easy to follow.  I love the startup tips every time I open the program.

EQ: What about the software do you find most beneficial?  
Sandi: Being able to decide the finished size and print the fabric requirements for the quilt is beneficial.  I also love the ability to upload fabrics in my stash and use them when picking the fabrics for my quilts.

EQ: Any plans for future EQ7 projects? 
Sandi: I would never start a quilt without first plotting the design in EQ7, printing a picture of my project and the fabric yardage requirements.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Sandi! Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your quilt or your design process?
Sandi: I sew quilts  for fun, family and friends.   I love designing virtual quilts when I do not have  time to be in the sewing room. I have met wonderful friends who share quilting as a hobby in Green Bay and I design quilt projects for them using  EQ7.

A big thanks to Sandi Feenstra for doing this interview with me. Stay tuned to see the next EQ-designed quilt we come across – it might be yours! :)

Jul. 29, 2015


[This quilt challenge is closed. See who won here!]


We are so impressed with all the fantastic blocks submitted! As always, you make it so hard to select just one.

The winning block for the Charleston challenge belongs to: Carole Carter! Congratulations Carole!

Carole’s block:

Carole's Block

Honorable Mentions:

Ria Klopper

Ria Klopper

Marque McKay

Marque McKay

Adrienne Quinlan

Adrienne Quinlan

Sheri Lesh

Sheri Lesh

Thanks so much to all who participated. To see all the other blocks submitted, view the original challenge post.

HEY EQ7 USERS: The challenge isn’t over!

We’re so impressed with the blocks submitted that we’d love to see what you can do with them!

Design a quilt using your block and submit it by Monday, August 3rd at 9am EDT. We’ll pick one more winner based on your block in a quilt design.


  1. You must use the block you submitted to the original challenge exactly how it appears there. (You may flip, rotate and scale it.)
  2. You may add up to 3 additional colorings of your block.
  3. You can add sashing, borders and cornerstones if you’d like.
  4. All fabrics in quilt must be from the Charleston collection. (You may also use up to 2 solid colors if you’d like.)
  5. Quilt must be submitted by deadline.
  6. One entry per person.

Use any quilt layout you’d like!

If you need to download the Charleston fabrics again, you can find them on this page:

Download the Charleston collection for EQ7 here

Submitting Your Quilt

Export a JPEG of your quilt and submit it using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
If you need help doing this, click here for instructions.

Deadline: The challenge will close Monday, August 3rd at 9am EDT.


And to the winner goes:


  • A fat quarter bundle of Charleston fabrics!
  • $75 merchandise credit for anything at! (Excludes online classes at EQ University.)

You may submit your quilt any time before the deadline! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.
Good luck! :)