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EQ Mini Friday Fun: Adding a Digital Fabric Stash

Posted 01-13-2017 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

Many designers like to work in EQ Mini with actual fabric lines.  One way to do that is to use the Digital Fabric Stashes that you can purchase as add-ons to your EQ Mini software.  These digital stashes are available as online downloads right from the online Electric Quilt Shop.  Many manufacturers are included in these downloads that are created several times a year.  Here is a little bit more about these digital fabric libraries. What stashes are available? There are currently 11 digital stashes available at the online Electric Quilt store that you can purchase.  Each stash has over 1000 fabrics representing several manufacturers fabric lines, some have many more.  Electric Quilt generously provided me with a copy of the latest Digital stash 2016 -03 which contains Batik fabrics so that I could share my experience with you. What is included? EQ Stash 2016 Download 3 features the newest

Quick Tip Tuesday! Easy New York Beauty Blocks

Posted 01-10-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own New York Beauty block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations. Setting up the worktable Click Worktable > Work on Block. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Arc. A grid will display on the worktable. Drawing the corner wedge This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click and hold your mouse on the PolyLine tool. A flyout will appear. Click the PolyArc tool. Start by drawing the large, corner wedge at the bottom-left

Quick Tip Tuesday! Drawing Eight-Pointed Stars

Posted 01-03-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

The fastest way to create your own eight-pointed star block is on the PatchDraw Pieced worktable. Below shows you how to make a standard star. Use these techniques to create variations.   Setting up the worktable Be on the Block worktable. Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw block. At the bottom of the worktable, click the Pieced tab. Make sure the Precision Bar is turned on by clicking VIEW on the main menu, and making sure there’s a check next to Precision Bar. On the Precision Bar, click the drop-down menu next to Grid and select Eight Point Star. A grid will display on the worktable.   Drawing the first patch This technique is all about following the dots and lines on the grid. Click the PolyLine  tool. Starting at the top-left diamond shape, click and release the mouse at one of the four points of the diamond to

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Winter Icicles Throw Quilt

Posted 12-30-2016 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

For this week’s EQ Mini Friday Fun, we are going to venture into designing a quilt.  This throw size Winter Icicle quilt is just the right size to cozy up with on a cold winter’s day.  It uses built in triangle or flying geese blocks in a vertical pattern to mimic icicles in winter.  The large scale blocks are placed into vertical strips to create the fun icicle shapes.  It is a fun modern statement in solids or wintery blue prints. Winter Icicles Throw Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size:48” x 56” Skill Builders: Working with vertical strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with blocks Adding blocks Rotating blocks Working with Scale On to the design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the

Quick Tip Tuesday! Copy from One Block to Another

Posted 12-27-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

You can create new blocks by mixing elements from various blocks together. For example here is how you would take a flower from one block and make it the start of a new block. Block A = the block with the flower you want to copy Block B = the new plain block you want to paste the flower on Block C = another block with patches you want to copy Copy the patches from block A Start with block A on your worktable Click the Pick tool. Use Shift+click to click on each patch you want to copy from block A ( Or CTRL+ A to select them all). Click EDIT > Copy. Paste the patches onto block B Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Block. Click the Applique tab beneath the block. Click EDIT > Paste. Your copied patches are now on the new block.While the patches

Quick Tip Tuesday! Deciding Which Block Drawing Style

Posted 12-20-2016 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

EQ7 has 4 drawing styles: EasyDraw PatchDraw PatchDraw Motif EasyDraw + PatchDraw Here are quick tips to help you decide which drawing style best suits the block you want to draw. Pieced blocks? Use EasyDraw OR PatchDraw (the Pieced tab). Applique blocks? Use PatchDraw Applique patches, without a background square behind? Use PatchDraw Motif Blocks combining piecing with applique? Use EasyDraw + PatchDraw   We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else please contact tech support.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2016

Posted 12-18-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Reverse engineer, un-sew, do over, all are terms to work backwards.  You can start with a pre-made block and then determine your embroidery to enhance the block.  Often, you create the embroidery design first and make it into a quilt block, but in this case we can work backwards.  Remember, there is always more than one way to create a design and you can determine which way works best for you. I started with a pieced block that I know the finished size is 6 inches.  Therefore, I create an embroidery design on a 6 inch hoop layout size so I can see the exact placement of the embroidery design. My block has a 4 inch corner block with an asymmetrical border of 2 inches on each side.  From here I know the measurements I need to work with for my embroidery to fit the block exactly. Open the stitch

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