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Posted 05-19-2024 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Using up scraps when creating new blocks is a great way to try something new.  When scrappy quilts are made, you can easily use more than one block style and mix and match them with similar-sized blocks.  Since it is all scraps everything will work.   But sometimes, I find they can be very ‘busy’ looking.  A good way to mix multiple blocks without all the scrappy colors is to make the blocks monochromatic in color.  This calms the business of the design.

Open your EQ8 program, create a new project, and name it ‘Calm Down Busy Patterns’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the project helper box.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen.

Browse through the Block Library categories and choose a few blocks that have lots of little pieces to them.  Add them to the sketchbook.


Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.

On the ribbon at the top of the screen, under the NEW QUILT tab, select the Horizontal  option.

Click on the Design tab at the top of the screen and select Block Tools from the ribbon.

For this quilt, I am just using all the defaults for the layout.  I am not changing the block sizes, layout, or borders.  I just want to play with a busy design to see how I can calm it down simply through color applications.

Using the set block tool, click on each of the blocks you added to the sketchbook and add them in any layout pattern you want to fill the center of the quilt layout.

Add the layout design to the sketchbook. 

This is meant to be a scrappy quilt.  There are loads of different colors and little pieces.  This can often be a very busy-looking quilt.  To calm it down, you can use a monochromatic color palette to settle your design a little.

Click on the fabric tools icon on the ribbon at the top of the screen.  Click on the colors tab in the box on the left side of the screen to see all the solid colors. Click on any one of the colors to create a monochromatic layout.   Click on the three little dots and then select the ‘add shades & tints’ option from the menu.


In the menu box, you can insert and remove any of the colors by clicking on the words.  When you click on ‘remove’ you will have less options to choose and if you click on ‘insert’ you will have more options to choose from in this colorway.  Once you are happy with the colors to work with, click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ at the bottom of the box.

You will find this new color palette at the end of the built-in solid colors.  Scroll to the end to find your chosen color range.

Choose the spray can tool and then choose your color.  As you click on each of the elements of the blocks on the worktable while holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard, all similar colored pieces in the layout will recolor with one click. Be sure to color the border too.

Add the design to the sketchbook.

If you want to calm down the design even further, go back to the three little dots and choose a more muted color to add shades and tints to give a softer look.  You will find your new palette at the end of the colors that are built in.  Recolor your blocks for a softer look with these more muted colors.

Add to sketchbook 

This is just an example of how to view your quilt fabric choices before you begin.  You would then go to your stash of fabrics and choose similar colors to create the mood you want to portray in your quilt.   Create something bold and busy, calm and monochromatic, or something in between that can be viewed before you even begin your cutting and sewing.

















Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Courtney!

Posted 05-15-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: Stitch & Share

This year the EQ staff is making a quilt! We’ve added some new employees, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows how to sew and quilt. Each month, we’re featuring one staff member and their block in the quilt. (It just so happens we have 12 staff members!) If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here. This month we’re featuring Courtney! Courtney started at EQ with an internship in the beginning of 2020 and was officially hired as a full-time employee shortly after, so she has been at EQ for 4 years. She works as a software developer and is part of the team that develops software for both Windows and Mac platforms, as well as helps to find and fix bugs, and tests software. Courtney says, “I really enjoy being part of a small team working together to produce

EQ8 Block Spotlight: June Autograph

Posted 05-10-2024 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want you to show us what you can do with the block. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: June Autograph Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced >Signature Block Variations Design ideas to spark your creativity Don’t count these blocks out, just because they have a signature space in the middle! There’s still lots of potential, whether you use the block as-is, or edit on the Block Worktable to remove or change the signature space. My first quilt is a 4 x 4 horizontal layout. There are four full June Autograph blocks in the center. For the blocks along the outside of the quilt, I removed some patches so I could create the

EQ Academy 2024 Recap

Posted 05-10-2024 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

What a fun weekend! A huge thank you to all the students who joined us at EQ Academy last weekend—what a great time we had! A special thanks to our awesome teachers: Lori Miller, Nancy Roelfsema, Jenny Novinsky, Sara Seuberling, and Janice E. Frisch! Classes were wonderful as always and students learned so much. Scroll down for photos and info about our next EQ Academy. Here are some of the quilts the beginners learned to design! How cool are these?! STUDENT REVIEWS: “For a year, I played with EQ8 with minimal instruction/education. I had some success but more frustration than anything. All that changed this week at EQ Academy. I’m thrilled with how much I’ve learned and will definitely tell my friends about it!” “EQ is a fantastic software program for ANY quilter! But, it’s more than that—it is the PEOPLE behind it—helpful, friendly, just a great group. Thank you

Sea Breeze – Winners Announced!

Posted 05-01-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s design challenge! Your quilts are so beautiful, be sure to view them all here. Winners Two winners were randomly selected. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Cynthia Concha Winner 2: Christy J Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the amazing submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! We also wanted to share that Leigh Headington of Sweet Tea Girls Patterns used EQ8 to design two of the quilt designs shared on Northcott’s website for the collection! How cool! More Chances to Win Live Boldly by Charisma Horton for Timeless Treasures is May’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Live Boldly

Posted 05-01-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

It’s time for another EQ Design Challenge! May’s Fabric of the Month is Live Boldly by Charisma Horton for Timeless Treasures. Live Boldly is Charisma’s vibrant and versatile debut collection! With 30 beautiful colors to choose from, these fabrics are sure to make your next sewing project shine! A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Live Boldly below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before the contest ends. Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post. Download this month’s

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Sara!

Posted 04-15-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: EQ8 Just Because Sew Alongs Stitch & Share

This year we’re doing a Sew-Along!  If you’d like to sew along with us and get more details about the project, check them out here. One reason we decided to do the sew-along was to make sure everyone on staff knows how to quilt (since we’ve hired some new people recently). But, we also thought it’d be fun to post about so you can get to know us a little better! Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. This month we’re featuring Sara! Sara started working for EQ as a graphic design intern in 2003, then moved to full-time in May of 2004. So, quick (and easy) math puts her at 20 years! In those 20 years she’s gone from intern to Director of Business Operations which means she handles a lot of the “business” duties of the company, including HR-type responsibilities. Additionally, Sara

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