Back to Top

September 2022–Lessons with Yvonne–Multi-tasking Quilt Projects

Posted 09-18-2022 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Do you work on more than one project at a time?  Do you start a project and get stuck and then move to another project?  Did you know you can save partial projects in EQ to return to later to complete?  EQ makes it easy to start and stop projects and return to them later to complete or edit.

If I am not sure what I am going to design and I just want to practice, I create a special project file named ‘Practice”.  Everything that is just a thought I want to try out goes into this file until I have developed my design idea.  I can then go back to the original design and pull it out of the Practice file to create a specific project for it.

Open your EQ8 

When the splash screen opens, select the ‘new project’ icon and name the project  ‘Practice”.  Click ‘OK’ when done.

The name of the project Practice file should now show at the top of the screen.

Click on the block worktable icon    on the upper right corner of the screen.  Use the drawing tool to create any block of your choice.  This will be your practice block that you will change around as you go.  

Click on the color tab at the top of the screen and use the paintbrush tool to color your block. 

Add to sketchbook 

You can now use this block to practice different colorations to see how your complete quilt would look without creating an entirely new project.  As long as you ‘add to sketchbook’ as you go along, EQ will save all your practice ideas for you.

Any ideas you have that you have not fully developed or are dedicated to a specific quilt layout, you can keep your ideas in this Practice project file for future use.

Close the project ‘Practice’ file.  Come back to the program later to either add more ideas to the Practice file or create a new project.

Launch your EQ8 program.  

On the opening screen name a new file to complete a  quilt layout. 

Name the file ‘Completing My Quilt’. Click OK at the bottom of the box.

Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.  From the ribbon at the top of the screen select NEW QUILT>Horizontal.

Click on the layout tab and set the number of blocks to be 7 horizontal and 9 vertical.  Change the size of the blocks to 12 inches x 12 inches.

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

In the sketchbook, click on the word ‘import’ at the bottom of the box.

In the import blocks from the project box, navigate to the Documets>MyEQ8>Projects file on your computer.  Locate the ‘Practice’ file where you created all your practice blocks.  Click on the word ‘open’ at the bottom of the box.

In the block libraries screen, click on the blocks you drew previously to select them, and then click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ icon in the upper right corner of the box.  This will now add the blocks to your current sketchbook that you are working in. Close the selection box when done.

Use the blocks you imported from the Practice file and add some other blocks of your choice from the extensive EQ8 block library to create a new quilt design.

Click on the Design tab and block tools from the ribbon at the top of the screen.  Using the set block tool, create a layout by clicking on a block to select it and then move the cursor over to the worktable and click to place your blocks onto the layout.

Click on the fabric tools from the ribbon at the top of the screen.  Select fabrics and add them to the blocks on the layout.

Add your new layout to the sketchbook. 

Continue creating new quilts using existing blocks from previous EQ files.  No need to redraw your favorite blocks!  Import them into a new project and keep on creating.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Flower Basket

Posted 09-10-2022 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! 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. I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! This month’s block: Flower Basket Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Baskets (Traditional) Design ideas to get you started I used the Frame Block feature available in Create Serendipity to rotate and frame the block. Then I could set it in a horizontal layout and the basket would be pointing “up,” instead of angled to the side. If you’d like to simply add setting triangles to the four sides of a block (rather than a fancy frame), you could use the Tilt Block feature to rotate the block 45 degrees. My second quilt uses the On-Point Medallions-2 quilt from the

EQ Academy: Meet Cheryl Brickey

Posted 09-10-2022 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ Academy EQ Company News EQ8

Our next EQ Academy is Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Perrysburg, Ohio and enrollment is open now! View the full class catalog here > In this post, we’d like to introduce you to one of our teachers, Cheryl Brickey! Cheryl was part of our EQ Academy faculty a few years ago, and we’re so excited to have her back in Ohio this fall. Keep reading to learn more about Cheryl! Cheryl’s Classes at EQ Academy Cheryl is teaching three different classes this fall. Join Cheryl for one of these fun EQ8 classes! Click on a class below for more info. Tell us a bit about yourself Cheryl! Hi, I’m Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. I am a chemical engineer and live in South Carolina with my husband, two kids, and three crazy cats. I enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math. I created

Island Vibes II – Winners Announced!

Posted 09-06-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

Thanks to everyone who submitted to August’s design challenge! Everyone had such beautiful designs! Check out all the amazing entries we received here. Winners Two winners were selected, one by Linda J. Hahn and the other was selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1 (Linda J. Hahn’s Pick): Carolyn Tuller “This quilt is a one block wonder set on a specialty layout.” - Carolyn Tuller Winner 2 (Random Pick): Deni Dickler “Batik fabric is so much fun. I decided to combine the bright jewel-toned fabrics with some of my favorite (and simple) log cabin variations. I enjoy playing around with geometric shapes to create new designs.” - Deni Dickler Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out September’s design challenge!

Design & Discover – Tumbler Quilts

Posted 09-01-2022 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we’re designing a few different variations of tumbler quilts. Tumbler quilts are one type of One Patch quilts. Here is a lesson about One Patch quilts if you’re interested in learning about the other types, as well! Click NEW QUILT > One Patch Click the LAYOUT tab Under Patch Style choose Tumblers You can also adjust the NUMBER OF UNITS and the FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools and color your quilt as desired. Be sure to check out the Paintbrush Subtools. When you are done, click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If the project is unnamed EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.) You can make the quilt look different  just by the way you color it. This is the same layout as

Do You EQ Too? – Claire Marks

Posted 09-01-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Do You EQ Too

Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here. This month we are spotlighting Claire Marks! We recently saw Claire’s beautiful quilts featured at AQS Quilt Week – Grand Rapids and knew we had to share them with you! Claire designs, competes, and sells her own patterns that are designed using EQ7 and EQ8. “I started quilting in 2012 and in 2015, my husband gifted me EQ7 and it changed my life radically,” says Claire. “Before EQ7 I struggled with finding patterns and color schemes that really spoke to me. My first quilt I made using EQ7 was called Breathless Beauty because it really did take my breath away. I had finally made the quilt that had only been in my imagination. Over time I have developed a distinct style and

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Color Play

Posted 09-01-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

September’s Fabric of the Month is Color Play by Patti Carey of Patti’s Patchwork for Northcott, and wow are we excited to share it with you! Patti Carey partnered with Northcott’s Deborah Edwards on this “learn to quilt” collection. Deborah’s rainbow giant dahlia 24″ medallion was the inspiration for the other motifs. Each of the 6 unique “quilt block” motifs was chosen to learn/practice a particular free-motion quilting skill or technique that Patti teaches in her popular FMQ workshops. Large-scale 7″ motifs complement the dahlia in the panel, and smaller-scale 5″ versions are shown in the running-yardage coordinate. A wavy stripe panel, rainbow ombre and rainbow stripe inspire quilters to play with these unique fabrics. Large and small polka dots as well as tonal dots round out this happy collection and create lots of options for bright colorful quilts and projects. Plus, a selection of 10 complimentary Toscana prints (pictured below) are included

Page 1 »