Posted 09-16-2018 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I absolutely love Bargello Quilts.  I love the colors, the movement, and the ability to create them so very easily in EQ8.  I can choose to use an EQ8 quick quilt layout option or I can design my own strips.  The options to create these are endless.  These designs look complicated but they are so easy to design and stitch that even a beginner can create these beautiful masterpieces.

Bargello Quilts are simply, vertical strip quilts.  On each vertical strip, you define the number of blocks and the sizes of the blocks.  You also decide on the number of strips and the width of the strips.  Of course, you can easily insert a strip with no blocks to section off your quilt layout.  The design is entirely up to you.

Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click on the Start With A Quick Quilt project icon. 

In the Project Helper box, click on the Strip Quilt.TP8 menu and then scroll to the right to see the bargello quilt layout.  Click on the OK in the bottom of the box to open the project.

The project sketchbook will open.  Click on the Quilts heading and then scroll through the quilts to select the bargello quilt.  Click on the quilt and then click on ‘edit’ in the bottom of the box.  The quilt will open on the quilt worktable.

EQ has designed a traditional Bargello pattern in the quilt layout for you.  If you like this layout, simply color the quilt with the fabrics of your choice and add it to the sketchbook. .  Name your project in the pop up screen.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!!

Recolor your design with the fabric color in the sketchbook under the fabric tools heading.  Add to sketchbook when done.

You can always draw your own unique Bargello Quilt layout using the Quilt Worktable tools.

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

Click on QUILT>New Quilt>Vertrical Strip at the top of the screen.

The default for the EQ8 program is to open a vertical quilt with four strips and a border.  You can edit this to your liking.

Under the layout tab I changed my settings to have 6 vertical strips to start with.  I have the width of the strips vary by 1/2 inch increments starting with 3.5 inches and the smallest being 1 inch.  You could set your strip sets to be whatever widths you want.

The borders throw off my eye so I click on the borders tab at the top of the screen and delete the borders.  Add to sketchbook. 

Click back onto the layout tab and assign the number of blocks for each row and the size of the blocks.  Off set every other row.  I leave the last row without blocks so I can create a spacer strip on my quilt.

Now that I have the strips width and block styles assigned, I can clone these as much as I want to create the strips across the quilt top.  Click on a strip to select it and then place a check mark in front of the word clone and then click on add in the layout box.  The new strips will be added with the design type you assigned to the far right edge of the quilt layout.  Add the quilt layout to the sketchbook when you are done creating your strips. 

Now the fun begins.  Click on the design tab at the top of the screen.   Click on the fabric tools icon at the top of the screen to see the fabric palette. In the fabric tools box at the left, click on the paintbrush then select the straight line paintbrush from the selection box.

I find it easiest to create one or two stepped lines of fabric color and then add colors from that point on either above or below that first strip.  Using the line paintbrush tool helps me to color all the blocks in a continuous stroke.

Continue painting in your rows of fabric colors staggered across the quilt to create flowing patterns of color repeats.  I also include a solid strip to break up my design and change directions of the strip sets with my fabric choices. If you make a mistake, just click on the undo arrow at the left  side of the screen  to recolor your strip.  Add to sketchbook.

Get creative and have loads of fun with this type of quilt layout!

EQ Academy Fall 2018 Recap

Posted 09-12-2018 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

Once again, we only have great things to say about our EQ Academy workshop. This was our first time hosting a fall workshop in Ohio, and we did so at the request of the students who came in the Spring. We had 61 students in total and what a fun bunch they were! The Getting Started classes were maxed out and, boy, did those students learn A LOT! It’s always exciting to see how much the beginner students improve during the time they’re here. The intermediate classes got to dive into extensive block design and custom quilts which is always fascinating. And the rest of the classes focused on specific things, like importing fabrics and drawing custom blocks and creating modern designs. Our students are SO creative and we love to see that shine through during class. As always, we saw some familiar faces and met lots of new EQ

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Metalwork

Posted 09-10-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll 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! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Metalwork Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Royal Crowns A few design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I used a simple 4 x4 horizontal layout. I jazzed it up a bit by adding 3″ sashing and a block from the 10 Sashing > Star Sashing library. For this next quilt, I used the Stars – 19 layout from Layouts by Style > Stars. If you haven’t played with the layouts in this library yet, you’re missing out! What would you design with the Metalwork block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be

Design & Discover – Beginner’s Guide to Using Metafiles and PDFs in Patterns

Posted 09-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover Favorite Posts

This month we will be taking a EQ project and using Metafiles and Microsoft Word to show how you could make a pattern, or write instructions. The only feature difference between using EQ8 on the Mac versus using EQ8 on a PC is that there is no way to export Metafiles on a Mac. The technology in Windows that build the Windows Metafile format are copyrighted by Microsoft and unfortunately there is no equivalent for OS X for us to keep this feature. Read more about Metafiles here. However, here are Mac and PC instructions for exploding blocks using Adobe Illustrator.  We also have a lesson (with video) for exploding blocks using a free software called Inkscape that can be used on Mac or PC. Lastly, we have an article on our support site about this too. For this example I will be using Microsoft Word and the Outstanding Orchards

COMING SOON: New Book for EQ8 Users!

Posted 08-21-2018 by Christine | Posted in: Uncategorized

EQ8 users get excited! If you liked our first design book for EQ8 (EQ8 Designing Quilts) you’ll LOVE this new design book, EQ8 Designing More Quilts! Watch for it in early September at ElectricQuilt.com or ask for it at your local quilt shops! Just like the first book, this new book has 8 different authors who each wrote a chapter about a unique type of quilt design. Chapter topics and authors: Chapter 1 by Nancy Mahoney Medallion QUILTS! Learn border tricks used to design striking medallion quilts. Chapter 2 by Reeze Hanson Applique QUILTS! Trace a picture of a tile to create an applique block. Designing this quilt is a lot easier than it looks! Chapter 3 by Lori Miller Modern QUILTS! Use alternate gridwork to create eye-catching modern quilts. Chapter 4 by Barb Vlack Optical Illusion QUILTS! Can you believe that a mathematical formula inspired this quilt? Chapter 5

Free update for EQ8

Posted 08-20-2018 by Christine | Posted in: Uncategorized

Attn EQ8 owners: An updated version of EQ8 is yours — free! First of all… did you know that you can share your EQ8 designs directly to Facebook?! It’s so easy! Recently, however, Facebook required that we change the way the Share to Facebook feature works in EQ8. This change actually offers more options for your Facebook posts, as well as great quality images of your quilts. Update your EQ8 now: Due to Facebook’s change, your current version of EQ8 will not allow you to use the Share to Facebook feature. You’ll need to update your EQ8 if you’d like to use this feature. As an owner of EQ8, you can update to the newest version ( for Windows / for Mac) for free. To download and install the update, make sure you’ve got a good internet connection and follow instructions carefully on our EQ8 Updates page. If you

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Pyramid Kite

Posted 08-13-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll 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! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Pyramid Kite Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Balloons & Kites A few design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I created two different blocks from the Pyramid Kite block using Create Serendipity > Shrink & Flip. Here’s what the two Shrink & Flip blocks look like. I could have set each Pyramid Kite block in the quilt and rotated them each individually to achieve the same look, but creating these two blocks in Serendipity first made it much faster when I set them in the quilt! It may be a little harder to spot the individual block

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