This month in Design & Discover we’re designing labels! It’s quick and easy to design a personalized label to document your quilt, or perfect if you are planning on giving your quilt as a gift. (Also, our Printable Fabric is great for labels!)

* If you are on a Mac and running Catalina, an update is available for your EQ8. Some EQ8 users had issues with fonts after updating to Catalina. Therefore, prior to going through this lesson, you may want to update.

  1. Click Design a quilt from scratch
  2. Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal
  3. Click LAYOUT
  4. For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter:
    Horizontal – 1
    Vertical – 1
    Width – 5
    Height – 5
  6. Click the DESIGN tab
  7. Click Block Tools
  8. Click Open Library
  9. Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 04 Classic Applique > Wreaths
  10. Choose a block with an open center
  11. Click Add to Sketchbook
  12. Click Close
  13. Click Set Block
  14. Click on the wreath block and click to place it in the patch.
  15. Click Layer 2 at the bottom of your screen.
  16. Click the Text Tools
  17. Click Set Text
  18. Hold down your Shift key on your keyboard and click and hold down on your mouse while you drag out a text box.
  19. Start typing. You can only change the font and size per text box. Here is more information on using the Applique Text Tool.
  20. To change the color of the type:
  21. Click Fabric Tools
  22. Use Swap Color (or Spraycan or Paintbrush) and click on the text.
  23. Click on Layer 1 to recolor the rest of the quilt.
  24. Click Add to Project Sketchbook . If you haven’t named your project yet, 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.)Let’s start another example.
  25. Click NEW QUILT
  26. Click Horizontal
  27. Click the LAYOUT tab
  28. For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter:
    Horizontal – 1
    Vertical – 1
    Width – 7
    Height – 5
  30. Click the BORDERS tab
  31. Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal
  32. Under BORDER SIZE enter:
    Left – .75
    Top – 0
    Right – .75
    Bottom – .75
  33. Click the DESIGN tab
  34. Click Block Tools
  35. Click Open Library
  36. Open 06 Motifs and add a few to your sketchbook by clicking on the block and clicking Add to Sketchbook. My blocks are from Flowers with Stems but you can choose whatever you would like.
  37. Click Close
  38. Click Layer 2 at the bottom of the screen.
  39. Click Set Block
  40. Click the Motifs tab
  41. Click on a block and drag it onto the label to place it.
  42. Use the Adjust tool to move and resize the blocks.
  43. Click Text Tools
  44. Click Set Text
  45. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click and drag to draw a box to set the text. Type whatever you want your label to say. My example has three different text boxes because of the different sizes and fonts. (Remember, you can only change the font and size per text box.)
  46. Click Fabric Tools
  47. Click Paintbrush
  48. Click Layer 1 to recolor the background and click Layer 2 to recolor the text and motifs.
  49. Click Add to Project Sketchbook There are lots of great examples of labels in EQ8′s Quick Quilt projects.
    To open a Quick Quilt project:
  50. Click File > Open a Quick Quilt Project
  51. Click on the Start with a Quick Quilt project tab
  52. Click on Quilt Labels
  53. Click OK
  54. Click on the label you want to make your own and click Edit.
  55. Make changes to the label following the steps in this lesson and then post your label, so we can all share and see them!
  56. To print your labels you can use the Photo Layout. Note: In the Project Sketchbook, you will need to select your quilt and click Copy to Photos.
Here’s another helpful link on Editing the Quick Quilt Labels.

If you want to post images of your quilt, here is how to export the images.
To post your image click to comment on this post.

Fill in your info and then click Browse.
Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images
I can’t wait to see what you’ve done! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!
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