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.