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Lori

I am a quilter, pattern designer, and teacher from Troy, Michigan. Sewing since age 11, I have deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to my designs. My joy is working with fun colors, patterns and designs. I love making playful and clever products for the modern sewist. I am a member of the Detroit Area MQG.

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EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ Update Insider Whats New?

Posted 04-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Yay! As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! I will be sharing several posts with an overview of the changes so you can take advantage of these awesome updates.

In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the General Updates to the program.

How do you get the EQ8 update?

First, check your current version.  If you don’t have Windows 1.1.0.1 or Mac 3.1.0.1 as of this date, then you need the update.  You can check your version by going to the HOME landing page of EQ8,   Look for Product Details under the logo and you can find the version you have.

You can find the download on the following link along with a list of all of the changes.

https://electricquilt.com/product-updates/eq8-updates/

You will need to log into your account to download the file.  If you don’t have an account, you can create one.  Once you are in your account, go to the My Downloads page to get the update.

Updater

Many of you asked for a way to know if you had the most current version of the software.  In this update, there is a new feature called the Software Updater System.  This has been added to make the process of updating EQ8 much easier.  You will now be notified when a new update is available.

You can also check manually by going to File > Check for Updates.

This feature is currently available for Windows Users.  But MAC faithful, there are plans to update  and add this feature sometime this summer.  (EQ8 needs to be updated to a 64 bit application before the next macOS release after Mojave.)  So stay tuned.

Customizable Workspace

There are now new ways to customize your workspace.  These new options may make it easier to see more fabrics or blocks in your palette if you have smaller screens.  Depending on your screen resolution, these update may just be what you needed to be more productive.

These User Interface (UI) features can be found under FILE > Preferences > Display.  Keep in mind that when you change one of these features,  EQ8 will need to close and be reopened for them to take effect.  Lets look at them.

File> Preferences >Ribbon

The default is to display the ribbon at the top of the workspace.

You can now change it to display the ribbon on the side of the workspace. (Right above)

File > Preference > Tools

The default is to use large tools in the palette.  Large tools includes a larger picture and the name of the tool.

You can choose to change it to use small tools in the palette.  This is a smaller picture of the tool.  Once you are familiar with the tools and don’t need to see the name, this could be a great option.  Remember, you can always hover over the tool with your mouse to have the name display for a moment.

Finally, you can choose to use the small tools docked in a toolbar.

Keep in mind, some of these may work for you or some items may cause workspace elements to get cut off, so you need to decide for yourself what works for you

File > Preference > Palettes

   

You now have the option to hide the palette tips.  If you have a good handle on what the palette lets you do, this could be a good option.

By default, the palette and tool bar are on the left.

You now have the option to dock the palette and tool bar on the right side.

Zoom Options

There has been an enhancement to the Zoom functions.  You can now use keystroke commands to zoom in, zoom out and fit to worktable.

Windows users:

Zoom in: CTRL++ (Press CTRL key and the plus button)

Zoom out: CTRL+- (Press CTRL key and the minus button)

Fit to Worktable: CTRL+0 (Press CTRL key and the zero button)

Mac users:

Zoom in: Command++ (Press Command key and the plus button)

Zoom out: Command+- (Press Command key and the minus button)

Fit to Worktable: Command+0 (Press Command key and the zero button)

 

Also, as a reminder, you can hold the CTRL/CMD key and scroll up and down with your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

Report a Bug

Although Electric Quilt produces a quality product, occasionally something does not work how you expect it to.  If you think you may have encountered a bug, there is now an option to report it directly to Electric Quilt.  Go to the Main Menu Help > Report a Bug.

You may also use this area to request a new feature to the Electric Quilt team.

These are a few of the enhancements and new features in the free EQ8 update available now.  Take a spin and try them out for yourself.  In the next EQ8 Insider update, I will share the changes on the Quilt Worktable.  Lots of fun things there so get ready.

Happy Designing!

Questions or Feedback?
Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
 
 
Lori J. Miller lives in Oxford, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern sewist.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  An Electric Quilt 8 Super fan, you can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com , on instagram @lorimillerdesigns  or on Facebook at Lori Miller Designs.

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Design a Banner Quilt

Posted 02-22-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Today’s lesson is a fun project that I created to decorate my Quilt Studio.  This design creates a banner or mini quilt using existing blocks in EQ8.  Our skillbuilder will be editing a few of those blocks to adjust the design.  Many times you will find a block already in EQ8 that is pretty close to what you want but not quite right, so why not edit it to perfection?  I hope this will inspire you to design your own banner for your sewing space, for some home decor, or maybe a fun banner for a child’s room. Let’s get to work! CREATE banner quilt Size: 8″ x 48″ Skill Builders: Edit an existing block Lets Begin! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – DIY Wrapping Paper with EQ8

Posted 12-12-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Let’s get in the holiday spirit and use EQ8 in new and creative ways!  With the capability of the EQ8 Image Worktable and some clever steps, you can design and print fun wrapping paper!  Using blocks and motifs from EQ8, a little editing and imagination, you can create designs that you can print out onto paper.  (You can even print on EQ Printable fabric sheets to create printed fabric with this technique too!)  The secret is using images and the Photo Layout tool on the Image Worktable.  I designed some holiday paper, but you can create designs or fabric for any occasion. DIY Wrapping Paper (or Fabric!) Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Skill Builders: Working with the Image Worktable Exporting an Image Using Photo Layout and Scaling Open EQ8.  Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Pop Art Wall Quilt

Posted 12-03-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Greetings!  I am working on some home made gifts and this is one of them.  I am making a Pop Art Wall Quilt using the EQ8 Image Worktable, a photo and EQ Printable fabric.  This Pop Art quilt is reminiscent of the visual artwork created by Andy Warhol.  I have chosen a picture of Oreo, my son’s cat, to make a fun wall hanging for his room.  You can choose any image you like to create this bright and eye-catching quilt. Pop Art Wall Quilt Size: 24″ x 30″ Skill Builders: Working with the Image Worktable Editing a Photo Using Photo Special Effects For this quilt design, you will need a photo saved into your My EQ8/Images file or somewhere on your computer where you can find it.  Your photo should be in the format of a jpg, png or tif file. Open EQ8.  Let’s name the Project.  The project

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Shipmates Bench Pillow

Posted 07-09-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Ahoy!  It is summer and thoughts turn to heading to the lake or beach and enjoying being outdoors.  This month’s design shows how a simple small quilt design can still be quick and fun.  You don’t always need to design an intricate, detailed pattern.  Sometimes you just want to design a fun themed gift or create some home decor with fun motifs.  The design for this nautical bench pillow fits the bill and it is something you can design and still have time left to get out in the sunshine. Lets get on board! Shipmates Bench Pillow Size: 16″ x 28″ Skill Builders: Clone a strip Add an applique block Print an applique template Lets Begin! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New project

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Stardrop Table Topper – Part 2

Posted 04-13-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Welcome back.  This is Part 2 of designing the octagon shaped Stardrop Table Topper with Electric Quilt 8.  In our first lesson, we used the polydraw drawing tools and features including the Octagon drawing tool to create the Stardrop block.  In Part 2, we will set the block into a quilt and learn how to print the foundation pieced pattern.  If you missed the first lesson, you can find it at this link,  Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1.  On to creating our quilt! Stardrop Table Topper – Part 2 Size: 24″ x 24″ Skill Builders: Creating an irregular shaped quilt Printing foundation pieced patterns On to the design! Open EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the Open project button.  Select the Project we already saved from Part 1, Stardrop Table Topper and click OK. Select the Quilt Worktable.  Select DESIGN QUILTS, and choose  the NEW QUILT tab.    Under

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1

Posted 04-06-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

This month we explore a detailed design to create this sophisticated Stardrop Octagon Block.  Its much easier than it looks!  This lesson is a two parter.  First, we will explore using the polydraw drawing tools and features including the Octagon drawing tool to create the stardrop block.   In Part 2 we will set the block into a quilt and learn how to print the foundation pieced pattern.  Let’s design! Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1 Size: 24″ x 24″ Skill Builders: Working with Polydraw Octagon Block Learn to clone and rotate wedges On to the design! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.   On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Stardrop Table Topper. Click OK.  The box will close.