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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 – 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
  1. Open EQ8.
  2.  Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8.
  3.  On the left side toolbar, click the New Project button.  

  4.   On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Wrapping Paper.
  5.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Wrapping Paper.
  6. Select the Block Work Table.  We are going to grab some images to use to create the wrapping paper.
  7. New Block, Open Library.  Search by Notecard for Sewing Machine.  Click Search.  Choose the black Vintage Sewing machine and Add to Sketchbook.
  8. Search again.  Search by Category, Holiday, Christmas.  Click Search.
  9. Look for the modern pine tree called Evergreen, it is a turquoise color.  Add to Sketchbook. Close Library.
  10. View Sketchbook, Blocks.  Select the Vintage Sewing Machine and ClickEdit.
  11. Make sure you are on the Applique tab.  Choose DRAW under the drawing tools and free hand draw some holly leaves.  I used the circle under Shapes to create the berries.
  12. Use PICK to select the whole applique, then click Resize to 50%.  Click OK.  Move the smaller sewing machine to the top left of the block.
  13. While the sewing machine is still selected, click CLONE to get another machine.  Move it to the bottom right of the block. Then click Flip Left to Right.
  14. Change block width and height to 2.
  15. Go to Color and color the block.  You may need to zoom in to be able to color some of the smaller pieces.  Add to Sketchbook.
  16. Go to Print and Export, Export, Image and save the image as Vintage Sewing machine.  Make sure the image width and height is 2″ and resolution is 300 dpi.  Click OK.
  17. Select the Image Work Table by pressing on the Green Circle Button at the top right of the screen.
  18. The Image Worktable will open.  It will be empty because we have not added anything to it yet.
  19. Select IMAGE, then EDIT
  20. Select Import Image
  21. Navigate through your files to find the Vintage Sewing Machine image that we exported, select it and click OPEN.  The image will be imported and appear on the edit screen.
  22. Go to Print and Export, Print, Photo Layout.  Your image will appear on the right side.  Drag it onto the top left of the layout page.
  23. In the top menu bar, select Tile.  You can hover over the buttons to find it.
  24. Once you have tiled the image, you have created a design for your wrapping paper.  Now you can print it.  If you want to keep it, consider using a PRINT to PDF feature for your laptop.  This where you can print to an EQ Printable Fabric sheet and create fun fabric as well.
  25. As you can see above , we printed a block and it shows lines around the block.  If you save the block as a motif, you won’t have the lines.
  26. Lets try another method for creating wrapping paper with our Evergreen tree.
  27. View Sketchbook, Blocks, choose the Evergreen Tree and Edit to the block worktable.
  28. Go to the Color tab and color the tree.  Add to Sketchbook.
  29. Go to Print and Export, Export, Image and save as Evergreen tree.  Make sure the image width and height is 1″ and resolution is 300 dpi.  Click OK.
  30.  Select the Image Work Table by pressing on the Green Circle Button at the top right of the screen.
  31.  The Image Worktable will open.
  32.  Select IMAGE, then EDIT
  33.  Select Import Image
  34. Go to Special Effects and Choose Square Symmetries.  Resize to capture the whole tree.  Select the Winding style with the first button in the square symmetried dialogue box.  Add to Sketchbook.
  35. Go to Print and Export, Print, Photo Layout.  Your square symmetry  image will appear on the right side.  Drag it onto the top left of the layout page.
  36. In the top menu bar, select Scale.  You can hover over the buttons to find it.  It will scale the trees across the whole layout.
  37.  You can print it onto paper to create fun wrapping paper or to an EQ Printable fabric sheet.
Now that you have designed this with EQ8, come on over to my  Lori Miller Designs Blog to see ways I used this wrapping paper and fabric designs.
 
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 stitcher.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  She loves designing using Electric Quilt 8, Electric Quilt Mini and EQ Stitch.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

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. 

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Scrappy Toddler Tumbler Quilt

Posted 02-15-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

This adorable scrappy toddler tumbler quilt is made with a Tumbler block.  In this lesson, we will discover how to create a One Patch quilt and how to make a Custom Patch.  We will use the custom patch to create the same size 5 inch tumbler die that goes with my Sizzix Fabi fabric cutter,  If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can print the template instead.  Lets create! Scrappy Toddler Tumbler Quilt Size: 40″ x 40″ Skill Builders: Working with one patch designs Creating a custom patch 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 Scrappy Tumbler. Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice

EQ Mini Friday Fun – Fiesta Quilt

Posted 08-18-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Let’s have a party with this colorful Fiesta Quilt made with just one simple block from the block library of EQ Mini Software.  You can easily design a simple quilt with big impact using your new design skills.  This quilt is fat quarter friendly and I designed it with that in mind to use a fun stack of Joel Dewberry fat quarters that I had picked up at Quiltcon earlier this year.  I kept the blocks large to highlight the prints and was able to get two blocks from each fat quarter.  It uses a horizontal quilt layout, large scale blocks and fun colors in this delightful Fiesta quilt. Fiesta Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size: 48″ x 72″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal  layout Working with Size and Scale On to the design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the