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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 – Create a Personal Fabric Library

Posted 06-21-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

I have had a lot of questions about creating personal libraries in EQ8.  Many of you want to create your own libraries containing your favorite fabrics from your Stash or from a particular manufacturer.   If you have taken pictures of your stash and imported them into EQ8 or have imported other fabrics into EQ8, you can create and store them in their own library.

Electric Quilt allows you to set up your own fabric libraries under My Favorite Fabrics.  When you create your own library, the fabrics that you put into it will be available to use in any project you want to design.

Here is how to create that space.

  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Go to the top Main Menu and click LIBRARIES, choose Fabric Library.  The dialogue box will open.
  3. Select the My Favorite Fabrics section.
  4. Click the Create Library button and the Add new Library dialogue will open.
  5. Enter a Name for your library.  (Hint: I like to add by fabric manufacturer and then add the different lines as subcategories underneath that.  You may want to store by color or maybe type of fabric like 30’s or batiks.)
  6. Choose the the number of styles or sub categories you would like.  Hint: A style might have the fabric likes, or maybe you group by colors.  Use whatever makes the most sense to how you design.)  You can add up to 59 styles but you can always change that so I start with 10.  Click OK.
  7. You now have created your own library!

 Copying the fabrics you want to add to My Fabric Favorites

  1.  Open the Fabric Library
  2. Click to choose the section of the library where you want to copy your fabrics from.  If you have imported pictures of fabric in your Sketchbook, you would click on the sketchbook.  If you have imported fabrics, you would go to the Import Results section.  In this example, I have imported in the Princess Palette by Mirah Batiks and they are in the Import results.
  3. Select the fabrics you want to add.  Click the Copy button.  You can hold down the CTRL/CMD key to select additional fabrics.
 

 Add and Save the fabrics to My Favorite Fabrics.

  1. Click on the My Favorite Fabrics section
  2. Click on the library name.  In this example, Mirah Batiks.
  3. Click the style name you want to add the fabrics to.  For this example, we are going to add them to Style 1.
  4. Click the Paste button.  You can add up to 254 fabrics to each style.
  5. Lets name the style, right click on Style 1.  A dialogue box will open.  Click on Modify Style.
  6. Enter the name of the Style.  In this example, the swatches copied were The Princess Palette collection by Mirah Batiks.
  7. Click Save Library button.  Click OK.
  8. You fabrics will now be added into the style of your own fabric library.
  9. You can always go back and update the library name and the number of styles.  Just right-click on the library name and click to Modify Library.
  10. Enter a new name or new number of styles.  Click OK.

Deleting fabrics from My Library

  1. Go to the top Main Menu and click LIBRARIES, choose Fabric Library.  The dialogue box will open.
  2. Select the My Favorite Fabrics section.
  3. Open the Library and then the style containing the fabrics you want to delete.
  4. Select the items to be deleted.  Click the delete button.  Click OK.
  5. Click Save Library when you are through deleting to save the new version of the style without the deleted fabrics.  If you delete all the fabrics, the style will be empty.  You can then rename the library and style to reuse again.

Deleting an entire My Fabric Favorites library.

  1. You will need to go to Windows Explorer or Mac Finder and open (My) Documents/My EQ8/User Favorites.
  2. You should see your My Library files there.
  3. Click the file you want to delete.  Press your keyboard Delete key.  This will delete the entire library, including all styles within that library.
Hint:  If you want to add your own personal Block Libraries, the process is the same using the Block Library, My Favorite Blocks.
 

For More Information:

Go here for more information  Importing Fabric from the web, a camera or scanner.

Remember, there are many more fabrics already built into EQ8 besides what you will find in each default project.  You can find them under the Fabric libraries from the Main Menu and add fabrics to your projects from there.

There are additional free fabric downloads every month on the DOYouEQ.com website

And you can always purchase additional fabric swatches from the Stash files available  HERE.

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 – EQ8 Update Insider Block Worktable

Posted 05-03-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Hello!  Have you been following along with the EQ8 Update Insider?  Here is the last insider post of the new EQ8 Updates for the Block Worktable.   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! If you missed my previous two posts, check out the General Updates including how to download the update HERE and get the scoop on the Quilt Worktable updates  HERE. Lets explore the Block Worktable Updates. Thicker lines when drawing on the Block Worktable You now have the option to make the drawing segments thicker on the DRAW tab only.  This may help you to see your drawn blocks with more clarity since the lines will be easier to see. To turn thick lines ON, click the gear button on the main toolbar of the Block

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Insider Update Quilt Worktable

Posted 04-26-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Welcome back to the EQ8 Update Insider.  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! In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the Quilt Worktable Updates to the program. Solid Seam Allowance Lines You could always print seam allowance lines with dashed lines.  Now you have the option to print seam allowance as a solid line.  For many folks, this solid line is easier to see on their printers.  Since everyone’s printer is different, see what works best for you. You can find this checkbox option in the Print dialog box for Templates And in the print dialogue box for foundation patterns. Thick Seam Allowance Lines You can also now display thicker seam allowance lines on Template and Foundation printouts. 

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

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