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Yvonne

As a quilter and machine embroidery individual, I learned very quickly that I could do so much more with my computerized machines if I knew how to use the computer and all the different programs that support our quilt designing and machine embroidery designing. I had already retired from my career as a dental hygienist of 40 years to now become even busier with my career of teaching sewing and all the related topics.

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Lessons With Yvonne-January 2023-Inspired Thread Painting with EQ

Posted 01-15-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Thread is the glue for our stitching.  Without thread, there would be no sewing of any kind.  Art quilters use different mediums to create their amazing masterpieces.  Thread plays a big role in the decorative/embellished look of artsy quilts.  If you can’t draw, like me, I can use EQ8 to help me create my designs first and then use my threads or paints to finish my project.

Launch your EQ8 from your desktop. 

 Click on the ‘create a new project’ icon on the upper left side of the screen.  The project helper screen will open.  Name your project ‘Thread Painting Using EQ8′. Click on the OK at the bottom of the box.

Confirm that the project’s name shows at the top of the screen.  Once it is named, everything you add to your sketchbook while working on this project will be listed under this named project.

To create a Thread Painting design when you can not draw yourself, you simply need to be able to print an outline design onto your chosen fabric to follow when adding your threads.  The stencil blocks built into EQ 8 are perfect for this.

At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library> 07 Stencils.  Click on the little ‘+’ sign in front of the 07 Stencils category to open the group.

Scroll to the bottom of the category and click on the ‘Wreaths’ group to see all the stencils in that group.  Once you see the elements of this grouping, scroll to the end of the designs and select the ‘Feathers’ wreath.  Once it is selected it will have a blue selection box around it.  Click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ in the upper right corner.   Once that is completed, click on the word ‘close’ at the bottom of the block libraries box.

Click on the ‘view sketchbook’ icon on the far left side of the screen.  The project sketchbook will open.  Click on the ‘blocks’ heading and select the ‘stencils’ tab at the top of the sketchbook.  Click on the Feather wreath image to select it.  Click on the word ‘edit’ at the bottom of the project sketchbook box.

The design will now open onto the block worktable where it was created.  It will be shown on the worktable as a 6-inch block under the draw tab.

Click on the ‘Print and Export’ tab at the top of the screen.  Select the ‘print block’ icon. 

In the ‘print block’ box, click on the ‘use size from worktable’ and then select the printing style to be an ‘outline drawing’.

Click on the ‘options’ tab at the top of the print block box and uncheck the ‘print block name’.  Click on the down arrow and select the line thickness that you wish to use to print your design onto fabric.  Click on the word ‘preview’ at the bottom of the print block box to see how the design will print onto your fabric.

The preview of the block design will open on the print screen.  Load your fabric into your printer and then select the ‘print option’ at the top of the screen.  NOTE:  I have chosen to use an EQ printable fabric in a solid color as the fabric onto which I will create my thread painting.

Once your design is printed onto your fabric you can stitch the design with threads of your choosing.  There are many different ways to stitch the design and you can use any specialty threads to add depth to your design through color, thread thickness, and stitch types you choose to use.

Enjoy your thread painting without the hassle of having to trace designs or free-form drawings to create your design elements onto the fabrics.  EQ provides the artwork for you!

November 2022–Lessons with Yvonne–My Favorite Colors

Posted 11-20-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

My favorite colors are Blue, Purple, and Fuschia.  Most of my fabric stash is in these colors.  When I design a quilt or block in EQ8 I often start with grayscale colors and add my favorite colors later.  I prefer to have all my favorite colors in one project that I can return to with future projects and import the fabric library I created with my favorite colors. Open your EQ8 program and create a new project named ‘My Favorite Colors’. I start making my favorite color project by removing all the blocks and fabrics in the EQ program by default.  This way I can create a clean sketchbook with only the blocks and fabric colors I like. In the sketchbook under the blocks heading, click on the three little dots on the upper right side.  Click on the option to ‘clear all unused blocks.   In the pop-up box, click

September 2022–Lessons with Yvonne–Multi-tasking Quilt Projects

Posted 09-18-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

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’

July 2022-Lessons with Yvonne–Summertime Quilt Planning

Posted 07-17-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I would prefer not to quilt in the summer months.  I find handling a quilt in summer to be too hot during warm weather.  Instead, I do all my planning and designing during the summer using my EQ8 and then I am ready to go when the cooler weather starts.  I sit outside in the sunshine with my computer and get lost in the design process of creating quilts. Double click on the EQ8 icon to launch the program. On the opening screen, click on the new project icon on the upper left side of the screen. In the project helper box, click on the ‘create a new project tab’ and then type in the name ‘Summertime Quilt Planning’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the box. I used the colors of the clear blue sky and the bright oranges and yellows of the summer sunshine to be my

May 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Spring Is In The Air

Posted 05-15-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Let’s celebrate Spring!  I am trying to be positive, it is still snowing where I live.  I really want Spring. 1. Double Click on the EQ8 Icon on your desktop and launch the program.  When the program opens, click on the New Project icon  and name the new project ‘Spring Is In The Air’.  Click on the OK at the bottom of the box. 2.  Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.  Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced and Applique>Easy + Applique at the top of the screen. 3.  At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. 4.  In the block library box, click on search>by notecard.  Type in the search word ‘tulips’. Click on the word ‘search’ at the bottom of the box. Click on the OK in the search results box. 5.  Scroll over in the box until you find the

March 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Interpreting the Designs

Posted 03-20-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I love my EQ8 program. It is the most important tool in my sewing room. I have been in love with EQ since I first began using it when it was version EQ4.  In teaching lessons on how to use the program to create quilts, I noticed two different mindsets with the students.  One is that they just want to accomplish what can be done to create quilts/blocks with the program. Another is how to interpret the designs into something unique for themselves.  This goes much further beyond the design process alone.  Individual interpretations of the designs are what make our work come to life. Launch your EQ8 program from the desktop by double-clicking on the icon.  On the opening screen, click on the New Project icon and the project helper screen will open.  Type in the name of the new project to be ‘Interpret Designs’.  Click the OK at

January 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Playing with Fonts

Posted 01-16-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Fonts are not just letters and numbers.  Fonts can also be represented as designs.  You can use TTF (True Type Fonts) in EQ8 to create unique designs using the text tool. I use free fronts from the Da Font website.  https://www.dafont.com/  Selecting only the TTF format of fonts, I download them to my Font Folder on my computer.  EQ8 can read the TTF files using the text tool to create the designs I want.  Dingbats are a type of font that is an image.  I use dingbats to create pictures I can use in EQ8. Download the TTF of your choice and install it in the Fonts folder on your computer. NOTE:  Install the fonts before you open EQ8.  If you install the fonts after EQ8 is already open, it may not pick up the new font in the computer font folder. Open your EQ8 program and create a new