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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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Posted 11-17-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

EQ8 is so versatile.  Not only can you create quilts, but with the Image worktable, you can create any image you wish using the EQ tools and blocks to create a photo design.  You don’t need to worry about block size or placement on the quilt layout table.  Just arrange the images and blocks in the way you want your layout to look and then save the image to your computer to use for sending best wishes to people through any internet medium you choose (Facebook, Instagram, messenger, etc).  Try this project and send your image in an email to that special person in your life or just post it to the internet for everyone to see.

Start by opening your EQ8 program and click on the quilt worktable icon  on the upper right side of the screen.

Set the layout to be 1 block horizontal quilt layout with the size of the block to be 8 inches with a border around the edge.  (You may choose to have a different size or border if you wish.)

Click on the Image Worktable icon at the upper right side of the screen,  Click on Import Image and navigate to the image you wish to use in your design. Click on the image to select it and then click on the ‘open’ at the bottom of the box.  This will place the image on the worktable.

Depending on the image composition, you may want to use the image edit tools to get the best clarity of the picture.  Once you edit the image, add it to the sketchbook.

I know I want to add items around the image on my birthday greetings so I can browse the library to see what I may want to use.

Click on the block worktable icon.  Once you are on the block worktable, click on LIBRARY>Block Library to open the box with all the built in designs that are in EQ8.

I chose to do a search for a ‘gift’ to see what was available.  Once I located a gift image I added it to my sketchbook.

Click on the view sketchbook icon.  Click on the block of the gift to select  it  then click on the word ‘edit’ at the bottom of the box to place it on the worktable.  Color the design the way you want and add it to the sketchbook when done.

Click on the quilt worktable icon.  Click on the design tab/photo tools at the top of  the screen and then select layer two of the quilt at the bottom of the screen.  Set the photo on your worktable and size/position it using the adjust tool to where you want to have it on the project. Add to sketchbook.

Click on layer one at the bottom of the screen and using the fabric tools color the elements of the layout.  Add to sketchbook

Click on layer two of the quilt layout, set the block of the gift you colored onto the layout.   Resize and position it to one corner of the layout.  It will be behind the photo image that was laid first. Click on the adjust tool and select the gift block and then click on ‘bring to front’ on the tools box at the left side of the screen.

Add a text message to your layout while still on layer two.

On the design tab, click on the fabric tools icon.  Choose a solid black as your color choice.  This will help to contrast your text words so they stand out from the background.

Click on the text tools icon at the top of the page.  Set the properties inside the tools box.  In the drop down menu, select a bold style of text and set the size to 1 inch with the bold option clicked on.

With the set text tool selected, move the cursor to the layout area and while holding down the shift key on the keyboard, click/hold/drag/ release a selection box on the layout.  You will see a flashing cursor.  Type in your message.  You may need to do this a couple times depending on how many words and lines of text you wish to have.

Once the text is on the layout, use the adjust tool to select the text and move it to the proper position on the layout area.

This may look a little odd, but don’t forget we are making an image and not an actual quilt.  Click on the hide/show outlines tool at the far left of the screen to turn off the outlines of the elements.  This will make the image look more like a photo rather than block elements.  Add this to the sketchbook.

Click on the print & export tab at the top of the screen.  Select the export and image selection.  In the pop up box, name your image and determine where the image will be saved on the computer.  Note this is now saving as a .jpg image.  Click on save at the bottom of the box.

In the pop up export images properties box, just click on the OK at the bottom of the box.  This is good enough as it is for sending an email or internet posting for a birthday wish.

Remember to toggle the block outlines tool back on so you will be able to see your next project properly.

By adding the design to the sketchbook as you go along, you can easily go back and edit a design without having to start all over.  Just go back to where you went off track and continue designing from that point on.  If you only save once at the end of designing you won’t have all the steps in the sketchbook to work out if they need editing.

Your image is now ready to be sent.  Enjoy playing with this option in EQ8.  Remember, you don’t always have to make a quilt or block in order to use the powerful tools of the EQ8 program.  Get creative with your designs and enjoy the process while making unique special greetings.


Posted 09-15-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Fall colors are rich and vibrant. Fall to me means colored leaves, pumpkins, and cooler evenings with bright sunny days.  Looking around outside you can see that every color imaginable is represented in nature.  The colors blend, contrast, and define each other.  Therefore, anything goes!!  I design in fabric prints, solids, and a gradient palette of my own making.  All of this is possible to do in EQ8. When I am designing I may not necessarily be making a pattern to follow. Often, my design is simply a source of visible inspiration.  I can ‘see’ how the quilt will look when completed.  EQ8 is often a place for me to just test out ideas. The easiest way to stir creativity is to begin with an idea and build on that.  Often, I am under a time crunch so I will look in the huge EQ8 library first rather than try


Posted 07-21-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

When teaching classes, I often design my pattern and notes in gray scale.   If I use color, the students like to reproduce my work and make theirs exactly as I have done.  If I create in gray scale, the students seem to feel more free to use their own fabrics in their own favorite colors.  EXAMPLE–Show a child’s quilt in blues and they automatically assume it is for a boy.  If they wanted a quilt for a girl, they dismiss attending the class based on the picture of the blue child quilt.  So designing in gray tones and suggesting coloration options often works out better.  The students become more individual and creative without further influence from myself.  I love the value of  unique  creative expression. Open your EQ program. Click on the quilt worktable icon at the upper right side of the screen. Before we begin our quilt layout we


Posted 05-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I absolutely love doing paper piecing because of the accuracy.  My points always match and my material is always stable with the paper pattern.  But, just because you can draw a pieced design does not necessarily mean it can be easily paper pieced. Two of the biggest issues I see when teaching paper piecing drafting is that the images people want to paper piece can’t really be sewn with a paper piecing method, or they are so complex the beginner designer may just give up.    The other concern is when you design a paper pieced block that has multiple seams coming together at one place and it creates an impossible bulk in the seams that are difficult to make it lie flat with pressing.  These issues can be prevented when thinking ahead during the pattern drafting process. Take a look at the image below.  It is very intricate and


Posted 03-17-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Spring is coming up fast.  It makes me think of new beginnings with new fresh flowers and the leaves budding on the trees.  This inspires me to start a new quilt celebrating the flowers sprouting up from the cold winter ground. Open your EQ8 program and click on the ‘design a block from scratch’ heading on the opening page. On the block worktable, click on the new block tab>applique>motif. On the block properties bar at the top of the worktable, set the block size to 8 x 8 inches. In the drawing tools box at the left click on the shapes icon and then click on the stencil maker icon. In the dialogue box, use the slider bars to change the shape of the elements to create a flower like design then click OK to place it onto the worktable. Once the design is on the worktable and still selected,


Posted 01-20-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I was at an EQ8 class not too long ago and we were all making quilt layouts.  I was laughed at because my layout was so intricate that one observer said “You would never make that!”.  It had so many details to the piecing pattern in multiple sizes that it would indeed have been a challenge.  I often play with my EQ8 program to see what I can create.  But, I may not necessarily have the time to make it in fabrics.  No problem!  EQ8 lets me still be creative and use the most intricate of patterns I can think up. I find designs very interesting if they are one block only made in multiple sizes and all sewn together.  This can be accomplished easily using the custom set quilt layout options in the EQ8 program. Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click on the work on quilt

LESSONS WITH YVONNE-Applique Christmas Block Quilts

Posted 11-18-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Christmas evokes all kinds of childhood memories for me.  Some people think of the tree and decorations, some think of presents under the tree, some think of the amazing Christmas meal, but I think of Winter Wonderland.  I love Winter.  I loved being outside in the crisp clear air with the sparkle of snow surrounding me.  I think of ice skating, making snowmen, sledding and tobogganing.  I am 65 years old now and I tried ice skating a little while ago.  It did not go well!  But, I can relive my childhood with a Winter Wonderland quilt theme. Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click either on the ‘design a block from scratch’ or on the ‘block worktable icon’. On the block worktable, under the ‘new block tab’, click on the ‘applique icon’ and then click on the ‘motif icon’. NOTE: A motif is an applique without the