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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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EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Create Your Quilt Stencil to Match Your Block

Posted 07-18-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Once you create a block and quilt layout, the next step is to quilt the layout.  Sometimes you have no idea what would look good for a quilting stitch.  EQ8 can help us decide how to quilt a design by matching a block layout pattern with a quilt stencil.

EQ has loads of stencils built into the library but they may not match exactly what you have designed for a quilt block.  You can use your block drawing as a start for creating the stencil.

Open your EQ8 by double-clicking onto the logo on the desktop. 

When the program opens name a new project file “PRACTICE STENCILS”.

Click on the block worktable icon and select NEW BLOCK>Pieced>EasyDraw for the block worktable.

On the properties bar for the block worktable, use the default size of 6 x 6 inches and snaps at 12 x 12.

Click on the grid tool to select it.  The default for the grid tool is 3 x 3.  Using this setting,  move the cursor over to the drawing board and click/hold/drag/release a grid from the upper left corner of the block to the lower right corner of the block.  This will make a 9 patch block design.

Click on the color tab at the top of the screen.  Under the fabric tools on the ribbon at the top of the screen, select the paintbrush icon.  Click on a color for your block, and move the cursor over to the block worktable and click once in a square to color it.  Choose different colors for each square of the 9 patch block.

Add the colored block to the sketchbook.

Create a NEW BLOCK>Pieced>EasyDraw.  Use the same grid tool to create the same setup as the block previously.

Click on the line drawing tool to select it and then click/hold/drag/release the line tool to create ‘stitch’ lines within the block.  Create several different blocks using this method and add each one to the sketchbook as you create it.

Add each drawing to the sketchbook as you create them.

Click on the view sketchbook icon and open the sketchbook to the block heading.  You will see each of the line drawing images at the end of the blocks.

Right-click on each of the drawings one at a time and then select ‘copy to tab>stencils tab’.  This will place a copy of the block drawing on the stencils tab in the sketchbook without removing the block outline drawing from the blocks tab.

Click on the stencils tab in the sketchbook to confirm you have each of the line drawings in the stencils section.  Close the sketchbook once you confirm the stencils are there.

Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.  Click on NEW Quilt>Horizontal for the layout.

Click on the Layout tab and change the block size to 6 x 6 inches.

Click on the borders tab and then click on ‘delete’ to remove the default border strip.

Click on the Design tab and select Block Tools>Set Block.  Under the blocks heading, click on the colored 9 patch block you created and then move the cursor over to the worktable, and while holding down the control key on the keyboard, click once to set all the blocks into the quilt layout.

Add the layout to the sketchbook 

Stencils need to be added to the quilt worktable on layer 3 of the quilt.  Click on the Layer 3 tab at the bottom of the quilt layout design.

Click on the stencils tab in the middle of the sketchbook blocks tools.  Click onto each one of the blocks to select it and then drag it onto the worktable.  Just place them randomly, to begin with.

Click on the adjust tool icon to select it.  Move the cursor over to the worktable and click/hold/drag/release each stencil block to a new position that perfectly covers a 9 patch block.

To better see the designs with the background block, click on the little eyeball on the layer one tab at the bottom of the screen.  This will soften the colors of the blocks so you can see your stencil outline with the block in the background.

Preview the stencil designs to determine if they will work as quilt designs for your layout.  This linear design would work well for doing quilting with ruler work.  You may decide that you want to create an entirely different design now that you can see it against your background blocks.

Click on the print & export tab at the top of the screen.  Click onto a stencil block to select it.  In the print block dialogue box, change the style to outline drawing and then click on the preview at the bottom of the box.

On the print screen, you would print your pattern from this screen.

Remember to turn your layer one back on by clicking on the eyeball on the layer 1 tab.

Test different design patterns on your quilt layout to see what looks best to you.  You can always use a built-in stencil in the EQ8 program, but if you want to customize the stencil design you can use your block tools to create something unique to you.

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Fabric Choices Make A Difference

Posted 05-16-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

The month of May makes me think of Spring flowers and Mother’s Day.  There are some wonderful applique designs built into EQ8 that host a variety of flower shapes in one applique block.  This one block can look so totally different depending on the fabric choices used.  You can try out different fabrics in your designs to see what gives the best overall feel for the quilt block before you even begin shopping for the fabrics or before you begin cutting the fabrics already in your stash. Launch your EQ8 program and name the project May Flowers. Click on the OK at the bottom of the project helper box. At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. In the block libraries box, click on the word ‘search>by notecard’. In the search block notecard box, type in the word ‘mother’ and then click on the ‘search at the bottom of

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne – Using SVG Files from BlockBase+

Posted 03-21-2021 by | Posted in: BlockBase+   EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

The newest software release from Electric Quilt is here!  Block Base+ is the newest software that is a companion to the Block Base book.  Some of you may have the original Block Base CD that was released several years ago, but the new updated Block Base+ is fantastic.  It is so versatile with all the things you can do with it. The greatest new feature for the Block Base + program is that you can select a block and set the size you want and then export it as a .svg file.  This is very exciting because of all the cutting machines on the market today.  You can send your .svg file to your cutting machine and cut all the pieces needed for your block construction.  This saves a lot of time.  We can not save an image as a .svg file in EQ8, so having the ability to do

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Treat Yourself

Posted 01-17-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

2020 was a challenging year.  Start 2021 by treating yourself.  I turn to my sewing room for inspiration and it provides me with a calming retreat area in my own home.  It starts with my favorite inspiration tool–EQ8.  Browsing the huge built-in libraries for blocks and layouts gives me just the right space to start experimenting with new design ideas I had not tried before. I like to start my process by looking through the block library in EQ8.  I also have many add-on libraries that the EQ company has provided us with to add to the already massive library of blocks in the program.  I simply scroll through the library and look at the blocks and choose one that I have not tried before. Open your EQ8 program    and start a new project called ‘Treat Yourself in 2021′. I can look at the blocks by category or by construction method. 

Lessons with Yvonne – Use Your Birthstone Color to Create a Quilt

Posted 11-15-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

My birthday is in November.  The birthstone for that month is Topaz.  This is a yellow/orange color.  I don’t like that color at all.  But, as a challenge to myself, I will make a monochromatic block using that color.  I find it is good to challenge myself in all kinds of ways as this is when I grow the most and learn all kinds of discoveries. I once made a quilt in browns and oranges that I don’t care for either, but it is now one of my favorite quilts.  Surprise! Open your EQ8 and name your project ‘birthstone designs’. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced>Easy Draw. Set the block size to be an 8 x 8-inch block with 24 snaps horizontal and vertical. I don’t care for the colors I am using so I will create areas

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Six

Posted 10-11-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 6  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON SIX Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first five lessons of this series.  In this final lesson, we will work with the quilt layout worktable to bring our lesson block designs together to create quilt design options. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are stitching some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an image of your favorite quilt from this class to post to the EQ blog page in the comment

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Five

Posted 10-04-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 5  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON Five Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first four lessons of this series.  In this lesson, we will explore the Summer months and the holidays of July 4 (USA) July 1 (Canada).    Each set of lessons explores some different tools to use to create the 16-inch blocks we determined to be the size of all the blocks in our continuing lessons. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are sewing some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for