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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.

Recent Posts by Yvonne

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 ‘stencil tulips’.  Click on it to select it.  It will have a blue selection box around it.  Click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ in the upper right corner of the box.

6.  Still in the blocks search box, click on the word ‘search>by notecard, at the bottom of the box.  This time type in the word ‘vase’ into the search box and click on the word ‘search’.

Click on the OK in the search results box.

7.  Scroll over to locate the ‘simple vase’.  Click on it to select it.  It will have a blue selection box around it.  Click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ in the upper right corner of the box.  Click on the word ‘close’ at the bottom of the box.

8.  Click on the ‘view sketchbook’ icon on the far right side of the screen. 

In the sketchbook, under the Blocks heading, click on the tulips to select them.  Click on the word ‘edit’ at the bottom of the box.

The design will now appear on the block worktable.

9.  Click on the applique tab a the bottom of the worktable.  Click on Control +A on your keyboard (Command +A on a Mac) to select all the elements of the design.   Right click>Copy to place a copy of the tulips on the clipboard.

10.  Click on the view sketchbook icon on the far left side of the screen.  Under the Blocks heading, locate and click on the vase.  Click on the word ‘edit’ at the bottom of the box.

The vase design will open on the block worktable.  Click on the applique tab at the bottom of the worktable.

11.  Move the cursor over to the worktable and right-click> paste to add the tulips to the block.

12.  The default size of the block is 6 inches.  This is way too small for all the elements we want to add.  Type in the size of the block to be 12 x 12 inches on the properties bar at the top of the worktable.

All the elements on the worktable will resize to fill this new 12-inch block size.

13. With the tulips still selected, click on the resize icon in the patch properties box at the left.  In the pop-up resize screen change the size to be 50% horizontal and vertical.  Click OK at the bottom of the box.

14.  Using the pick tool   , hold down the shift key on the keyboard and click on both the vase and the band on the bottom of the vase to select the entire vase image.  Click on the resize icon in the patch properties box at the left and then resize the elements to 50% both horizontal and vertical.  Click OK at the bottom of the resize box.

15. Using the pick tool select just the elements of the tulips and move them to the top of the vase.  Once they are in position, click on the ‘send-to-back’ icon on the patch properties box.   Once they are in position, click on the control +A on your keyboard (Command +A for Mac) to select everything on the page.  Once it is all selected click on the center in block icon on the patch properties box at the left.

16.  Using the pick tool , hold down the shift key on the keyboard and click on each of the elements of the tulip on the left side of the vase. 

17.  Once the elements are selected, click on the word ‘clone’ in the properties box to get a copy of the flower.  Move the pick tool cursor over to the center crosshair and click/hold/drag/release the flower to the side so you have room to edit it.

18.  While the tulip is still selected, type in the rotation to be 270 and click on the word ‘apply’ to turn the tulip to the side. 

19.  Click on the edit tool to select it.  With the edit tool, click on the stem of the tulip.  Click on the corner nodes of the stem and pull them down into the vase area.

20.  Click on the pick tool to select it.  Hold down the shift key on the keyboard and click on each of the tulip elements to select them all including the stem.  Click on the ‘send to back’ icon in the patch properties box.

21.  While the tulip is still selected, click on the word ‘clone’ in the patch properties box.  Move the cursor over the center crosshair and click/hold/drag/release it on the opposite side of the vase.  Click on the ‘flip left to right’ icon to change its direction.  Once it is in the proper direction, click on the ‘send to back’ icon to place it behind the vase.

22.  Click on the shapes tool icon in the patch properties box.  Select the half hexagon shape by clicking on it.  

Move the cursor over to the worktable and click /hold/drag/release a shape on the worktable.  

23. With the half hexagon still selected, click on the ‘flip top to bottom’ icon  in the patch properties box. Click on the center crosshairs with the pick tool to move the element into position under the vase’s lower edge.  Click on the ‘send to back’ icon in the patch properties box.

The vase of flowers now appears to be sitting on a tabletop.

24.  Using the pick tool, click on one of the petals of the tulip.  Click on the word ‘clone’ four (4) times.  Use the pick tool to drag the petals onto the tabletop.  Place them in any direction you wish.

Add the design to the sketchbook 

25.  Click on the color tab at the top of the screen.  Using the paintbrush tool, select different fabrics and click on the elements of the design to color them in.

Add to sketchbook 

Enjoy your spring flowers.  They won’t last long but they sure are pretty to see after a long cold winter!

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

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Simple and Beautiful

Posted 11-21-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

My experience with teaching quilting and machine embroidery over the years is that the simplest projects are liked the best by the students.  When I present a challenging lesson or a lesson with lots of steps to create amazing designs, I often don’t get people excited about the whole process.  When I give them something incredibly simple and quick to create, they O0h and Ahh over it for months afterward. I like to be challenged to learn more, do better, get more creative, and try things I would normally never do.  I don’t care to repeat the same process more than once because I get easily bored.  The more I have to work to get the results I want, the more I am learning during the process.  That does not mean that I can’t appreciate quick and easy projects. Open your EQ8 and name a new project called ‘Precuts and

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-QUICK COLORING FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT

Posted 09-19-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Our quilts are often about color.  Sometimes it is the design itself that is the focus, but the eye sees color before it sees patterns.  I love designs that have a bit of a dimensional look and are quickly created with color. Launch your EQ8 project to start.   On the opening screen, click on the little piece of paper with the green starburst on it on the upper left side of the screen.  This is the new project icon. In the project sketchbook, name your project ‘Quick Coloring for Maximum Effect’. Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Choose NEW QUILT>One Patch from the ribbon at the top of the screen. The default for the program is to open to the Hexagon one patch layout. Click on the Layout tab at the top of the screen.  In the drop-down menu, select the rectangle

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

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