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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–DESIGN AND SEW ALONG–LESSON 5

Posted 03-22-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 5  

Welcome to the DESIGN AND SEW ALONG WITH YVONNE Lesson 5.  This is the final lesson in this series.  We will add a block border to our previous blocks and explore how the EQ8 program helps us to accomplish this.  I often do not think of a border until the center of my quilt is constructed.  This way I can try out different border options to see what will work best with the center blocks I have designed.  Instead of posting our blocks to the blog page at the end of this lesson, I am asking that you post the image of your completed quilt layout for others to see.

Launch your EQ8 program from your desktop.

On the opening page, click on ‘open an existing project’ and navigate to your DESIGN AND SEW WITH YVONNE project.

Confirm that you have your project open by seeing the title of the project at the top of the screen.

In the sketchbook, click on the Quilts heading and find the last layout for the quilt we created in the last class.  Click on it to select it and then click on ‘edit’ at the bottom of the sketchbook box to open it on the quilt worktable.

With the quilt layout on the quilt worktable, click on the borders tab at the top of the screen.  In the previous lesson, we deleted the default border for EQ8.  We will now add a border that is the size of our blocks.

Select the borders tab and then click on the word ‘add’ in the border options box on the left side of the screen.  Click on the ‘All’ to set all sides of the borders to be 8 inches.

You could choose a border type on this screen but we want to use the preset designed borders in the EQ8 program to see which style would look best for this quilt.

Click on the Design tab at the top of the screen and select the auto borders icon to open the auto borders selection box.

EQ8 has many styles of borders to choose from.  In the selection box, click on the down arrow to see the selection types.

Click on the Plain Swag to select it and then click once on the border area of the quilt worktable to apply the design.

The design is applied as it is shown in the EQ8 design auto borders selection.  This is close to what we want for size but not for the layout.  This can easily be edited.

Click back onto the borders tab at the top of the screen.  The size is correct but the number of blocks does not align with our center blocks.  At the bottom of the border options box, set the number of blocks in the border to be 5 x 5.

You can see that the outer border blocks now align with the number of inner blocks and the 8-inch size of the border matches the 8-inch blocks we created in the center of the layout.

Now click back onto the DESIGN tab at the top of the screen.  Click on the Block tools icon at the top of the screen. Click on the set block icon and then select the foundation pieced block we created in our second lesson.

Once the block is selected, while holding down the control key on the keyboard (CTRL),  move the cursor over to the corner block area.  Click once to set all four corners at the same time.

The corner blocks are going in the wrong direction.  Click on the rotate tool to select it from the box on the left side of the screen then move the cursor over to the corner blocks and click on one block at a time until it rotates into the correct position.

Add to sketchbook

The color of the outer border is not correct.  We need to change it to blend with our center blocks.

Click on the fabric tools icon at the top of the screen.  This will give us our fabric tools selections.  Click on the eyedropper tool in the sketchbook fabrics and colors box on the left side of the screen.

With the eyedropper tool selected, click on a color from one of the blocks on the quilt worktable to pick up that color.  Once you have picked up the color, move the cursor over to the blocks of the border and while holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard, click once on a background area to color all the blocks at one time.

Repeat this same process and use the eyedropper to pick up the correct color for the swags and color them with one click while holding down the control key(CTRL) on the keyboard.

Add to sketchbook

The quilt layout is complete and colored in the correct order and is in our sketchbook.  We do not need to print a pattern for the corner blocks as we printed them in the second lesson.  We do need to print the blocks for the new swag elements we added in this class. We can print a block pattern from the quilt worktable.

At the top of the screen, click on the Print and Export tab then move the cursor over to one of the border blocks with the swag shape and click on it to select it.  You will see the size of the block shows up along with a green selection box around it.  Now that it is selected, click on the ‘templates’ pattern printing option.

The print template box will open.  Notice how the name of the pattern is already there.  This happens when you are using a block that is built into the program.  It is already named for you.

You can choose if you want a seam allowance printed (for needle turn applique) or uncheck for no seam allowance (for fusible applique).  I choose not to print a key block as there is only one shape we need.  We do need 20 patterns for the outer border, but you may choose to print only 1 pattern and use it multiple times.  Click on the word ‘preview’ at the bottom of the box to see the pattern.

On the print screen, click on the block to select it and then click on the word ‘delete’ to remove it.  We don’t need a pattern to cut a simple block.  We do need to remember when cutting that it is cut to 8.5 inches square.  Once the block is deleted, print the template from this screen for your swag applique.

Close the print template page after printing and close the preferences box also.

At the lower right side of the quilt worktable screen, you will see the finished size of the quilt shown.

This is great information to have.  It helps us when designing to see if the size fits our needs.  We may need to add or delete blocks/borders to have the size we require.

From the quilt worktable, we can have the program tell us how much fabric of each color we may need.

While still on the print and export tab, click on the ‘yardage’ icon at the left side in the print patterns box.

In the print yardage estimates box, click on the down arrow and tell the program what width of fabric you are using.  At the beginning of the class, I gave you the yardage estimates based on a 44-45 inch width of the fabric. I also assume you are using a .25 inch seam when sewing together your blocks. Click on preview at the bottom of the box.

On the preview page, click on the words ‘zoom in’ and then click/hold/drag/release the mouse to create a box around the fabric requirements.  This makes it easier to see the yardage on the computer screen.  When I print the page, it is easy to read without the zoom.  You will print your fabric requirements from this screen.

You can go to your personal stash of fabrics to see if you have enough fabric, or when you print this chart you can take it to the fabric store with you to purchase the correct amount of fabric for the quilt layout.

Close the print screen and close the Print estimates box when done printing.

I do find the estimates to be enough fabric.  I also like to wash/preshrink my fabric before cutting so I often buy slightly more to allow for fabric shrinkage and wide selvages marked on the fabric that eats into usable fabric area.

I like to look at my quilt worktable layout without all the distracting block outlines.  On the far left side of the screen, click on the hide/show block outlines icon.   This is a toggle switch that can be turned on and off at any time during your design process.  With the outlines off you can have a nicer view of what the fabrics will look like without the block outlines.

 No  block outlines showing on quilt worktable

While we are still on the print and export tab, click on the export icon and save an image of the quilt layout.  This is the image I need you to post in the comment section of the blog page.  You may need to go back to lesson 2 to see how to save and post your image to the blog page. We all want to see what your final quilt layout looks like.

The very final step to any quilt is determining how to finish the edges.  I did not include any binding on this quilt because it is such a personal choice.  I often make my quilt envelope style without any binding needed.  Or, I sometimes use the scraps of material left over from my blocks and piece them together to create a binding that changes colors as it goes around the outer edge.  The binding can also vary in width.  Some like a very narrow binding but others like a little more prominent binding.  I did not include fabric requirements in this quilt for the binding edge.  If you want to make a binding and need to know how much fabric you will require you can go back to the borders tab of the quilt worktable and add another border and determine the width of the border (binding) you want to use.  Once you have the border determined, the program will show you how much fabric you will need for the border/binding edging.  The choice is up to you.

Before we finish this class we should go back and clean up our sketchbook. We added several steps to our blocks and quilt design layout as we were creating our quilt.  We only need the final blocks and quilt layout now that we are complete.

Click on the ‘view sketchbook’ icon on the left side of the screen.  When the sketchbook opens, make sure you are on the ‘quilts’ heading and we will delete the quilt layouts we no longer need.  Click on each of the first three layouts we added to our sketchbook and then click on the word ‘delete’ at the bottom of the box.  EQ8 will ask if you are sure you want to do this.  Click ‘YES’ in the box to complete removing the quilt layouts you select.  You should only have the one final quilt layout in the sketchbook when complete.

Click on the blocks heading in the sketchbook to see all the block steps we have added.  Click on the line drawing of the block and delete it.

For the 4 patch block and the purple EQ8 swag block, right-click and ‘select coloring’. You can also access this by clicking on the three dots at the upper right corner of the sketchbook box.  

Click on the line drawing of the colored block. Click on the word ‘delete’ at the bottom of the sketchbook to remove the line drawing and all its colorings.  Do this for both the purple swag block and the simple 4 patch block.

NOTE: When a block is colored, EQ8 automatically saves the line drawing, creates a grayscale drawing, and has the fabric colored block stacked one on top of the other.  You can see them by either clicking on the three dots at the upper right corner of the sketchbook or by right-clicking and selecting the line drawing to delete the block.

Now that we have completed the steps of this DESIGN AND SEW LESSONS WITH YVONNE, you can choose how your final quilt will look with your own fabrics. When I went to buy my fabric, the store did not carry the line of fabrics I designed with.  I had to choose a different fabric that was somewhat close to the quilt layout I designed.  You can easily change your mind when gathering your fabrics.  Your pattern pieces will work no matter what fabric you end up with.

Below is my sewn quilt using the fabrics I bought that are similar in color and texture to the fabrics I designed using the EQ8 program.

I have enjoyed producing this DESIGN AND SEW LESSONS WITH YVONNE for you.  I am inspired to see how each of you has taken these lessons and made them your own with your color choices.  Watch the video below to see me creating the quilt design.  I look forward to seeing you in future classes that will be produced over the year.  Enjoy the EQ8 program !!

 


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LESSONS WITH YVONNE–Celebrate Holidays with Placemats

Posted 03-15-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Did you know that EQ8 has placemat options already built into the program ready for us to personalize and use for our favorite festive occasions?  It makes designing and sewing these mini-projects really quick and simple. Launch your EQ8 program from the desktop. Click on the folder on the left side of the screen and name your new project ‘Holiday Placemats’.    Look at the top of your screen and make sure the named project is at the top.  This way, all the work you do on placemats will be in this one project folder. Click on LIBRARIES>Layout Libraries at the top of the screen. In the layout library box, on the left side of the box, navigate to EQ8 Libraries>Layouts by size>Placemats. Select the third layout in the pane by clicking on it.  A blue selection box will appear around it.  Add it to the sketchbook. NOTE: Most of

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–DESIGN AND SEW ALONG -LESSON 4

Posted 03-08-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 4  

Welcome everyone to the DESIGN AND SEW ALONG LESSONS WITH YVONNE.  This is lesson number four(4).  I think you may have noticed up to this point that we can accomplish designing quilt blocks in several different ways.  You will determine what is your favorite way to use in the future.  This lesson will challenge you a bit more in thinking about how to create a quilt block/layout and how you will be able to print the pattern. Open your EQ8 program and then open the existing projects folder   to find the DESIGN AND SEW LESSONS WITH YVONNE project. Close the project sketchbook when it opens. Confirm that the project name is at the top of your screen.  This is a good double-check to make sure you are indeed in the correct project for this lesson. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. We will

LESSONS WITH YVONNE-DESIGN AND SEW ALONG-LESSON THREE

Posted 02-23-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 3  

Welcome to Lesson 3 of DESIGN AND SEW WITH YVONNE.  I hope you were successful in creating and stitching the last lesson on paper piecing.   In this lesson we are creating two very similar types of blocks; Easy Draw and Easy Draw with Applique. There are a total of 8 Easy Draw (pieced blocks) and 5 Easy Draw + Applique blocks. Launch your EQ8 program.  The opening screen will open to an ‘untitled’ project. Navigate to the project named ‘Design and Sew Lessons with Yvonne’ using either the folder icon on the left side of the screen or the ‘open an existing project’ in the center of the screen.  Click on the name of the project and then click on the ‘OK’ at the bottom of the screen. . The project sketchbook will open.  Just click on the ‘close’ at the bottom of the sketchbook. Confirm at the top of your

LESSONS WITH YVONNE-DESIGN AND SEW ALONG-LESSON 2

Posted 02-09-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 2  

Welcome back.  This is the second lesson in the DESIGN AND SEW LESSON WITH YVONNE.  Over the course of the lessons we will be creating 4 different types of blocks–pieced, paper pieced, applique motifs,and pieced block with an applique added within the size of the block. In this lesson we will create a paper pieced block for our quilt; print the pattern for the block; and upload an image of our creation to the blog page for everyone to see.  You will decide if you just want to create a virtual quilt or actually stitch the blocks required for the quilt layout. Our finished block size will be 8 inches.  All blocks in this quilt design will be 8 inches. Double click on your EQ8 icon on the desktop to launch the program. This time when we open an existing project we will click on the folder to open the project

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–DESIGN AND SEW ALONG –LESSON 1

Posted 01-26-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 1  

Welcome to Design and Sew Lesson 1.  I look forward to hearing from all of you here on the blog page.   The lessons will be posted on the blog page the first and fourth Sunday of each month.  The dates of the lessons will be January 26, February 9, February 23, March  8, and March 22, 2020. We will be constructing the quilt shown below.  Lessons will have information on the layout, block design, printing the lesson, printing the block pattern, printing the fabric requirements and more.  Below is an image of the quilt we will be constructing.  You may choose to do the same colors as I have or you can substitute your own colors.  I have shown the quilt and the  amount of fabric yardage you need in both full color and in grayscale. If you choose to make this quilt layout as presented, the over all size

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–My Favorite Tools in EQ8

Posted 01-19-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I use EQ8 for all my quilt block and layout ideas that I want to test out.  There are several tools that I love to play with when designing.  Each of us has our own style when it comes to quilting, but it is so easy to try something new/different when playing with the the EQ8 design tools.  I would like to share a couple of tools I use fairly consistently when working with the program.  I would love to hear what is your favorite tool. One of my favorite tools is on the Quilt Layout Worktable.  Since I live in a very small apartment, I don’t have a design wall available to me to view my blocks in various positions.  With the Symmetry Tool  under the sketchbook block tools, I can rotate my blocks with one click to see various layouts for the blocks.  I can view up to