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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

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–CALM DOWN BUSY PATTERNS

Posted 05-19-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Using up scraps when creating new blocks is a great way to try something new.  When scrappy quilts are made, you can easily use more than one block style and mix and match them with similar-sized blocks.  Since it is all scraps everything will work.   But sometimes, I find they can be very ‘busy’ looking.  A good way to mix multiple blocks without all the scrappy colors is to make the blocks monochromatic in color.  This calms the business of the design.

Open your EQ8 program, create a new project, and name it ‘Calm Down Busy Patterns’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the project helper box.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen.

Browse through the Block Library categories and choose a few blocks that have lots of little pieces to them.  Add them to the sketchbook.

 

Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.

On the ribbon at the top of the screen, under the NEW QUILT tab, select the Horizontal  option.

Click on the Design tab at the top of the screen and select Block Tools from the ribbon.

For this quilt, I am just using all the defaults for the layout.  I am not changing the block sizes, layout, or borders.  I just want to play with a busy design to see how I can calm it down simply through color applications.

Using the set block tool, click on each of the blocks you added to the sketchbook and add them in any layout pattern you want to fill the center of the quilt layout.

Add the layout design to the sketchbook. 

This is meant to be a scrappy quilt.  There are loads of different colors and little pieces.  This can often be a very busy-looking quilt.  To calm it down, you can use a monochromatic color palette to settle your design a little.

Click on the fabric tools icon on the ribbon at the top of the screen.  Click on the colors tab in the box on the left side of the screen to see all the solid colors. Click on any one of the colors to create a monochromatic layout.   Click on the three little dots and then select the ‘add shades & tints’ option from the menu.

 

In the menu box, you can insert and remove any of the colors by clicking on the words.  When you click on ‘remove’ you will have less options to choose and if you click on ‘insert’ you will have more options to choose from in this colorway.  Once you are happy with the colors to work with, click on the ‘add to sketchbook’ at the bottom of the box.

You will find this new color palette at the end of the built-in solid colors.  Scroll to the end to find your chosen color range.

Choose the spray can tool and then choose your color.  As you click on each of the elements of the blocks on the worktable while holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard, all similar colored pieces in the layout will recolor with one click. Be sure to color the border too.

Add the design to the sketchbook.

If you want to calm down the design even further, go back to the three little dots and choose a more muted color to add shades and tints to give a softer look.  You will find your new palette at the end of the colors that are built in.  Recolor your blocks for a softer look with these more muted colors.

Add to sketchbook 

This is just an example of how to view your quilt fabric choices before you begin.  You would then go to your stash of fabrics and choose similar colors to create the mood you want to portray in your quilt.   Create something bold and busy, calm and monochromatic, or something in between that can be viewed before you even begin your cutting and sewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–DESPERATE FOR SPRING

Posted 03-17-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I am desperate for spring to come.  I am tired of the gray and cold of winter.  Since I can’t change the weather, I will use my EQ8 to brighten my day by creating my spring quilt pillow design. Launch your EQ 8 program, make a new project, and name it ‘DESPERATE FOR SPRING’.  Click OK at the bottom of the box. Thinking ahead, I want to depict both the gray colors of winter with the bright first colors of spring flowers blooming.  I can accomplish this by using my EQ to create my fabric for the background and then adding applique fabrics to the foreground to show the contrast between the darkness and brightness of the days. The first step is to create the gray background fabric that I want to use.  I will use the EQ patterns in the library to design my fabric.  At the top of

Lessons with Yvonne – Scrap Buster Designs

Posted 01-21-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Start the new year by using up your scraps from the previous year’s projects.  Scraps seem to grow even faster than my collection of yardage.  My scraps get out of control so quickly.  EQ8 to the rescue!  Many blocks are suited exactly for the usage of scraps. Open your EQ8 program.  On the main page splash screen,  select the ‘Create a New Project’ tab, and then type in the name ‘SCRAP BUSTER DESIGNS’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the box. The name of the project should now show at the top of your screen. At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. In the Library box, click on the  + sign in front of the category  03 Foundation Pieced. In the subcategory, Crazy Blocks-Simple.  Select all the blocks in the category.  There are a total of 32 blocks in this section.  Once the blocks are selected,

Lessons with Yvonne–November 19,2023

Posted 11-19-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I need a Zen moment.  Life is going so fast!  Back to school, Halloween, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas planning all get jumbled together and come so fast!  I turn to my EQ to play a little and give my busy mind a rest.  How about you?  Do you use your EQ to unwind?  Zen to me means repeating patterns that intersect to create new patterns that I can choose to print, stitch, or deconstruct into pieces to meld together with other pieces.  I do love my stitches, so I tend to create in EQ and see how I can add stitches to my quilting to create that Zen feel. Open your EQ8 program then create a new project and name it ‘ZEN WITH EQ8′.   In the upper right corner of the screen, click on the block worktable icon to begin your design process.  The default setting in EQ

Lessons with Yvonne-September 17, 2023

Posted 09-17-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Fall is the time of year when I think of the color orange.  We see it in the changing leaves colors, pumpkins being carved for Halloween, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and much more.  I am not a huge fan of the color orange, but it is effective when used in small doses, blended with other colors, or as the highlight of an entire quilt made of oranges. Open your EQ8 program and give the new project a name called ‘Everything Is Coming Up Orange“.  Click OK at the bottom of the box to apply the project name. You should now see the name of the project at the top of the screen. Click on the project sketchbook icon on the far left side of the screen.  In the box, click on the fabrics heading.  Click on the three little dots in the upper right corner of the project sketchbook. 

Lessons with Yvonne–July 16, 2023 Testing Ideas in EQ8

Posted 07-16-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I have so many ideas bubbling up in my head.  I like to teach decorative stitching with a standard sewing machine, digitizing for an embroidery machine, and using the EQ8 program to create the background blocks to work with.  I can’t see all my steps in EQ8 but I can get a good feel for how the blocks will look that I can add further stitch embellishments to later. Open your EQ8 program.  Name your new project “Testing Ideas”. Click the OK at the bottom of the box to name the new project. You will see the name of the new project at the top of the screen. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.   On the ribbon at the top of the screen, select the ‘pieced & applique’ icon and then select the ‘easy + applique’ icon. My idea is to teach

Lessons with Yvonne–May 21, 2023–Quick and Easy Disappearing 9-Patch

Posted 05-21-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Disappearing 9-patch blocks are extremely popular to use in quilts.  They are easy to make in EQ8 using the Serendipity tools.  With just a few clicks you can see all the different variations of a 9-patch block using EQ8. Open your EQ8 program and create a new project called Disappearing 9 Patch.   Be sure to click the OK at the bottom of the box. Open the view sketchbook and locate the built-in EQ8 9-patch design. Select the 9-patch and then click on EDIT at the bottom of the box.  This will place the design on the block worktable. The block worktable opens up on the DRAW tab of the block worktable. Click on the COLOR tab at the top of the screen and recolor the block as below. Add to sketchbook  At the top of the screen, click on the BLOCK heading and select Serendipity>Clip and Flip. The Clip and