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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 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 icon to open the quilt worktable.

From the New Quilt tab, select the custom set quilt option at the top of the screen.

Click on the layout tab at the top of the screen.  Set the size for the quilt to a 48 x 48  inch layout.

Click on the design tab at the top of the screen. Click on the adjust tool and set the grid layout to be  2 inches.

The grid layout will snap your blocks into place to align with the 2 inch grid markings.  This is a visual guide to your block placement.

Click on the set block icon at the left and then click on the three little dots in the block box to get a fly-out menu.  Click on ‘Add a Plain Block’.

Adding a plain block will allow you to set up a layout that works with the grid.  I know I have a 48 inch quilt layout so I will make my plain blocks a size that is divisible into 48 inches.  Therefor, my blocks will be designed as a 4 inch, 8 inch and 12 inch block sizes that will completely fill my layout area on the quilt. They will snap into place because of the 2 inch grid pattern I preset for the layout.

Click/hold/ and drag the plain block to anywhere on the layout area.

Repeat this process so you have 3 plain blocks on the worktable.

Click on each block and change their size with the adjust tool  to 4 x 4 inches, 8 x 8 inches, and 12 x 12 inches.  All of these sizes are divisible by 2 (grid snaps) and will fit equally into a 48 inch quilt layout.

Click onto each of the blocks and then copy/paste to make multiple blocks of each of the sizes enough to fill the quilt. Use the adjust tool to click/hold/drag/release the blocks to different areas.  Be sure to add the quilt layout to the sketchbook when done. 

Now that you have your layout complete, you can add any block to the layout area and it will fill the preset sizes you created.  Select a block you have saved into your sketchbook and then while holding down the control key (CTRL) on your keyboard, click onto any block in the layout and all the blocks will fill at once.

There is no way I will make all these small pieced blocks and stitch this quilt!  But, If I love the design, I can still work with it by saving the quilt as an image and printing the image several times and then piece those printed images on fabric to create a design that I would stitch together.

Click on File>Export Image and save it anywhere on your computer.

In the pop up menu, select the size you want to save it as.  I know I will use my printer that accepts 8.5 x 11 inch paper and fabric sheets so I choose to save the image as an 8 x 8 inch image.  From here I can just send it to the printer.

There are several ways you can create the image of the quilt to print onto fabric.  I created a similar quilt layout in another color way and printed the quilt layout image 4 times at an 8 inch block.  I then stitched the 4 blocks together to create a 16 inch block.  This was then used to make a pillow with the quilt layout I loved but I knew I would never actually piece together.

Here is the pillow I made by printing my quilt layout onto printer fabric and sewing it together.  Makes a very intricate pieced design simple to  ‘sew’.

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


Posted 09-16-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I absolutely love Bargello Quilts.  I love the colors, the movement, and the ability to create them so very easily in EQ8.  I can choose to use an EQ8 quick quilt layout option or I can design my own strips.  The options to create these are endless.  These designs look complicated but they are so easy to design and stitch that even a beginner can create these beautiful masterpieces. Bargello Quilts are simply, vertical strip quilts.  On each vertical strip, you define the number of blocks and the sizes of the blocks.  You also decide on the number of strips and the width of the strips.  Of course, you can easily insert a strip with no blocks to section off your quilt layout.  The design is entirely up to you. Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click on the Start With A Quick Quilt project icon.  In the Project

EQ8 Lessons With Yvonne–Curved Blocks Create Movement

Posted 07-15-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Your quilt may have a focal point where the eye rests (like in a medallion quilt) or it may have movement where your eye travels over the entire quilt top to discover many pleasing features built into the design.  Movement can be created with color repeats and with curved elements that cause you to travel over the quilt to take in the entire project.  In this blog we will discuss movement created with curved blocks.  There is more than one way to create the illusion of curves and movement. The easy way to create curves is to make a block with applique on it.  Placing the applique elements in a somewhat random placement that is slightly curved will create an overall curved design when added to the quilt layout. This does not really looked curved.  When placed onto a quilt layout and then having the blocks rotated with the symmetry

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne–Whole Cloth Quilting

Posted 05-20-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Whole cloth quilting can be accomplished by stitching free motion, in the embroidery hoop, or by printing templates and transferring the design to the quilt top to stitch through.  The choice is yours.  EQ8 aids us in this adventure of whole cloth quilting by providing stencil blocks in the Block Library built into the program. The EQ8 program gives us a visual of how the whole cloth quilt will look when stitched.  You can always change the layout once you start working on the quilt material itself.  For instance, on the quilt pictured above, I would not create a stencil for this wavy line border.  I would most likely use the serpentine stitch on my machine at maximum width and length and repeat the rows one beside the other stitching with my walking foot until the outer border was filled to my satisfaction.  I like to use this visual reference

EQ8 Lessons With Yvonne–Designing with Dresden Plates

Posted 03-18-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Dresden plate applique is a very old technique.  It lends itself perfectly to today’s machines with all their decorative stitches.  There are many blocks all ready in the library with the dresden fan blades that you can use for your particular design. Open your EQ8 program. On the opening screen, click on ‘search for block patterns’. In the BLOCK LIBRARIES box you will see under the 01 Classic Pieced section that there are 5 different sections for Dresden variations.  Click on the Dresden Four Fans section.  Click on the first image in the upper left corner.  Click on ‘Add to Sketchbook’ icon and then click on the word ‘close’ at the bottom of the library box. Since the original design is now in the sketchbook, we can edit it any way we want and add edited copies to the sketchbook without over writing the original block design. Click on the

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2017

Posted 12-17-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Are you using your EQStitch to design Christmas gifts?  Adding that special touch to a design with a monogram, custom design, or unique message makes the gifts we give mean more.  It shows we thought about the receiver of the gift while designing and stitching their gift. Using the features of EQStitch, you can double check your digitizing work before you go  to the machine.  This is especially important when time is limited.  Catch your errors and correct them before spending precious time stitching away only to find you are less than happy with the results.  You can rely on EQStitch to help you immensely in the digitizing process. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select embroidery as the new design type from the drop down menu. Click on the oval tool from the toolbar and select the heart shape. Move the cursor over