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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 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 Helper box, click on the Strip Quilt.TP8 menu and then scroll to the right to see the bargello quilt layout.  Click on the OK in the bottom of the box to open the project.

The project sketchbook will open.  Click on the Quilts heading and then scroll through the quilts to select the bargello quilt.  Click on the quilt and then click on ‘edit’ in the bottom of the box.  The quilt will open on the quilt worktable.

EQ has designed a traditional Bargello pattern in the quilt layout for you.  If you like this layout, simply color the quilt with the fabrics of your choice and add it to the sketchbook. .  Name your project in the pop up screen.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!!

Recolor your design with the fabric color in the sketchbook under the fabric tools heading.  Add to sketchbook when done.

You can always draw your own unique Bargello Quilt layout using the Quilt Worktable tools.

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

Click on QUILT>New Quilt>Vertrical Strip at the top of the screen.

The default for the EQ8 program is to open a vertical quilt with four strips and a border.  You can edit this to your liking.

Under the layout tab I changed my settings to have 6 vertical strips to start with.  I have the width of the strips vary by 1/2 inch increments starting with 3.5 inches and the smallest being 1 inch.  You could set your strip sets to be whatever widths you want.

The borders throw off my eye so I click on the borders tab at the top of the screen and delete the borders.  Add to sketchbook. 

Click back onto the layout tab and assign the number of blocks for each row and the size of the blocks.  Off set every other row.  I leave the last row without blocks so I can create a spacer strip on my quilt.

Now that I have the strips width and block styles assigned, I can clone these as much as I want to create the strips across the quilt top.  Click on a strip to select it and then place a check mark in front of the word clone and then click on add in the layout box.  The new strips will be added with the design type you assigned to the far right edge of the quilt layout.  Add the quilt layout to the sketchbook when you are done creating your strips. 

Now the fun begins.  Click on the design tab at the top of the screen.   Click on the fabric tools icon at the top of the screen to see the fabric palette. In the fabric tools box at the left, click on the paintbrush then select the straight line paintbrush from the selection box.

I find it easiest to create one or two stepped lines of fabric color and then add colors from that point on either above or below that first strip.  Using the line paintbrush tool helps me to color all the blocks in a continuous stroke.

Continue painting in your rows of fabric colors staggered across the quilt to create flowing patterns of color repeats.  I also include a solid strip to break up my design and change directions of the strip sets with my fabric choices. If you make a mistake, just click on the undo arrow at the left  side of the screen  to recolor your strip.  Add to sketchbook.

Get creative and have loads of fun with this type of quilt layout!

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

EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2017

Posted 11-19-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Those pesky jump stitches!  Not all embroidery machines automatically trim jump stitches.  The newer models of machines can be set to trim jumps over a certain length.  But, older model embroidery machines do not always trim jump stitches for you.  All machines will cut and tie off the threads when going from one color to another.  Did you know that EQStitch can help you to trim those stitches even for an older model machine? Consider text designs.  You most often stitch all the text with one color thread.  That means a jump stitch from letter to letter.  Often the jump stitches can be small and hard to get hold of to trim later.  Digitizing effectively can help with that. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch work table icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>embroidery. On the embroidery work table tool bar, click and hold the little black button at the


Posted 10-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Sometimes the simplest designs have the highest impact on a quilt.  Consider the modern quilt movement.  Very little print on the fabric and very few design elements on the quilt allow the quilter to showcase the stitches themselves.  Why not make a simple applique a focal point on a rather plain quilt and highlight that applique with some embroidery stitches.  Applying the applique to a whole cloth background as an embroidery element can bring the quilt to life. Click on your EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Click on the drawing board options icon on the project bar at the top of the screen. In the options box, click on the machine applique setting and select and ‘E’ stitch with the following properties.  Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box