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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–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 16 various layouts with a simple click on the worktable with the original layout appearing on the 17th click.

As I find a layout I like, I add it to the sketchbook to revisit before I begin cutting my block fabrics. I recently designed my quilt guild raffle quilt using this tool to create the design that worked well for the block we used.

Completed quilt all ready for quilt guild raffle. 

Another of my favorite tools is on the Block Worktable. 

Under the new block tab, I select Applique>Motif.

Once you click on the shapes tool you will have various shapes to select from.  My two favorites are below that, these are the StarMaker Tool and the PosieMaker Tool.

Both the StarMaker and the PosieMaker tools work in the same way.  Click on either one and in the new pop up box you can use the slider bars at the left to morph the shape to be anything you wish.  Then just click the OK at the bottom of the box to place one shape on the worktable.

Once you have your shape created, select the shape and then use the WreathMaker tool to play with the layout  using the slider tools on the left side of the box to create the shape repeated around a wreath circle.  NOTE: I always use an odd number of shapes with the WreathMaker so I don’t need to worry about it being aligned perfectly in the center of the block . The odd number of shapes will allow you to lay it out easily.  Click OK in the bottom of the box once you have a layout you like.

This tool lets me see how the shapes overlapped will look when created.  I use this more as a visual rather than an exact pattern.  The applique shapes will be placed  onto my background loosely following this design layout.

These tools are only a couple of the tools I really enjoy working with.  I am sure you have your favorites too.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ways the tools are traditionally used in order to create something new and unique for yourself.

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–INTRODUCING NEW ‘DESIGN AND SEW ALONG’ LESSONS

Posted 01-12-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Sew Alongs  

Welcome everyone to our newest sew along lessons!  We are calling this ‘DESIGN AND SEWING’ .   The lessons are for everyone but can be especially beneficial for the beginner EQ8 user.  Following along with the lessons and creating the pattern will be a great way to learn how to use the tools in the EQ8 program. The lessons begin with this introduction on January 12 and there will be a new lesson posted every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month for 3 months.  The first designing lesson will be January 26, 2020.  There will be instructions on how to create the blocks and the layout for the quilt below.  This will include all the different block styles, border options, and printing of the patterns for each of the blocks for construction.  You will be able to download and print the lesson from the website to follow along.  You will

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–IT’S MY BIRTHDAY

Posted 11-17-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

EQ8 is so versatile.  Not only can you create quilts, but with the Image worktable, you can create any image you wish using the EQ tools and blocks to create a photo design.  You don’t need to worry about block size or placement on the quilt layout table.  Just arrange the images and blocks in the way you want your layout to look and then save the image to your computer to use for sending best wishes to people through any internet medium you choose (Facebook, Instagram, messenger, etc).  Try this project and send your image in an email to that special person in your life or just post it to the internet for everyone to see. Start by opening your EQ8 program and click on the quilt worktable icon  on the upper right side of the screen. Set the layout to be 1 block horizontal quilt layout with the

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–MUST BE AUTUMN

Posted 09-15-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Fall colors are rich and vibrant. Fall to me means colored leaves, pumpkins, and cooler evenings with bright sunny days.  Looking around outside you can see that every color imaginable is represented in nature.  The colors blend, contrast, and define each other.  Therefore, anything goes!!  I design in fabric prints, solids, and a gradient palette of my own making.  All of this is possible to do in EQ8. When I am designing I may not necessarily be making a pattern to follow. Often, my design is simply a source of visible inspiration.  I can ‘see’ how the quilt will look when completed.  EQ8 is often a place for me to just test out ideas. The easiest way to stir creativity is to begin with an idea and build on that.  Often, I am under a time crunch so I will look in the huge EQ8 library first rather than try

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–CUTE BABY DESIGNS

Posted 07-21-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

When teaching classes, I often design my pattern and notes in gray scale.   If I use color, the students like to reproduce my work and make theirs exactly as I have done.  If I create in gray scale, the students seem to feel more free to use their own fabrics in their own favorite colors.  EXAMPLE–Show a child’s quilt in blues and they automatically assume it is for a boy.  If they wanted a quilt for a girl, they dismiss attending the class based on the picture of the blue child quilt.  So designing in gray tones and suggesting coloration options often works out better.  The students become more individual and creative without further influence from myself.  I love the value of  unique  creative expression. Open your EQ program. Click on the quilt worktable icon at the upper right side of the screen. Before we begin our quilt layout we

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–PAPER PIECING PIT FALLS

Posted 05-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

I absolutely love doing paper piecing because of the accuracy.  My points always match and my material is always stable with the paper pattern.  But, just because you can draw a pieced design does not necessarily mean it can be easily paper pieced. Two of the biggest issues I see when teaching paper piecing drafting is that the images people want to paper piece can’t really be sewn with a paper piecing method, or they are so complex the beginner designer may just give up.    The other concern is when you design a paper pieced block that has multiple seams coming together at one place and it creates an impossible bulk in the seams that are difficult to make it lie flat with pressing.  These issues can be prevented when thinking ahead during the pattern drafting process. Take a look at the image below.  It is very intricate and

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–SPRING FLOWER STENCILS

Posted 03-17-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Spring is coming up fast.  It makes me think of new beginnings with new fresh flowers and the leaves budding on the trees.  This inspires me to start a new quilt celebrating the flowers sprouting up from the cold winter ground. Open your EQ8 program and click on the ‘design a block from scratch’ heading on the opening page. On the block worktable, click on the new block tab>applique>motif. On the block properties bar at the top of the worktable, set the block size to 8 x 8 inches. In the drawing tools box at the left click on the shapes icon and then click on the stencil maker icon. In the dialogue box, use the slider bars to change the shape of the elements to create a flower like design then click OK to place it onto the worktable. Once the design is on the worktable and still selected,