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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

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Treat Yoursself

Posted 01-17-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  


2020 was a challenging year.  Start 2021 by treating yourself.  I turn to my sewing room for inspiration and it provides me with a calming retreat area in my own home.  It starts with my favorite inspiration tool–EQ8.  Browsing the huge built-in libraries for blocks and layouts gives me just the right space to start experimenting with new design ideas I had not tried before.

I like to start my process by looking through the block library in EQ8.  I also have many add-on libraries that the EQ company has provided us with to add to the already massive library of blocks in the program.  I simply scroll through the library and look at the blocks and choose one that I have not tried before.

Open your EQ8 program    and start a new project called ‘Treat Yourself in 2021′.

I can look at the blocks by category or by construction method.  This helps to narrow my focus, but I can just start at the top and work my way through the entire block library.  As I find a block I like, I add it to the project sketchbook.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Libraries and browse the libraries and add blocks to your sketchbook for inspiration.

I like the more complex blocks because they give me more room to experiment with colors for the numerous patches.  I also like the fact that the blocks when placed next to each other can create secondary and tertiary patterns.

I can resize my block to any size I want to make by simply changing the block dimensions on the screen.  There is no need to redraw a block just because you are changing the size.

After adding the design to the sketchbook, click on the view sketchbook icon to locate one of the blocks you saved.  Click on the block image in the sketchbooks and then click on edit to place it on the block worktable.

On the toolbar at the top of the block worktable, type in the size of the block you would like to make.  A large size single block can make a nice wall hanging with just one block.

Click on the color tab and color the block.  Add it to the sketchbook when done.

Another great feature of the program is that I can take my complex block and make that individual block into a quilt layout.  By using the block on the quilt worktable, I can automatically resize the block into a large quilt with one setting.

Click on the quilt worktable and set the layout for a horizontal quilt that is 1 x 1.

Click on the quilt worktable and set your layout to 1 x 1 and set the size to be for a large quilt, perhaps 48 x 48 inches.  Add your block to the layout area.

Adding borders to a single block on the quilt worktable will add even more interest. Set the width of the border on the borders tab at the top of the screen.

Click on the Design tab and select auto borders to try out and see how it compliments your center block.  Make the border sizes any width you like to add to the overall size of your quilt.

Add to sketchbook when done. 

I can also take a single block and use it in any of the built-in quilt layout libraries to get yet another completely different look to a quilt.  EQ has done the work for me.

Click on LIBRARIES>Layout Library and choose a unique layout and add it to your sketchbook.  Open the layout on the quilt worktable and add your block to the design layout for a completely different looking quilt using the same block from your block worktable.  This is instant gratification!

Add your block to the layout you choose to create another entirely different look.

You can easily get lost in creating unique designs while playing with your EQ8.  What a treat to watch the blocks and colors come to life!

Take some time to de-stress the events of the previous year by starting this new year playing with your EQ8 program to inspire you to a new level of creativity for 2021.

Lessons with Yvonne – Use Your Birthstone Color to Create a Quilt

Posted 11-15-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

My birthday is in November.  The birthstone for that month is Topaz.  This is a yellow/orange color.  I don’t like that color at all.  But, as a challenge to myself, I will make a monochromatic block using that color.  I find it is good to challenge myself in all kinds of ways as this is when I grow the most and learn all kinds of discoveries. I once made a quilt in browns and oranges that I don’t care for either, but it is now one of my favorite quilts.  Surprise! Open your EQ8 and name your project ‘birthstone designs’. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced>Easy Draw. Set the block size to be an 8 x 8-inch block with 24 snaps horizontal and vertical. I don’t care for the colors I am using so I will create areas

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Six

Posted 10-11-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 6  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON SIX Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first five lessons of this series.  In this final lesson, we will work with the quilt layout worktable to bring our lesson block designs together to create quilt design options. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are stitching some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an image of your favorite quilt from this class to post to the EQ blog page in the comment

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Five

Posted 10-04-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 5  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON Five Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first four lessons of this series.  In this lesson, we will explore the Summer months and the holidays of July 4 (USA) July 1 (Canada).    Each set of lessons explores some different tools to use to create the 16-inch blocks we determined to be the size of all the blocks in our continuing lessons. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are sewing some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Four

Posted 09-27-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 4  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON FOUR Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first three lessons of this series. In this lesson, we will be looking ahead to Springtime.  During Spring we have the holiday of Easter.  You may choose to not celebrate the holiday, celebrate as a religious holiday, or celebrate in the secular retail promotion of the holiday.  The choice will be yours. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these classes written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an image of your favorite block from this class to post to the EQ blog page in the comment section.  Please make sure your image you post is indeed from this class.  If you need

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Three

Posted 09-20-2020 by | Posted in: Design and Sew Along   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts   Lesson 3  

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON THREE Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first two lessons of this series.  In this lesson, we will explore the winter months and the holidays of New Year, and Valentine’s Day.  Each set of lessons explores some different tools to use to create the 16-inch blocks we determined to be the size of all the blocks in our continuing lessons.  Parts of this lesson three will be challenging.  So, if you found the first two lessons a little simple for you, hold on tight as this gets more challenging! Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these classes written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an

Lessons with Yvonne – Back to School

Posted 09-20-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne   Favorite Posts  

Let’s celebrate going back to school!  A great way to start a new school year is to make a little gift for the teacher.  EQ8 can help us design a very simple little ‘mug rug/coaster’ for the teacher.  Open your EQ8 and name a new project called ‘back to school’. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Click on New Block>Pieced and Applique>Easy Draw. At the top of the block worktable, set the dimensions to be 4 x 6 inches with 24 snaps horizontal and vertical. On the left side of the screen, click on the grid tool to select it.  Set the properties to be 2 columns by 3 rows.  Move the cursor over to the drawing table and click/hold/drag/release the cursor from the upper left side of the block area to the lower right side of the block area.   Add to