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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 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, click on the resize icon in the properties menu at the left and resize the element to about 30% of the original size.

While the smaller design is still selected, click on the wreath maker tool on the properties box at the left and create a ring of flowers.

Once the wreath design is on the worktable and still selected, use the resize tool to make the design fill the block worktable and the center block tool to center it in the worktable space.

Add the design to the sketchbook.

The program will ask you to name the file so I called mine “Spring Flower Stencils 3 Ways”.

There is a center area of the block where I can add more flowers to the design.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen and then select the 06 Motifs heading.  Select the sub category of Flower Heads.  I am choosing the Bud and Berries design from the library.  Add it to the sketchbook and close the block library screen.

Click on the view sketchbook icon on the left side of the screen and then click on the blocks heading under the motifs tab.  We are not creating an applique motif for our design so we can  select the flower design and right click to move the design to the stencils tab.  Now you only have an outline of the applique motif as a new stencil design under the stencils tab.

Click on the stencils tab to see the design in the sketchbook.  Click on the design to select it and then click on edit at the bottom of the box to place the outline drawing on the worktable.

The stencil line drawing will appear on the block worktable.  Click on EDIT>Select all at the top of the screen to select the entire design on the block worktable.  Now resize the block to about 50 % using the resize tool on the properties box at the left.

Add this new resized flower and berries to the sketchbook.  Click on COPY>Paste at the top of the screen  to add a copy of the design to the windows clipboard.

Click on View Sketchbook and locate the wreath of flowers we created under the blocks heading under the stencils tab.  Click on the design to select it and then click on edit at the bottom of the box to open it onto the worktable.

Once the wreath design is open on the worktable, click on EDIT>Paste at the top of the screen to add the flower with berries to the design.  You may need to resizeit slightly to fit well into the wreath.  You may also need to center the design in the middle of the block.

Add the design to the sketchbook.

The new spring flower design stencil can be used three different ways.

1.  Print the design onto paper and use it to trace or stitch through onto your quilt top for an intricate quilting design onto a block.

2.  Print the design on printer fabric and then use the outline to place raw-edge applique elements onto the printed fabric sheet.

3.  Print the design on printer fabric and color the elements with fabric felt pens or watercolor pencils to create a painted fabric block.

Use your imagination as to how you would use this detailed spring flower stencil design in your quilting project.


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

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