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Design & Discover – One Patch Quilts

Posted 02-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

There are lots of different styles of One Patch quilts. Each of these types can be edited…meaning the options are pretty endless! (Here is more information on how to edit the patch shapes.)  Also, it is helpful to know how the patches are counted. Now that you know the basics, let’s get started! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click One Patch Click LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter: Horizontal – 12 Vertical – 20 Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H) Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Fabric Tools Click Paintbrush You can color each patch one at a time or you can also try using the Paintbrush Subtools. For example, the Oval Brush draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up. Once you have your quilt colored

Design & Discover – Designing a Basic Quilt

Posted 01-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Did you just get EQ8? Or, would you like a basic lesson on how to design a basic quilt? This quilt has a horizontal layout with elements placed on Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3. Let’s get started! When you open EQ8 you will see this screen. Click Design a quilt from scratch In general the idea is to work on the tabs from left to right. You can always click back and forth between tabs to change things as you go along though. Under the first tab – NEW QUILT click Horizontal Now click the second tab – LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make it Horizontal: 3 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make it Width: 9 Height: 9 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING make it Width: 0 Height: 0 Now click the third tab – BORDERS Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal Under Border

Design & Discover – Pointed and Scallop Borders

Posted 12-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Borders can add so much to a quilt! We’ve covered using the Border tab and Auto Borders but these quilts are a little bit different. These are the two quilts we will be designing in this lesson. If you’d like to skip to the scalloped border go to step #41. Pointed Border Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal > LAYOUT tab Make the NUMBER OF BLOCKS: Horizontal: 1 Vertical: 5 Make the FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS Width: 12 Height: 12 Make the FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING Width: 0 Height: 1 Click the BORDERS tab Click the Add button two times or until you have three borders. Click on the first border and make it: Long Horizontal Left: 1 Top: 0 Right: 1 Bottom: 0 Click on the second border and make it: Long Horizontal Left: 2 Top: 0 Right: 2 Bottom: 0 Click on the third border and make it: Long

Design & Discover – Bargello Quilts

Posted 11-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Bargello Quilts are easy and fun to make in EQ8! Let’s get started! Click New Quilt > Vertical Strip Click the LAYOUT tab. Change the width of the first strip to 3 inches. Change the strip style to Pieced Blocks. Change the NUMBER OF BLOCKS along length to 15 Click to check the Clone the selected strip box. Click Add until you have 24 strips. The box shows how many strips you have. Experiment with different widths until you get a layout that you like. Click Add to Project Sketchbook . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.) Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and start coloring your layout. You can also use different subtools of the Paintbrush

Design & Discover – Fabrics and Photos

Posted 10-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Sometimes it is hard to know if you should import your image as a photo or a fabric. The main difference between the two options is that if you import the image as a fabric, the image will tile. An image imported as a photo will not tile, it will stretch to fit the patch you place it in (on Layer 1).  Here is more information. Here the first patch has an image imported as fabric, and it is tiling. The second patch shows an image imported as a photo and it is stretched. Neither image is the right size for the patch. To fix this you can either change the size of your patch (by clicking the Layout tab), resize the image to fit or crop the image to fit. Here are some more tips and information. In this case I changed the layout to fit the size of

Design & Discover – Drawing Applique Blocks!

Posted 09-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Let’s get to know the basics of drawing an applique block! Before getting started it’s important to understand how the Snap Points work and how they will effect your drawing. It would also be helpful to see what everything on the Precision Bar does and see all the options. When the Pick tool is selected you will see these options. They are pretty self explanatory (except for maybe the WreathMaker). But, notice everything that is available. When the Edit tool is selected you will see these options. Here is more information on what they all do. Drawing Lines Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Block Note: ○ If you want to draw an applique block, EQ8 gives you two choices: Block or Motif. With the addition of the StencilMaker for a Motif, the tools and techniques are the same in both styles. The only, but big, difference is Block has

Design & Discover – PolyDraw!

Posted 08-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

In PolyDraw, you construct the block by drawing closed patches (unlike EasyDraw where you draw straight or curved lines and the software creates the patches for you). You must start and stop at the same point to finish a patch. Double-clicking at the start/stop point will close the patch and release the tool from the worktable. The patches you can draw are determined by the grid and snap points you select. This type of drawing can be a lot of fun because there are special grids that make designing easier. There are six grid options. Here are some things to note before we get started: All lines or arcs must start and stop at the same point (after you’ve clicked other points). Although adjacent patches will share edge lines, they will be drawn twice, once for each patch. You should not draw patches that overlap. Which grid you choose will determine

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