Check out the new February/March issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine! UPDATE: The quilt on the cover is by Deb Karasik. She designed the quilt in EQ7 and has been using EQ software for over 10 years. Read more about her, and her quilt on page 60. You can also check out more of her vibrant, gorgeous work on her website, debkarasik.com. Congrats Deb! Also, this lesson has some great tips for drawing realistic appliqué in EQ7, and drawing EQ appliqué in general. The article, by Andrea Bishop, has step-by-step instructions for drawing a particular, somewhat complex, block. Learning how to draw that individual block, along with the tips, will teach you how to almost any appliqué block. Don’t miss it!
Yes! Margaret’s EQ7 designed quilt, Sunset on the Water, is featured in the upcoming McCall’s Quilting March/April 2013 issue. Make sure you pick up a copy and get the pattern. See the Sunset on the Water feature page on McCallsQuilting.com and then enter to win an EQ7 from McCall’s! If you’ve paid attention, you’ve seen a lot of Margaret in 2012 magazines. She’s always busy with an EQ project here. Sometimes, in the EQ office, we joke about “checking on Margaret” because she’s often in her sewing room designing away with EQ7 or meticulously working on a quilt project. And everytime we do check in on her we find at least one new quilt or pillow finished and folded perfectly on the sewing table. Nearly every time one of use opens it and thinks, “Why is this beautiful quilt just sitting here!?” If we never dug through her piles of quilts, we wouldn’t
Just a few months ago we announced the new EQ7 add-on, Judy Martin Star Power; 110 blocks and 61 quilts to use in your EQ7! Plus, piecing diagrams for every block and quilt! One of our favorite bloggers, SewCalGal, has just posted a review (and give-away) for EQ’s new EQ7 add-on, Judy Martin Star Power. Read the full review and enter her give-away here.
The new year is almost here! For many of us that means setting some new goals and resolutions for ourselves in 2013. Have you thought about your quilting resolutions? Maybe you’d like to make a dent in that growing pile of UFOs or put some of those orphan blocks to good use. Here’s how EQ7 can help you design a project around already-sewn elements! You could find your patterns in the Block Library or draw them on the Block Worktable, but the quickest way to start designing around finished blocks is to take a photo of the sewn piece and import it into EQ7. In EQ7, click the Work on Image button. Then click the Import Image button on the left toolbar. Browse to the location of your photo, click on the file, and click Open. The photo will be on the Image Worktable. Now crop out the background of
Wee Share is a really cute and informative website for families. Run by three intelligent women, Angela, Desiree, and Rachael. They investigate, test, and review family friendly products. Wouldn’t you know, EQ7 made their list and their review was just posted! Angela talks about wanting a tool that allowed her to more efficiently design quilts. She writes, “I used graphing paper to start my sketches and then eventually transferred them to a plain white sheet of paper… If I ever decided I did not like an element of the quilt I had designed… I would have to start completely over on all my sketches and calculations. I really wanted the freedom to be able to design intricate and beautiful quilts quickly, efficiently, and with real “vision” of what the quilt would end up looking like.” Angela did her research and decided that EQ7 was the best tool for her need. After learning
At a time when the leaves have already changed and fallen, a little color to brighten the spirits is welcomed. Color My World, a quilt by Elizabeth Dackson appears in the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker and it’s vibrate and lively! The happy pinks, warm yellows, and spritely green fabrics put a colorful spin on basic snowball block used for this quilt. On page 24, right after Elizabeth’s quilt, you’ll find an EQ7 lesson titled, “Drawing a Block is a “snap” in EQ7″. This mini lesson will teachyou how to draw the Snowball quilt block in EQ7 quickly and with precise lines. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Quiltmaker Jan/Feb 2012 issue and try the lesson. Good luck!
Have you played with the Photo Symmetry options on the EQ7 Image Worktable? Warning: It’s addictive! You can take an ordinary photo and make some amazing images, all within EQ7. Here’s a photo I took recently at the local pumpkin patch. Nothing particularly exciting about this photo, but it does have some nice colors. I imported my image into EQ7 and edited it to the Image Worktable. Then I clicked IMAGE > Apply Symmetries > Circular. Now the fun begins! In the Circular Symmetries dialog box there are many options to choose from, which means you can get lots and lots of cool images, all from the same photo. Hexagons are a popular shape now, so I’m going to choose Isosceles Triangle as my petal shape, and 6 as my number of petals. In the Circular Symmetries dialog box I can drag the petal shape around on my photo and