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EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne

September 2022–Lessons with Yvonne–Multi-tasking Quilt Projects

Posted 09-18-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Do you work on more than one project at a time?  Do you start a project and get stuck and then move to another project?  Did you know you can save partial projects in EQ to return to later to complete?  EQ makes it easy to start and stop projects and return to them later to complete or edit. If I am not sure what I am going to design and I just want to practice, I create a special project file named ‘Practice”.  Everything that is just a thought I want to try out goes into this file until I have developed my design idea.  I can then go back to the original design and pull it out of the Practice file to create a specific project for it. Open your EQ8  When the splash screen opens, select the ‘new project’ icon and name the project  ‘Practice”.  Click ‘OK’

July 2022-Lessons with Yvonne–Summertime Quilt Planning

Posted 07-17-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I would prefer not to quilt in the summer months.  I find handling a quilt in summer to be too hot during warm weather.  Instead, I do all my planning and designing during the summer using my EQ8 and then I am ready to go when the cooler weather starts.  I sit outside in the sunshine with my computer and get lost in the design process of creating quilts. Double click on the EQ8 icon to launch the program. On the opening screen, click on the new project icon on the upper left side of the screen. In the project helper box, click on the ‘create a new project tab’ and then type in the name ‘Summertime Quilt Planning’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the box. I used the colors of the clear blue sky and the bright oranges and yellows of the summer sunshine to be my

May 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Spring Is In The Air

Posted 05-15-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Let’s celebrate Spring!  I am trying to be positive, it is still snowing where I live.  I really want Spring. 1. Double Click on the EQ8 Icon on your desktop and launch the program.  When the program opens, click on the New Project icon  and name the new project ‘Spring Is In The Air’.  Click on the OK at the bottom of the box. 2.  Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.  Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced and Applique>Easy + Applique at the top of the screen. 3.  At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. 4.  In the block library box, click on search>by notecard.  Type in the search word ‘tulips’. Click on the word ‘search’ at the bottom of the box. Click on the OK in the search results box. 5.  Scroll over in the box until you find the

March 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Interpreting the Designs

Posted 03-20-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I love my EQ8 program. It is the most important tool in my sewing room. I have been in love with EQ since I first began using it when it was version EQ4.  In teaching lessons on how to use the program to create quilts, I noticed two different mindsets with the students.  One is that they just want to accomplish what can be done to create quilts/blocks with the program. Another is how to interpret the designs into something unique for themselves.  This goes much further beyond the design process alone.  Individual interpretations of the designs are what make our work come to life. Launch your EQ8 program from the desktop by double-clicking on the icon.  On the opening screen, click on the New Project icon and the project helper screen will open.  Type in the name of the new project to be ‘Interpret Designs’.  Click the OK at

January 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Playing with Fonts

Posted 01-16-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Fonts are not just letters and numbers.  Fonts can also be represented as designs.  You can use TTF (True Type Fonts) in EQ8 to create unique designs using the text tool. I use free fronts from the Da Font website.  https://www.dafont.com/  Selecting only the TTF format of fonts, I download them to my Font Folder on my computer.  EQ8 can read the TTF files using the text tool to create the designs I want.  Dingbats are a type of font that is an image.  I use dingbats to create pictures I can use in EQ8. Download the TTF of your choice and install it in the Fonts folder on your computer. NOTE:  Install the fonts before you open EQ8.  If you install the fonts after EQ8 is already open, it may not pick up the new font in the computer font folder. Open your EQ8 program and create a new

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Simple and Beautiful

Posted 11-21-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

My experience with teaching quilting and machine embroidery over the years is that the simplest projects are liked the best by the students.  When I present a challenging lesson or a lesson with lots of steps to create amazing designs, I often don’t get people excited about the whole process.  When I give them something incredibly simple and quick to create, they O0h and Ahh over it for months afterward. I like to be challenged to learn more, do better, get more creative, and try things I would normally never do.  I don’t care to repeat the same process more than once because I get easily bored.  The more I have to work to get the results I want, the more I am learning during the process.  That does not mean that I can’t appreciate quick and easy projects. Open your EQ8 and name a new project called ‘Precuts and

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-QUICK COLORING FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT

Posted 09-19-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Our quilts are often about color.  Sometimes it is the design itself that is the focus, but the eye sees color before it sees patterns.  I love designs that have a bit of a dimensional look and are quickly created with color. Launch your EQ8 project to start.   On the opening screen, click on the little piece of paper with the green starburst on it on the upper left side of the screen.  This is the new project icon. In the project sketchbook, name your project ‘Quick Coloring for Maximum Effect’. Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Choose NEW QUILT>One Patch from the ribbon at the top of the screen. The default for the program is to open to the Hexagon one patch layout. Click on the Layout tab at the top of the screen.  In the drop-down menu, select the rectangle

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