Welcome to Design and Sew 2 Lessons with Yvonne. This is lesson five (5) in this series and the last lesson of this series. We will be looking at blocks and changing the EQ8 program/project settings to edit existing block drawings. We will also continue working with unique layouts for quilts built into the program library. Color plays a significant role in how we view the quilts and we will discover how to change the color settings in the EQ8 program. Be sure to watch the video at the end of the blog first to get a feel for how the lesson will be laid out. A picture is worth a million words! We want to see what you have created in this series of lessons so be sure to add your comments and images of your layouts to the blog in the comments box at the bottom. Refer back
Welcome to Design and Sew 2 –Lessons with Yvonne. This is lesson four (4) in the series. In this lesson, we will highlight text and it’s applications in the EQ8 program. Text can be used in so many different ways to enhance our quilts. We will explore the use of text and how to make it a feature in your quilt designs. We will also look at different fabrics and layout options as unique backgrounds for our text elements. The video for this lesson is at the bottom of the blog page. I suggest you watch the video to start with and then do the written lesson after. This way you will have a good idea as to how we are going to step through the lesson to create the quilt designs. A picture is worth a thousand words, and when creating different text styles in one layout it is easier
Welcome to Design and Sew 2 – Lessons with Yvonne. This is lesson three (3) in this series. I hope you have enjoyed the first two lessons with this series. We are continuing with creating quilts in the EQ8 program without having to draw our blocks. There are thousands of blocks built into the program that we can use as they are or edit them slightly to create a block unique to us. This is also true for quilt layouts. There are many quilt layouts all ready for us to explore and add our unique touch to make them specific to us. This is a stand-alone lesson and you do not have to do the first two lessons in the series to do this one. However, we learn new tips and techniques in each lesson so you may want to try the lesson without doing any sewing of your designs
As crafting people, we rarely do only one type of craft. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, embroidery, photography, quilting, card making, and so much more are creative expressions of ourselves. Working with fabrics is my first choice of creativity. I love to work with fabrics, threads, designing, digitizing, and piecing it all together to create one cohesive design. EQ8 is a quilt design program that uses graphics to help us ‘see’ how our actual project will look finished while still in the ‘virtual world’ of creativity. As an educator for both machine embroidery and quilting, I can use my EQ8 to merge both of these creative loves of mine. For those of you who still have EQ7 with the EQStitch add-on program, you can create embroidery directly in your program. Everyone else uses another software program to create their embroidery. Have you ever wondered why EQ has an embroidery library? If
Welcome to Design and Sew 2-lessons with Yvonne. This is lesson number two (2) in this series. In this lesson, we will be creating unique blocks without drawing them ourselves. We will use blocks built into the program and then merge them with other patterns to create new blocks. This is easily done in the EQ8 program and offers stunning results. We will place these blocks into a quilt layout and create even more options as we manipulate the quilt layout worktable. This will be a fun and rewarding class. You may want to watch the video first at the bottom of this blog page before beginning your design. This helps you to visualize what it is you will be creating in this lesson. Launch your EQ8 program from your desktop. If you have changed the preference settings in the program since the last class, you need to go back
Welcome to the new DESIGN AND SEW 2–LESSONS WITH YVONNE. In this series of lessons, we will be concentrating on using the built-in elements of EQ8 to create our designs. We will not be drawing, but rather will be using what is already in the program and editing the designs to work for us in our new layout. Each session we will look at a different style and function of the tools for each style. You have two weeks between lessons so you will have time to sew your designs if you choose between each lesson. At the end of the lesson, you will find a video that shows me creating a design that follows the written lesson. You may prefer to watch the video first and then follow the step by step written lesson so you have a better idea of what direction we will be going with. You
A new DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 2, will be launching soon. I hope you can join me in this next set of free lessons on the Electric Quilt website. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter and lessons notifications. You can sign up for the newsletters and the blog postings there so you won’t miss any new lessons as they are posted. If you missed the first set of DESIGN AND SEW ALONG WITH YVONNE you can still access all those lessons here. The lessons will begin on May 3 and then a new lesson will be available every two weeks following that. May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14, and June 28. The two weeks between lessons will give you time to stitch your designs if you choose to do so. This series will focus on using the built-in designs and EQ tools to create your blocks and quilts.