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
Quilters and puzzle enthusiasts have a lot in common—they both like to fit little pieces together! Why not combine both interests and make a puzzle from your favorite EQ quilt design? Puzzles are great for gift-giving (or just something fun to make for yourself!). Export an image of your finished quilt design in EQ8 and turn it into a puzzle using your favorite photo service. I used one of our free project downloads for this puzzle. Click here to download the Outstanding Orchard project for EQ8. First, check out the puzzle options available at your favorite photo site. There are lots of different photo services available online, and many of them offer a product for turning a photo into a puzzle. I choose the 10” x 14” 252-piece puzzle available on the Snapfish site. Most of the photo puzzles I found were in a rectangular format. Since the original quilt
Once you create a block and quilt layout, the next step is to quilt the layout. Sometimes you have no idea what would look good for a quilting stitch. EQ8 can help us decide how to quilt a design by matching a block layout pattern with a quilt stencil. EQ has loads of stencils built into the library but they may not match exactly what you have designed for a quilt block. You can use your block drawing as a start for creating the stencil. Open your EQ8 by double-clicking onto the logo on the desktop. When the program opens name a new project file “PRACTICE STENCILS”. Click on the block worktable icon and select NEW BLOCK>Pieced>EasyDraw for the block worktable. On the properties bar for the block worktable, use the default size of 6 x 6 inches and snaps at 12 x 12. Click on the grid tool to
The month of May makes me think of Spring flowers and Mother’s Day. There are some wonderful applique designs built into EQ8 that host a variety of flower shapes in one applique block. This one block can look so totally different depending on the fabric choices used. You can try out different fabrics in your designs to see what gives the best overall feel for the quilt block before you even begin shopping for the fabrics or before you begin cutting the fabrics already in your stash. Launch your EQ8 program and name the project May Flowers. Click on the OK at the bottom of the project helper box. At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. In the block libraries box, click on the word ‘search>by notecard’. In the search block notecard box, type in the word ‘mother’ and then click on the ‘search at the bottom of
EQ8 teacher Marguerite Shrader recently shared with us how Material Mart in Midland, Michigan uses EQ8 in their store. It’s quite innovative and we wanted to share it with you! Marguerite writes: “We want to let you know how we, as a local quilt store that also sells EQ8, are making it easier for our customers to design quilts with the fabrics we carry. About 2 years ago, we started selling EQ8 after one of our customers agreed to teach classes and support the product. We have a series of 7 classes developed so far, and they have been a big hit with the EQ8 user community in the area.” “Our latest endeavor has been to develop an EQ8 Fabric Library of the fabric inventory we have in the store, so that when our users design a quilt in EQ8, they can design with fabrics they know we have in
The newest software release from Electric Quilt is here! Block Base+ is the newest software that is a companion to the Block Base book. Some of you may have the original Block Base CD that was released several years ago, but the new updated Block Base+ is fantastic. It is so versatile with all the things you can do with it. The greatest new feature for the Block Base + program is that you can select a block and set the size you want and then export it as a .svg file. This is very exciting because of all the cutting machines on the market today. You can send your .svg file to your cutting machine and cut all the pieces needed for your block construction. This saves a lot of time. We can not save an image as a .svg file in EQ8, so having the ability to do
2020 was a challenging year. Start 2021 by treating yourself. I turn to my sewing room for inspiration and it provides me with a calming retreat area in my own home. It starts with my favorite inspiration tool–EQ8. Browsing the huge built-in libraries for blocks and layouts gives me just the right space to start experimenting with new design ideas I had not tried before. I like to start my process by looking through the block library in EQ8. I also have many add-on libraries that the EQ company has provided us with to add to the already massive library of blocks in the program. I simply scroll through the library and look at the blocks and choose one that I have not tried before. Open your EQ8 program and start a new project called ‘Treat Yourself in 2021′. I can look at the blocks by category or by construction method.