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.
The Serendipity tools allow you to magically turn any block into a new original block. It can be lots of fun to play around and experiment but, also very useful. There are seven different Serendipity options that we will try in this month’s Design & Discover. Click Block Worktable Click Create Serendipity You can use the default blocks but if you would like more options click Open Library and add some more to your sketchbook. Click Frame Block Choose a block on the right Choose a frame on the left. There are over 140 to choose from. Click Add to Sketchbook when you have a block you like. Once you click Add to Sketchbook the block you created will go to the bottom of the block column on the right. Click on the new block and add another frame. Click Add to Sketchbook Click Close when you are done experimenting.
To make your t-shirt quilt, start with a Custom Set quilt. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click Custom Set. You may have to click the double arrows to see the option for Custom Set. Click the LAYOUT tab. Change the Width and Height. In this example I am using 30 x 30. You can always change your size later if you want. However, if you change the size after placing blocks or photos make sure to check Maintain the existing block sizes when resizing the layout. 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 Click Photo Tools Click Open Library Click Import > from Image files Or, if you don’t have images available to
My birthday is in November. The birthstone for that month is Topaz. This is a yellow/orange color. I don’t like that color at all. But, as a challenge to myself, I will make a monochromatic block using that color. I find it is good to challenge myself in all kinds of ways as this is when I grow the most and learn all kinds of discoveries. I once made a quilt in browns and oranges that I don’t care for either, but it is now one of my favorite quilts. Surprise! Open your EQ8 and name your project ‘birthstone designs’. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced>Easy Draw. Set the block size to be an 8 x 8-inch block with 24 snaps horizontal and vertical. I don’t care for the colors I am using so I will create areas
This month we’ll be learning how to draw a foundation pieced block from a photo…with the option of also adding applique pieces. We get a lot of requests for lessons about how to trace pictures of people (or animals) and we want to show how to analyze the photos and break down the process. If you are interested in foundation piecing we do have another Design & Discover lesson about foundation piecing using an image of an acorn for the example to check out, too. We will be using the EasyDraw tab. Here is a great video about the rules of EasyDraw, it’s very helpful! Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Click Tracing Image Click Import Image Navigate to your file. Click Open Crop your image if you would like. Click Drawing Tools Check your Snap Settings. Turn everything off except Snap to
Welcome to DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON SIX Lessons with Yvonne. I hope you have enjoyed the first five lessons of this series. In this final lesson, we will work with the quilt layout worktable to bring our lesson block designs together to create quilt design options. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG. I do hope you are stitching some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program. I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons. A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an image of your favorite quilt from this class to post to the EQ blog page in the comment
Welcome to DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON Five Lessons with Yvonne. I hope you have enjoyed the first four lessons of this series. In this lesson, we will explore the Summer months and the holidays of July 4 (USA) July 1 (Canada). Each set of lessons explores some different tools to use to create the 16-inch blocks we determined to be the size of all the blocks in our continuing lessons. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG. I do hope you are sewing some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program. I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons. A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for