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Design & Discover – Borders!

Posted 06-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the borders in EQ8! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! There are a few different ways to work with borders in EQ8. First let’s work with what is encompassed under the Border’s tab. Let’s set up our layout. Click the NEW QUILT tab Click Horizontal In the LAYOUT tab for Number of Blocks make it 1 x 1 Set your Width and Height to 20 x 20 Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library Find an interesting block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook Click Close Click Set Block Click on your newly added block Click to place the block Click

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–PAPER PIECING PIT FALLS

Posted 05-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I absolutely love doing paper piecing because of the accuracy.  My points always match and my material is always stable with the paper pattern.  But, just because you can draw a pieced design does not necessarily mean it can be easily paper pieced. Two of the biggest issues I see when teaching paper piecing drafting is that the images people want to paper piece can’t really be sewn with a paper piecing method, or they are so complex the beginner designer may just give up.    The other concern is when you design a paper pieced block that has multiple seams coming together at one place and it creates an impossible bulk in the seams that are difficult to make it lie flat with pressing.  These issues can be prevented when thinking ahead during the pattern drafting process. Take a look at the image below.  It is very intricate and

Design & Discover – Quilt Backs!

Posted 05-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we are playing with the backs of quilts! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! This one is fun. I recommend trying out a Horizontal Strip or Vertical Strip Quilt for this. We’ll start off with a quilt from the Quick Quilts. (Did you know about these? They are great for inspiration and a starting off point for labels, Storm at Sea Quilts, T-shirt Quilts, and lots more!) Click Start with a Quick Quilt project Choose the Medallion Quilts project and click OK. Scroll through the Sketchbook until you get to the 5th quilt, as shown below. Click Edit. Recolor the quilt or change a few blocks, if you’d like. As you can

Design & Discover – Baby Block Quilts

Posted 04-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the Baby Block layout in EQ8! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! When you come across the Baby Block layout you may just imagine that you can use that for making Tumbling Blocks style quilts. Which, of course you can! But, you can do a lot more too! Click NEW QUILT > LAYOUT > Baby Blocks Make your quilt 6 x 6 with a finished size of 9 inches. To color the quilt click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and color the quilt as you desire. With the same layout, just colored differently, you can have 6 pointed stars! But, you can also

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–SPRING FLOWER STENCILS

Posted 03-17-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Spring is coming up fast.  It makes me think of new beginnings with new fresh flowers and the leaves budding on the trees.  This inspires me to start a new quilt celebrating the flowers sprouting up from the cold winter ground. Open your EQ8 program and click on the ‘design a block from scratch’ heading on the opening page. On the block worktable, click on the new block tab>applique>motif. On the block properties bar at the top of the worktable, set the block size to 8 x 8 inches. In the drawing tools box at the left click on the shapes icon and then click on the stencil maker icon. In the dialogue box, use the slider bars to change the shape of the elements to create a flower like design then click OK to place it onto the worktable. Once the design is on the worktable and still selected,

Design & Discover – Using all 3 Layers on the Quilt

Posted 03-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! Here is a brief summary of the layers in EQ8… Layer 1 Made up of pieced or applique blocks sewn together to make the quilt top. Blocks are set onto the quilt by clicking into a predefined block space. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. See more about that here.) Layer 2 For blocks, motifs and text that are sewn onto the quilt top. Blocks and motifs are set by dragging from the palette and dropping them onto the quilt. The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate and skew these designs

Design & Discover – Coloring and Recoloring

Posted 02-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Even if you think you know how to color your quilts, you will probably learn something new from this lesson! You can follow along and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! (Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.) We are going to start with a very basic quilt. Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab. For this lesson it doesn’t really matter what your layout is, but you can see what I have below. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block Use Alt+click/Option+click to set the blocks shown in alternating positions. (These are both default blocks and don’t need to be added

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