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Design & Discover – Medallion Quilts

Posted 07-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we will be learning four different ways to make Medallion Quilts. The first way is the easiest. #1 Using a Block From the Library Open EQ8 Click Design a Quilt from Scratch Click Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS Horizontal: 1 Vertical: 1 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS Width: 30 Height: 30 Click the BORDERS tab Under Select a Border Style choose: Long Horizontal Under BORDER SIZE make all sides: 4 Click the DESIGN tab Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 01 Classic Pieced >Whole Top Designs - choose a block. The example is using Diamonds in Squares. Click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Click Block Tools Click Set Block, and click on the quilt worktable to set your block. Design the quilt as you would like. You can edit the block on the Block Worktable, recolor the block, or whatever you want

Design & Discover – Braid Blocks and Quilts

Posted 06-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we will be learning how to draw two different braid blocks. The lesson also covers some EasyDraw drawing basics. Let’s get started! Click Design a block from scratch Click Pieced Click EasyDraw In the Precision Bar set the following: Block Width: 6 Block Height: 6 Snaps Horizontal: 12 Snaps Vertical: 12 Graph Paper Cells: on Graph Paper Horizontal: 12 Graph Paper Vertical: 12 Snapping Options – Snap to grid points on worktable: on Snapping Options – Snap to nodes of drawing: on Snapping Options – Snap to lines and arcs of drawing: off Make sure the Line tool is selected Start drawing the block as shown. Draw all the V shapes first. Continue to draw as shown. You should have one grid dot in between all the points of the V’s. Draw in the lines to finish off the braid block. Click Add to Project Sketchbook . If

Design & Discover – Stencils

Posted 05-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Did you know you can place your stencils (we say “stencils” but we’re actually talking about how it represents the actual quilting) in EQ8 and design with them? And then recolor them with threads from the EQ8 Thread Library (which contains over 4,000 thread colors – these threads are from 12 of the most popular thread manufacturers!)? Did you also know that you can change the style and weight of the stencil’s thread? Whether you did or not, you can still learn more from this month’s Design & Discover! Let’s get started! Click Design a quilt from scratch Make sure you’re using a Horizontal layout, then click the LAYOUT tab For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter 1 x 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter 10.5 x 10.5 Click the BORDERS tab Choose Tile Squares The size will already be set for you. Here is more information on how Tile Square

Design & Discover – Photo Patchwork Quilts

Posted 04-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

An EQ8 feature you may not know about is Photo Patchwork quilts. The style of quilts made with this feature is sometimes called pixel quilts. There are not many steps to create a Photo Patchwork quilt in EQ8 but to get results you like you may need to do some experimenting and try out different options. The first quilt we are going to create is based on a block I drew in EQ8. You can use any image you would like. Here are a few options.If you would like to base a pixel quilt on a block… Open the block to your Block Worktable Click the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image Name and save the file or, you can use my example… Right click on the block below Choose Save Image As… Name and save the file Click Design a Quilt from scratch Under NEW QUILT click

Design & Discover – Quilt Labels

Posted 03-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month in Design & Discover we’re designing labels! It’s quick and easy to design a personalized label to document your quilt, or perfect if you are planning on giving your quilt as a gift. (Also, our Printable Fabric is great for labels!) * If you are on a Mac and running Catalina, an update is available for your EQ8. Some EQ8 users had issues with fonts after updating to Catalina. Therefore, prior to going through this lesson, you may want to update. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click LAYOUT For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter: Horizontal – 1 Vertical – 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter: Width – 5 Height – 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 04 Classic Applique > Wreaths Choose a block with an open center Click Add

Design & Discover – One Patch Quilts

Posted 02-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

There are lots of different styles of One Patch quilts. Each of these types can be edited…meaning the options are pretty endless! (Here is more information on how to edit the patch shapes.)  Also, it is helpful to know how the patches are counted. Now that you know the basics, let’s get started! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click One Patch Click LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter: Horizontal – 12 Vertical – 20 Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H) Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Fabric Tools Click Paintbrush You can color each patch one at a time or you can also try using the Paintbrush Subtools. For example, the Oval Brush draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up. Once you have your quilt colored

Design & Discover – Designing a Basic Quilt

Posted 01-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover

Did you just get EQ8? Or, would you like a basic lesson on how to design a basic quilt? This quilt has a horizontal layout with elements placed on Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3. Let’s get started! When you open EQ8 you will see this screen. Click Design a quilt from scratch In general the idea is to work on the tabs from left to right. You can always click back and forth between tabs to change things as you go along though. Under the first tab – NEW QUILT click Horizontal Now click the second tab – LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make it Horizontal: 3 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make it Width: 9 Height: 9 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING make it Width: 0 Height: 0 Now click the third tab – BORDERS Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal Under Border

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