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EQStitch Sunday Stitch January 2017

Posted 01-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

The simplest designs to create are silhouette designs.  You just define the shape and fill in with stitches.  Your eyes will tell your brain what you should see there and the image makes sense.  You do not need to spend a lot of time creating stitch details with silhouettes.  You can add one small element of contrasting color for added interest. You can use any image from the EQ7 program or from your own files. Bring the image into the EQStitch embroidery worktable. Set the drawing board options to be an embroidery design with no outlines and select one of the textured fill stitches. Choose a textured fill stitch from the drop down menu.  Textured stitches add interest to a simple shape.  Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the preferences. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2016

Posted 12-18-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Reverse engineer, un-sew, do over, all are terms to work backwards.  You can start with a pre-made block and then determine your embroidery to enhance the block.  Often, you create the embroidery design first and make it into a quilt block, but in this case we can work backwards.  Remember, there is always more than one way to create a design and you can determine which way works best for you. I started with a pieced block that I know the finished size is 6 inches.  Therefore, I create an embroidery design on a 6 inch hoop layout size so I can see the exact placement of the embroidery design. My block has a 4 inch corner block with an asymmetrical border of 2 inches on each side.  From here I know the measurements I need to work with for my embroidery to fit the block exactly. Open the stitch

EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2016

Posted 11-20-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Want a great idea to inspire children at Christmas?  Consider stitching linear designs with the embroidery machine and have the children paint in the design areas with fabric pens.  You could easily make a series of designs in a theme that your child loves (dolls, toys, trains, trucks, etc.).  You can use the artwork from the EQ7 libraries and bring them into EQStitch to use for the coloring pages of a special sewn book of coloring created just for them.  You could also use the stitch files all ready created in the EQStitch library.  It could not be any easier!  What a great keepsake item this would be for the special child in your life. Launch you program from the desktop  On the embroidery worktable, click on the drawing board options box to open it. Set the embroidery edge stitch to a ‘bean stitch’  with an edge stitch of 2.0

EQStitch Sunday Stitch

Posted 11-15-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I have just returned from the Houston International Quilt Festival where is was my pleasure to teach several classe on EQStitch and EQ7.  There were a lot of questions about further educational information for more study especially with the EQStitch software.  I felt these questions would be of interest to people who take my EQStitch classes on line at EQ University so I thought I would answer them here. 1.  Is there a specific order to taking the EQStitch classes at EQUniversity? There are no pre-requisites for these classes but I did write them in an orderly fashion.  You may take them in any order.  Not all the information is repeated from one class to the other.  As you progress through the lessons, more information is added to the information in the first classes.  I suggest you take the classes in the order they were written, but it is entirely

EQStitch Sunday Stitch

Posted 10-23-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I am writing my lessons for EQ7/EQStitch classes at the Houston Quilt Festival 2016 now.  I will be heading to Houston on Oct 30 for a week of classes.  I look forward to meeting all you energetic EQ users.   The products produced by the Electric Quilt company just keep getting better and better.  I use them all and link them together to get one of a kind projects. I invite you all to attend some of my classes.  Click on the link below to see some little samples of my works in the short video. Classes_at_Houston_Quilt_Festival_2016

EQStitch Sunday Stitch October 2016

Posted 10-16-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Add interest to text shapes by using stitches and shadows.  Text fonts stitch best if they are block style capital letters.  Fonts that have thin and thick areas are more difficult to stitch and still look good.  Bold, block letters have more space to them to add decorative stitches. Open your EQStitch program. Add the tools to  the toolbar by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the toolbar and then on the words add/remove buttons. Place a checkmark in front of the tools and then close the selection box by clicking on a white space on the page. Click on the drawing board options box and set the embroidery fill to ‘smooth’ and the embroidery edge stitch to be  ‘no edge’ setting.     Select the text tool from the toolbar.  Move the cursor over to the artwork area and click/hold/drag/release a text box on the page. Double

EQStitch Sunday Stitch September 2016

Posted 09-18-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Sometimes less is more.  You can design overall projects using only a few different shapes.  Start with three simple shapes and then move  your hoop from place to place to create an overall scene with the basic shapes. Open the EQStitch program and search the libraries for the shapes you want to use. I chose an oak leaf, a pumpkin and an acorn.  Add the shapes to the sketchbook. Open the shapes on the block worktable (where they were created),  and copy/ paste them to the stitch worktable to be able to use them in the embroidery machine.   Do this for each shape separately rather than combining all the elements on one stitch worktable. Save each of the design elements to the sketchbook. Add the stitch properties  you want for your basic shapes and then export them in the file format you need for your machine. I did a

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