Judy Butcher (aka the Virtual Quilter) continues her series on the Do You EQ Blog! Part 1: Click here to see how I carefully, rather randomly, selected the blocks. Part 2: Click here to see how I selected the fabrics and added them to the blocks. Here, and now, you can see how I start designing quilts with the blocks. I start with a simple, straight setting with minimal spaces for blocks… usually 3 x 3. I add simple, basic borders, just solid strips of fabrics used in the blocks. This is one of the many things I love about Electric Quilt. As soon as I add blocks the design looks finished. I may want to change the blocks, and make the borders much more elaborate, but I start to get a feel for the finished design as soon as the first blocks are added. If it looks like a
One of our users, Peggi at Seamstobeyouandme.com has been busy with her EQ7. In one blog post, What was I thinking, Part 2, Peggi talks about how she made one block she really liked, then used EQ to try out different layouts for her beloved block. In another post, Using EQ7 to Make Scallops, she shows, with photos, how she used EQ7 to customize scallops exactly the way she wanted them for her quilt. Very helpful if you are interested in this topic. The quilts look great! Thanks, Peggi, for sending us your blog!
Yvonne Menear is an educator, speaker, and author. She wrote EQ with Me: Learning EQStitch and posts video lessons on youtube about it (they are great, you should be watching these!). She will answer your EQStitch questions on the EQ Forum. Yvonne has also started an EQStitch Yahoo discussion group, AND she will teach 3 hands-on classes in Houston during International Quilt Festival. (View the class listing.) WOW. Recently Janome wrote a post about her, that shows off her wonderful embroidery. You can read it here. For more information about Yvonne you can also check out her website Yvonnemenear.com. Thanks to Yvonne for all the help with teaching people about EQStitch!
One of our users, Sindy Rodenmayer, has kindly offered to share her hand-drawn EQStich alphabet. Download it here. (Only availbale for EQStitch.) Sindy has a great website full of patterns drawn with Electric Quilt. Check it out Fatcatpatterns.com! She also has 27 applique pattern collections on My EQ Boutique. Thanks for your letters, Sindy! Your work is adorable!
One of our users, Claire Haillot, has been using EQ7 to make panel quilts. She even gives seminars on the subject! Claire points out that one key to designing panel quilts with EQ7 is using the photo library to keep big fabric to size. Claire says… “Trick to design with panels : Use JPEG format of the panel and import the file as a photo. Using the Set Photo tool, you will be able to set the photo onto layer 2 (I always keep the layer 1 for fabric only but if you just want to see the design, and not calculate yardage, you can set on layer 1) FOR RUNNING BORDERS This portion needs to be done through a photo software (I use Picasa3) Rotate the picture so that you have it as it would be in your border (horizontal straight, horizontal upside down, vertical to the left, vertical to
Sue Gruber is a wonderful quiltmaker and photographer from Bowling Green, Ohio. Today she shares with us one of her beautiful bird quilts made using EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets. Here’s what Sue says about her quilt: “The bird is a white ibis. I took the photo in Crystal River, Florida. The picture was edited using Photoshop, then imported into EQ. I set the photo into a one block quilt of the exact size I want to print it. Then I printed the photo from EQ, which lets me set the size of the fabric sheets and landscape or portrait layout. EQ tiles the photo for printing, including stitching lines to sew the fabric sheets together. This was printed on the 13″ x 19″ Regular Cotton Fabric Sheets on my Epson printer. These sheets have a very soft hand after printing, I have used them in many projects with good