Add to Sketchbook and View Sketchbook What is the Sketchbook? The Sketchbook holds all of the designs for your project in one location for easy access later. Each time you click Add to Sketchbook the current worktable design of your block, quilt, or image will get copied to the Sketchbook. You may always go back to edit anything in your Sketchbook. Add to Sketchbook Use this tool to add the design from the worktable to the Project Sketchbook. 1. Click Add to Sketchbook each time you want to save a new design in the Sketchbook. It can be an image, block or quilt. View Sketchbook Use this tool to display the Project Sketchbook. Designs are added to your sketchbook by collecting them from the Libraries, and by clicking Add to Sketchbook while working on the Quilt, Block or Image worktables. You can use the Sketchbook to mange your designs. You
The Paintbrush Tool The Paintbrush tool has five different styles available. Use any of these to color your quilt with fabrics or colors. To see all tool styles, click and hold down the mouse button directly on the Paintbrush tool. A flyout menu will display. OR, you can use them on the Precision Bar, as well. One Dot Brush 1. Click directly on the fabric in the palette to select it. 2. Click on a patch in the quilt. OR, click, hold and drag the fabric from the palette to the quilt. Release the mouse to drop the fabric on the patch. CTRL+click colors the same patch of that color in all the matching blocks. (Layer 1 or 2). ALT+click colors the same patch of that color in alternate matching blocks (Layer 1 only). Other Brush Styles 1. Click directly on the fabric in the palette to select it. 2.
To use the PatchDraw Pieced Grids 1. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Block 2. Choose your grid from the drop down menu While you can access the grids through the Drawing Board Setup, it’s much easier if you have your Precision Bar turned on. To display the Precision Bar, click on the View menu at the top of the screen, and choose Precision Bar. The PatchDraw Pieced Grids are only available on the Pieced layer of the PatchDraw Block worktable. A Rectangle grid style is turned on by default, however EQ7 has 5 other grids for you to use to create pieced blocks. Keep in mind, the Pieced layer of PatchDraw is to design pieced blocks, therefore do not overlap patches. The Pieced layer of PatchDraw has automatic snapping based on the grid you are working on. The PolyDraw tools are your only sources for drawing blocks on
Set Applique Text Tool Use this tool to add applique text to your quilt. You may not see the Set Applique Text Tool on your screen. If not, here is how to get it: 1. Click the Customize Toolbar tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen. 2. Click Add/Remove Buttons… 3. Choose Set Applique Text from the list. How to use the Set Applique Text Tool 1. Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of your screen. 2. Click the Set Applique Text Tool. 3. Position your mouse cursor over the quilt. 4. Hold down the keyboard SHIFT key. 5. Click hold and drag diagonally to form a small box on the quilt. 6. Release the mouse. The box will re-size to a small box with a flashing cursor. 7. Type your word or phrase. Use ENTER key on your keyboard to put text on the next
Random Recolor Tool Use this tool to try out different color schemes on your quilt. You may not see the Random Recolor tool on your screen. If not, here is how to get it: 1. Click the Customize Toolbar tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen. 2. Click Add/Remove Buttons… 3. Choose Random Recolor from the list. How to use the Random Recolor Tool 1. Design and color your quilt with fabrics or solids. 2. Click Add to Sketchbook to save this version. You may want to go back to it later. 3. Click the Random Recolor tool. 4. Choose an option in the dialog. Shift Hue – hue is what makes something red, green, or blue. Saturation – could be described as purity of color. High saturation would be very rich colors, whereas low saturation would look washed out. The saturation is changed by adding
Display Dynamic Help Use this tool to display the window, giving information on using buttons and tools. Since there are so many tools in EQ7, you’ll find that some tools get used much less frequently than others. You may also find that you need a quick reminder as to how a tool works. This help window is intended as that quick reference. 1. Click the Display Dynamic Help button. A yellow panel will display on the right of your screen. 2. Hover the mouse over a tool on a toolbar without clicking. The yellow panel will update with information about that tool. 3. Move your mouse over any tool on any toolbar to read about that tool. 4. Click the Display Dynamic Help button again to turn off the help panel. For example, here is some of the information for the Set Photo tool.
The Grid Tool The Grid tool lets you pull out a grid made up of evenly spaced horizontal and vertical lines. This is a fast and easy way to create a four patch or nine patch block. It is also useful to convert the grid lines to guides. Setting up the Grid To display the Grid Setup dialog, click on the small red square at the bottom-left corner of the Grid tool. Enter the number of columns and rows you want for the grid. You can type in the number or click the arrow keys to adjust the number. The maximum number allowed is 10 for both columns and rows. Click on the block where you want the grid to start. Hold down your mouse button and drag out the grid until it is the size you want. Remember that the number refers to the number of divisions and not