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LESSONS WITH YVONNE–INTRODUCING NEW ‘DESIGN AND SEW ALONG’ LESSONS

Posted 01-12-2020 by Yvonne | Posted in: Design and Sew Along EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts Sew Alongs


Welcome everyone to our newest sew along lessons!  We are calling this ‘DESIGN AND SEWING’ .   The lessons are for everyone but can be especially beneficial for the beginner EQ8 user.  Following along with the lessons and creating the pattern will be a great way to learn how to use the tools in the EQ8 program.

The lessons begin with this introduction on January 12 and there will be a new lesson posted every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month for 3 months.  The first designing lesson will be January 26, 2020.  There will be instructions on how to create the blocks and the layout for the quilt below.  This will include all the different block styles, border options, and printing of the patterns for each of the blocks for construction.  You will be able to download and print the lesson from the website to follow along.  You will print your patterns for the blocks directly from your EQ8 program as you design each of the blocks.

For those of you who are more visual learners, each lesson will include a video covering the lesson steps for each session.  You will post your questions and add images of your blocks directly on the website so everyone can see what we are creating step by step.

What can you expect you will learn throughout the course of the lesson?  Here is a list of most of the items we will cover.

Create a block; Use the Block Library; Work with Different styles of blocks;Add blocks to the sketchbook; Using the block drawing tools; How to set up the block worktable; How to edit your blocks; How to color your blocks with fabrics; How to find blocks in the sketchbook; Printing block patterns and fabric requirements; Understanding the quilt layout worktable; Determine size of quilt-fabric requirements for entire quilt;  Number of blocks required for layout; Learn how to set preferences for the project; Naming the project; Where to find the project on computer; How to post your questions and work on the website; Viewing and saving the mini videos from the website lesson.  All of this and so much more will be covered!  There is something for everyone in the DESIGN AND SEWING LESSONS.

You may choose to just create a virtual quilt and blocks or you may choose to print the block patterns and create a quilt.  The choice is yours.  In the first lesson I will be giving you the fabric requirements if you would like to construct the quilt as we work along.  

I look forward to you joining us as we work along for the next few months.  Can’t wait to hear from you regarding this new way of learning EQ8 from home.

EQ Academy Winner Announced!

Posted 01-10-2020 by Sara | Posted in: Contests EQ Academy EQ Company News

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! We are so grateful for all of your responses. They will truly help us when planning future EQ Academy events! (See all entries in the original post here.) Our team collected all of the wonderful submissions from the blog, Facebook, and Instagram and randomly choose one winner. The winner of the Spring EQ Academy free enrollment is… Scarlet Rogers of Covington, GA! Congratulations to Scarlet! Reminder! Enrollment for EQ Academy opens on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 11:00am EST. View the whole class catalog now!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Pinwheel Square

Posted 01-10-2020 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Pinwheel Square Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Five Patch A few design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses an on-point layout. A simplified version of the Pinwheel Square block is set in the center, with the original block set in the surrounding spaces. My second quilt starts with a layout from the library (Stars – 6 from Layouts by Style > Stars). I inserted an additional border to make the quilt rectangular; making the border wider on the top and bottom sides. Pinwheel Square and Double Irish Chain

It’s time to SEW!

Posted 01-06-2020 by Sara | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ News and Press Just Because New Products

We are excited to announce the re-release of Barbara Brackman’s BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac!) and the third edition of her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book! Projected release date for both products is fall 2020. We want you to be part of these products! We are looking for quilters to sew their favorite block from either of these products and send it to us so we can use it in the products and/or for promotional purposes! Use any fabrics you want! Make it modern, make it fun, make it classy, make it patriotic — it’s completely up to you! You can find all the information you need about this on our website. Click here to view the details. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020. We look forward to seeing your blocks! (Blocks shown above were submitted by Karen Martin and Tony Schoen.) If you’d like to participate,

Design & Discover – Designing a Basic Quilt

Posted 01-01-2020 by Heidi | 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

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Pantograph

Posted 12-31-2019 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori Uncategorized

Many EQ8 Users have longarm or midarm machines that they use to machine quilt their quilt creations.  Sometimes they use a pantograph to create all over quilting designs.  A pantograph is usually a repeating quilting design.  The longarm user follows the line on the paper with a stylus or laser light that is attached to the machine.  Pantograph designs can vary in width with simple to complex designs.  Using the power of Electric Quilt Design Software, you can create your own pantographs to print out and use for your machine quilting. For this lesson, we will use an existing stencil, resize it and clone it to create a pantograph that can be printed out and used with a longarm or midarm machine for machine quilting. Ocean Waves Pantograph Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Stencil size: 8″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Draw a stencil Edit a Stencil Open EQ8. Let’s  open the Project.  The project

Everything is on sale!

Posted 12-28-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ Company News EQ News and Press Just Because More for EQers Uncategorized

Here’s how it works… If you got EQ8 for Christmas, this is the perfect time to purchase a book or other add-on. Over 200 products to choose from! Sale ends January 1, 2020…but the sooner you buy the more you save! Today use code COUNTDOWN24 to save 24%!

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