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EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-QUICK COLORING FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT

Posted 09-19-2021 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Our quilts are often about color.  Sometimes it is the design itself that is the focus, but the eye sees color before it sees patterns.  I love designs that have a bit of a dimensional look and are quickly created with color.

Launch your EQ8 project to start.  

On the opening screen, click on the little piece of paper with the green starburst on it on the upper left side of the screen.  This is the new project icon.

In the project sketchbook, name your project ‘Quick Coloring for Maximum Effect’.

Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.

Choose NEW QUILT>One Patch from the ribbon at the top of the screen.

The default for the program is to open to the Hexagon one patch layout.

Click on the Layout tab at the top of the screen.  In the drop-down menu, select the rectangle option.

On the rectangle layout, the default size is 2 inches.  This works perfectly if you want to use a jellyroll for your design.  The 2.5-inch jelly roll strips would save a lot of cutting time.  Keep the layout properties just as they are for now.

Click on the Design Tab at the top of the screen and select the Fabric tools from the ribbon.  Click on the spray can icon and then select a light color for the background.  Move the cursor over to the worktable and while holding down the control key (CTRL) on the keyboard, click once to fill alternating block spaces.  You will need to click on more than one row to color all the alternating blocks.  Choose a second light color and repeat the process to finish coloring all the alternating blocks with light colors.

Click on the paintbrush tool icon to select it.  Click on colors of your choice for your border strips.  Click onto each of the borders to apply the colors. Choose a different color for each of the border strips.

Still using the paintbrush tool, select the rectangle brush icon from the brush types selections.

Click on a bold color fabric for your rectangle.   Move the cursor over to the worktable and click/hold/drag/release a rectangle that covers 6 squares across and 6 squares down.

Repeat this process using different colors of fabric and have the rectangles overlap so there is a corner background block showing in the overlap designs.

To create an over/under feel for the square links, click back on the one dot paintbrush tool and then click on the color of the squares in one intersection point to create a ‘linked look’ for the squares.

To get a better view of the linked squares on the quilt layout without the drawing lines, click on the ‘show/hide patch lines’ icon on the far left side of the screen.  This is a toggle switch that can be turned on or off at any time.

Add your design to the sketchbook. 

By choosing a different type of paintbrush tool property, you can quickly create a quilt with dimension and precision coloring patches.  Try this design with various sizes of rectangles floating across the top of the quilt layout for another variation.

Make a Puzzle Using Your EQ Quilt Designs

Posted 09-16-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 More for EQers

Quilters and puzzle enthusiasts have a lot in common—they both like to fit little pieces together! Why not combine both interests and make a puzzle from your favorite EQ quilt design? Puzzles are great for gift-giving (or just something fun to make for yourself!). Export an image of your finished quilt design in EQ8 and turn it into a puzzle using your favorite photo service. I used one of our free project downloads for this puzzle. Click here to download the Outstanding Orchard project for EQ8. First, check out the puzzle options available at your favorite photo site. There are lots of different photo services available online, and many of them offer a product for turning a photo into a puzzle. I choose the 10” x 14” 252-piece puzzle available on the Snapfish site. Most of the photo puzzles I found were in a rectangular format. Since the original quilt

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Melissa Corry

Posted 09-14-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Melissa Corry! A bit about Melissa! Melissa started quilting as a hobby in 2005 but since starting her blog, Happy Quilting, in 2010 her hobby has turned into a passion.  Her passion for quilting has

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Six Blades

Posted 09-10-2021 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. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Six Blades Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Wheels Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses a layout from the library, with a few changes. It’s Block Turned Quilt – 3  (Old Maid’s Puzzle) from the Layouts by Style > Block Turned Quilt section. I liked the purple and lime green coloring of the original block, so I used the Randomize > Map to Fabrics option to switch the solid colors to fabrics. Learn more about Randomize on our Support site. For my second quilt, I used a Vertical Strip layout. The strips alternate between Pieced Blocks and Half Drop Blocks style

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Kimberly Einmo

Posted 09-07-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Kimberly Einmo! Tell us a bit about yourself! I’m passionate about quilts and sharing my joy and enthusiasm for quilting with everyone. I’ve been quilting for 30 years (and sewing garments since I was 7

Prairie Meadow – Winner Announced!

Posted 09-02-2021 by coop | Posted in: Congratulations

EQ users let their creativity shine during this design challenge! There were so many spectacular quilts submitted! Check out all the amazing entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winner One winner was selected by the fabric designer, Brett Lewis! He says, “Wow! What amazing designs for this month’s design challenge. I have gone over them all numerous times and it was so challenging to choose just one.” Congratulations to…. Amanda Riddle “I’ve been wanting to work on a design with a South-West flair and as soon as I saw the colors in this line, I knew it was the perfect chance! I had so much fun with this design. IG: @wanderingstitcher” – Amanda Riddle Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out September’s design challenge!

Design & Discover – Using Layer 2 to Design Quilts

Posted 09-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

When you think of Layer 2 you may think of using it for applique and motifs, which is correct. However, you can use Layer 2 for elements of your quilt design as well. For example, to design a quilt with a block on-point in the center with blocks around the center. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click On Point Click the DESIGN tab Click Set Block Click on Layer 2 Click on a block and drag in onto the quilt. Click the Adjust tool. Place a check mark next to Preserve aspect ratio while resizing Type in the new size for your block (in the example it is 18 x 18) Enter the Block Rotation degree: 45 Click Center Vertically Click Center Horizontally Click on Layer 1 and place the rest of your blocks as desired. Click on the Fabric Tools and recolor any way you want. Please note:

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