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Lessons with Yvonne-September 17, 2023

Posted 09-17-2023 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Fall is the time of year when I think of the color orange.  We see it in the changing leaves colors, pumpkins being carved for Halloween, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and much more.  I am not a huge fan of the color orange, but it is effective when used in small doses, blended with other colors, or as the highlight of an entire quilt made of oranges.

Open your EQ8 program and give the new project a name called ‘Everything Is Coming Up Orange“.  Click OK at the bottom of the box to apply the project name.

You should now see the name of the project at the top of the screen.

Click on the project sketchbook icon on the far left side of the screen.  In the box, click on the fabrics heading.  Click on the three little dots in the upper right corner of the project sketchbook.  Click on the words ‘clear all unused fabrics’.

In the pop-up confirmation box, click on the ‘YES” to confirm you do indeed want to remove all the default fabrics.

Close the project sketchbook box.

Click on LIBRARIES>Fabric Library at the top of the screen.

In the fabric library box, click on the ‘colors’ heading and then select the color palette you want to work with.  I chose all the oranges, the browns, and the greens one at a time to add to my project sketchbook.

With the color library selected, click on ‘Select all fabrics’ and then click on ‘Add to sketchbook’ on the upper right side.  Once you have added all the color palettes you want to work with, close the fabric library box.

When I check my project sketchbook, I can see I now have a total of 338 fabrics in the colors I selected in my sketchbook.

Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen.

In the bottom of the block libraries box, click on the words ‘Search>By Notecard’.

In the block notecard box, type in the word ‘pumpkin’ and click on the word ‘search’ at the bottom of the box.  The program will search all the EQ Libraries you have on your software.  It will tell you how many results you have in the search.  Click the OK to have all the pumpkin designs show on your library box.

In the library box, click on ‘select all’ and add them to the sketchbook.  Close the box when the pumpkins are added to your project sketchbook.

Click on the quilt worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen.  Choose any of the EQ8 quilt layout options you like and add the pumpkin blocks from the sketchbook to the layout.  On the Design tab, try any of the auto border selections to preview how they may look.  

Add to sketchbook 

If you love the color orange, this is one way to celebrate that color!









EQ8 Block Spotlight: Plaid Knots

Posted 09-10-2023 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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: Plaid Knots Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Knots Design ideas to get you started The first quilt is a 4 x 4 horizontal layout. The Plaid Knots block is in the center four block spaces. I edited the block to remove some lines for the blocks in the surrounding spaces. The quilt is colored with Quilter’s Linen fabrics, which come installed with EQ8. You can find them in the Fabric Library in the Manufacturer Basics > Robert Kaufman-Quilter’s Linen section. The second quilt is a 3 x 3 on-point layout, and the

Q+A & Giveaway with Karen Ackva

Posted 09-07-2023 by Christine | Posted in: Q&A

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to winner, Joanne Clark! Quilt designer, instructor, and long-time EQ user, Karen Ackva, just published her first book! We are so excited for her and YOU because Karen’s giving away a copy to one lucky winner! Read all about the book below and enter for your chance to win! Tell us about Transparendo – The Transparency Sampler Quilt. Only SIX fabrics are needed to achieve all those looks?! Karen: Yes, only six fabrics are used in the transparency sampler quilt – five for the blocks and one background fabric. A lot of times we are drawn to fat quarters and fabric series being newly released onto the market. These prints come and go, but solids and tone-on-tones survive over the decades. Just look at Amish quilts. These vibrant quilts made of simple solids from clothing remnants retain their interest and allow the design of

Water’s Edge – Winners Announced!

Posted 09-05-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

We loved seeing the colorful entries come in for the Water’s Edge challenge! Check out all the quilt designs we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected by fabric designer Brett Lewis! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Julie Johnston Winner 2: Kay Cook A Note from Brett Lewis “So many amazing designs to chose from again!” – Brett Lewis Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the amazing submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! More Chances to Win Ridgewood by Minick & Simpson for Moda is September’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter in our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Ridgewood

Posted 09-01-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

September is here and so is a new Fabric of the Month! Ridgewood by Minick & Simpson for Moda is this month’s featured collection! The fabrics evoke the serenity and warmth of a comfy, cozy stitching spot — that moment of peace we all strive for! Sweet florals and paisleys dance against a backdrop of cherry red, soft pink, and creamy neutrals. Your needle awaits! A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Ridgewood below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before the contest ends. Instructions for how

Design & Discover – Special Borders!

Posted 09-01-2023 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we’ll be learning more about making borders to go with specific quilt designs. Although EQ8 has LOTS of border options it has even more quilt design options so sometimes you may need to get a little creative with how you design the border. You can use the concepts in this lesson to create unlimited types of borders. Also, make sure you check out this past lesson about borders, too! Let’s start with a basic quilt, and in this example we’re going to extend the Nine Patch design into the borders. Click the BORDERS tab Under Select a Border Style choose Blocks Change the size of the border, in the example the inner border is 1 inch. Change the number of blocks in the border, in the example there are 12 Horizontal and 12 Vertical. If a Nine Patch is set in this border it will be skewed and

Q&A and Giveaway with Judy Martin

Posted 08-16-2023 by Christine | Posted in: Q&A

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Nancy Sumner who wins a free download of Judy Martin Log Cabins for EQ8! The top three quilt picks were Playful Spirit, Ohio Valley, and Buckeye! Thank you all for playing along! If you entered to win the book from C&T, see their contest details on the C&T blog. Don’t forget about the 20% off discount on the download and the book! Details below! A beloved quilter and author, Judy Martin has collaborated with The Electric Quilt Company to create the Judy Martin Log Cabins add-on for EQ8 software featuring over 200 quilts based on her book, Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts! Learn more about Judy Martin and her Log Cabin quilts below and enter for a chance to win her book and/or the add-on for EQ8! Special Discounts The book: Save 20% on Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts by Judy Martin with the code LogCabinQuilts20

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