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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 design was closer to square proportions, I had to add some more scrappy blue squares to make the quilt more rectangular. For this quilt, it was easiest to get the needed squares by adding two Blocks style borders to the layout.

Note: It may take a few tries to find the right proportions for your quilt to fit on the puzzle the way you’d like. The first time, I only added one Blocks border to the quilt before exporting. When I previewed the quilt in the puzzle maker preview, I decided I wanted more space around the apples. So I went back to EQ8 and added an additional border and exported again. Keep in mind that the outside edges of your quilt will most likely get cropped in the puzzle. It’s a good idea to provide some extra space for cropping by adding a border to your design.

After you’ve made any necessary adjustments to your quilt design, click the Print & Export tab at the top of the screen. Choose Export in the ribbon, then click Image in the palette.

In the Export Image window, type a name for the file and choose the file type. Check the file requirements for the photo service you plan to use. For example, Snapfish will accept JPG and PNG files, but will not allow you to upload TIFF, GIF, or BMP files. Make sure you know where you’re saving the file on your computer so you can navigate to that location later.

Click the Save button and then you’ll see a window where you can choose more options for the image.

It may take some experimenting to see which settings work best for your quilt and the photo service you are using. Here are some notes about the settings I used:

  • Check the box for Keep aspect ratio, so that when you resize one dimension the other dimension will automatically resize proportionally for you.
  • My puzzle is approximately 10″ x 14″, so I set the Height to 15″. That way I’d have a little extra room to resize/reposition the photo on the puzzle.
  • Because these images are being printed, choose a higher resolution (300 dots per inch).
  • I choose to turn off the patch lines for my puzzle, so I unchecked the outline options. That’s totally up to you!
  • If you are using the JPEG file format, set the quality to 100.

Click the OK button and the file will be exported according to your settings. Now you can upload the image to your favorite photo service to create your puzzle!

The next steps will depend on the photo service you use. Using Snapfish, I choose the puzzle I wanted to use and uploaded the exported quilt image. You can drag the quilt image onto the puzzle preview and then adjust the size and placement of the image on the puzzle.

Place your order and a cute quilt puzzle will arrive at your door!

My puzzle came in a box with a clear lid. So I thought it would be fun to create a label for the box using EQ8 too. I added another Long Horizontal border to the quilt, making the Top and Bottom sides wider to accommodate the text and colored the border solid white. Then, on Layer 2, I used the Applique Text Tool to write the name of the quilt and the piece count.

I turned off the patch lines for the quilt and then clicked QUILT > Add to Sketchbook as Photo. This adds a photo of the quilt to the Sketchbook so it can be used in the Photo Layout option in the next step.

To print the picture of the quilt with applique text, I used the Photo Layout option (FILE > Print > Photo Layout). I measured the puzzle box and then input the size for the label in the Photo Layout window and printed on a full-page label sheet.

I trimmed the label to size and stuck it to the box. Now my puzzle is ready for gifting (or keeping for myself!).

Are you a puzzling pro? Have you ever made a puzzle from a photo? Let us know in the comments!

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:

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Sew Floral

Posted 09-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

September’s Fabric of the Month is Sew Floral by Timeless Treasures! You’ll instantly fall in love with these beautiful florals and adorable sewing motifs! Plus it includes select fabrics from Kimberly Einmo’s Solid-ish collection! A fat quarter bundle of Sew Floral fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Sew Floral below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Sew Floral fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on September 30, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Sew Floral fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Sew Floral collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit an incomplete quilt, or the

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