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Posted 09-15-2019 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Fall colors are rich and vibrant. Fall to me means colored leaves, pumpkins, and cooler evenings with bright sunny days.  Looking around outside you can see that every color imaginable is represented in nature.  The colors blend, contrast, and define each other.  Therefore, anything goes!!  I design in fabric prints, solids, and a gradient palette of my own making.  All of this is possible to do in EQ8.

When I am designing I may not necessarily be making a pattern to follow. Often, my design is simply a source of visible inspiration.  I can ‘see’ how the quilt will look when completed.  EQ8 is often a place for me to just test out ideas.

The easiest way to stir creativity is to begin with an idea and build on that.  Often, I am under a time crunch so I will look in the huge EQ8 library first rather than try to draw all my own elements.

Open your EQ8.

Create a new project and name it “Must Be Autumn”.

I will start with a quilt layout to be the approximate size I want my quilt to be when made.  This works well when I have a hanging space in mind and I know what would fit that area.

I know I want my background to be shades of browns/earthy colors.  Click on the Design Tab at the top of the screen to see the Fabrics chart on the left side.

I would like a range of brown colors for my background so I choose the colors tab instead of the fabrics tab and then choose a deep brown color.  Once I choose that color I can create a range of colors specific to the background I have in mind by right clicking on the deep color and choosing ‘add grades’ to get more colors that will blend perfectly.

I start with my brown shade and color through to a light creamy brown shade for a different range of colors.  Once I am happy with the color choices I add it to the sketchbook.  The new colors will be at the end of the color selections so scroll completely to the end of the selection box.

Click on the colors of your choice and then click on the layout to arrange the color background for your quilt.  Add the colored layout to the sketchbook.

Now search the libraries to see what blocks are all ready built into the program.  Choose several different  options/ styles to help you imagine a small quilt that says ‘Autumn’ to you.  I chose to use applique elements to place randomly over the top of by quilt layout.

In the Block Libraries you can search by Notecard to find elements more quickly.  I did several searches to find leaves, acorns, pumpkins, etc and added them to my sketchbook.

I chose to have applique elements so I will lay them on layer 2 of the quilt layout worktable.  Use as many elements as you wish to create a loose layout of your imagined ideas.  These are not exact.  This is just an image of how these shapes will possibly look when you create your quilt.  It is for inspiration only.  The applique shapes can be printed as a template to use for making your appliques or you can just freestyle cut the leaf shapes.  The choice is yours.

Once I have my inspiration/idea I add it to the sketchbook for reference.  Then it is off to choose the fabrics that will help me to interpret my design idea into an actual quilt.  Below is a picture of the quilt I ended up making.  I ended up cutting the shapes on my Accuquilt cutting machine and made the applique elements of felt.

Spend time browsing the EQ Libraries to get familiar with what you can find there.  You can always edit the blocks/motifs that are all ready there instead of re-drawing your own shapes.  The EQ program is a wealth of inspirational ideas!  Time to play now!!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Diamond Ring

Posted 09-11-2019 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: Diamond Ring Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Kaleidoscopes A few design ideas to get you started Fall is in the air! So I used what I like to call a “harvest palette.” The large square in the middle of this block was calling out for something special, so I set flower motifs on Layer 2 in the space. I also added quilting stencils on Layer 3. For my second design, I wanted to accentuate the star created in the corners where these blocks meet. This is an on-point layout (the second style) with the Number of Blocks set to 2 for both Horizontal and

Classic Applique is 20% off!

Posted 09-11-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Just Because More for EQers

Our Classic Applique add-ons are 20% off today! Use code APPLIQUE20 to receive the discount! There are three products in the Classic Applique series. Each add-on product features a different time period and style and installs a library of applique blocks to your EQ Block Library. The quick download and installation process will let you start using these blocks to design with and print patterns right away. Each requires EQ8, EQ7, EQStitch or EQ Mini software. Available only as downloads. 1920′s & 1930′s – These charming blocks represent not only a popular revival of quilt interest, but the real birth of the quilt industry and quilt guilds. From World War I on, fabric notion companies, newspapers and magazines increasingly published old block patterns and invented new ones to fan the growing flames of quilt fever. This period’s style favored appliqués of clear pastel fruit and flower colors, often set against

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Anchor’s Away Quilt with a repeating block design

Posted 09-01-2019 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

It’s been a wonderful summer and I wanted to add a cute throw quilt to compliment the pillow we designed last year.  I came up with this Nautical themed quilt with an interesting inset of scrappy diamonds.  And of course, I needed that cute red anchor to set it off.  Let’s get right into the design! Anchors Away Quilt Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Size: 48″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical Strip layout Working with repeating block design Convert an applique block to a motif Let’s take a closer look and analyze this quilt.  I have designed it as a Vertical Strip quilt with applique.  First we are going to focus on the diamond insets. These are 45 degree diamonds that are lined up to form a chevron type pattern.  This is a repeating diamond shape that I designed as an individual block.  The block just had to be square

Design & Discover – Drawing Applique Blocks!

Posted 09-01-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Let’s get to know the basics of drawing an applique block! Before getting started it’s important to understand how the Snap Points work and how they will effect your drawing. It would also be helpful to see what everything on the Precision Bar does and see all the options. When the Pick tool is selected you will see these options. They are pretty self explanatory (except for maybe the WreathMaker). But, notice everything that is available. When the Edit tool is selected you will see these options. Here is more information on what they all do. Drawing Lines Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Block Note: ○ If you want to draw an applique block, EQ8 gives you two choices: Block or Motif. With the addition of the StencilMaker for a Motif, the tools and techniques are the same in both styles. The only, but big, difference is Block has

EQ Printables Project Feature: Model Ships

Posted 08-22-2019 by Jenny | Posted in: From Our Users Just Because Look What I Did

You all know that quilting is our first love here at Electric Quilt. But when we saw how Shaun from San Jose, California is using our EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets, we couldn’t help but share his projects with you! Shaun makes amazing model ships and uses EQ Printables for the sails. Here’s what Shaun says about his process: “I used to buy oil painting canvas and Goodwill shirts to use for my sails, but they just don’t look right. Having the option to design graphics on the sail is a huge plus. The other huge plus [of using EQ Printables] is the plastic backing which can keep the sails stiff, flat and smooth so I can add leech lines (the rope wraps around the entire sail). Once I’m done with all the things I need to do before rigging, I can remove the plastic backing without getting the sails

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Flowering Snowball

Posted 08-10-2019 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: Flowering Snowball Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Orange Peels A few design ideas to get you started My first quilt uses an on-point layout. It alternates the original Flowering Snowball block with a variation I created with flying geese in the diagonals. Below is the original block (left) and the flying geese variation (right). The second quilt uses a vertical strip quilt layout. I drew a simple rectangular block with a triangle patch to set next to the snowball blocks. What would you design with the Flowering Snowball block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or

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