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January 2022 Lessons with Yvonne–Playing with Fonts

Posted 01-16-2022 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Fonts are not just letters and numbers.  Fonts can also be represented as designs.  You can use TTF (True Type Fonts) in EQ8 to create unique designs using the text tool.

I use free fronts from the Da Font website.  https://www.dafont.com/  Selecting only the TTF format of fonts, I download them to my Font Folder on my computer.  EQ8 can read the TTF files using the text tool to create the designs I want.  Dingbats are a type of font that is an image.  I use dingbats to create pictures I can use in EQ8. Download the TTF of your choice and install it in the Fonts folder on your computer.

NOTE:  Install the fonts before you open EQ8.  If you install the fonts after EQ8 is already open, it may not pick up the new font in the computer font folder.

Open your EQ8 program and create a new project named ‘Playing with Fonts‘.

All fonts (text)  are added to the quilt worktable on layer two (2) of the layout using the text tool.  You can add your design to any layout of your choosing.  I used the Custom Layout to create my text design.

On the Design tab, click on layer 2  at the bottom of the screen.  Select the Text Tools icon on the ribbon at the top of the screen.

In the applique text properties box at the left, click on the set text icon and then click on the down arrow and scroll to a TTF font of your choice that will be pictures instead of letters.

Move the cursor over to the worktable and while holding down the shift key on the keyboard, click/hold/drag/release a text box onto the worktable.  It will have a flashing cursor inside the box letting you know it is ready for you to type in your text.

Type any letter of your choice from your keyboard.  When typing a letter it will show as an image.

Depending on the TTF fonts you added to your computer you may have a selection of both capital and lower case letters.

Click on the adjust tool in the applique text properties box at the left side of the screen.  Click/hold/drag/release a corner node of the design to enlarge the size of the image you created.

Click and drag the resized shape to a better location.  While it is still selected, click on the copy/paste icons in the applique text properties box on the left side of the screen.  Do this several times and resize and position each copy in a better location.

Click on the fabric tools icon on the ribbon at the top of the screen.  Choose the colors of your choice and color your applique design.  You can also add more elements to your design for a finished look.

There is no end to the unique designs you can create using TTF’s.  

NOTE:  Not all TTF’s work well. You will need to experiment.  Usually, solid-filled designs work well.  Linear style designs may have an issue as the program sees these as applique and it is difficult to get a good linear design to produce a great applique element.

Print your pattern pieces by clicking on the print and export tab at the top of the screen.  Click on an element of the design to select it.  Once it is selected it will have a green selection box around it.  Click on the templates option from the print patterns box at the left.

In the print template box, set the key block to none, and the print seam allowance is turned off.  This will produce a fusible applique pattern.  Click on the word preview at the bottom of the box.

You will need to print a pattern for each of the elements of your design.

Enjoy your playtime as you explore how to use True Type Fonts in EQ8 to create unique designs!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Birds and Star

Posted 01-10-2022 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2022! 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. If you’re a brand new EQ8 user, I hope you’ll join in the fun! This monthly series is great motivation to dig into the software and practice your new EQ8 skills. And if you’ve been using EQ8 for a while, I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! Don’t forget to comment on other quilter’s designs too. Let’s build each other up! This month’s block: Birds and Star Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eight-Pointed Stars Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses an on-point layout. I alternated the Birds and Star block with a block called Cross with a Cross. All

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Giveaway Winners!

Posted 01-04-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations EQ Pearls of Wisdom

Thank you all for celebrating our 30th anniversary with us! We loved hearing all your stories and learning how EQ has impacted your life! We wouldn’t be where we are today without YOU, our amazing customers! From those who started with EQ1 to those who just bought EQ today, we are very grateful. Giveaway Winners Three winners were randomly selected to each win a $30 Visa gift card. Congratulations to… Winner 1: Jim and Liz Parker “I am new to EQ8. We got it after acquiring an Accuquilt cutting system and seeing the information on their website. I also purchased and have been going thru the Beginners Book. So amazing! My husband wanted to learn how to use the EQ8 system too and is having so much fun designing blocks and quilt projects. Our quilting project, for 2022, is to start creating his designs. With so many choices of fabrics, designs and

Best of Morris – Winner Announced!

Posted 01-04-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

We were blown away by all the gorgeous quilts submitted to December’s design challenge! What a way to end the year! If you haven’t looked, go see all the entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winner One winner was selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner: Gail Folaron “I like the combination of applique and pieced patchwork. I tried to express the warmth in this fabric.” - Gail Folaron Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out January’s design challenge!

Design & Discover – Quick Changes

Posted 01-01-2022 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we’ll be learning some options for making quick changes to quilts that may inspire new designs. Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click the LAYOUT tab Click Horizontal Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter Horizontal: 6 Vertical: 6 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Under 01 Classic Pieced click Classics Click the first block, Log Cabin Click Add to Sketchbook Click Close Click the Set Block tool Click on the Log Cabin block Hold down the ctrl/cmd key on your keyboard and click on a space on the quilt. Click the Symmetry tool Click on the quilt to see 16 different layouts! Click Add to Project Sketchbook  for any of the layouts you’d like to save. If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Strawberry Fields

Posted 01-01-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

January’s Fabric of the Month is Strawberry Fields by Timeless Treasures! Featuring bright red strawberries, beautiful florals, and a touch of gingham, what’s not to love? A fat quarter bundle of the Strawberry Fields fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Strawberry Fields below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Strawberry Fields fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on January 31, 2022. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Strawberry Fields fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Strawberry Fields 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 wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you can correct

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3

Posted 12-31-2021 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Welcome back to the Hexagon quilt design adventure!  In this final lesson we are going to explore using the Custom Quilt layout to design a Hexagon quilt.  This blank canvas will allow us to essentially build a Hexagon quilt that can be assembled with English paper piecing or EPP.  This can open up a myriad of possibilities and let you step out of the box in your design.   Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3 is the last post in the Hexagon series.  If you need to catch up, check out my previous posts here:    Designing Pieced Hexagons    Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 1  Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 2 Hexagon Quilt Layouts Part 3 Skillset: Intermediate/Advanced User Skill Builders: Build applique blocks using EPP shapes Create a hexagon quilt layout using Custom Set Lets review information about the hexagon shape. The hexagon shape is a six sided shape whose overall dimensions are

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