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Design & Discover – Quilt Labels

Posted 03-01-2020 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month in Design & Discover we’re designing labels! It’s quick and easy to design a personalized label to document your quilt, or perfect if you are planning on giving your quilt as a gift. (Also, our Printable Fabric is great for labels!) * If you are on a Mac and running Catalina, an update is available for your EQ8. Some EQ8 users had issues with fonts after updating to Catalina. Therefore, prior to going through this lesson, you may want to update. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click LAYOUT For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter: Horizontal – 1 Vertical – 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter: Width – 5 Height – 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 04 Classic Applique > Wreaths Choose a block with an open center Click Add

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Let’s Play with Applique

Posted 02-25-2020 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori Uncategorized

I spend a lot of time designing quilt blocks for piecing in Electric Quilt, but I also like the look of applique.  The good news is that with EQ8, you can easily design your own applique blocks and motifs.  And once you have designed it, you can use the tools in EQ8 to make it any size you would like.  In this lesson, we will take an existing drawing and create an applique motif. Last year for Christmas, I finally received a much coveted gift of a Kitchenaid Mixer.  I always had a little hand mixer, but how I dreamed of mixing up cookies and goodies with a stand mixer.  I decided I really wanted an applique motif of my mixer to use for kitchen related items like aprons and tea towels.  So I sketched a picture of my wonderful mixer. I scanned in my hand drawing to use to

LESSONS WITH YVONNE-DESIGN AND SEW ALONG-LESSON THREE

Posted 02-23-2020 by Yvonne | Posted in: Design and Sew Along EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts Lesson 3

Welcome to Lesson 3 of DESIGN AND SEW WITH YVONNE.  I hope you were successful in creating and stitching the last lesson on paper piecing.   In this lesson we are creating two very similar types of blocks; Easy Draw and Easy Draw with Applique. There are a total of 8 Easy Draw (pieced blocks) and 5 Easy Draw + Applique blocks. Launch your EQ8 program.  The opening screen will open to an ‘untitled’ project. Navigate to the project named ‘Design and Sew Lessons with Yvonne’ using either the folder icon on the left side of the screen or the ‘open an existing project’ in the center of the screen.  Click on the name of the project and then click on the ‘OK’ at the bottom of the screen. . The project sketchbook will open.  Just click on the ‘close’ at the bottom of the sketchbook. Confirm at the top of your

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Flower Weave

Posted 02-10-2020 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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Flower Weave Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Seminole Piecing A couple design ideas to get you started Here’s a simple horizontal layout using the Flower Weave block. I alternated it with a variation of the block I drew on the Block Worktable. I also drew a block to set in the border that would extend the center cross of the block into a point. My second quilt uses a Hexagonal layout from the Layout Library. I really like that center cross (or X as it looks in this diamond-shaped space!), so

LESSONS WITH YVONNE-DESIGN AND SEW ALONG-LESSON 2

Posted 02-09-2020 by Yvonne | Posted in: Design and Sew Along EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts Lesson 2

Welcome back.  This is the second lesson in the DESIGN AND SEW LESSON WITH YVONNE.  Over the course of the lessons we will be creating 4 different types of blocks–pieced, paper pieced, applique motifs,and pieced block with an applique added within the size of the block. In this lesson we will create a paper pieced block for our quilt; print the pattern for the block; and upload an image of our creation to the blog page for everyone to see.  You will decide if you just want to create a virtual quilt or actually stitch the blocks required for the quilt layout. Our finished block size will be 8 inches.  All blocks in this quilt design will be 8 inches. Double click on your EQ8 icon on the desktop to launch the program. This time when we open an existing project we will click on the folder to open the project

Design & Discover – One Patch Quilts

Posted 02-01-2020 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

There are lots of different styles of One Patch quilts. Each of these types can be edited…meaning the options are pretty endless! (Here is more information on how to edit the patch shapes.)  Also, it is helpful to know how the patches are counted. Now that you know the basics, let’s get started! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click One Patch Click LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter: Horizontal – 12 Vertical – 20 Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H) Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Fabric Tools Click Paintbrush You can color each patch one at a time or you can also try using the Paintbrush Subtools. For example, the Oval Brush draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up. Once you have your quilt colored

2020 EQ Ambassador

Posted 01-31-2020 by Diane | Posted in: EQ Artists

We’re thrilled to announce and introduce our 2020 EQ Ambassador (drum roll please), Heather Valentine! Heather is a passionate teacher and inspiring quilt designer, and she creates all of her patterns using EQ8. Look for her to be featured in our newsletters, website, ads, and social media posts throughout the year. We’re excited to team up for a fantastic year! Meet Heather Valentine, the voice behind The Sewing Loft and Inspiring Stitches. Armed with a degree from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather spent the next 20 years working hand in hand with factories around the world. She developed new products, achieved the perfect fit and produced quality garments found in your closet today. Craving more artistic freedom, Heather stepped away from the garment industry to create The Sewing Loft, an online sewing community filled with enthusiasts of every skill level, from the small-business owner to the occasional stitcher. Her main

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