Meet Mairi, Nora, and their mom Sara. Long time EQ user Sara introduced quilting to her daughters who have been having a GREAT time designing their own quilts and now they want to share them with the world! This is such a fun moment between mother and daughters and we really enjoying seeing the different generations and age groups passing on their love for quilting. Plus, it just goes to show you how user friendly EQ6 really is! Now, granted these girls are extra smart and have creativity on their side… but if they can do it then so an you! Great job Mairi and Nora. Your quilts are beautiful! Sara won 3rd place in the “EQ the Mouse Hunt” contest. And of course, that was also a mother-daughter activity. Together they surfed the EQ website looking for EQ the Mouse and wrote down each page they found him. I’m
Marie Johansen wrote a wonderful book review on Digital Essentials and we wanted to share. Heres just a bit of what she had to say… “How do I make a photograph the ‘right’ size & pixels for entering in this or that show? How can I enrich or distort my photograph if I want to? So many questions always seem to come up when I want to do something specific to a photograph. Although I have quite a few books about using PhotoShop Elements, “Digital Essentials” is the book that will answer all of these questions & so very many more in a very user friendly way!” Visit her blog to read the full review!
One of my favorite tricks in PatchDraw for sizing a design is using the CTRL key. 1. Go get any appliqué block from the library. 2. Edit it out of the Sketchbook to the worktable. 3. On the Applique tab, press CTRL+A to select all. (You need something selected for this to work.) 4. Hold down the CTRL key as you move a corner handle in or out. Watch the selected patches as you do this. : )
A while back Penny helped a EQ user, Terry Lines, with some tech support questions over the phone. Well, Penny must have done something very right because Terry sent a sweet thank you card the other day! She also sent us this piece of fabric that we just had to laugh at. It reminded her of what our office might look like Too perfect! Truthfully, that does sort of look like me there in the bottom right hand corner ~Sarah
Fran Iverson Gonzalez, author of EQ6 Simplified, will be teaching an online series of classes. You can find one right for you whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced EQer. The classes are offered vis www.quiltuniversity.com, and sign ups are going on now. http://www.quiltuniversity.com/classlist2.htm#EQ6Sampler http://www.quiltuniversity.com/classlist2.htm#EQ6BuildingBlocks http://www.quiltuniversity.com/classlist2.htm#EQ6AdvancedLayouts
Tradition around the EQ office is that when you leave for an extended vacation (honeymoon or maternity, the two most happening things around here) something happens to your stuff! We like to surprise the “returnee” with something on their first day back. In the past we’ve filled a cubical with balloons, covered a desk with sticky notes, put staplers into jello and many more. But we might have topped ourselves when Sara Woodward returned from maternity leave today! We wrapped her whole desk and all the little details with newspaper! It was priceless. Of course its all in good fun so Sara got a kick out of it… but she was still cleaning it up well into the afternoon. Hey, it’s the price you pay.
7) How do I make a skewed hexagon that is the length of two hexagons. Go to WORKTABLE > Work on Block. BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Motif. Make sure VIEW > Precision Bar has a check next to it. Click the Pick tool. Set your block size, snaps, & graph paper. Make sure Snapping Options 1, 2, 3, and 5 are turned on. Click the Polygon flyout and choose the hexagon. Point anywhere in the block outline. Hold the CTRL key as you click, hold and drag diagonally down. Release when you have a perfectly vertical hexagon (that is a little smaller than half the block). Click the Center button on the Precision Bar. Click the left arrow next to “y” until it is zero. Don’t touch x. *If you are going to combine the small one with the long hexagon, I recommend clicking Add to Sketchbook right