If you ever want two motifs to touch end to end on a diagonal line, try the following: 1) Draw a diagonal line and convert it to guides. 2) Move your motif close to the guide, then zoom in on the end of your motif that’s supposed to touch it. Change the X & Y settings in the Precision Bar until it does touch the guide. Make note of X and Y. 3) Clone the motif and use either Flip D or Flip O to get the opposite. (I never remember which is which, so I hold up my hands in front of me in the shape of a “V” or bottom of a heart. That tells me that “D” flips on this axis: and “O” flips on this axis: /.) 4) Switch X and Y on this new one. Works every time. (This tip also works when positioning blocks
Well it was a whirlwind Wednesday for me. I was in Cleveland taping four episodes for Quilting Arts TV. I did segments on 1) Kaleidoscopes, 2) Taking Traditional Patterns and making them Contemporary, 3) Drawing your own Quilting Stencils, 4) Drawing New York Beauties & Compasses. I had a lot of fun with host Patricia (Pokey) Bolton as always. I can’t believe we’ve done 20 episodes together. Backstage is always a fun time to meet other people in the industry. Jamie Fingal and Alisa Burke showed me some of their techniques… (I need to work on my embellishing and painting capabilities.) Jay McCarroll from Project Runway had us in hysterics most of the time and showed off his new fabric line (I liked the “Ivy League Bees” he said they’re smart because they have glasses on). I’ll try to post some pictures of the samples from the episodes I did.
Yesterday was Mardi Gras and at the EQ office that means something special – the UPS truck will arrive with a delivery from Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans. It’s a King Cake from EQ author and teacher Fran Gonzalez and her husband Larry. We can’t remember exactly when Fran and Larry started sending us this wonderful fun gift on Fat Tuesday, but we really love it. For those of you who don’t know about King Cake, it’s a part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions. The cake is a like a giant cinnamon roll shaped into a large oval. The icing on the top is covered with sugar, sugar that is colored the Mardi Gras colors (purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power). It is pretty bright and garish, but, hey, it’s Mardi Gras! The tradition is that the hostess of a Mardi Gras Party bakes
Sheryl recently wrote us about a baby quilt she made for her niece Cherish who is pregnant with a little girl of her own. Here at EQ we are no strangers to pregnant women and babies so we couldn’t resist sharing this adorable EQ designed baby quilt. “I scanned my fabrics and imported them to use in the pattern. I also fussy scanned/cropped the focus fabric (Vintage Kids or what I call Dick & Jane) and imported those pictures to use as blocks. It turned out very nicely thanks to EQ6! “ Here’s a link to Sheryl’s blog where you can read more. Sheryl also uses her EQ to create pattern illustrations in Word: “I use EQ for the illustrations in my patterns by exporting to PSP vX and then inserting into Word documents. I love the way I can use the 2 programs together!” Click here to
I was playing in EQ6 today and found a neat trick. Get the star layout from the Layout library and CTRL+click in a Crazy Patch block. CTRL+click with the Rotate tool and watch how the star spins. Isn’t that cool? Here’s the lesson: CTRL+click and the Layout Library (When it comes to the library, go into library #3 into the Crazy blocks: EQ6 Users click Add to Sketchbook, EQ5 Users click Copy). Example by Andrea If you find a cool one, send me a picture of your design and I’ll post it here (first 20 people only). #1 by Joan Mathews #2 by Andrea Bishop #3 by Judy Messenger #4 by Ingrid Eichstedlund #5 by Estelle Langslow #6 by Cynthia Green #7 by Marion Nickey #8 by Svanhild Schmidt-Hovstad #9 by Janice Averill
Here’s a cool trick for keeping a patch (or patches) on the diagonal. This is all done on the appliqué tab of a PatchDraw Block or PatchDraw Motif in EQ6. 1. Draw a patch. 2. Center it. 3. Depending on which way you want it to go, click one of the top pair of arrows and one of the bottom pair of arrows for Position each time you want it to move. In the example linked here, I want the leaf to move up and right, so I click the Up and Right buttons once each. The arrows work in increments,… so there’s no math involved! -Andrea : )