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Booth Question #4 (Use my own embroidery)

Posted 11-05-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

4) How do I make a quilt in EQ6 with my own embroidery files? There are 2 different ways to approach this question. a) If your embroidery blocks are already stitched out – you can import a photo. (User Manual p.174) Go to LIBRARIES > Photo Library. At the bottom of the window, click Import > from Image files. Find your photo (jpeg, gif, tiff, bmp, or png format). Click Open, then Add to Sketchbook, and Close the library. Right-click your quilt toolbar and add the Set Photo tool if it isn’t on there yet. If you want the photo to fill an entire block space, set it on Layer 1 with a click. It will replace any block that is there. If you don’t want it to skew, set square photos in square spaces, or set rectangular photos in the same size rectangular spaces. If you want the photo

Booth Question #3 (Different Sized Blocks in a Quilt)

Posted 11-05-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

3) How do I create a quilt with different sized blocks – some rectangles, some small squares, some big squares? A new EQ6 feature is called “Create Quilt from Block.” It allows you to take a pieced block and turn it into a quilt. The only thing is – you should draw it in EasyDraw and not use anything but horizontal lines and vertical lines. Anything with a diagonal line or curve will not appear in the menu. Here are some examples of what are good blocks and what are bad blocks for this menu feature. Keep in mind – this is your layout. Draw your grid and then save the block in your Sketchbook. Switch over to the quilt worktable and click QUILT > Create Quilt from Block. Only the blocks that meet the criteria will appear in the left column. Choose a size that works with the layout

November – Kaleidoscope Collectors

Posted 11-05-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

The first lesson for the new Kaleidoscope Collectors group is up. It’s on “Twisting Daisies”. If you have EQ5 or EQ6 and the Kaleidoscope Collection CD you can follow along. Check out this month’s lesson. Next month, we’ll work on foundation patterns in general and do some drawing from scratch.

Booth Question #2 (Quick Fun Appliqué)

Posted 11-04-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

2) I’m working on a Ricky Tims quilt and I’m just wondering if there’s a fast way of getting some fun appliqué to put on top. If you’ve gone through the EQ6 Appliqué Drawing book, you’ll know from the first few lessons that you can take just about anything from the library and turn it into something else. Start a new EQ6 project and call it “Flare”. Go into the Block Library and copy out anything that looks like it has fun lines. View your Sketchbook Blocks section. Edit the first block. On the Applique tab, select one part of the drawing with the Pick tool. Click EDIT > Copy. Click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Motif. Click EDIT > Paste. Edit the drawing however you like. Color it on the Color tab. Click Add to Sketchbook. Do this for all the blocks you “see something in”. Here are

Booth Question #1 (Digitize Quiltmaker Designs?)

Posted 11-04-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

Thanks for visiting us in our booth at Market & Festival. For those of you who save your questions for once a year, when I’m sitting there at the demo table, don’t forget you can email techsupport@electricquilt.com, call us at 419-352-1134 (M-F, 9-5 EST), or post questions on the forums to have your question answered sooner. If it’s one of those things where we might not be able to help with the design without seeing it, don’t forget you can email or fax (419-352-4332) pictures too. So this is the first of fifteen questions I got at least 2-3 times while we were there. I am going to post the steps and tips here on the blog, so you can refer to them whenever you want. 1) How do I digitize the Quiltmaker Quilting Designs for my own personal use? The Quiltmaker stencils are all open patches drawn on the

Downtown Houston – can't wait 'til next year

Posted 11-04-2008 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

Wow. We just got back from Quilt Market and Festival. The overall consensus from our EQ group is that Houston (despite Hurricane Ike) is prettier than when we left it last year. Seriously. Those old parking lots in front of the convention center have been replaced by a green area, with some large grass areas, a pond with water lilies, fountains and more. There’s even a new café and restaurant in there. It’s fun having snacks in the “Treehouse” and staring out across the lawns watching flag football or little, giggling kids being chased around on the grass by their parents. The cool part is a lot of it is on top of an underground parking garage… so there’s still parking available. Some evenings you can listen in on concerts in the park or go to a farmer’s market. On our way to the hotel or dinner every night, we’d

Delirious with Joy

Posted 10-17-2008 by Sarah | Posted in: Uncategorized

Have you seen the November Quilters Newsletter yet? The quilt pictured on the cover is “Joy” made by Marilyn Smith from Columbia Missouri. It’s a beautiful collection of 113 vibrantly colored blocks each with a different embroidery pattern which means this quilt took a lot of time! The name “Joy” stemmed from the emotion of the colors in the quilt. Marilyn says, “Color inspires me. I love color; it can convey a feeling. Looking at fabric is just a step in the road to a finished quilt. When I began Joy, I wanted to use brights: hot pinks, purple, green and turquoise in random placement. As this quilt progressed, I began to think more creatively about color and how much I enjoy quilts with a color progression of temperature: warm to cool and cool to warm.” Marilyn Smith – Quilters Newsletter November 2008 So where did the joyful inspiration for

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