With the start of spring only a few weeks away, what better way to celebrate than with March’s Fabric of the Month! This month’s featured collection is Hand Picked: First Light by Nicholas Lapp for Maywood Studio! This collection features textured solids paired perfectly with the colorful florals, giving contrast and highlighting the uniqueness of each individual bloom. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Hand Picked: First Light below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! NEW! To Enter: Let’s build each other up! In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before the contest ends. To enter
This month we’ll be copying and pasting elements from one block to another. Most of the examples show part of a block being copied to another existing block but elements of blocks can also be copied to new blocks. There are six different types of blocks in EQ8. The type of block you are working with determines whether or not you can copy the elements and if so, how to do it. You will see what type of block it is listed above the Drawing Tools or at the bottom-right corner of the worktable. In the example below you can see that it is currently an EasyDraw block. Click Block > New Block to see all six of the different types of blocks to choose from. Click Block Worktable Pieced Blocks EasyDraw is the easiest and fastest way to draw a pieced block. You just drag the mouse to draw
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. 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! This month’s block: Star Wheel Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Compasses Design ideas to get you started My first quilt started with a medallion layout created with the Custom Set layout. It uses the Star Wheel block and a block from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Wheels section . A red and white quilt seemed appropriate for a post
January’s design challenge was full of so many creative and beautiful quilts! Be sure see all the entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Gwen “Strawberry Jam and Tea is what this said to me. Fun in the beginning of a new year with Minnesota sub zero temperatures to dream of fresh strawberries.” - Gwen Winner 2: Rhonda Pickren “The fabric reminded me of local farms where you can pick you own and then go home to dip in chocolate or make strawberry shortcake.” - Rhonda Pickren Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out February’s design challenge!
February’s Fabric of the Month is Turtle Bay by Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra for Northcott! A fat quarter bundle of the Turtle Bay fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Turtle Bay is like a fresh ocean breeze, warm sunshine and a sandy beach. The fabrics are characterized by a beautiful array ocean plants, coral and sea turtles combined with complex textures. Submit your EQ design featuring Turtle Bay below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! Don’t forget to comment on other quilter’s designs too. Let’s build each other up! Visit here to see the Turtle Bay quick-sew tote featured in the collection. To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Turtle Bay fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on February 28, 2022. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Turtle Bay fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use
For this lesson we’ll be using one of the free monthly projects to start with. Download Various Valentine’s HERE. You can find more label ideas here. Open the project and click Edit. If you would like, click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and recolor. You may want to add more fabrics. Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of the screen Click Text Tools Click Set Text When you click on the Set Text tool the first time, EQ8 will read through the list of TrueType fonts (typefaces) on your computer and load those fonts into the palette. The first time this happens you may experience a bit of a delay as EQ8 reads the fonts, depending on the number of fonts installed on your computer. The last fabric used will be the text color, so you may not see it if you’re typing on a
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