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Posted 05-19-2019 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I absolutely love doing paper piecing because of the accuracy.  My points always match and my material is always stable with the paper pattern.  But, just because you can draw a pieced design does not necessarily mean it can be easily paper pieced. Two of the biggest issues I see when teaching paper piecing drafting is that the images people want to paper piece can’t really be sewn with a paper piecing method, or they are so complex the beginner designer may just give up.    The other concern is when you design a paper pieced block that has multiple seams coming together at one place and it creates an impossible bulk in the seams that are difficult to make it lie flat with pressing.  These issues can be prevented when thinking ahead during the pattern drafting process. Take a look at the image below.  It is very intricate and

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Graves

Posted 05-10-2019 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. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Graves Fun Fact! All the blocks in the Prairie Style listing are named after architects and designers. This block is named after Michael Graves. Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Prairie Style A few design ideas to get you started For this first quilt, I set the block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a simpler version of the block by editing the original on the Block Worktable. This quilt is colored with fabrics from the Hedge Rose collection by Kelly Panacci for Penny Rose Fabrics. You can find these fabrics in the newest EQ Stash Online download. Below you’ll see the original

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Update Insider Block Worktable

Posted 05-03-2019 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Hello!  Have you been following along with the EQ8 Update Insider?  Here is the last insider post of the new EQ8 Updates for the Block Worktable.   As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! If you missed my previous two posts, check out the General Updates including how to download the update HERE and get the scoop on the Quilt Worktable updates  HERE. Lets explore the Block Worktable Updates. Thicker lines when drawing on the Block Worktable You now have the option to make the drawing segments thicker on the DRAW tab only.  This may help you to see your drawn blocks with more clarity since the lines will be easier to see. To turn thick lines ON, click the gear button on the main toolbar of the Block

Solid-ish Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 05-01-2019 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations Contests

We are blown away by the incredible entries submitted to this contest! (See all entries in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! If you want to jump in on another challenge, one just started here! Winners Two winners were chosen, one that was selected randomly and one that was Kimberly’s favorite! Kimberly says: This was a super tough decision because there were SO MANY clever and beautiful quilt designs from which to choose! I’m honored and thrilled that so many people would take the time to design quilts using the Solid-ish swatches! Kimberly’s Favorite: Mary Spriet Random Winner: Rich Danner Both winners will receive fat quarters of the entire 60-piece collection! Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants! If you’re looking for something else to keep you designing, check out our new design challenge and giveaway featuring Aura, an Art Gallery Fabrics

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Aura

Posted 05-01-2019 by Christine | Posted in: Contests

Contest closes May 31 at 11:59pm ET. Winner announced here. One of our new friends, Mathew Boudreaux (you may know him as Mister Domestic!) has a gorgeous fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Aura! We just had to offer it to EQ users as a free download AND host another design challenge! Thanks to our long-time friends at Art Gallery Fabrics for providing and shipping the prize.  How pretty are these?? EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway To Enter Design a quilt in EQ using Aura fabrics and submit an image of it by May 31, 2019. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Aura fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ quilt must use fabrics from the Aura collection. Up to 2 solid colors may also be used if desired. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24

Design & Discover – Quilt Backs!

Posted 05-01-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we are playing with the backs of quilts! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! This one is fun. I recommend trying out a Horizontal Strip or Vertical Strip Quilt for this. We’ll start off with a quilt from the Quick Quilts. (Did you know about these? They are great for inspiration and a starting off point for labels, Storm at Sea Quilts, T-shirt Quilts, and lots more!) Click Start with a Quick Quilt project Choose the Medallion Quilts project and click OK. Scroll through the Sketchbook until you get to the 5th quilt, as shown below. Click Edit. Recolor the quilt or change a few blocks, if you’d like. As you can

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Insider Update Quilt Worktable

Posted 04-26-2019 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Welcome back to the EQ8 Update Insider.  As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the Quilt Worktable Updates to the program. Solid Seam Allowance Lines You could always print seam allowance lines with dashed lines.  Now you have the option to print seam allowance as a solid line.  For many folks, this solid line is easier to see on their printers.  Since everyone’s printer is different, see what works best for you. You can find this checkbox option in the Print dialog box for Templates And in the print dialogue box for foundation patterns. Thick Seam Allowance Lines You can also now display thicker seam allowance lines on Template and Foundation printouts. 

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