Sometimes the simplest designs have the highest impact on a quilt. Consider the modern quilt movement. Very little print on the fabric and very few design elements on the quilt allow the quilter to showcase the stitches themselves. Why not make a simple applique a focal point on a rather plain quilt and highlight that applique with some embroidery stitches. Applying the applique to a whole cloth background as an embroidery element can bring the quilt to life. Click on your EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Click on the drawing board options icon on the project bar at the top of the screen. In the options box, click on the machine applique setting and select and ‘E’ stitch with the following properties. Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #9 – New and Updated Printing Features Get Estimates for Fat Quarters! We love that the fabric estimates now include fat quarter calculations! If there are patches that are larger than a fat quarter, EQ will use a $ symbol to make you aware. And don’t forget, the SKU number is included so you can easily take your printout with you when you’re shopping for your fabric! If you’re calculating based on fabric width instead of fat quarters, the printout now displays the width of fabric that is being calculated. Mirror Templates for Fusible Applique That’s right! You can now mirror your template patterns! Turn the seam
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite new features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #10 – Updated Libraries Block Library The Block Library has a total of 6,779 blocks. That’s over 1,000 blocks MORE than EQ7! The majority of the additions have been added to the Foundation Pieced and Contemporary Applique libraries. Plus, the block colorings got a bit of a makeover to they look more modern and fresh! Fabric Library The Fabric Library has 6,278 new fabrics ready to be used in your design! Each fabric was carefully scanned and notecarded with the manufacturer’s name, designer’s name and SKU number. Photo Library The Photo Library has 233 photos. Play around with these photos, (or import your own!) by adding filters,
Smart, Simple, Sophisticated… …and enhanced! This version was redesigned for faster learning and more complete designing. Its friendly new look introduces large interface elements, creating the most intuitive version yet! Electric Quilt is the industry’s go-to computer software for quilt designing and quilt block creation. From professionals, to the everyday quilter, EQ8 has all the right tools and features for each and every quilt designer. Get a sneak peek at the new version Click the image below to watch the video. October 23rd: Upgrades and Books These products will be available starting October 23rd. Upgrade pricing is available for EQ6, EQ Mini and EQ7 owners. Additional discounted pricing is available for the two books shown below, and for EQ7 owners upgrading to EQ8. This special pricing ends November 6th. November: Look what’s coming! New to EQ? Start with EQ8! If you do not have any version or Electric Quilt software
Coloring and sketching/doodling is now seen as being a relaxing meditative hobby that aids in overall health. Who knew?? I wanted to see if I could actually ‘sketch’ an embroidered design. This can be a little tricky as stitches are precise with a defined type, width, length and texture. I was able to draw something that I felt was similar to a ‘sketch’ with stitches using my EQStitch. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon to open the stitch features. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen. Bring in an image onto the image tab and size it to the size of the hoop you will be using. You could also use a motif image from the block library if you wanted to. The image is up to you. Add the image to the sketchbook so it is available for tracing
This last week, Kid Giddy aka Kerry Goulder sent us a few quilts and tons of blocks to photograph. They were all designed in EQ7! Her blocks are all super intricate! Look for all of the fussy cutting she did in her blocks. She even painted the star in Santa’s eye. Hot Skates – Designed by Kerry Goulder Queen Bee – Designed by Kerry Goulder Land of Magic – Designed by Kerry Goulder Mug Club & Winking Santa Mug – Designed by Kerry Goulder Totem Bear & Totem Wolf – Designed by Kerry Goulder French Bulldog Block – Designed by Kerry Goulder Daddy’s Quilt Blocks – Designed by Kerry Goulder Which of these blocks or quilts are your favorite? Let us know! Watch for more of Kid Giddy’s work in future social media posts!
Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts.com is releasing a new book! Piece and Quilt with Precuts has some gorgeous quilts! Lots of fun and easy machine methods in quilts made with precuts. It includes 11 pieced patterns and 18 machine quilting designs, all aimed towards helping you have start-to-finish success! Read more about her Piece and Quilt with Precuts on Christa’s blog! Christa also has a Blog Hop going on! She’s linking to other creative bloggers and their versions of her quilts. It’s so fun to see all the different possibilities! She is also giving away PRIZES! Be sure to check it out! (and keep reading for more info on our giveaway!) Christa has two other books: Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting which she co-wrote with Angela Walters. Christa used EQ7 to design the quilts in all of her books! Here are some examples from Piece