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The EQ8 Lessons for Beginners is the best book for going step-by-step through lessons to learn the ins and outs of the program. The first chapter covers all 3 worktables, and Chapters 2 and 3 get more into different features of the quilt designing and block drawing. Chapter 4 is full of some fun, popular topics in EQ. The book is only 128 pages, so it’s easy to go through, and a great way to get started.

The EQ8 Block Library book is simply a catalog of the block designs included in the EQ8 library. This is not a lesson book for learning the software.

The EQ8 Designing Quilts book is a compilation of several chapters written by EQ8 experts. Each chapter features a different quilt design. While the book teaches you to design these specific quilts, the knowledge gained will help when designing your own masterpieces. It is recommended that you work through the blue EQ8 Lessons for Beginners book before moving onto this book.

The EQ8 Designing More Quilts book is similar in style to the first quilt design book (above), but with new content and techniques. It is not necessary to purchase both books, however you will learn even more if you do! Check out each book’s product page to see what each offers. Remember! This book isn’t just about the finished quilt, but the techniques you learn so you can apply them to your own designs. It is recommended that you work through the blue EQ8 Lessons for Beginners book before moving onto this book.

The EQ8 Drawing Blocks book is for those interested in drawing blocks. You’ll learn how to draw both pieced and applique blocks in this step-by-step lesson book by popular EQ educator, Kari Schell. Working through this book will give you the skills you need to draw your own unique block designs.

The EQ8 Reference Manual has 256 pages and is much more informational, rather than lesson-based. We suggest using this book as a “look up” reference book, rather than working from page 1 to page 256. You have free access to the full Reference Manual as a PDF from the Help menu in your EQ8 software.

They are all great books but, hurry! The sale won’t last long!

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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: Sun Compass – 4 Points

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Sun Compasses

A few design ideas to get you started

This first quilt uses a simple 6 x 6 horizontal layout and I had some fun with the Rotate tool!

I started with a layout from the library for this quilt. It’s Hexagonal – 1 from the Layouts by Style > Hexagonal section. This layout is rectangular, and I wanted my quilt to be more square, so I added borders to just the top and bottom of the layout.

I also made a simplified version of the featured block by deleting all the compass points. The original Sun Compass block is used in the center and outer “round” of the quilt. I used the simple variation in the middle “round” (which remind me of flower petals!).

What would you design with the Sun Compass – 4 Points block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt
  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.

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We’re back with another EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway with a new collection from Island Batik! This Signature Collection is called Icicle by Kathy Engle for Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.

Here are the fabrics:

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway

Design a quilt in EQ using fabrics from Icicle, a Signature Collection designed by Kathy Engle from Island Batik for Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. You could win some fabulous Island Batik precuts!

To Enter

Design a quilt in EQ using the Island Batik Icicle fabrics and submit an image of it by July 31, 2019. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.)

Download the free Icicle fabrics for EQ here

Rules
  • Your EQ quilt must use fabrics from the Icicle collection.
  • If desired, you may use up to 3 other fabrics from the Island Batik collections in the Manufacturer Basics section of the EQ8 Fabric Library (Basics, Blenders, and Neutrals).
  • One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit an incomplete quilt, or the wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you can correct it and submit again within 24 hours.)
  • Participants must use EQ8, EQ7, EQStitch or EQ Mini.
  • Quilt must be submitted by July 31.
Prizes

Two random winners will each receive an Icicle Stack and a FQ bundle of the Icicle fabric collection.

Entries are welcomed from all. Prizes will only be shipped to the continental U.S.

Good luck to all participants! We can’t wait to see your entries! 

How to submit an image of your quilt design from EQ8:
  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)
  5. We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. Quilt and patch lines are optional.
  6. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design. Then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.
  7. Select your quilt, then click Submit Comment.

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The Row by Row Experience® began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. Since then thousands more stores in the US, Canada and Europe have joined the fun. Travelers collect row patterns, then create stunning quilts with those rows … and no two are alike!

The idea is to travel, shop and collect patterns.  Then combine your rows to form your quilt! Row by Row Taste the Experience started June 21, 2019 and the collecting ends September 3, 2019. Here is more information.

There are four different sizes you may receive from quilt stores.

You will likely get a variation of all these sizes. How do you make them all fit together? With EQ8, of course!

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!

There are a few different ways to approach this.

The first way is using borders.

  1. Click the NEW QUILT tab
  2.  Click the LAYOUT tab > Horizontal
  3. Make your quilt 54 x 6 and 1 x 1 blocks. Perfect fit for a Long Tall Sally.
  4. Click the BORDERS tab
  5. Choose a Blocks for Border Style
  6. Make the Top border 18 inches and all other borders 0
  7. Make 3 blocks in the border. Now you have spots for three Foxy Boxy rows.
  8. Add another Blocks style border
  9. Make the Top border 9 and all other borders 0
  10. Make 6 blocks in the border. You have a spot for one RxR Classic with 18 inches of extra space. (We’ll see how to deal with that later.)
  11. Add another Blocks style border
  12. Make the Top border 12 and all other borders 0
  13. Make 2 blocks in the border. You have a spot for two Short and Sassy rows.

    However, the rules say that you need at least eight rows and right now we only have 7.
    Let’s add one more RxR Classic.
  14. Check the box that says Clone the selected border
  15. Click on the RxR Classic row
  16. Click the Insert button
  17. Click Add to Project Sketchbook If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.)You can use photos of your completed rows and use them to design. See this past Design & Discover for more information. In this example I just used blocks. As you can see I centered the RxR Classics and added a block on each side to even out the design and width.
  18. Click Add to Project Sketchbook

    Another way to do it is to use the borders as guides but place the rows on Layer 2.

    You can also place somethings on Layer 1 and some on Layer 2.

    In this example I placed the basket on Layer 2 and centered and resized it using the Adjust tool. It’s going to be a Short and Sassy so make sure the size is 27 x 12.

  19. Don’t forget to click Add to Project Sketchbook when you have something you like.

    You could also design a layout using Custom Set.

  20. Click New Quilt > Custom Set
  21. I clicked the BORDERS tab and clicked DELETE but you can keep it if you’d prefer.
  22. Click the LAYOUT tab and make the quilt 54 x 54
  23. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block
  24. Click the Three Dots Option and choose Add Plain Block
  25. Drag the Plain Block onto the quilt
  26. Use the Adjust tool to change the size to Row by Row sizes.
  27. Use the Adjust tool to move the blocks around to get a layout that you like.In the example the Row by Row sizes are blue and the filler spots are green.
  28. Once you have a layout you like click Add to Project Sketchbook
  29. Then you can start popping blocks (or photos of your actual rows) into the spaces.
  30. Once you have a layout you like click Add to Project Sketchbook
  31. If you want to post images of your quilt backs, here is how to export the images.
  32. To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.  Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images

I can’t wait to see your quilts! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!
If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below.
If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com.

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BlockBase is the CD-ROM version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and it’s jam packed with over 4300 block patterns. And the best part is you can print the patterns for these blocks at any size you want!

BlockBase also includes a wealth of historical information for each block. You may find that the beautiful modern block you saw on a blog recently was actually first published in the 1930’s! As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again,” and quilting is no exception!

You can use BlockBase on its own….

Or, link it right to your EQ and use the BlockBase blocks just like you would other EQ blocks!

You can watch a video to find out more about BlockBase!

BlockBase is also on sale! Today (6/28/19)  only! Use code BLOCKBASE30 to save!

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I have had a lot of questions about creating personal libraries in EQ8.  Many of you want to create your own libraries containing your favorite fabrics from your Stash or from a particular manufacturer.   If you have taken pictures of your stash and imported them into EQ8 or have imported other fabrics into EQ8, you can create and store them in their own library.

Electric Quilt allows you to set up your own fabric libraries under My Favorite Fabrics.  When you create your own library, the fabrics that you put into it will be available to use in any project you want to design.

Here is how to create that space.
  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Go to the top Main Menu and click LIBRARIES, choose Fabric Library.  The dialogue box will open.
  3. Select the My Favorite Fabrics section.
  4. Click the Create Library button and the Add new Library dialogue will open.
  5. Enter a Name for your library.  (Hint: I like to add by fabric manufacturer and then add the different lines as subcategories underneath that.  You may want to store by color or maybe type of fabric like 30’s or batiks.)
  6. Choose the the number of styles or sub categories you would like.  Hint: A style might have the fabric likes, or maybe you group by colors.  Use whatever makes the most sense to how you design.)  You can add up to 59 styles but you can always change that so I start with 10.  Click OK.
  7. You now have created your own library!
 Copying the fabrics you want to add to My Fabric Favorites
  1.  Open the Fabric Library
  2. Click to choose the section of the library where you want to copy your fabrics from.  If you have imported pictures of fabric in your Sketchbook, you would click on the sketchbook.  If you have imported fabrics, you would go to the Import Results section.  In this example, I have imported in the Princess Palette by Mirah Batiks and they are in the Import results.
  3. Select the fabrics you want to add.  Click the Copy button.  You can hold down the CTRL/CMD key to select additional fabrics.
 Add and Save the fabrics to My Favorite Fabrics.
  1. Click on the My Favorite Fabrics section
  2. Click on the library name.  In this example, Mirah Batiks.
  3. Click the style name you want to add the fabrics to.  For this example, we are going to add them to Style 1.
  4. Click the Paste button.  You can add up to 254 fabrics to each style.
  5. Lets name the style, right click on Style 1.  A dialogue box will open.  Click on Modify Style.
  6. Enter the name of the Style.  In this example, the swatches copied were The Princess Palette collection by Mirah Batiks.
  7. Click Save Library button.  Click OK.
  8. You fabrics will now be added into the style of your own fabric library.
  9. You can always go back and update the library name and the number of styles.  Just right-click on the library name and click to Modify Library.
  10. Enter a new name or new number of styles.  Click OK.
Hint:  If you want to add your own personal Block Libraries, the process is the same using the Block Library, My Favorite Blocks.
For More Information:

Go here for more information  Importing Fabric from the web, a camera or scanner.

Remember, there are many more fabrics already built into EQ8 besides what you will find in each default project.  You can find them under the Fabric libraries from the Main Menu and add fabrics to your projects from there.

There are additional free fabric downloads every month on the DOYouEQ.com website

And you can always purchase additional fabric swatches from the Stash files available  HERE.

Questions or Feedback?
Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
Lori J. Miller lives in Oxford, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern sewist.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  An Electric Quilt 8 Super fan, you can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com , on instagram @lorimillerdesigns  or on Facebook at Lori Miller Designs.
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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: Peacock Feathers

Where to find it: 05 Contemporary Applique > Tile and Celtic Designs

A few design ideas to get you started

My first quilt is a simple 6 x 8 horizontal layout with a 1″ sashing. Using the Symmetry tool on this asymmetric block creates some fun designs!

My second quilt uses a layout from the library (On-Point Medallions – 3). I set the Peacock Feathers block in the four center spaces. Then I used the Hour Glass block (01 Classic Pieced > Chains) in the surrounding block spaces.

What would you design with the Peacock Feathers block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt
  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.

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Have you seen the gorgeous entries submitted to the Aura challenge?! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating!

Winner

Aura designer, Mathew Boudreaux, chose his favorite entry and it is…………

Jenn B!

Jenn will receive fat quarters of the Aura collection from Art Gallery Fabrics!

Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants and congrats to Jenn B!!

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This month we are exploring the possibilities with the borders in EQ8! 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!

There are a few different ways to work with borders in EQ8.

First let’s work with what is encompassed under the Border’s tab.

Let’s set up our layout.

  1. Click the NEW QUILT tab
  2. Click Horizontal
  3. In the LAYOUT tab for Number of Blocks make it 1 x 1
  4. Set your Width and Height to 20 x 20
  5. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library
  6. Find an interesting block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook
  7. Click Close
  8. Click Set Block
  9. Click on your newly added block
  10. Click to place the block
  11. Click the BORDERS tab
  12. Click Tile Squares (or choose it from the drop down menu)
  13. Make your BLOCKS IN BORDER 4 x 4
  14. With Tile Square Border the blocks will always stay square. Play around with the number of BLOCKS IN BORDER a little and you will see that if the math doesn’t work out quite right, instead of the blocks not being square, a spacer border will be inserted.
  15. Add a few more borders of your choice.
  16. Click the DESIGN tab >Block Tools > Set Block
  17. Set blocks into your borders and recolor them any way you’d like!
  18. Click Add to Project Sketchbook If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.)

    Keep in mind, doing it this way, each block pattern will print individually.

    Lets start again and do the borders a different way this time.

  19. Click New Quilt
  20. Click Layout > Horizontal
  21. Again make your quilt 1 x 1 with a block size of 20 x 20
  22. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library
  23. Click Close
  24. Find a new block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook
  25. Click Set Block
  26. Click on your newly added block
  27. Click to place the block
  28. Click the BORDERS tab and add a few borders. You can adjust the size now and amount as you continue designing.
  29. Click the DESIGN tab > Auto Borders
  30. Click the drop menu to see more categories, scroll at the bottom to see more choices.
  31. If you click on a border, then in your border space once, it automatically sets the border on all sides.

    Experiment with all the different options!
  32. Click the BORDER tab if you want to add or delete borders, or if you want to change the width of a border.
  33. Click the Fabric Tools to recolor.
  34. Remember to click Add to Sketchbook for anything you want to keep. Now when you want to print a pattern it will be broken up differently (depending on the specific border, of course!).
  35. The blocks that make up the Auto Borders are also available in the Block Library, divided into the same categories. You can manually set all the blocks too!

    Have fun experimenting!
  36. Don’t forget to save any of the variations you like by clicking Add to Project Sketchbook
  37. If you want to post images of your quilt backs, here is how to export the images.
  38. To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.  Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images

I can’t wait to see your quilts! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!
If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below.
If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com.

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We are having a sitewide sale! Everything is 25% off! This includes EQ8 and EQ8 Upgrades!

The sale also includes the newest book! If you want to draw your own blocks in EQ8, this is the book for you! Experienced EQ educator, Kari Schell, takes you step-by-step through each of the drawing styles available in EQ8. You’ll learn skills for both pieced and applique drawing while filling your Sketchbook with beautiful blocks! From drawing a simple nine patch to creating a beautiful floral applique wreath, this book will take your drawing skills to the next level!

The sale also includes the newest Stash! This download of EQ Stash Online features an array of new fabrics from top manufacturers. The 1,200+ digital fabrics will download right into your EQ Fabric Library for immediate use for designing your EQ projects. See all the manufacturers, designers, and collections that make up this EQ Stash Online download.

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Sale ends May 27, 2019.

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