Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Learning EQ7 - Part 3

I created a Learning EQ7 Series page to make it easy to find all of the articles in this series. There is a link to the page in the sidebar.

Adding Fabrics in EQ7

I want to thank Sandi at Piecemeal Quilts for her wonderfully detailed comment on Learning EQ7 - Part 2. She provides links to several sources for fabric palettes you can add to EQ and links to instructions for importing JPG fabric images.

Judy Laquidaria at Patchwork Times wrote about Importing Fabrics into EQ7 today. She took a photo of fabrics she planned to use in a quilt and imported them to use in her quilt design.

Video 5 - Naming a Project Before Designing

Duration: 6 minutes, 23 seconds

To make your project easy to find, name your project, then start designing. When you start EQ, a window displays prompting to type a project name to start a new project.

Everything you add to your sketchbook will be saved automatically with your project. When you exit EQ, you don’t have to save first. Everything in your sketchbook is already saved.

To continue working on a design when you start EQ again, click the "Open an existing project" tab and select the project you want to work on. To put a quilt back on the worktable, you select it in the Sketchbook and click on Edit. When viewing a quilt in the Sketchbook, click the Notecard button to name the quilt design.

This video introduced some capabilities used in setting blocks in your quilt.

  1. When using the Set Block tool, if you hold the CTRL key when you click on the quilt, the block will be set into all the spaces on the quilt.
  2. The Erase Block and Symmetry tools were demonstrated. The Symmetry tool flips and rotates all the blocks to create 16 different designs.

Video 6 - Opening a Project

Duration: 4 minutes, 22 seconds

When you start EQ, close the "Tip of the Day" window. On the next window, click the "Open an existing project" tab and select the project you want to work on. The project sketchbook will open. Click the quilt you want to work on and click edit to put the quilt on the worktable.

Make changes to the design and click the "add to sketchbook" button. When you look at the sketchbook, you will see the original design before editing and your new design that you just added.

To make a new quilt in a different style, (e.g., with the blocks on point instead of horizontal), click Quilt –> New Quilt and choose a style.

Click the layout tab under the quilt to adjust the number and size of blocks. Return to the Layer 1 tab to set blocks and work on your design.

To change projects, click File –> New and the window to create or select a project is displayed.

These 2 videos covered more than just creating a new project and opening an existing project. They also revealed some of the basic quilt design tools and how to use them.

Each video contains some review of what was covered in the previous video to help reinforce key points. If you watch 2 or 3 videos in a row, it's a bit redundant, but a good refresher if you come back at a later time.

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