Thursday, September 22, 2016

Playing with EQ7

Back in August the National MQG hosted a webinar with Amy Ellis on using EQ7 (only members of the MQG will be able to access the replay). I've had the software for a few years now and have used it for 90% of the quilts I've made but I still fumble my way along. For me, one of the a-ha moments of this webinar was when Amy said that when she first starts a project, she deletes the existing fabrics and uploads or saves only the fabrics that she plans to use. First, this just never occurred to me. Second, I had no idea that Moda and Andover had free images of their fabric lines that you can import into EQ7! This made me so excited and I couldn't wait to try it out.

It just so happens that I was recently summoned for jury duty. What better way to pass the time than to play with some virtual fabric! I've been wanting to make a quilt using my Bonnie & Camille layer cake of April Showers. Here are 3 layouts that I'm considering:

Layout 1 - centered radiating diamond
Layout 2 - offset radiating diamond
Layout 3 - centered radiating swirl
I paired the prints with a solid gray, with the intention of using Kona graphite yardage that I had on hand, but that was before BB-8 came into my life. So now I'm considering using a navy blue instead. I'm leaning heavily to one of these layouts but what do you think? Which layout would you choose?

11 comments:

  1. I have had EQ7 for quite a while now, too. And it's amazing how many features you can manage to discover even now! Your designs are all great. I like the idea of the offset diamond, but the first one that is centered is actually my fave! And those fabrics would look great against a navy blue, in my humble opinion!

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  2. My biggest beef with EQ7 is the crappy fabric selection. I've never tried to upload any other fabrics, nor to scan my own. Guess I need a tutorial. I usually do the offset layout; never thought about the radiating swirl. Will have to try that!

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  3. I really like the offset design, personally, and it will be fun to see what you choose!

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  4. lauut 3 gets my vote can see you have fun with EQ7

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  5. I like them all, but I especially like layout 2. Curious to see what youll choose! Have fun with EQ7!

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  6. I knew that Moda and Andover had free images of their fabric lines to import and I do not own EQ7! I am glad you figured that trick out.

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  7. Pen and paper did it for me. My favourite is the second

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  8. All of the layouts are very nice, I would vote for #2.

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  9. Lovely! I think the offset diamond is my favourite and - is it just me or does #3 look like a Nazi sign just a little bit? Probably just me...

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  10. I have been toying with the idea of EQ7 all year - think I will have to add it to my Christmas list! As to your layouts - I prefer Layout 2 because I like the asymmetry of it but all would look lovely. Re navy - I have just made Bee block in navy and reds and wow they were lovely. I will definitely use navy more in the future.

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