This month I’ve been perusing the new book from the folks at EQ, called EQ8 Designing More Quilts. This book is a follow up to the EQ8 Designing Quilts book. Both books are step-by-step lessons and tutorials in how to design using the EQ8 software.
If you have interest in learning or using EQ8, these books are great resources to learning design tips and tricks with common tools and functions of EQ8.
I have been designing with EQ7 since 2010, and upgraded to EQ8 when it came out last year. I thought I was pretty versed in designing using the software. That is until I had the chance to sit down and review this book. What I found was, that although I am confident in how to design quilts using EQ8, there are SO MANY features that I have never utilized.
Topics in this book include:
Using Pictures to Design (Appliqué)
Modern Quilts with Alternate Gridwork
Optical Illusion Quilts
Custom Settings for Orphan Blocks
Baby Blocks Setting
Designing with Panels
I think like most softwares, we become comfortable with what we know and how we use it. Perhaps learning just enough to get your current task done. I found that I always use EQ8 the same way and it probably shows in my designs. Perhaps that is labeled as my “design style” lol. :)
Reading these lessons, that we are led through step-by-step, on various techniques opens up a whole new world of design in EQ8 (for me at least). Even if you are proficient in using EQ, I think you’d be interested in seeing how others approach design.
You know that’s the one thing I love best about quilting. We are absolutely never done learning. Learning keeps the brain healthy!
Super basic… but playing with appliqué was new and fun for me. I scanned and imported the drawing of the little bird I had done on the left, created it as an appliqué block, and was able to print templates for the appliqué after sketching. The pic on the right shows what the quilt block would look like colored with fabric. What a fun exercise! What if I made a string block and then cut out the striped appliqué piece on the bird’s back…. hmmmm….. lots of new ideas brewing here!
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I’m giving away one copy of the EQ8 Designing More Quilts book here on the blog.
If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment below telling me which of the topics/chapters listed above interests you most. (Giveaway ends Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:59pm. US + Canada residents only).
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AnneMarie Chany is an author and pattern designer who teeters on both sides of the modern and traditional quilting line. She loves using bright colors and solid fabrics while nodding to traditional blocks. On the website, you'll find many resources to inspire and get you sewing right away like free quilt patterns, the Quilt Block Library with links to 350+ free quilt block tutorials, Block of the Month Clubs, and the Quilt Pattern Shop with clear detailed instructions to make your quilting easy and fun.
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