I’ve been playing a lot with Electric Quilt, or more commonly known as EQ. I have EQ8 which is the latest edition.
For a long time, I simply designed on my computer using the WORD program. In fact, I did a couple of tutorial type posts and published them as
I’ll be honest. I’ve bought the EQ program several times and never learned to use it. I was busy and didn’t have time. Whenever learning a new program it takes time and practice and I didn’t take the time and was impatient. I certainly didn’t practice.
A couple of months ago I decided to bite the bullet and do it again. Some of the reasons I did…I wanted my designs to look more professional when working with the magazine companies, I have more time, it seemed like it would be faster and I’d have more potential…plus, I was contacted by a fabric company and was asked to submit some designs to them.
So…slowly I’ve been learning. I told you all that Kayla was here and got me started. From there, I’ve made it a personal goal to keep working with the program and trying to get more efficient with it. I can honestly say that after about two months, I can design a quilt and not feel like a big clutz while doing it.
I know after I told you all about buying EQ8, several of you said that you had the same trouble I did when trying to learn-feeling overwhelmed-so I thought I would take a little video of me designing a very simple quilt using EQ8. I’m going to do pretty much what Kayla did when she helped me.
So….This is the quilt I bought. The quilt was cheap as the block is actually a cheater block (just printed fabric), but I did like the simple design. It was also cheap because the quilt is in terrible shape.
Here is the quilt….
and another picture, close-up, of the block.
….and here is the video of me showing how I use the program. I used a magnifier when I edited the video so you could see my computer mouse as I used it. I thought that might be helpful for you. That “circle” around the mouse arrow won’t be there if you work with the program.
What do you think? Is quilt designing with EQ something you’d like to do? If you already have the program and aren’t using it, might you give it a try after seeing it used in action? I know for me, after seeing Kayla create something, I was so encouraged to give it a REAL try. I hope if you have the program you will too.
As I said, I’ve been busy designing more quilts for possible submission for the fabric company that contacted me.
Here are the images for the fabric line that I’m supposed to design something with…
That’s the whole line. I am allowed to add some fabrics from their “basics” fabric line but not any fabrics from a different fabric line.
This is the first design I came up with. I used the polka print, two prints from the line, and a red from their basics line.
This is the next quilt. I added a different block, added the dark color from the basics line, and made the quilt look bolder.
Here I used two fabrics from the fabric line and two from the basics. This started to appeal to me.
Here I worked to design a block that would add another point around the center. I left the lines in this image so you could see the blocks.
This is where I stopped playing. Is it finished? I’m not sure. I ended up making the blocks on the points of the diamonds a darker color. In the end I do like this…Will I ever make it? Who knows!!??
I ended up submitting this design. I have no idea if they will take it. I have to say I’m almost hoping they don’t as writing the pattern might be a little daunting. Karl loved the first one so I submitted that design too.
It’s been a lot of fun and really doesn’t take me long. I feel a little like I am coloring in an adult coloring book when I’m designing. So fun and actually really relaxing.
So what do you think of the designs?? Which one do you like best? I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know. I’d also love to hear a comment if you’d like to come along with another time when I’m playing with EQ8. Reader feedback will determine if I do another video…so comment away, please.