Electric Quilt How To – Working With Thread In EQ

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Today I am showing you how to work with the threads in Electric Quilt.

It’s Electric Quilts 25th Annivesary this year, and as a special tribute, In conjunction with QuiltShop Gal, I am posting a lesson on the 10th of each month.

I hope you will enjoy this lessonĀ  on what I believe is an underused part of the software.

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Lesson 5 – Working With Fabrics In EQ – Create Your Own Palette

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stbs-Lesson 5 EQToday’s lesson is the last lesson in this series on Working With Fabrics In Electric Quilt. It’s been fun, I myself have learned a few things, and at the same time I had a great time being able to show you just how great this part of the software is. The ability to add our own fabrics alone makes EQ amazing software, but having the ability to create your own default palette, or even custom palettes for your projects makes it must have software for every quilter.

Compared to the other lessons in this series, this video is very short.. At just 16 minutes, I managed to get it all in.. without veering off topic.

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EQ Lesson 4 – Scanned Fabrics In Electric Quilt

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My brain has gone on vacation, not only has today been a day of brain mishaps, but I’ve been trying to figure out why the video wasn’t playing properly for this lesson today. It finally occurred to me it was due to the fact that I turn my sounds off in Window.. I really dislike (I try never to use the “h” word) sounds in Windows, and I made that video without any sound whatsoever… Soooo… I have to redo them, edit them and then upload them again. So my apologies, I will add the videos to this lesson as soon as they are remade.. sometime tomorrow after Quilt Qwazy Queens has started.

In the meantime, I had mentioned in the video about the various sites that have the same kind of lessons already, although mine is somewhat different, this is a topic that many others have touched on before also. So enjoy these other lessons and have a good laugh at my own stupidity in the meantime.

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Lesson 3, Working With Downloaded Images In EQ

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Today’s lesson on Electric Quilt covers adding images downloaded from the various fabric manufacturer’s on the internet.

We’ll look at how to download them, how to add them, discuss saved images from quilt shops, ebay, or other sites where you may purchase fabric, problems that can be encountered with those images, and we’ll touch briefly on scanned fabrics, and how cropping can affect your images in EQ.

This is a very fun lesson, a bit lengthy, but their just is to much information on the subject to try and keep it short and sweet.

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Lesson 2 – Adding EQ Fabric Libraries For 2015 and Older..

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Today’s lesson covers adding the older libraries to Electric Quilt.

One of the best parts about Electric Quilt is the Fabric Libraries. Personally, I love them. I love that I can create an inventory of my own fabrics, add them to my projects and know that what Electric Quilt shows me, is that my project will come pretty close to the real thing. This is the sheer power of the software itself.

Today, we are still working in the Main Library for Electric Quilt, I’m going to show you how to add the older files that were offered from the Fabric Of The Month, those are the .FAB files that you can download at DoyouEQ.com.

This lesson also includes adding the Connecting Threads files to Electric Quilt. I show you how to also create your own folder for Fabrics in the Library so you can find Connecting Threads inventory quickly. In case your not aware of it, Connecting Threads is the only store on the internet that I’m aware of that offers fabric libraries of their inventory for you to keep and work with in EQ. It’s really helpful because when you realize you need that fabric, you can head on over the store, put in the notepad info, and find the fabric easily. I personally think this is one of the smartest ways to showcase your fabric inventory to your customers.

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I’m Late, I’m Late For A Very Important Date…

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stbs-Fabric Libraries In EQor would that be post… šŸ™‚ This months EQ tutorial is quite late admittedly so… Last month, when I made January’s, I was pretty sure I was going to do something different this month.. However, a question popped up in the Facebook EQ Group about fabric libraries in EQ and I realized that this is a part of the software that many people may not quite know what to do with.

It has so many cool things and I wonder how many of you are putting them to good use. So, as I started making videos for the fabric library, I started realizing I can’t do this all in one video, and that’s where I decided to do a video lesson in series. This first video covers How To Install Fabric Libraries for the new 2016 install of the Fabric Of The Month… Did you know their was a new way to install fabric libraries? I sure didn’t, not until I went and downloaded my library Continue reading

EQ Lesson For January – Printing Layouts (Australia Preview and BOTM Updates Also)

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stbs-print lessonĀ I like to try and post an EQ lesson as often as possible, and by no means could I do one on a weekly basis. I’m going to shoot for once a month in tribute to Electric Quilt‘s 25th Anniversary. Yep, that’s right, can you believe it?? 25 years creating quilting software for you, the quilter, for me, a quilter.. I’m fairly sure that I haven’t even owned a pc for that long itself, it was 1992-3 that we bought our first desktop pc, with our tax refund. At the time, it cost a whopping $1200.00, it had all the latest bells and whistles and windows 3.1 .. I so remember those days, but the thing I remember the most about my desktop, was the day someone in a email group for quilters wrote a how to on copying and pasting… I can still remember that aha moment.. Today, I can build a desktop from putting the motherboard in the tower, to installing windows and software. I’ve replaced numberous hard drives over the years, graphic cards, ram… the list goes on and on… My first version of Electric Quilt was version 3. It was on a floppy disk if I remember right, and a friend and I went in on the cost of the software. At the time, we had no idea that was a no no. When I moved to California, I bought my own copy.. and just upgraded thru the years. It wasn’t until Electric QuiltĀ v7Ā tho that I really got serious about deciding to learn it. I had been playing games on Facebook for years, literally.. we have moved to a new home on the base here in Sicily, and I decided I really wanted to get back into quilting instead of gaming so much. So I literally quit all my games on Facebook and started learning EQ. I ended up going back to one of them, but I quit that game in January of 2015 for good. I’ve never looked back. Once in awhile I’ll go in and play some backgammon because I love to play and a good stress reliever for me is to go and play some games of backgammon.

So, as part of Electric Quilt‘s year long celebration of 25 years, I will post a lesson on using Electric Quilt each month as my thank you for such great software.

Today’s lesson is fairly upfront. it talks about some tips and tricks I use when creating layouts for my patterns. It’s something tho that everyone can use when they go to print out their layouts for their pattern in EQ.

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