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 Quilt v7 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.
Another really old video all the way back from 2013 just sitting in my Video Manager at Youtube.. These are old, but the techniques are sound and still work just fine in EQ. I’m just an inexperienced video maker at that point. This video tho taught me alot about how cool the Send To Front and Back features of the software are. The artwork used in this video is from Diddybag.com and the Holly and Berries pattern has been free on Craftsy since I first released it to my Facebook fans as my gift for 2013. You can also download the pdf, svg, and pj7 here.
This is a fun little lesson on Breaking Nodes In EQ…. one of the older lessons I uploaded, then never published last year.. seriously.. I need to get them released, I can’t believe I still have videos in my video manager that I never released..
This is just a fun trick to fix an outline problem when outlines that may show up on the top of another shape. This happens when I forget to add the outlines after adding the next shape without adding the previous shapes outlines, so I end up having to fix the outline that is showing on top when it shouldn’t.
Sometimes when you do this, the outline your trying to send to the back doesn’t go to the back when you click on the new shape to send to the front, for some reason the outline wants to stay on top, so the video shows you how to correct this problem.
Way back on April 1st, 2015, I had been thinking about how much I missed participating in Blog Hops. I love them, they are so much fun and not just because your creating a project to show off, but because you get to see the ideas everyone else comes up with. I have loved every Blog Hop I participated in. Each one is unique in it’s very own way.
I had been admiring Deanna’s Quilter’s Garden at the time and thinking how much I’d love to do a Row Quilt. So I wrote to Electric Quilt and asked them what they thought of allowing me to organize a Quilt Along with tutorials for Electric Quilt in a row quilt. They were very enthusiastic and granted me permission offering to help in any way they possibly could.
When I originally chose this artwork for Oh Holy Night, their were some things in the artwork that I thought were missing. Like the trees of Week 3‘s patterns and the Landscape of Week 1 and 2. I have always said I can’t draw, and really I can’t, but I can doodle.
With Electric Quilt, I drew The Inn completely using the shapes in Electric Quilt to create it. When I draw, their are no drawings made on paper, it all comes from my head or ideas I’ve seen elsewhere and I just draw it on my own. I’ve seen many buildings in the background for nativities and I’m sure that I probably got the idea of it from those, but I really wanted to have a building based on the bible story of Jesus’s birth, so I added The Inn to this project.