Celebrating Electric Quilt – Adding Text In EQ!!

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Adding TextIn my ongoing journey this year to explore and learn more about, Electric Quilt along with celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary  with QuiltShop Gal and learning new techniques, my post today delves into adding text in Electric Quilt. It’s really amazing that we can take the fonts on our computer and literally have Electric Quilt automatically make them into an applique object, just by adding the text to our blocks.

The idea for this lesson came along because Joan Kawano of Moose Stash Quilting and I are doing a Signature Swap Along, where you can participate by making a signature block and swapping it with us. You can find that info here.

Mind you, you do have to place your block or your project on your quilt layout, and text can only be added on Layer 2 of the quilt work table. 

I’ve created the first video today on how to do this, and the second video showing you how to rotate your text.

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Adding Machine Embroidery Designs To Quilt Layouts In EQ7..

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Adding Embroidery To Quilts-smallToday, I have a new tutorial for Electric Quilt, and the 10th lesson, I’ve added this year for EQ, making it now 37 lessons on EQ itself that are now offered here at Seams To Be Sew.

This year, I am participating in a one day event each month with QuiltShop Gal and other bloggers for the day, posting something about EQ, whether it’s a lesson, or something created in EQ, we’re all doing something.

You can find my other EQ lessons here.

Links To references used in the video are:

Learning EQ 7 Facebook Group
Kreative Kiwi
Skeldale House
Embroidery Library

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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 lesson  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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