Early adopter

If you’ve read much of this blog, you know I’m a big fan of EQ (Electric Quilt). I started with EQ5 around 2005, upgraded to EQ6 in 2007-ish, then EQ7 when it came out in 2010, and yesterday I upgraded to EQ8 on the day it was released.

I’m so excited.

I know that looks kind of… not excited, but trust me, I’m bouncing up and down in my chair and making 12-year-old-girl-at-a-Taylor-Swift-concert noises.

The new E8 is so pretty! I’m just barely getting started with it, but I’m excited to see a few new things, like the Photo Patchwork layout, where you can import a picture and create a mosaic quilt in about 3 steps. How cool is that?  There are over 40 new features in EQ8. The biggest change is the user interface, so it looks completely different from EQ7 and is easier and more intuitive. Check out the new features at the Electric Quilt website.

Any of you who currently use EQ7 will love this change – when you are drawing a block, you can color it, then go back to the drawing tab, remove or add lines, go back to the color tab AND THE COLORS ARE STILL IN THE RIGHT PLACE!!! I can’t overstate how awesome this is. No more recoloring the whole thing every time I change one line on a block. When your block looks like this…

 

And you remove four lines and go back to the color tab and it looks like this…

 

… it’s kind of frustrating.

 

 

 

 

 

But now in EQ8, that isn’t a problem. I take the lines out in EQ8 and go back to the color tab and I find this:


… and it’s perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

If you currently have EQ7 and have any interest in EQ8, now is the time to get it because the upgrade is 25% off, but only until November 6. You can also upgrade from EQ6 and EQ Mini, which will save a chunk of change over buying the full version. If you do not currently have EQ6/EQ7/EQ Mini, you’ll have to wait to buy EQ8 when the full version comes out in November. You can sign up to be notified on the Electric Quilt website. Check out all of the great stuff it can do over at the EQ website! It’s an amazing piece of software, and if you’re at all interested in quilt design, I can’t emphasize enough how useful it is. Here’s just a tiny peek at some of the quilts I’ve designed in EQ7:

In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t work for Electric Quilt, or get any sort of payment or incentive from them for writing this. I just really love the product.

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I had a grand idea to cut the comments into strips and crumple them into balls, which I would then dump on the floor in front of the cats and see which they chose. But Buttercup was asleep, unwilling to be disturbed, and Rugen carefully sniffed each piece of paper then went looking for pets. My mom ended up picking the winner. Oh well – next time maybe I’ll squirt the strips with catnip spray!

EQ Blog(-ger)

I mentioned earlier that I had some fun stuff in the works, and this is the first thing I can share:

I’m writing some posts for the new Electric Quilt blog! It’s called “Behind the Mouse,” and my first post went up today. You can see it here: http://doyoueq.com/blog/2012/10/packer-tracker-from-sandi-walton/ I wrote about how EQ7 can be used in conjunction with some of the block books that are so readily available today.

Now, you know I mention EQ7 fairly frequently in my blog, and I wanted to clarify: I am not paid, or even asked, to write about it. I just love the program and share my projects and opinions here. I don’t want to turn into a blog about quilting advertisements. It works for some blogs, and more power to them, but that isn’t me, at least not now. I’d love to make money from my blog, but that would require consistency and I’m a long ways from that! Still, I won’t avoid writing about something commercial if I truly believe in it.

Anyway, with that out there, I’d love it if you checked out my post, and maybe looked around the new Electric Quilt blog and website. They made some substantial changes, and there’s some good stuff for EQ users and non-EQ users alike. And for those EQ users, watch this space… I have a giveaway coming up!

Reason #6 I love EQ

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Quilts are just blocks in grids, right?

Not necessarily! They can be, and they’re great that way, but EQ7 also lets you do this:

EQ Setting 1

Or this:

EQ Setting 2

Or these:

EQ Setting 3

EQ Setting 4

EQ Setting 5

All of these settings (and many more) are preloaded in EQ7 for you to drop blocks into and color.

Reason #5 I love EQ

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This reason is kind of a two-fer (that’s short for “two for the price of one”). EQ7 has a lot of pre-loaded “fabrics” and color swatches. A LOT. But it doesn’t stop there. If you’re using solid colors you can create colors that aren’t already shown by adding tints and shades of an existing color or by choosing any two colors and adding 10 colors that blend from one to the next.

EQ Colors

I added all of the tints & shades shown, plus I’m creating a gradation from the blue to the pink.

If you want print fabrics, you can scan your own, import swatches from online, download swatch files from some fabric manufacturers (Moda, for example) and even download EQ files from Connecting Threads.

EQ Fabrics

This is just the tiniest slice of fabrics I’ve downloaded free from EQ.

Best – and easiest – of all, Electric Quilt offers free monthly downloads of fabric collections, and you get to vote on what they’ll offer.

And if you really want to go all out, you can purchase a Stash from Electric Quilt. The latest 2012 Spring/Summer Stash has over 5,800 current fabrics.

Reason #4 I love EQ

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It seems like such a small thing, but I really love that EQ7 displays the dimensions of my quilt right there at all times.

EQ Size

Look down in the very bottom right – it says “Quilt: 85.000 x 85.000 (ins)”. It also shows the dimensions at the top right, as “Overall Size.” And for those who use the metric system, you can easily change the default measurement from inches to centimeters.

Seeing the size of the quilt seems minor, but it helps me decide how big to make the blocks and how wide to make the sashing or borders so the finished quilt fits the wall space, bed or very tall person’s lap.

Reason #3 I love EQ

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I’m not one for following patterns, but the best thing about patterns is that they calculate necessary yardage for you. And it’s even right most of the time.

In EQ7, a couple of quick clicks gives me this:

EQ Yardage

I can specify the width of fabric (40″, 42″, 44″, 54″ and 60″), and the calculation is right almost every time. Oh, YEAH!