Today I’m sharing another EQ8 tutorial, as part of my series of 15 Minutes A Day of “play time”. I hope to inspire EQ users to open up their EQ8 (or any EQ SW) and “play” with it. I’m a believer that if you play with EQ software for 15 minutes a day, you’ll quickly be amazed how much you have learned and how much creative fun you will have.
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Ok, time for an EQ tutorial. Today, we are continuing with “15-minute” tutorials for Star themed table runners. This is part three, of an on-going series. If you missed part one, click here.
Let the playtime begin!
Open EQ8 software and click FILE > OPEN, on the main menu. A window will pop up
Select “EQ8 Tutorial – Star Table Runner” and click OK. Note: We created this in lesson #2 last week.
Click on LIBRARIES > BLOCK LIBRARY > CURRENT SKETCHBOOK and click on the EIGHT POINTED STAR we added to our Sketchbook in previous lessons.
Click EDIT TO BLOCK WORKTABLE
The block now appears on your DRAW table ready to edit, as desired.
The DRAWING Tools now appear available on the left side of your screen. Click on the LINE tool to create a square in a square shape in the center patch.
After you select the LINE tool you can click anywhere on your design to draw lines. Simply use your mouse to click, hold, drag, release to create your line which also connects nodes. note: If you do not draw a line that completely closes an area (e.g. node to node), when you attempt to color it, it will not be visible as desired.
And, if you don’t like the line you may have drawn you can use the PICK and/or EDIT tools to select and delete, or select, hold, drag to reposition a line you have drawn. We’ll cover these in more detail in future tutorials. But, if you have time I want to encourage you to play with them now.
Click on the COLOR tab
Click on the PAINTBRUSH tool. Select the fabric you wish to use, or color and paint the center patch, as you desire.
Congratulations. You just modified an existing block, which came with EQ8 software, to make it your own unique design. Now, save it to your Sketchbook.
Click Add to Project Sketchbook.
Click on your QUILT worktable tab.
The previously quilt design that you created in the prior lesson (#2) should appear.
Now we will modify our previous design, adding a couple of our new blocks to it.
Using the SKETCHBOOK BLOCKS menu
Click on the SET BLOCK tool
Click on the new block that you just created and added to your Sketchbook.
Now click on the blocks in your design that you want to set the new block, as desired.
Time for more fun. Let’s play with fabrics to color our new table runner, as desired.
Click on the FABRIC TOOLS button.
Click on the PAINTBURSH tool and desired Fabric or Color.
Click on the shape in your design that you wish to apply the selected fabric or color.
Repeat to use your Paintbrush tool to select desired fabrics/colors and click on the area in your design which you want to apply, until you have your table runner using fabrics/colors you like.
Congratulations. You now have your #2 table runner design in EQ8. While you can keep playing, before you finish and shut down your software, remember to save your design to your Sketchbook and save your project file.
Click Add to Project Sketchbook.
Before you close the software, be sure to save all your work to your project.
Click FILE > SAVE PROJECT. And you can exit your V8 software…..or continue to play.
Next week, we’ll continue to explore various ways in EQ8 that you can create your own block design (e.g. pieced, foundation, applique, merge blocks, etc). If there is a specific tool or design objective you’d like to like to learn, leave a message or email me. I’ll try to incorporate your request in the lesson next week, or very soon.
Do let me know if you have any questions or feedback on this tutorial. I’ll try to respond to you directly ASAP, but I’ll also update this tutorial to clarify anything that might appropriate, based on your feedback. I do want to make these tutorials easy to follow while keeping them limited to 15 minutes of playtime in EQ8.
Here is a link to the previous tutorial: