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Thread: EQ6 - pros and cons?

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    Please give me your opinion of EQ6. Is it as user friendly as they say, and is it worth the money? My son has picked out a quilt pattern that calls for about 48 different fabrics and it's all small pieces. I'd love to "see" it with actual fabric and colors before I start so I can make any necessary changes beforehand. Thanks for your input.

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    I have it and I love it. It takes a little to get used to doing some things, but there are tutorials built in to help. Do you know anyone that has it? Maybe you could play on theirs before committing to purchasing your own copy.

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    I don't know anyone right off hand that has it. Thanks for help though.

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    I've had my EQ for a couple of months now and love it. I have designed a whole lot of quilts :), only sewing one so far. I did read the manual that comes with it and I spent the time completing the lessons. I even took a class at my LQS (which was fun, but not too informative since I'd already read up on everything.)

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    In terms of the cons, I think you need to be realistic about how long it takes to learn the software. I had an early version of EQ and realized after I got it that it was going to have a steep learning curve (for me, anyway). I decided some time ago that I am better off spending time actually making quilts than designing them.......

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    I use EQ6 for amost every quilting project. I did not feel that there was much of a learning curve; however I am very comfortable around computers. If you are familiar with other Windows programs, know how to use the mouse, the left and right mouse buttons, shift and control keys, etc. then you should have no problem.

    I have not found it necessary to start scanning in my own fabrics, since there are so many fabrics available already within the EQ6 package, as well as more on the internet that can be downloaded. I just look for fabrics of a similar color, and so far that has worked fine. I don't expect the quilt that I make to look exactly like the design - what would be the fun in making it then?

    The only times I have been thwarted by EQ6 were when I wanted to design with different types of non-rectangular blocks that weren't already in the EQ6 quilt layout page. Generally I can find a workaround, however. My avatar is an example - the blocks are different shapes, not all are rectangular, and trying to put it together in EQ6 was difficult. As it was, I was only able to make an approximation in EQ6, but I learned something about the quilt and about the program while trying.

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    Thought I should add...I spent 5 days learning EQ6 (basics) and am computer saavy. By the 6th day (I was anxious) I had already designed 3 quilts and plan on making 2 of them for Christmas and 1 for a wedding quilt. Hope that helps a bit.

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    No cons at all. Don't worry about being advanced with it from the start. It's the only quilt software that you will not reach the limit of what it will do.

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    I love EQ!!! I do learn new things on it all of the time, but the bascis are very easy to learn. There are enough members here that if you had questiong about doing something, someone here should have an answer. Also you can call or email EQ and they will walk you through a probem, too!!! I think it is well worth what I paid for it :D :D :D

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    I got EQ2 before I ever got my first computer, and have up-graded to 3 then 4 and 5 and now have 6.I can not say enough good about the program. Not only can you design your quilt, but it will tell you how much fabric in each color you need to buy. Sure saves a lot worry about if you have enough fabric. You can also scan in your fabrics and see it finished , and if a fabric does not go well you can chage it before you ever make your first cut. For me I love the program!

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