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Thread: Do you design your quilts? Share your Tips & Tricks with us

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    Do you design your quilts? If so what tips do you have to share with us?

    Do you use graph paper to sketch out your quilt?

    Do you use EQ computer program to plan your quilt? Is so what # for the version are you using?

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    I use EQ.

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    I use graph paper and sketch out. Also a LOT of math. There is much cussing, wailing and gnashing of teeth when I screw up simple equations.

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    what # on EQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    I use EQ.

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    I have done a couple on graph paper. One because I was being paid for it. Usually though I have kind of an idea what I want and make up my mind as I go.
    Fortunately for me maths has never been hard. I use to draft clothing patterns years ago. I can look at a quilt and generally work out the pattern. I may change a few things. I do a lot of picture quilts and I Spy quilts for kids.
    I like to make something outside my comfort zone every now and then. Just wish I had more hours in the day. Would get more sewing done if I stayed off the computer. When I leave it turned off I do get some sewing done.

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    I use EQ and graph paper :D:D:D

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    what version # of EQ program are you using???

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    I love graph paper. It kinda gets me mentally prepared to begin.

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    Yes I do design my own patterns I use my lil ole brain. as for tips i dont have any to pass on Yet. well one tip would be, if it is something stuck in yer brain take the extra time and sit down and design it. i.e. drasft it or sketch it.

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    I use EQ7 the most but I have Foundation Factory and several other quilt design programs. I use them all for different type quilts. Usually I'll design a block in one program and import it to EQ7 to design the quilt. Once you learn the programs it's fast and instant changes when you want to change a detail or the whole design.

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    thanks for your information, never heard of Foundation Factory!

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I use EQ7 the most but I have Foundation Factory and several other quilt design programs. I use them all for different type quilts. Usually I'll design a block in one program and import it to EQ7 to design the quilt. Once you learn the programs it's fast and instant changes when you want to change a detail or the whole design.

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    I design most of my quilts, or sometimes I'll see a pattern I like and modify it to suit my taste.

    I use EQ7, and have been using it since V4 I think. I wouldn't quilt without it!

    For me one of the best features is the ability to quickly and accurately design borders. I'm a mathematical idiot, I know it, and without EQ, I doubt I'd be making many quilts! :mrgreen:

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    I do and for now just use graph paper. I also brain storm with DH. Unfortunately I do not write everything down in detail or keep the directions. So if I want to do a similar quilt I have to reinvent the wheel again. You'd think I learn!

    Knowing some basic math and techniques is very helpful. Also I do not cut everything in the beginning. My quilts change and develop as I go, especially where it comes to color.

    The quilt on the left and in the back are the last ones I designed. They now have borders and are waiting to be quilted. Quilt right DD 22 is making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I design most of my quilts, or sometimes I'll see a pattern I like and modify it to suit my taste.

    It's easy to modify a pattern to suit using the EQ programs. I like converting a block pattern to paper piecing. Usually just leaving out or adding to the block is all it takes to make it just what I wanted.

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    EQ5-6-7

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    I use a good 'ole pencil and ruler. I just did one yesterday as a matter of fact where 1" on paper = 3" on fabric. Was pretty easy to do, I just draw it up what I want it to look like finished and the add seam allowances after.

    Rachel

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    Graph paper and colored pencils mostly, but I've been known to use Excel or MS Paint when an idea strikes me while I'm at work.

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    I use graph paper but then I have mostly done my own designs for bargellos.

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    I have EQ but most often use graph paper or sketch paper.

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    I use graph paper and I did find a book that taught the basics of quilt design I really liked it gave me freedom to create. I use colored pencils and I love it. I have the EQ5 and well I honestly have no idea how to use it correctly.

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    I use graph paper and EQ5.

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    I have only used one pattern. Most of mine are my designs. I draw the pattern, figure what size the blocks will be and then figure out the size of each piece in my head. I have to learn how to put pictures on here. I have completed several and have pictures of them.

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    I trace photos. Easier for me than Corel or the other vector programs. Otherwise I use patterns and change or add to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    I trace photos. Easier for me than Corel or the other vector programs. Otherwise I use patterns and change or add to them.
    That's amazing! I love it.

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    I design all my quilts, never used a published pattern actually. I use MS Excel and Publisher mostly for now, but am looking at CAD programs for the future. I have no interest in quilting software at all. My background is in art and math. I start with an idea, sketch it out, transfer it to computer, then to fabric. It always changes along the way, but that's the joy of it.

    Tips:
    - take Math for Quilters at Quilt University if math is a struggle for you
    - read up on the Principles and Elements of design...what applies to art, applies to quilts of all types, not just art quilts
    - know and understand the color wheel...how colors relate to each other, how they impact the viewer, how to blend them, and how to combine them
    - allow yourself to make mistakes...it's how we learn and how we discover some exciting new things!
    - have fun!!!

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