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Thread: Electric Quilt 6 computer software

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    I have a question. Does anyone have any experience with the Electric quilt 6 software? I am contemplating purchasing it but wanted to know from others who have it if it is worth the 149.00. Thanks loads.. Susan53

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    I think you'll find that anyne who uses the EQ6 software will recommend it, the only negative comments so far have been it's activation process.

    The software itself is quite wonderful, it's easy to use and does a fantastic job. I upgraded from version 5.

    For those of you that already use EQ6, there’s a lesson on drawing scrollwork with the appliqué tool. This is also a great way to draw custom feathers for quilting, then you can print them onto sticky template paper, and stitch right through them onto your quilt, then remove the paper.


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    now that eq6 is out, the price of eq5 is dropping. i've been toying with the idea of buying eq, too, but have never been able to talk myself into plunkin' down that kind of money.

    cheapskate that i am, i've been using Corel Draw.

    i can easily see why eq is so popular. it would save me hours on each design. i might be able to splurge on eq5. (a valentine to myself. LOL)

    as an experienced eq user, can you tell me if it's really worth paying at almost twice as much for eq6? and why?

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    This is something I keep looking at too but just haven't managed to make myself plunk down the money. I'll be curious to see the response of the comparison of EQ5 and EQ6.
    Gay

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    Susan,
    Curiousity here also. I'm so glad someone started this strand.
    My questions are:?: Is the EQ6 a stand alone program or do you have to own the first EQ and build on it?
    Do you end up spending more time playing on the computer than sewing?
    I guess I need someone to tell me WHY do I need this when I already own a ton of quilting books. :shock: Besides the usual, "I want it!" :lol:
    Yvonne

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    Thanks for all the response to my question. When I researched it I found that you could download the program onto 4 different computers. What if we wanted to go in together to make the program more affordable???

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan53
    Thanks for all the response to my question. When I researched it I found that you could download the program onto 4 different computers. What if we wanted to go in together to make the program more affordable???

    Susan
    That would be highly illegal, I suggest you ditch that thought. :shock:

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    I'm sure it would illegal. Wouldn't want to do that at all.
    Yvonne, I'm like you .....not sure I need it...but dant the I WANTS!!! LOL
    Gay

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    Sorry, I imagine you are right..I was just trying to brainstorm how I can afford it ... I promise not to mention stuff like that again. I am still interested in knowing how people who has used it like it or find it helpful.

    I have enjoyed reading the different posts. I am trying to learn to free style quilt and haven't got it right yet.. so I was especially interested in those posts.

    Also, the Cathedral quilt was beautiful..but so have been all that I have seen. I will try to post some of my tops to share as well.

    Also, are there any Mainers on here??
    Sharon

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    Sorry, I imagine you are right..I was just trying to brainstorm how I can afford it ... I promise not to mention stuff like that again. I am still interested in knowing how people who has used it like it or find it helpful.

    I have enjoyed reading the different posts. I am trying to learn to free style quilt and haven't got it right yet.. so I was especially interested in those posts.

    Also, the Cathedral quilt was beautiful..but so have been all that I have seen. I will try to post some of my tops to share as well.

    Also, are there any Mainers on here??
    Sharon

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    I'm sure we have been there and done the same thing, Susan!! LOL
    I have been doing some free motion quilting on my grace II frame. Is that what you are talking about wanting to learn?
    I have really enjoyed doing mine!!
    Gay

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    Actually I don't have a grace quilting frame. I just have a machine...with the freestyle foot. My quilting buddy does not quilt..she ties her quilts so I don't have anyone to learn with..

    I think a lot is learning tension, thread and just practicing...any helpful hints are appreciated.

    Susan

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    I think one of the best things I was told to do, Susan was to take some cheap muslin and batting and just play. I did several pieces of that before I got brave enough to put a quilt on the frame. I think that the same would apply whether quilting on a frame or on a machine.
    Gay

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    Check out differnt places to get eq5 you might find it fairly cheap now that eq6 is out and you can always get the upgade to eq6 at a later time.

    I finally broke down and got eq5 on ebay and it came with the following books:
    Design cookbook, color, drawing, quilt design the books alone are about $30 Got all for $125 now when I understand it better I can get the upgrade to 6 for about $75. It was here in 4 days.

    I have a long ways to go to understand everything about it but have designed 3 differnt quilts for future projects. I realy like it and am glad I finaly broke down to buy it

    Thats my 2cents on the subject.

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    Hi Susan:
    I bought EQ5 a few months ago and am still learning how to use it but what I've done has been pretty awesom. What i like about the program the most is being able to see your chosen block on the computer screen, put in the exact fabric you want to use for the block (either from the fabric library, the Fabric Stash Program or by scanning your own fabric into the computer) and then SEEING what your block is going to look like before you ever cut or sew a stitch. I don't always SEE the best way to put my colors together so the end product or pattern "POPS." With EQ5 you get to trade your fabrics in or out, put new colors with your fabric, etc. and get exactly what you like then you get to see what the block is going to look like in your whole quilt then you can add the sashing, binding, corner stones, etc. I wish I was better at using the program and I've signed up for a class at our local quilt store but they are waiting until they have more than 6 students to take the class. I can't wait to take it.

    Also, the EQ5 gives you printing options for templates for whatever block size you want to make and you can print out your pattern in seconds. I love the program already but will love it more as I get better at using it.
    I paid $110 for the EQ5 at our local quilt store. I think it was worth the money because I have all my "projects" saved and can go back and pull them up and make them whenever I want. On the computer screen you get a larger view, too, which helps you see the details. I have quilt books but I like this program better than a book.

    My friend wanted to make a quilt for her daughter out of fabric her daughter bought for the quilt. My friend hated the fabric choices but brought it all to my house and we scanned it in and did a sample quilt block on screen. By moving the fabric around, taking only one piece out and replacing it with another color we were able to make her a wonderful
    pattern showing the actual fabric she had and she ended up loving the block which has now become a queen size quilt since last week! Before she had the use of EQ5 at my house, she was shopping around for ALL new fabric as she didn't think her daughter's choice for fabric would work up nicely.

    Randy

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