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Thread: Electric Quilt 7 or other quilt designing program

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    Red face Electric Quilt 7 or other quilt designing program

    How many of you use a program to design your quilts? I started with Quilt Pro, but decided about 3 years ago when I changed to a PC to change to EQ. I love it! I have so many ideas and color schemes saved in my program. I often start with a small drawing on paper so I won't forget what I want to do and then put it into the program the next chance I get. Saves time so that I can try designs out without cutting and sewing until I am ready that is!
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    I love scanning in the actual fabric I want to use and seeing how the colors will look in the design. I love the program.

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    i have EQ5... never found the need to upgrade. i just love the program!
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    EQ6 and eventually would like to upgrade. LOVE it - I don't know how I lived without it!
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    I'm still on EQ6. Maybe might upgrade???

    I really like the ability to play around with designs and then sizes. It is much easier for me to visualize. I also get to play around for friends. I even have it on my little notebook so I can play around if I have a long wait in an airport or such.

    You are right. It does save on material and time.

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    Started with EQ6, upgraded to 7, love it and use it all the time.

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    Love it! I send pictures of my designs to my kids and ask their opinion. E.g.: do they like the one with three borders or two borders? I always get inspiration from them. It is so easy to design a quilt the size I want it to be which is always plenty long to cover the toesies of the recipient if it is a lap quilt.

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    Oh my! I have had EQ 7 twice (one I bought, tried it and sold it!! and the second time it was a gift) and I can't figure the darn thing out!!! I personally don't think it is an easy program to learn but I know some of you ladies here on the board can whip up a design in a matter of minutes!!! Maybe some day I will master it (or maybe just figure out how to use it!!)
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    I find thumbnail fabric pics online and just import to EQ7. Also it is much easier to take a digital picture of my fabric and import that then to scan fabric. I have all the fabric in my stash in the EQ fabric library.
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    I have EQ 7. Have designed several quilts. Am working on making the latest one and hope to submit it for judging at our local quilt guild quilt show.

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    I've thought about buying EQ 7 but... well, I'm a procrastinator and...

    I'm sure it's a wonderful tool/toy. If you have a hard time deciding on a quilt design and/or fabrics, does having EQ7 make it easier or harder to decide?

    Does the time you spend designing always result in an actual quilt, or is it possible (likely?) that you could spend a whole LOT of time just designing and re-designing and never actually ... sewing anything?

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    I have both. I can't imagine designing without a quilting program. QuiltPro is by far my fav. It will also import fabrics easily.

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    Went to my cousin's to test drive EQ6, Loved it. Came home and ordered it (eq7) this morning. Quilt In A Day has it on sale and free shipping. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Oh my! I have had EQ 7 twice (one I bought, tried it and sold it!! and the second time it was a gift) and I can't figure the darn thing out!!! I personally don't think it is an easy program to learn but I know some of you ladies here on the board can whip up a design in a matter of minutes!!! Maybe some day I will master it (or maybe just figure out how to use it!!)
    Oh, I wish I could drive over and help you! I agree, it is not an easy program to learn (and I was a computer programmer for 30+ years!). But, once I understood a few of the basics I was off and running - it is great fun and a great tool for auditioning fabrics in your design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    I've thought about buying EQ 7 but... well, I'm a procrastinator and...

    I'm sure it's a wonderful tool/toy. If you have a hard time deciding on a quilt design and/or fabrics, does having EQ7 make it easier or harder to decide?

    Does the time you spend designing always result in an actual quilt, or is it possible (likely?) that you could spend a whole LOT of time just designing and re-designing and never actually ... sewing anything?
    So far, I have only designed what I PLAN on sewing. However, I can design much faster than I can make a quilt and so I have a dozen or so quilts that are waiting to be made!

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