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Thread: Electric Quilt - have you used it?

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    I have EQ6 and 7..plus Block Base and 2 others that are EQ products.
    I have played more with 6 than 7 only because of the time frame of when I got it and the circumstances that were happening here at home..
    I haven't done much with it since then.

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    I too use EQ7. I started with EQ6 and upgraded when 7 came out. I really love being able to scan in my own fabrics and see what the quilt will actually look like. And I love the fact that you can get it to print out the yardage needed for each of the fabrics you include in your design. I design most of the quilts I make using EQ7, sometimes starting from a basic pattern, then changing it, but often completely from my own brain.

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    I have EQ7. I use it a lot to design. Haven't made a lot of those quilts yet, but I am designing quilts from my huge stash, and it gives me hope that some day I will use all that fabric! HA HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie
    I have EQ6 and love it. I wished I had upgraded it before EQ7 came out. Then is was around $60.00 Has anyone seen a reasonal price to upgrade?
    Street price is $89.

    Both of these offer free shipping in the US.

    Here it's $77.35:
    http://www.discdirect.net/products/E...SBNT18%0A.html

    Or you can make an offer here - see how low you can go - although none of the earlier offers were accepted.
    Always worth a try:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Qui...item588c202a04
    Thank you so much for the sites. I'll check them out. Otherwise, maybe Santa will bring it, if I am good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I purchased EQ 7 a few months ago after wanting it forever. I installed it, played around with it the first day and then never touched it again. It comes with a instruction manual that is about 3" thick. I just sold it recently here on the QB. I just don't have the time to invest in learning how to use it.
    Same here, too much learning curve. Tried to do the lessons, forgot everything the next time I went back to it and got tired of starting over.
    i agree. Hate it and do not think it is user friendly. There is so much to remember. I have had mine 10 years and never use it. I was sure i would love it. I ran out of patience with it about a month after purchase.

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    Got it, love it. Does have a learning curve but well worth the effort. I, too, had a design in mind and let the tutorial walk me through it. Printouts are precise. For anyone interested but concerned about the price, it will allow more than one license when you buy the software. If you know someone who would split the cost, makes it very affordable. Totally legal.

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    Love EQ! I've used it since version 3 and upgrade each time one comes out! It's like anything else, if you invest the time to learn you will succeed. Imagine piecing and not practicing... same thing, you get out of it what you put in. But that being said, if you don't enjoy the design process then you are better off with patterns or magazines. Just another tool some of us like to use.

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    I have EQ6 also... and love it... designed my avitar with it which is for my oldest son... and also created an maltese cross one for my youngest son... love the option of scanning in materials and putting them into the quilt blocks.. Working on one now... for baby.. Just haven't figured out how to put a panel in ... so just block out the number of squares needed for it.... I would like to upgrade to the EQ7 and take some classes...
    Quote Originally Posted by MoanaWahine
    I have EQ6 and love it. I could spend all day in there. I have not seen EQ7, but would love to get the newest version and try it out :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahlshouse
    Just haven't figured out how to put a panel in ... so just block out the number of squares needed for it..
    You could do it as a Medallion quilt but I prefer to set the quilt layout to 1x1 block with the block the same dimensions as the panel.
    Then I make the rest of the quilt top by adding borders - sometimes just the sides, sometimes just the top/bottom - whatever I need/want to fill it up.


    Like here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-160756-1.htm#4471775
    Scroll down for the EQ drawing.
    You can see the sketch the op made at the top of the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoofmaiden
    I'm working on a quilt design and found that baycreek.com will create acrylic templates for my pattern pieced blocks if I sent it in eq5 or eq6 format.

    I looked up eq6 and found that it is the output of the Electric Quilt. Looks like a very exciting package of features.

    I'm interested in hearing what experiences this board has had with Electric Quilt 5, 6 or 7.

    Thanks,
    Guys!
    EQ7 is the best thing out if you want to design your own quilts, but not if you prefer to follow other people's instructions. It takes a bit of time to get your head around it, but I love it!

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    Thank you for the link... checking it out...
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by dahlshouse
    Just haven't figured out how to put a panel in ... so just block out the number of squares needed for it..
    You could do it as a Medallion quilt but I prefer to set the quilt layout to 1x1 block with the block the same dimensions as the panel.
    Then I make the rest of the quilt top by adding borders - sometimes just the sides, sometimes just the top/bottom - whatever I need/want to fill it up.


    Like here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-160756-1.htm#4471775
    Scroll down for the EQ drawing.
    You can see the sketch the op made at the top of the thread.

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    I heard that one can change what prints before it prints, like move items around on screen etc? So one can add more than one item on a page to conserve paper etc? In particular in paper piecing.

    also that its easy to import patterns from many designers, so make sit easy to print out for paper piecing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by btiny36 View Post
    But I also like to quilt so I need to smartin up and find some balance between being on the board, eq program and quilting...hehehehe
    Good Luck with that LOL

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    I have eq7 and like it quite a bit. It's a powerful piece of software and I'm sure I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do.

    I "doodle" quilts and blocks on graph paper, then re-draw the better ones in EQ so I can easily play with color, rotate blocks, etc. I think I'm still more creative on graph paper, but it's so nice to be able to change the whole color scheme of a quilt with just a few clicks, rather than re-drawing and re-coloring a paper drawing.

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    I was given EQ6 from a friend who died. I had wanted to try it. After a week of serious study, I gave up on it and have returned to QuiltPro. I really dislike EQ. I feel that it is a poorly designed program, although better than earlier versions. How often would you use the capability of creating your own acrillic templates? Standard shapes are already available. I make my own templates from time to time, generally from "dead" X-ray film, not as good, but definitely cheaper.

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    Have EQ7 and positively love it. Major reason - able to scan in own fabric and then use it in the blocks which allows a colour retard like me to be able to combine and see how it will all look. Love it for that reason, also love the ability to import embroidery into blocks, draw my own appliqué designs - not always very good, but it is a forgiving pattern. I found that by playing around with the program you soon learnt what you wanted to know at the time. I am a very, very basic user - often just use one of the blocks already designed and put my own fabrics into it. Yeah it does take a bit of learning, but just learn what you need to know each time you go into the program - don't try and conquer everything at once. In my humble opinion it is very much worth the price.
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    I started with EQ4 and have continually upgraded to EQ7. I don't use it as much as I would like. However, I am a computer programmer and I sit at the computer all day. So the last thing I want to do when I get home is to set at a computer again. However, I am proficient enought to create quilt layouts and make/adjust blocks already in the block library to create a quilt design. I have not mastered drawing (applique) nor have I yet mastered a quilt design with non-standard blocks (i.e. multiple blocks with different sizes). I find that the fabric calculation is not always accurate (at least in the older versions) but I can calculate yardage on my own. I like having it and enjoy having the quilt design as I work on the quilt.

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    Anyone use this software on a touchscreen PC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvCreams View Post
    Anyone use this software on a touchscreen PC?
    . Well, we ended up ordering a HP touchsmart All in one PC that I can't wait to try out EQ7 on!!
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    For those who don't use your EQ7, PM me!

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    I still have EQ4 and went through some contortions to make it run on Win7. i have used it extensively to plan and print miniature paper pieced blocks. I consider it to be one of my most important tools. Now that I'm getting back into quilting I guess I should consider upgrading to 7.

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