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    Hi! Whoever put my post there, Thank You! I know very little about my software and could use some help but I don't know anyone who owns it to go to for help. Please if you own the software, post which version you have, are you having any trouble with it or are you good at setting up your quilt designs.
    I have version 5. There are have been some family issues that have kept me from spending any time to learn how to use the software, so now there are no tutorials available and as I shared with Amma; I wasn't told to disappear because I hadn't upgraded but it was more like " what is wrong that you didn't want to upgrade". To be honest, I didn't know that there was a version 7 until recently!
    This is what lead me to ask why and where could we have a section for the Eq questions. Please check the list often and if you can help please post. And if you learned something new, post about it. Never know who it might help!

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    I have EQ5 also...and frankly I haven't learned it enough to want to upgrade...don't feel bad. I've had it for 3 years and still don't know how to fully use it.

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    I too have EQ5; I wasn't keen on getting any quilt design software at all so I bought the EQ5, rather than EQ6, so as to keep my cost low (+ the EQ7 was not born yet). I've had EQ5 for close to 2 years and have only "played" with it 2 or 3 times, so obviously I am as uninterested in it as I thought I would be. I only hope that sometime before I die, I'll find it useful, even if it's only one time.

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    I just got EQ7 and am taking a class thru quiltuniversity.com to learn how to use it. So far I am having a lot of fun but I have only been in it a week

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    so then there still is hope for me...lol.

    I agree with *weeze*...I must not have been interested in it enough, or else I would have taken the time to learn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    Hi! Whoever put my post there, Thank You! I know very little about my software and could use some help but I don't know anyone who owns it to go to for help. Please if you own the software, post which version you have, are you having any trouble with it or are you good at setting up your quilt designs.
    I have version 5. There are have been some family issues that have kept me from spending any time to learn how to use the software, so now there are no tutorials available and as I shared with Amma; I wasn't told to disappear because I hadn't upgraded but it was more like " what is wrong that you didn't want to upgrade". To be honest, I didn't know that there was a version 7 until recently!
    This is what lead me to ask why and where could we have a section for the Eq questions. Please check the list often and if you can help please post. And if you learned something new, post about it. Never know who it might help!
    I am not proficient enough on my EQ7 to teach or assist, still learning, do you have the book that comes with the program? I am going through the lessons, it helps Also there is a Yahoo group on EQ5,6,7-check it out there is alot of information there as well.

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    Hi! I've gone through Getting Started book about a year ago but because of family problems I didn't do alot with what I had learned so I forgot most of it. I did find on a used book site a copy of EQ5 Simplified for eight dollars. Wonder if that would help?
    I was hoping someone who is proficient in V5 might give us some tips. I know when I first starting with the manual, it seemed overwhelming but I tried to do one page at a time, not looking to far ahead to get confused seemed to help.
    I'd like to learn enough that I could use EQ to plan out a quilt with the blocks and get some idea what the quilt would look like. Not interested in adding fabrics, not sure I could find what I had selected.
    I'm thinking I'm going to stick with V5 for a while, and going to look into Block Base because it has so many blocks in its directory and maybe Town and Country Patchwork.
    Please keep posting and hopes someone might come over and help us. I think it might be fun to try to help each other, and encourage each other. Take care, Chris

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    I have EQ5 too, but also don't know much about it. I have gotten a couple of books thru ABE Books fairly cheap, now just need the time to do and read them.lol

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    I have EQ7 and am still learning-I have upgraded each time since the original EQ and learn a bit more each time. I don't spend a lot of time with it but find it useful for a number of things. Probably couldn't help much, I just refer to book or tutorials when I need to know something.

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    I have EQ6 and just loaded my EQ7 upgrade. I love the program. I got a good start over at Quilt University.

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    I have had EQ since the beginning. I currently have EQ6 and don't see a reason to upgrade to 7. I only design basic quilt layouts and I think a lot of the tutorials for EQ7 would work for the EQ5. I love the program and can spend hours playing with quilt layouts.

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    I have EQ6 and am going to take a class through Quilt University soon. I have looked through the manual, but haven't done anything with it yet. I do have some ideas for quilts I'd like to make and want to "try" them out on the computer first. I'm also hoping it will help with figureing out how to resize blocks and patterns.

    A thread devoted to it would be nice.

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    Hi! Everyone, Thanks so much for all the posts. Its so encouraging to know that I'm not the only one still using V5! And to the owners of 6&7, maybe if we can get seperate thread going; there could be seperate areas for you; because it could get confusing talking about different versions in the same topic area. If you remember anything about V5 and help some of us who are still using it, please do so. All of us would be very grateful!
    Hopefully with enough post about EQ someone will take notice and we might get our thread! Don't know how many post will take but please keep posting. Please share your sucesses and let us know what problems your having; all that will help to show that we need a thread just for EQ. Take care, Chris

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    I also have EQ5 with no interest in upgrading it. I do enjoy using it on occasion, but I'm sure I don't use even a fraction of its capabilities. I'm a bit old school in that most often I will grab my colored pencils and my graph paper to plot out my quilts. But every now and then I do love to play around on EQ5, just not enough to justify upgrading it.
    I'll be watching this thread though to hopefully learn from others how to better utilize the software.

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    Hi! Suzanne, I know what you mean. I really don't care anything about using the fabric libraries because I wonder if I could ever found the fabrics they show. And I don't want to go shopping for fabrics with some preconceived idea of what I want and then can't find it. That would like trying to plan a quilt at the fabric store. I rather go with some idea of what color I want then go from there.
    If there is anyone who has been using the program for a while, I have a question. I'm trying to learn how I can add my own fabric stash pictures to the User Library. I don't know how to change a .jpg picture to .bmp that EQ requires. I tried using my embroidery software that does change the formats but it resized the picture to fit the embroidery hoop. That probably was about 1/32th the size of the fabric panel I was wanting to add to the block I was working on and didn't help at all. Does anyone know how I can change the format .jpg to bmp? Thanks, Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    Hi! Suzanne, I know what you mean. I really don't care anything about using the fabric libraries because I wonder if I could ever found the fabrics they show. And I don't want to go shopping for fabrics with some preconceived idea of what I want and then can't find it. That would like trying to plan a quilt at the fabric store. I rather go with some idea of what color I want then go from there.
    If there is anyone who has been using the program for a while, I have a question. I'm trying to learn how I can add my own fabric stash pictures to the User Library. I don't know how to change a .jpg picture to .bmp that EQ requires. I tried using my embroidery software that does change the formats but it resized the picture to fit the embroidery hoop. That probably was about 1/32th the size of the fabric panel I was wanting to add to the block I was working on and didn't help at all. Does anyone know how I can change the format .jpg to bmp? Thanks, Chris
    Chris,
    I am finding that when I want to use a fabric I already have, I can go to the manufacturers website and MOST of them have pictures you can easily download and import into EQ.

    As for converting to .bmp, if you google "how to convert from .jpg to .bmp" you will find some really easy programs like coolutils.com. You want to be careful, of course to not get into a bad program with malware, but that one worked fine for me.

    To insert my embroidery designs, I use Embird and I can save them as a picture file that is unrelated to hoop size but I have to resize them in EQ to make it work. I don't know if that has changed between the versions but it's easy to do on EQ6.

    Julie

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    I just got EQ7 and will be taking classes once a month at my LQS. I am excited to learn this program.

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    Hi! Pam and Julie, Pam, you're very lucky to find a shop that will teach the software. Mine wasn't even interested!
    Julie, thanks for the website suggestion. I'll check it out. I never thought to try using Embird to make a picture file then bringing it in EQ. I have made a few baby quilts that I wished I could have planned out the quilt in EQ but didn't know I could do this.
    I've written to the Administrator, asking if we could have a seperate thread for EQ. I'm hoping the number of posts thus far will help them see that there is a need. I think there is so much we could share with each other, and just to hard to keep track of special posts in the Main thread.
    Will see what happens! Take care, Chris

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    As for converting to .bmp, if you google "how to convert from .jpg to .bmp" you will find some really easy programs like coolutils.com. You want to be careful, of course to not get into a bad program with malware, but that one worked fine for me.

    Hi! Julie, I got the converter downloaded and got the pictures converted over to .bmp but now they need to be resized. Do you know what size they need to be to import them into the user library? It almost looks like a 1" square but I'm not sure.
    Thanks so much, can't believe how I've learned today already!!! Chris

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    Do you know that you can resize in EQ?

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    I've had EQ from 5 and now have 7. I was reluctant to upgrade to & but 6 only had so many downloads before it goes pouf! and I had reached my limit after a new computer and hard drive meltdowns. I have alternate used for it, but I do like using it for testing out block placement, color combinations, etc. I generally don't design from scratch with it. However, EQ7 has a nice new feature that allows you to take a photo and turn it into quilt top using any one block format that you like, e.g. hexagons, triangles, trapezoids. I found that addition very addictive and now have a 3,000 hex piece in my work basket.

    Diana

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    I've had EQ for a long time and do enjoy it. I'm not saying I'm professional at it but I can usually do what I want. I've never done the fabric imports as I just like to design and then go to my stash. I would be willing to try to answer specific questions if I can.

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    Diana, that must a beautiful quilt you're working on. I can just imagine the range of colors and prints when you have that many pieces.
    I'm still at the low end of abilities, working on baby quilts and tablerunners because of limited sewing area and starting to have some problems with my right hand, so I can't handle the larger projects.
    Hope you will share a picture of your work so far, would love to see it. Have a great weekend, Chris

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    I have EQ5, EQ6, and EQ7 and have not had the time to learn to use any of them.

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    I don't know about EQ7. I had EQ4 and then went to EQ6. The EQ4 & then EQ6 Simplified was easier for me to use to learn.

    I also found someone in my quilt guild who had used EQ a lot and he gave a few of us free tutoring at a local Barnes & Noble while enjoying our coffees.

    I also loaded the EQ6 on my notebook so that when I travel I can 'play' at quilting design.

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