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Thread: eq6 - how often do you REALLY use it?

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    I'm not sure if I just want to buy something or if I really want this. :roll:

    So I'm opening the discussion to you all with 3 questions: how often do you use yours, do you spend more time drafting quilts than making them, do you ever say to yourself you wish you didn't buy it.


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    I use my quilter's magic before my EQ6...I think EQ is too much to figure out on an ongoing basis...it is something I have to sit and read the manual if I want to do any serious planning...and, have never ended up w/a project at the end of it...so, I do my own by printing blocks off...and, mov'n on....I know there are many that just love it, their site supp helps you and there are classes to pay more money to learn more...I'd rather be quilting! It becomes very frustrating and waste of my quilting time...but, that is just me:)Skeat

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    I use EQ6 on average, a couple times a month but it also depends on how ofter I'm quilting :-). For instance, I used it for all the xmas presents I'm making, I can duplicate a block that I see in a magazine or on the board or online, and see how it will look with my fabric before I cut. It's my "go to" software to design with the fabrics I have in mind before I start cutting. I spend time drafting because I keep changing my mind about the fabrics until I say "that's it those are the fabrics I'm using and the the quilt looks pretty!". I don't regret buying it at all! It's fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it! And you can print out the quilt, cutting measurements and fabric yardages! It saves me time, energy and fabric! Plus I got a great deal when I bought it on eBay so I don't think it's a waste of money! Sales and saving money always justify my spending! :lol: :lol: :P Hope this helps! :-)

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    i use my EQ6 for just about every quilt i make.

    i haven't even begun to scratch the surface when it comes to using every feature i could but that's because i'm more of a traditional piecer and rarely do applique.

    i occasionally wish i hadn't spent the extra money on version 6 because i'm not overly impressed by the way it scales and displays the fabrics i've scanned myself and imported. is it me or the program? i don't really know for sure.

    i don't regret buying it. between the thousands of blocks built into the basic software, plus the number of companion programs available for additional pieced blocks, applique and quilting motifs, i think it's a much better value.

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    In order to justify the expense to myself, I'm trying to think of a way the software will save money. My plan would be to give up buying an equivalent amount of books/magazines.

    I really like to do the layouts and yardage calculations with pencil and graph paper. But I would love to have the library of quilt blocks and quilting designs in EQ6. And it would give me a way to "quilt" at work when we're not busy!

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    Played with mine a lot when I first got it, but can't say I use it on a regular basis, BUT I do go to it when I want to start a new project. I love the fact that I can put my actual fabrics into a design that I want, especially since I use a lot of Moda and their lines are available to download into my EQ6. It's definitely worth the money. I've made quilts before EQ that when I put the fabrics together (just looking at them as yardage) looked fine to me, but when I assembled my quilt, I wasn't so crazy about the end result. Hasn't happened since I designed them on my EQ so it's worth it to me.

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    I don't use it daily, but its worth every penny to me when I do use it. I love printing blocks off...for PPing..it is worth its weight in gold. I love being able to audition different color layouts without having to drag out the crayons/colored pencils and redrawing a million times. I'd say if you can get it for a good price...go for it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizajo
    In order to justify the expense to myself, I'm trying to think of a way the software will save money. My plan would be to give up buying an equivalent amount of books/magazines.

    I really like to do the layouts and yardage calculations with pencil and graph paper. But I would love to have the library of quilt blocks and quilting designs in EQ6. And it would give me a way to "quilt" at work when we're not busy!
    you can only load the software on one computer at a time. it's designed to make sure users stick to that. if you want to "quilt" at work, too, you'll have to buy two copies.


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    I had no problem installing EQ on all my computers. I called EQ and said I had more than one computer and I think it cost me about $10 for the extra installs I needed.

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    i have not used mine a lot but only because i have not had alot of time to play with it.
    i have been using it for a civil war quilt i am working on where they only show you a picture of the block and tell you they are 6 inches and you have to figure out the rest. So i just put them into eq6 and it gives me all the sizes of the pieces and templates if i need them.

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    I'm going to watch this, cause I am pretty sure that I want EQ6 for Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    you can only load the software on one computer at a time. it's designed to make sure users stick to that. if you want to "quilt" at work, too, you'll have to buy two copies.
    You can legally install EQ on more than one computer. The license merely requires that you only USE it on one computer at a time. See this site for more info about the license. http://www.electricquilt.com/Help/PreventPiracy.asp

    I use EQ6 all the time, for every quilt I make and for almost every one that I think I might make someday. I don't buy as many patterns, because I can look at a picture of a quilt and draft it into EQ6, and then change it any way I want. The software isn't hard to learn, and there are excellent tutorials in the software. The best thing about it, for me, is that it helps me to visualize the quilt before I make it.

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    I went through the tutorial in the instruction manual, but haven't really used the program much. I'm going to take a class on it when I'm on a quilting cruise in the spring. I am hoping that will get me motivated to used. At present, I have not gotten my money's worth! I really did try to learn it from the book, but seems pretty involved and I need to use it a lot more than I do to remember HOW to use it! I really am pretty computer literate so that isn't an issue.

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    To be honest I use it every time I see a quilt pattern I like. I can redraw any block in EQ. It's simple to do. At the last big quilt show I attended, some vendors had the rule no one was allowed to have pen and paper or to linger and study a quilt that was hanging in a vendor booth and certainly no pictures. EQ makes it so easy to do the same pattern mostly because the designer used EQ to design it in the first place. :D Mostly I use it to make the blocks smaller or larger and to show the rotary cutting.

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    I was researching it on Thanksgiving, read something about being able to put in on multiple computers.
    the below is taken directly from the website I've included. I don't have EQ yet, but it is on my list! I hope to get it for Christmas, if not I will buy it myself:)

    Internet access for activation (4 activations included)

    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/EQ6/EQ6SR.asp

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    I use mine several times a week. Many patterns that I have seen, I can put them into EQ and reconfigure the blocks quickly to eliminate Y seams, convert it to a paper pieced design.. resize blocks quickly.. I have even reconfigured paper pieced designs to suit me.
    I enjoy sitting down once in a while and doing nothing but playing with different blocks, configurations... I have come up with some very simple blocks with stunning results...
    You do need to sit down and use it for a couple of weeks...read the manual and do the lessons..they are well written and practice makes a difference in learning and retaining...it is easier than when I first tried to learn the computer and the first program I ever downloaded and tried to learn.
    I do not subscribe to any magazines anymore, with what is available online, I can draft whatever I want...that has MORE than paid for the program. I check out books for free from the Library for inspiration, and occasionally pick them up used or online if it is a "Must Have" LOL

    If anyone gets or already has this program, and there is a part of the manual you don't understand, post a question here... There are many of us who would be more than willing to help you out :D :D :D

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    I use mine at least once a week. The other morning I got up and somehow the cats has opened it on my computer. How funny is that. I have never regretted getting it. My only regret is I didn't get it sooner.

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    I don't have EQ, but I do have Quilt Pro. I teach quilting at the local adult education and use the program A LOT. I not only design projects, I write instructions and use the program to illustrate each step.
    I have heard that EQ is better than Quilt pro and have ordered a copy. I'm waiting for it to arrive. If you want, I will keep you posted on which one is better, IMHO

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    I have EQ5 that I purchased used on ebay. I was allowed to register it in my name, so the cost was minimal and it came with the extra books. I love it! I don't use it to it's capabilities but what I have figured out lets me create so many ideas. I need to see how the colors look and being able to switch colors and save them to compare is wonderful. I also like being able to resize the blocks or add borders etc to make it come out to the correct size I need without doing any math! On my lunch break I can play with it at work (so it doesn't cut into my sewing time at home) and I save the patterns to a flash drive that I carry back and forth. It's kind of like making a quilt without sewing (granted you don't have a quilt when you are done but you have a pretty picture and no fabric costs) I think you can also print out a picture to make a card if it's a gift or
    put it on the label. It saves me so much time when designing my own. Good luck in your efforts to justify the purchase, I feel it was worth it. Here's one I just did today (3" blocks in 1930's material)

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    The more I use mine, the more uses I find for it :D:D:D

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    So glad this thread was posted. i am going back and forth on buying this. Was always afraid i wouldn't be able to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    You can legally install EQ on more than one computer. The license merely requires that you only USE it on one computer at a time. See this site for more info about the license. http://www.electricquilt.com/Help/PreventPiracy.asp
    Okay, I have to admit this made me laugh. I have a mental picture of someone stretched out, trying to type on two computers at the same time. :lol:

    I really want this program! It sounds like exactly what I need to expand on my designing quilts.

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    Its invalueable when doing the IRR...you can import the jpeg. pic of the center and then play around with the borders until you are happy. I love that part!

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    I use EQ for every quilt I make no matter how simple or ocmplicated the design. I either take the block from the library or draw my own. I design the quilt I think I want and then I play with the options. I might change the block or add another block or change the color placements. I can explore an endless number of options before I cut a single peice of fabric or even buy my fabric for that matter. This way I know what I need and I know how much I might need if I decide on another option.

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    Dunster said: "I use EQ6 all the time, for every quilt I make and for almost every one that I think I might make someday. I don't buy as many patterns, because I can look at a picture of a quilt and draft it into EQ6, and then change it any way I want. The software isn't hard to learn, and there are excellent tutorials in the software. The best thing about it, for me, is that it helps me to visualize the quilt before I make it. [/quote]

    I use mine about the same ... I did have to limit my "I want to make list" as I was getting so many created and had to get moving for Christmas. Love the freedom to create that EQ6 gives me--I didn't know I had it in me :)

    Sorry Dunster...I deleted some, but wanted to credit you for your comments :) (Rookie mistake :lol:)

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