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Thread: EQ6 - pros and cons?

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    Please give me your opinion of EQ6. Is it as user friendly as they say, and is it worth the money? My son has picked out a quilt pattern that calls for about 48 different fabrics and it's all small pieces. I'd love to "see" it with actual fabric and colors before I start so I can make any necessary changes beforehand. Thanks for your input.

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    I have it and I love it. It takes a little to get used to doing some things, but there are tutorials built in to help. Do you know anyone that has it? Maybe you could play on theirs before committing to purchasing your own copy.

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    I don't know anyone right off hand that has it. Thanks for help though.

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    I've had my EQ for a couple of months now and love it. I have designed a whole lot of quilts :), only sewing one so far. I did read the manual that comes with it and I spent the time completing the lessons. I even took a class at my LQS (which was fun, but not too informative since I'd already read up on everything.)

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    In terms of the cons, I think you need to be realistic about how long it takes to learn the software. I had an early version of EQ and realized after I got it that it was going to have a steep learning curve (for me, anyway). I decided some time ago that I am better off spending time actually making quilts than designing them.......

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    I use EQ6 for amost every quilting project. I did not feel that there was much of a learning curve; however I am very comfortable around computers. If you are familiar with other Windows programs, know how to use the mouse, the left and right mouse buttons, shift and control keys, etc. then you should have no problem.

    I have not found it necessary to start scanning in my own fabrics, since there are so many fabrics available already within the EQ6 package, as well as more on the internet that can be downloaded. I just look for fabrics of a similar color, and so far that has worked fine. I don't expect the quilt that I make to look exactly like the design - what would be the fun in making it then?

    The only times I have been thwarted by EQ6 were when I wanted to design with different types of non-rectangular blocks that weren't already in the EQ6 quilt layout page. Generally I can find a workaround, however. My avatar is an example - the blocks are different shapes, not all are rectangular, and trying to put it together in EQ6 was difficult. As it was, I was only able to make an approximation in EQ6, but I learned something about the quilt and about the program while trying.

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    Thought I should add...I spent 5 days learning EQ6 (basics) and am computer saavy. By the 6th day (I was anxious) I had already designed 3 quilts and plan on making 2 of them for Christmas and 1 for a wedding quilt. Hope that helps a bit.

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    No cons at all. Don't worry about being advanced with it from the start. It's the only quilt software that you will not reach the limit of what it will do.

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    I love EQ!!! I do learn new things on it all of the time, but the bascis are very easy to learn. There are enough members here that if you had questiong about doing something, someone here should have an answer. Also you can call or email EQ and they will walk you through a probem, too!!! I think it is well worth what I paid for it :D :D :D

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    I got EQ2 before I ever got my first computer, and have up-graded to 3 then 4 and 5 and now have 6.I can not say enough good about the program. Not only can you design your quilt, but it will tell you how much fabric in each color you need to buy. Sure saves a lot worry about if you have enough fabric. You can also scan in your fabrics and see it finished , and if a fabric does not go well you can chage it before you ever make your first cut. For me I love the program!

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    i too have high praise for EQ.

    i only downside would be, if you only plan to use it to make 1 quilt it would be a waste of money.

    its rather costly and if you put out the bucks for it you really need to use it.

    i've used it for every quilt i've made in the last 7 years - either for the block design, border design, or the entire quilt... but every quilt has some form on EQ in it.

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    I love mine. It took me a year to convince myself it could be worth the money but after I got it I can say it is. Do the tutorials and you will have no problems with it.

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    Several of us at the shop were talking yesterday about the concept of selling kits for small, simple functional items like table runners or placemats. I thought that maybe a program like EQ6 could be used to create the design, and then we could fill the design in using fabrics we have... and then when we run out of one of the fabrics, replace it with something similar and re-create the "picture" so to speak. Or maybe we could use the same pattern, but fill it in with, say, different holiday fabrics, and then EQ6 would, so to speak, sew the demo project.

    Now, I've never used EQ6 or even seen a demo. I'm just "imagining" how it might work. I believe that even the project sheets that the manufacturers use to sell their collections, are only "virtual" not "real" quilts. So they (the manufacturers' marketing departments) must also be using some kind of software to create their patterns.

    I'd really appreciate it if someone who actually uses EQ6 could tell me if I'm off base about all this, or if how I'm thinking we could use it is at all reasonable.

    I suppose I should also ask, about how much EQ6 costs?

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    Favorite Fabrics you can use it exactly in that way....I use the same designs/patterns and just swap out fabrics all of the time!!!
    Yes a lot of these manufactures do use EQ to make the free quilt patterns...as well as other pattern makers.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Several of us at the shop were talking yesterday about the concept of selling kits for small, simple functional items like table runners or placemats. I thought that maybe a program like EQ6 could be used to create the design, and then we could fill the design in using fabrics we have... and then when we run out of one of the fabrics, replace it with something similar and re-create the "picture" so to speak. Or maybe we could use the same pattern, but fill it in with, say, different holiday fabrics, and then EQ6 would, so to speak, sew the demo project.

    Now, I've never used EQ6 or even seen a demo. I'm just "imagining" how it might work. I believe that even the project sheets that the manufacturers use to sell their collections, are only "virtual" not "real" quilts. So they (the manufacturers' marketing departments) must also be using some kind of software to create their patterns.

    I'd really appreciate it if someone who actually uses EQ6 could tell me if I'm off base about all this, or if how I'm thinking we could use it is at all reasonable.

    I suppose I should also ask, about how much EQ6 costs?
    Well, sort of, but if I buy a pattern or a kit I would like to think that the people putting it out have actually sewed the thing together at least once, and that the pattern reflects the lessons learned. I think you can easily tell whether a picture was generated by software or by photographing a real quilt.

    EQ6 is a design tool, but it does NOT provide what I expect in a pattern that I actually pay for, or even one that I get free when I buy yardage. It doesn't give step by step sewing directions, which are expected to be included in a pattern. The yardage estimates are helpful, but if you actually make the pattern you may find better ways to cut the fabric that will change the yardage requirements.

    So yes, I would say you can get a nice picture of how something would look in different fabrics using EQ6, but you should not use it as a substitute for making the quilt at least once in the real world before you put together a kit.



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    There are other quilt programs besides EQ. I use Quilt-Pro version 5 and like it just fine. I can create my own blocks, make them PP projects, scale print so they are what ever size I need. web site is www.quiltpro.com they have a demo verison you can try before you buy.

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    I Also have been getting EQ since it was just EQ. I love it as well. If you look at the video tutorials and do the lessons. You will ge the basics and that will give you the tools to do most anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i too have high praise for EQ.

    i only downside would be, if you only plan to use it to make 1 quilt it would be a waste of money.

    its rather costly and if you put out the bucks for it you really need to use it.

    i've used it for every quilt i've made in the last 7 years - either for the block design, border design, or the entire quilt... but every quilt has some form on EQ in it.
    No I wouldn't just use it for one quilt. I'd use it for any other future quilts too. It's just that this one has me stumped by the design and his limited color choice for 48 different fabrics. Thanks for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milly's Mom
    There are other quilt programs besides EQ. I use Quilt-Pro version 5 and like it just fine. I can create my own blocks, make them PP projects, scale print so they are what ever size I need. web site is www.quiltpro.com they have a demo verison you can try before you buy.
    Thanks. I'll check this out too.

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    I love my EQ6!!! I did some of the tutorials and I designed my very first quilt and am now teaching it this Fall!!! I'm sooooooooo excited!

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    Thanks everyone. You have all been very helpful, as usual. It will be awhile before I even start on my son's quilt. I have 3 quilts in progress now, among other unfinished crafts. I will post them when they are finished. I work full time and just don't get to sew/quilt as much as I'd like to. But I do love my job too, so that helps.

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    As for cost. It's $149 new at Amazon and jhittle has it on sale every so often for less. Watch the sewing group sales such as SewitsForSale and Quilters Flea Market. There are some great buys on those. Many people buy and then decide they don't use it or need fast cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    As for cost. It's $149 new at Amazon and jhittle has it on sale every so often for less. Watch the sewing group sales such as SewitsForSale and Quilters Flea Market. There are some great buys on those. Many people buy and then decide they don't use it or need fast cash.
    Thanks. That is good to know.

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    I bought Quilt Design Wizard, which is by EQ. It was only $30 and at the time I couldn't afford the EQ6. I had also read several posts on this and other forums where people had EQ6 but 'needed to spend more time learning it.' QDW is very basic, but very easy to learn. I use it more for a block swap I'm in - very easy to audition colors/fabrics for single blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrieg
    I bought Quilt Design Wizard, which is by EQ. It was only $30 and at the time I couldn't afford the EQ6. I had also read several posts on this and other forums where people had EQ6 but 'needed to spend more time learning it.' QDW is very basic, but very easy to learn. I use it more for a block swap I'm in - very easy to audition colors/fabrics for single blocks.
    Does it have a lot of colors/fabrics to choose from?

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