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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynnc View Post
    Thank you, Prism99, for this great thread! I just bought EQ8 and have played around with it a bit, but I need some lessons! I've watched the overview from OnPointQuilter, but I'm wondering if the book "EQ8 Lessons for Beginners" might be sufficient (it's less expensive)? Have you seen the book and would you recommend it?
    Marilynnc - I myself have not seen that book in person so I can not say. Have you looked at the EQ videos and lessons on line at EQ (links are under Help on the top of the EQ screen)? There is also a blog - DoYouEQ - and they have some lessons as well

    http://doyoueq.com/eq-lessons/eq8-lessons/

    It is a worth while blog to follow - lots of lessons and tips. And ... don't forget to download the Monthly Fabric at

    http://doyoueq.com/project_download_...ric-downloads/

    There are direction as to how to do that at the top of the page.
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    I have had EQ7 for several years and have considerable success with designing my quilts...but right now I have "lost" my fabric palette on the quilt worktable. I can get the sketchbook blocks box to show up to select a new block, but cannot get the fabric box. I've searched through the help, but no answer. Can anyone help me? TIA

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    oksewglad - From your description, did you loose the paintbrush on the right toolbar? If so the last button under the eyedropper on the right toolbar is "Customize Toolbar" which gives you the option to "add/remove buttons" (so you can add the paintbrush back in) or "restore defaults for all toolbars".

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    eparys...thanks, I do have the paintbrush and can paint the first fabric on the palette...a yellow daisy for me...the box with the fabric choices does not show up. I have Restored Defaults for All Toolbars as well. The paintbrush has not been removed from the tool bar either. I may have to check on EQ website..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynnc View Post
    Thank you, Prism99, for this great thread! I just bought EQ8 and have played around with it a bit, but I need some lessons! I've watched the overview from OnPointQuilter, but I'm wondering if the book "EQ8 Lessons for Beginners" might be sufficient (it's less expensive)? Have you seen the book and would you recommend it?
    One of the reasons I stuck with EQ7 was that, when EQ8 came out, all the EQ7 books went on sale. So far the books have not been of much help to me. This is because I find it very difficult to learn from printed, step-by-step directions. Video has been much easier for me in terms of learning EQ7.

    What do you mean by the overview of EQ8?

    Are you at a point where you can create a quilt in EQ8? If not, then the video lessons called "Shoot for the Stars" is the equivalent of the EQ7 videos from Kari Schell that got me started. The EQ8 set is on sale now for $25. If you are unsure, try signing up for the equivalent EQ7 series "Catch the Waves" that is free. Some things will be different, but it will give you some idea of the basics such as how to draw a basic pieced block, how to create a quilt using that block, how to color the block, how to save a quilt to the sketchbook, etc.

    If you are at a point where you can do the basics, I suggest watching as many free video tutorials on EQ8 as you can. There are some on Youtube. Also, I don't know if you realized it, but the OnPointQuilter also has some short tutorials on her blog that you can access here: https://www.onpointquilter.com/apps/search?q=eq8&page=2 . If you scroll towards the bottom and click on the links, some of them will be ads for her classes, but others will be short tutorials on how to do specific things.

    I am biased because I seem unable to learn from step-by-step printed instructions. For me, the reference manual for EQ8 would probably be more useful because then I could look up the specific questions I have about how to do specific things.

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    I restored my default settings and voila...the fabric box is back!
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    Marlilnnc have you clicked the learn button on Eq8 home page? There are videos and lessons to get you going. I have the lesson book and it looks quite useful but I haven't had a chance to do more than a couple of lessons yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    I restored my default settings and voila...the fabric box is back!
    Excellent! glad that worked - my next suggestion would have been uninstall and then reinstall - but this was an easier option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynnc View Post
    Thank you, Prism99, for this great thread! I just bought EQ8 and have played around with it a bit, but I need some lessons! I've watched the overview from OnPointQuilter, but I'm wondering if the book "EQ8 Lessons for Beginners" might be sufficient (it's less expensive)? Have you seen the book and would you recommend it?
    I struggled with EQ7. I printed off the onboard tutorials and some off of the EQ site and found it just put me to sleep and I just wasn't getting anywhere close to designing a quilt beyond being prompted within the lessons. I upgraded anyway to EQ8 when it was discounted and subsequently caught an opportunity to pick up the "EQ8 Lessons for Beginners" on sale from an online vendor. I started working through it last week and about 2/3 of the way thru. I have successfully scanned my own fabric in and scaled it, used it in a custom layout quilt I'm currently attempting to design, designed my own simple blocks with arcs and used them in my quilt design. I am by no means proficient and I still need to go back and forth to that book to remind myself where to find things, but I am so far ahead of where I had gotten in EQ7, which was essentially nowhere! I personally find EQ8 easier to use and this book is very well written IMHO. Great visuals, enough information to get you going, but not too much at once to be overwhelming and the layout is set up so it's a great reference tool for sourcing the basics. For me, it was money well spent!

    Apart from the book...I had a question come to mind while I was scanning fabric, as my fabric is a large scale focal fabric I wanted to treat as a panel. I clicked on the help and opted for the online support community I believe and asked my question. And eureka! There were several answers to that question right there that solved my question. I am now optimistic that I will be able to finish designing my next quilt, and with my own fabrics, to scale and get calculated fabric requirements. Fingers crossed!

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    OK, I have graduated to Lesson 1 in the book "Pieced Drawing" for EQ7. Got through most of the lesson but am stuck at step 15 where I am supposed to select the block I have just created it and clone it. Directions have me click on the pick tool, "point the cursor at an area just above the left corner of the block", click and drag. I have done this more than once, and the most I can get it to do is select the upper lefthand piece of the block. It wants me to select the whole block.

    I Googled and found I could do "Edit", "Select All" to select the entire block. Worked great. I was able to select the whole block, rotate it, and plunk a copy into the right side of the block. The next time I tried that, it selected the entire upper half of the block (both pieces I had already done).

    Anyway, I guess my question is, how the heck do I use the pick tool to select the portion I need? It......just.....won't.....do......it. This is why I get so frustrated with the printed lessons. If I could find a video that showed how to do this, I could easily see what it is I am doing wrong. Already watched one video that showed lots of other things about PatchDraw, but not how to do this selection with the pick tool.

    Can someone enlighten me?

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    OK Prisn99 I think I have a answer for you. Firstly you do not have to do the edit/select all thing - the "tool" that we use for zoom will "select" if the pick tool is activated. So all you do is drag that square around all your block and it will select everything inside it. Then, once you clone the block a little arrow set appear int the center of the new block and if you place your cursor over it and left click you can drag the entire thing.Name:  snap.jpg
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    I have a quilt that has been sitting for ages waiting for the perfect border. Yesterday I saw Sef0181's triangle question and her border looked like it might work on my quilt. https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...e-t295775.html
    I can't seem to get a like border pattern in my Eq to test it with my pattern. A single diamond border doesn't give me the 2 diamonds and a double gives me too many. Is there a way to put angle rectangle blocks in the border?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecozy View Post
    I have a quilt that has been sitting for ages waiting for the perfect border. Yesterday I saw Sef0181's triangle question and her border looked like it might work on my quilt. https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...e-t295775.html
    I can't seem to get a like border pattern in my Eq to test it with my pattern. A single diamond border doesn't give me the 2 diamonds and a double gives me too many. Is there a way to put angle rectangle blocks in the border?
    Cute border idea - I played around with that thought and agree with you that a standard built in border will not work. While I am sure that there might be a more elegant solution, not knowing what your block looks like - this is what I did ...

    Create a block in Parch Draw (polydraw in eq8) and make it long - like 8x20 6x12 or what ever works (you may have to do it a few time to get a measurement that looks good). Draw your block as a square block using those tools then select all and rotate (you could also draw it at and angle and not have to rotate it). You can then clone it and drag it to where you want it. Then go to Borders and choose a border style with blocks and place in your block that you just created with PolyDraw ... something like this ( put in two blocks to see what it would look like) ....
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    Was this the type of effect that you wanted? Maybe someone will have a better solution, but this will at least let you see what it might look like.
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    eparys, you are a genius! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was dragging diagonally. As soon as I did what you described, it worked perfectly.

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    eparys, great solution! Thank you.

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    Anyone want a puzzle to solve to practice?

    The original quilt ends up 96x108 with 12" blocks.
    I want to add a 6" border, but still end up with 96x108. (Or close to.)

    The fabric requirements for the original are:

    7 1/4 yards white
    3 3/4 yards colour #1
    3 3/4 yards colour #2.
    The border will be done in Colour #1.

    How much fabric do I need?
    And, how many blocks will I make?

    Can the programme even do this or am I asking too much?

    Any help appreciated, because it's hurting my brain.

    Thanks,

    Watson

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    The blocks I can figure out. 96" x 108", made up of 12" blocks, is 8 blocks x 9 blocks = 72 blocks for the original quilt. A 6" border on each side is equal to a single 12" block. Therefore, the new quilt of the same size with a 6" border would be 7 blocks x 8 blocks = 56 blocks for the new quilt.

    Have to have another cup of coffee before tackling the yardage.

    Edit: Okay, 56/72 = .7777. This means the new quilt blocks comprise about 80% of the old quilt blocks. You can take 80% of the old yardage to figure out the new yardage requirements.

    80% of 7.25 yards = 5.8 yards. You could round down to 5-3/4 yards because 80% is a little more than 77%; however, without knowing the number and shapes of the individual pieces, it is safer to round up to 6 yards.

    80% of 3.75 yards = 3 yards. For the same reasons as above, I would round up to 3-1/8 yards or 3-1/4 yards.

    More coffee needed before I add the border fabric.

    Edit 2: I am calculating an additional 2 yards of fabric for the border assuming the 6" strips are cut WOF and pieced to length. Hopefully someone else will check those calculations, as I do not trust my brain at this point.
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    Thanks, Prism!

    I really appreciate the help.

    Watson

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    I've got another question. What is the difference between PatchDraw and EasyDraw? I mean, why do they have both?

    I finally finished lesson #1 in the EQ7 Pieced Drawing book (thanks to eparys). It was all in PatchDraw. I thought EasyDraw was easier to use (having been able to figure it out from the Kari Schell video's).

    Why do they have both? Can you do some things in PatchDraw that you can't do in EasyDraw?

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    Thanks so much, coffee! That is exactly what I wanted to know.

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    I believe that EQ8 is like going from manual shift in a car to automatic transmission. They have made it that much easier

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    I still have EQStitch for my embroidery stuff. Borders - if you click on it, you can see the size and that helps you know what size blocks you can fit in. I'm not in front of my computer, so I can't show a screen shot. I found it great to draw up our guild's block of the month and learned a lot that way.

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    Easy draw is great for patchwork
    Basic lines have to go to outside edges. And think about your divisions before setting the size. Ex. For 9 patch, set size at easily divisions of 3 - 6 inches with grid at 12, 12 and next boxes at 24, 24. For 5 inch, use 10, 10, 20, 20.
    Patchdraw is good when you want to use just applique shapes.
    I use both to do a pieced background then add shapes on top.

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    I just bought an Accuquilt GO for cutting, but usually use EQ8 for designing my quilts. Is there a way to still design the quilts in EQ8, but have it print out the directions for cutting in Accuquilt shapes?
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