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    I have been wanting to purchase this program for awhile now and this week I finally did. I just downloaded EQ8 tonight and did the first lesson. Read this complete thread....very helpful. Probably make more sense once I dive in and recognize some of the terms and functions you'all are talking about. Lol... I'll be watching tutorials over the next few days and I'm just going to play. So excited.
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    The best way to learn it is to use it! I love mine and use it all the time. In addition to doing the lessons, EQ has a great Blog -

    https://doyoueq.com/blog/

    In the blog they have links to "Lessons with Lori", "lessons with Yvonne", "Design and Discover" and "Block Spotlight". All worth while looking at!
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    Thank you for the direction, eparys! Watched a few videos last night. So much to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    I have been wanting to purchase this program for awhile now and this week I finally did. I just downloaded EQ8 tonight and did the first lesson. Read this complete thread....very helpful. Probably make more sense once I dive in and recognize some of the terms and functions you'all are talking about. Lol... I'll be watching tutorials over the next few days and I'm just going to play. So excited.
    Well I can guarantee that you will be spending "quilting" time at the computer now! A productive way to stay out of packed boxes, Teen! Enjoy your journey with EQ..I have soooo many quilts in the program. I love it for when I put blocks together and need to figure out borders...especially with on point blocks. It does all the calculations for you and I can easily figure out how much fabric I minimally need to cut those borders and if I have enough in the chunk of fabric laying the pile of possibilities! I really need to get comfortable with custom designed layouts, but that's a discussion for another day. Enjoy...enjoy...enjoy!
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    Well..I dove right into the deep end with this program and about 85% done on a custom design. I have been making a series of Paper pieced blocks of all different sizes for some time now. When I see a vintage pattern, I just buy it or print if freebie and use my vintage fabrics....I've amassed a bunch of blocks but had no clue what to do with them.....so, I'm designing a quilt for them. Had some glitches but, for the most part, I watched tutorials and played. I imported my fabrics and uploaded my blocks. Overall, I think I did fairly well. I've got some additional blocks to make for fillers but I now know the sizes I need to make and the colors to use. I'm pretty excited.

    I have one question tho...The original layout was 48x48 (default)..Since I had no clue how big to make this, I started setting blocks and adjusting them. When I realized I needed to make it bigger, I went to the layout tab and resized quilt size, check marked the box that locks in the block sizes...however, when I returned to the quilt design tab, all my blocks resized to odd measurements. What did I do wrong?

    Edit to add: not sure if this info is needed but I set my grid size for,2 inches. This did not change when I reconfigured the quilt size.
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    Not sure I understand all that you said. I start with making a block. I set the block size and then tab over to snaps and make those 4x the block size... this usually covers all diagonal lines. then save the block drawing, go to Color and save that. Next I go to the quilt layout. If you are using the default layout, I than go to the layout tab and choose my rows and columns of blocks, checking the size in the bottom, getting it close to what I want. I nudge to my desired size with sashing a borders. I hope this helps with what you asked.
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    OMG I bit the bullet and just got EQ8 a couple of weeks ago - and stumbled through a couple of ideas. I wanted to insert another row on the left (like in Excel) and couldn't figure out how. So, now I haven't been back into the program. So glad to see this thread and I'm anxious to go through the whole thing tonight when I have time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    .....

    I have one question tho...The original layout was 48x48 (default)..Since I had no clue how big to make this, I started setting blocks and adjusting them. When I realized I needed to make it bigger, I went to the layout tab and resized quilt size, check marked the box that locks in the block sizes...however, when I returned to the quilt design tab, all my blocks resized to odd measurements. What did I do wrong?
    If you choose one of the standard layouts like horizontal or on point just changing the number of row or columns will not affect the block size. My guess is that you are in Custom which is a bit trickier. If all your blocks are the same size you may want to use a standard layout. I played around with Custom this morning and could not recreate what you described, so I myself do not have a clue -lol. I would start a new quilt and try it again. My guess is that one of those many little options in the Adjust tab under Block Tools got inadvertently changed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    Edit to add: not sure if this info is needed but I set my grid size for,2 inches. This did not change when I reconfigured the quilt size.
    In Custom I start off with mine set at 1/2.
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    Thank you both, QuiltnNan & eparys..

    I will try to recreate and see where I went wrong.. Because my block sizes are all different and will be a scattered design, I started in the "custom design" layout. I must have clicked something, as you've said, eparys. I've finished the design but I'm sure I'll be designing custom again. I can see how setting grid size to 1/2" would be more helpful. That was so fun.

    cindyb....have fun...it is so addicting and this thread so helpful.
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    I know you'all warned me but...seriously...EQ8 is so addicting. I finished the quilt that I did the custom design on and it's at the LA now. I had to figure out how to design it in sections so I could assembled the thing easily. Really helped me visualize the segments more easily. Lol.. I am so excited about my quilt. I mean, I Didn't design the blocks themselves ...Other designer's block patterns...but bringing all those different sized blocks, adding filler designs, etc. was all done by me. I learned a few things I would do differently now that I know the program a bit more. Short cuts I didn't realize etc. I have watched so many tutorials. Anywhoo...thought I'd share and will share picture of quilt with board when binded... I played more today designing a pattern for some ombré fabrics. So fun...
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    congrats on a successful design and finish. Sometimes it's better to just jump right in!
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    Essenhause in Middlebury, IN has moved their quilt store from a tiny cramped space in the Corn Crib to the three stories of the old furniture building. I have not seen it yet, but the word is that there is a floor for classes. It brings up all sorts of wonderful thoughts. MIddlebury is near Shipshewana where there are about X number of quilting shops including Yoders and Lollys. I want to be the first one in the door on Monday to take a peek and I'll let you all know. What I'm looking for is a hands on Eq 8 workshop. I left part of my cranial function somewhere along the way and will need someone looking over my shoulder. Marcia

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyb View Post
    OMG I bit the bullet and just got EQ8 a couple of weeks ago - and stumbled through a couple of ideas. I wanted to insert another row on the left (like in Excel) and couldn't figure out how. So, now I haven't been back into the program. So glad to see this thread and I'm anxious to go through the whole thing tonight when I have time.
    I work in EQ7. When I change the blocks per row or height, it always adds the extra blocks to the right and the bottom, never the left or the top. To get around this, I insert a block border and if I want the row on the left, I would change from "All" being checked to L+R . Then you change the R measurement to 0 and the left one to the block width you need. You have to tell it how many blocks will be in the border. Not sure how to get to this in EQ8.
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    ok, all you wonderful EQ8 users--I need some help. I designed a quilt for our guild opportunity quilt inEQ8 using 6" blocks (had to draw the block, etc) primarily so we'd have a way to figure yardage. So tonight at the meeting she asked if I could instead design it using 4" blocks. Is there an easy way to convert the design from 6" blocks to 4" without going through all the design steps? I had a 15hr day and am brain dead right now! Thanks!

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    Signed up for the EQ8 workshop at the Grand Rapids show in August. Really looking forward to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    ok, all you wonderful EQ8 users--I need some help. I designed a quilt for our guild opportunity quilt inEQ8 using 6" blocks (had to draw the block, etc) primarily so we'd have a way to figure yardage. So tonight at the meeting she asked if I could instead design it using 4" blocks. Is there an easy way to convert the design from 6" blocks to 4" without going through all the design steps? I had a 15hr day and am brain dead right now! Thanks!
    you should just be able to go to layout and change them from 6 to 4". It may be a problem depending on the block design in that it may give you very odd dimensions to cut the block pieces. And if you want to keep the quilt the same size, you will have to add columns and rows to get it up to size.
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    Hi I'm new to site and am a beginner quilter. I've done 4 memorial quilts for myself and 3 siblings from our mothers clothes and 3 rag quilts for my spouse and their siblings from their fathers clothes using YouTube and other tutorials. I now need help fast. I need to make a crib quilt for my niece's baby in a very short time. She has a very neutral home design color and that includes the baby's nursery. I'd describe her style as modern boho/Santa Fe - tans/ivory/grey. I found a photo of a rug and would like to do a rag quilt in this diagonal form and with these style blocks if possible but have no idea where or how to start. Help if you can please. I need it. Lol I'll be using grey, tan, white, and brown from my mother's clothes. my niece was very close to her so this will be an incredibly special surprise thank you in advance for any help you can offer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debmast View Post
    Hi I'm new to site and am a beginner quilter. I've done 4 memorial quilts for myself and 3 siblings from our mothers clothes and 3 rag quilts for my spouse and their siblings from their fathers clothes using YouTube and other tutorials. I now need help fast. I need to make a crib quilt for my niece's baby in a very short time. She has a very neutral home design color and that includes the baby's nursery. I'd describe her style as modern boho/Santa Fe - tans/ivory/grey. I found a photo of a rug and would like to do a rag quilt in this diagonal form and with these style blocks if possible but have no idea where or how to start. Help if you can please. I need it. Lol I'll be using grey, tan, white, and brown from my mother's clothes. my niece was very close to her so this will be an incredibly special surprise thank you in advance for any help you can offer
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    HI, Deb...and welcome to the board!! It's a beautiful rug and looks fairly simple to do. Looks like 20" blocks so that would make easy piecing. The layout is called on-point. So, what are you asking help to do? Do you have EQ8? If so, there may be a block in the program that you could open in the block design and can modify. if not, grab some graph paper and draw out block design. One block is using HST (half square triangle) to create design so that is easy enough to do....and the other looks like it can be pieced using log cabin block design...you just need to do a different color placement to get the effect you want and maybe make 4 10" blocks. Or..Just break the blocks down into rows. Others may have more suggestions. Good luck....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    HI, Deb...and welcome to the board!! It's a beautiful rug and looks fairly simple to do. Looks like 20" blocks so that would make easy piecing. The layout is called on-point. So, what are you asking help to do? Do you have EQ8? If so, there may be a block in the program that you could open in the block design and can modify. if not, grab some graph paper and draw out block design. One block is using HST (half square triangle) to create design so that is easy enough to do....and the other looks like it can be pieced using log cabin block design...you just need to do a different color placement to get the effect you want and maybe make 4 10" blocks. Or..Just break the blocks down into rows. Others may have more suggestions. Good luck....
    Hi Teen thank you for your advice. No I don't have a eq8 I don't know what that even means lol. I just have a regular sewing machine. This quilt will only be a crib size quilt. I guess what I need help with is how to do a rag quilt on the diagonal and how someone would do the 3 connected square/chain block. Like I said I'm new to quilting. I appreciate your help so much. I'm going to google on-point now to see if I understand it. I was able to find that the other was log cabin last night after I posted here. Going to also look for tutorials on that. Again thank you so much.

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    Is this possible in EQ5?

    I am in a time crunch, finishing a project for our Pastor. I need to make a template for these swirls...I have EQ5, but I only know how to do the basics. Is it possible to draw these on EQ and print them? Any other ideas??
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    I have EQ8 and I don't know what 5 is and isn't capable of, But honestly I wouldn't do templates. Depending on how big these swirls are, I'd probably do bias stems.

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    Another option might be to use yarn and a couching foot, but Peckish's suggestion of bias stems would look neater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debmast View Post
    No I don't have a eq8 I don't know what that even means lol.
    EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) is quilt design software. You posted your question in an EQ-dedicated thread, which is why we all thought you have the software.

    On point simply means the squares are turned so they're on point, or diagonal, instead of sitting on a flat edge.

    The southwest design in the rug is probably not the best design for a beginner to start with. I'm a very experienced quilter and it would take me at least a month to piece that quilt, and that does not include quilting it. Since you're in a hurry, you'd be better off starting with just simple squares of fabric in those neutral colors, or maybe even some pretty prints, arranged in the on-point setting you like. Piecing those triangles and connected squares (on the bias) would be a huge challenge to a new quilter who is in a hurry. It makes me very sad when newbies pick a design that is beyond their skill level and then, in frustration, give up on the hobby altogether.

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    If I have a 6 1/2" block and I put it into the EQ8 software, is there a way to change it into a 12 1/2" block that will give me all the measurements for the pieces?

    I am doing a mystery quilt that is all 6 1/2" blocks, but I'd like to intersperse some 12 1/2" blocks in, too.

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