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Thread: I have a question for anyone using EQ6

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    I use EQ5 and love it. But, it does not provide sewing instructions for any of the blocks in its libraries?


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    I have EQ6 and I do not believe it has this feature either. I just did a search throughout the program and could not find anything on sewing the blocks together. Sometimes I will look at the pattern blocks as pieced and then as foundation pieced to get the idea in my head how I want to piece them together.

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    Boy, I looked at my post and it's kinda "out there."

    I use EQ5 and it doesn't have sewing instructions. I was wondering if EQ6 did.

    And, apparently it doesn't.

    I think sewing instructions, construction directions is an important feature that is woefully lacking in the program. It's just a matter of adding the data in the printing instructions.

    It takes for granted that people, like me, know how to sew everything and put everything together. Especially if we're looking at complicated blocks or borders.

    The program isn't cheap. They want over $150 of our hard earned money to play around with their program. And while I do love the program and the things it does do, it's deficient in that regard.

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    no, there are no instructions on how to 'piece' a block

    One reason I bought the program was I hoped it would tell you how much of your fabrics you need for a quilt - NOT...
    it will for a block - big deal - but not a whole quilt

    believe me, if you complain on the info-eq forum about any aspect of the program you will be jumped on in a New York minute - :-o
    ask me how I know...

    I don't have any other versions and EQ6 is my first version - and guess what - my last version - I'm still PO'd over finding out AFTER I ORDERED ON LINE FROM JOANNS and got the package in the MAIL that you only have 4 (four) installations AND you HAVE to have internet access to install it.....

    I said something on the EQ forum and was promptly told in no uncertain terms, "But after all YOU KNEW that when you bought it"...

    well, no I did not but believe me I will do a whooooooooooooooole bunch more research on a program before I buy one that expensive again....

    by the way, I LOVE THE PROGRAM.....

    but it only does part of what I want it to do, and I'm really disgusted over the 4 installation thing.... I'm not a thief and I don't like a company that automatically assumes I am when I buy their program...

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    1. as far as i know, none of the quilt design softwares include instructions for making the blocks.

    2. EQ6 absolutely does print yardage estimates for each fabric for the whole quilt

    3. i've never participated in the user forum(s) so can't express an opinion. i can tell you, though, that their tech support and customer service folks have always responded to my questions quickly, helpfully, and with respect. they've never treated me as though i was stupid ... (and i assure you a couple of my questions were about as stupid as questions can get. :lol: )

    4. i don't like the mandatory online activation and max number of activations, either. however, although i could be wrong, i think if you had some sort of genuine problem/situation that made it necessary to reinstall the program beyond the standard number of activations, they'd help you do it.


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    Hmmmm. I didn't know that about the four installations either.

    I remember going on the EQ Forum and specifically asking where I could find sewing, piecing instructions. They told me, EQ6 will have them.

    Ja! Like, run right out and buy it! Which I haven't.

    It's funny, it does seem to be a love hate relationship. But, but, but, it does give yardage for us.

    At least EQ5 does for me. I've used that feature. Under the print command under the drop down menu from File, the very last option is yardage.

    Unless they've changed it in EQ6.

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    Janeen, I couldn't agree with you more about the activations. I think I read (maybe here?) about somebody who put the program on an external hard drive so she could use it on any computer. That sounds like a good plan to me. I figure I paid for it, and I should be able to use it on as many computers as I want! I'm not going to give it away--if that's what they're worried about, they should design it so you have to have the disc in the drive when you use it.

    There's definitely a high learning curve with this program. And I agree with KOR/DAOEL/KWRA that piecing instructions would sure be helpful!

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    Janine, I don't have EQ6 but I have EQ5 and that will give you yardage for the whole quilt, so I think EQ6 would too. In EQ5 you need to have it in work on quilt view, then go to print on the File menu, then click on Fabric yardage. A little box will come up and you select your fabric width and seam allowances. If you don't actually want to print it off but just want to get some idea click print preview and you will see it on the screen. EQ6 should have something similar. I only use it as a rough idea cause I find it is way too generous which I suppose is better than being too tight, but with fabric being the price it is here, I find the best bet for me is to work out my own.

    Also the reason I bought EQ5 instead of 6 is for similar reasons to that which you said and the program here was $320 :shock: But I feel with only that numer of activations allowed they are not thinking of their international customers it is much harder for us to get access to customer service and the program is also less well known, so is much harder to get help with and if I needed a 5th activation because of problems it is also that much harder to find a way to actually pay them the money :lol: , so all in all I thought EQ5 was a safer bet for my circumstances.

    That being said I still really love the program, I enjoy being able to trial different colours and layouts without having to spend hours colouring in bits of paper, which is what I used to do :lol:

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    amazing.... that it prints yardage because it was on the info-eq forum that they told me it did not :shock:

    they said it will print how much is needed for a block but not for a whole quilt
    :roll: :roll:

    I quit looking for it to print yardage for a quilt after the 'experts' told me it wouldn't do it.... :!: :?

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    I have not used their forum, but I too have had wonderful help from their customer service reps. I even got to talk to Andrea Bishop one time :D I am disappointed in their 4 activations, but I guess a few people have spoiled it for all of the rest of us! :evil:

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    Well, Janeen, sounds sorta like the answer about the sewing directions coming out in EQ 6 from the forum.

    They'll just say anything.

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    I got EQ6 for my birthday, hasn't arrived yet. You all had me scared for a minute, because one of the main reasons I asked for it was figuring yardage for a whole quilt. My brains getting to old to figure it on my own anymore.
    When you say it does tell you how to sew a block, do you mean how to piece it together?
    I can hardly wait for it to arrive, hope I won't be disapponted. marie

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    LO and BEHOLD!!

    It DOES PRINT YARDAGE! which shows to go ya that those folks over at info-eq apparently don't know all the info :D

    There it was big as life... and now that I've seen it, I can't believe I didn't see it before.... geez

    another 'oh duh' moment in the annals of time...

    and I feel better now about the $$$ spent on the program...

    but it still BUGS me about the 4 installations and the requirement for internet access to install....

    I don't know about everybody else, but I CAN'T upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, buy buy buy so I have installed most of my programs NUMEROUS times (lots more than 4).....I'd rather upgrade a computer every few years to get faster/better and keep my programs ....

    oh well, live and learn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marieg
    I got EQ6 for my birthday, hasn't arrived yet. You all had me scared for a minute, because one of the main reasons I asked for it was figuring yardage for a whole quilt. My brains getting to old to figure it on my own anymore.
    When you say it does tell you how to sew a block, do you mean how to piece it together?
    I can hardly wait for it to arrive, hope I won't be disapponted. marie
    I think you may have misunderstood, there are not any sewing or piecing instructions included in the program, sorry :? But you will LOVE having all your yardage figured out for you :D

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    EQ doesn't provide sewing instructions per se, but you can use it to create piecing diagrams.

    when you print the rotary cutting instructions, for example, you'll get what's called a Key Block that shows the placement of the individual patches within the block. if you print templates, you also get one. if you want some hints about the best order in which to sew the patches to each other to assemble the block, print a foundation pattern - even if you don't intend to paper piece the block. the foundation patterns don't provide Key Blocks, but they do break the block down into logical sections you could use as a piecing guide.

    when i need help figuring out the best way to assemble a block, i print all three sets. i use the foundation pattern as my starter guide. i cut paper templates, then group and number them to correspond to the group(s) and piecing order shown in the foundation pattern. then i cut according to the rotary instructions and go.

    if you want to find out whether or not a particular block can be strip-pieced, look for it at one of the free pattern sites, such as mccall's or quilter's cache. even when you're making your block a different size than the one at the site, you can adapt the method(s) to your specific blocks, but use the EQ information for getting the pieces the right size. between what you'll find there, and what you get from EQ itself, you can figure out just about anything. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    1. as far as i know, none of the quilt design softwares include instructions for making the blocks.

    2. EQ6 absolutely does print yardage estimates for each fabric for the whole quilt

    3. i've never participated in the user forum(s) so can't express an opinion. i can tell you, though, that their tech support and customer service folks have always responded to my questions quickly, helpfully, and with respect. they've never treated me as though i was stupid ... (and i assure you a couple of my questions were about as stupid as questions can get. :lol: )

    4. i don't like the mandatory online activation and max number of activations, either. however, although i could be wrong, i think if you had some sort of genuine problem/situation that made it necessary to reinstall the program beyond the standard number of activations, they'd help you do it.
    I am a newbie to EQ6 myself and its my first version... but I agree with you Patrice in the few tutorials I have done, there is a feature it shows you how to find the amount of yardage for the full project. That was one thing I loved about it. I didnt' have to do all the long math to figure it out myself. Having quilted for 15 years and taught quilting for 12, I am comfortable with how various quilts and borders and sewn together. I feel comfortable with looking at the design and figuring out how it is put together.. err well so far LOL... I'm sure one of these days I will design some wild out there design and not know how the sucker is to be assembled LOL

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