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    There was a recent post of a quilt where the member said they used Electric Quilt in developing their design. I was curious if we could successfully share these projects - and yes! She emailed me the project file, I opened it without any problem.

    I'm adding this post the the EQ virtual section too - hopefully there will be lots of project sharing :)

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    Well, apparently I have not figured out how to add a thread to a virtual topic :(

    When I click on 'add to topic list', it does bring up a list of topics, but 'Electric Quilt' isn't one of them. Tried it with both "EQ" and "Electric Quilt" in the title and text.

    What did I miss?

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    In case you weren't aware of it, the EQ holds monthly challenges in ClubEQ. Barb Vlack posts an idea, and participants send in their completed quilt projects (files). They go back more than 10 years.

    http://electricquilt.com/Users/FunSt...bEQ/ClubEQ.asp

    Just click on any year/month on the right hand side.

    Also, here's a link to the Quilt Gallery:
    http://electricquilt.com/Users/Gallery/Gallery.asp

    It's an education just browsing through all the submissions.

    I sadly suffered a catastrophic hard drive failure last September (I'm still not over it:cry: ) and lost some really complex quilt designs I had planned on making one day. Totally my fault for not backing up the drive in over, oh, four years. What!?! I got a little sidetracked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    Well, apparently I have not figured out how to add a thread to a virtual topic :(

    When I click on 'add to topic list', it does bring up a list of topics, but 'Electric Quilt' isn't one of them. Tried it with both "EQ" and "Electric Quilt" in the title and text.

    What did I miss?
    the EQ Topic List is managed by goldendog55. in order to have a topic added to the list please send a pm either to her or to a moderator.

    i've already added this one to the list, so the above information is for your future reference. :-)

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    Thank you Patrice!

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    Hi! Linda, I've written to moderators, goldendog and Admin asking for a seperate thread for EQ users. I've posted requested for help with my own software and the messages disappear further and further back into the log of other posts that only one other person ever saw the post and could give any help. I believe the right place of something specific like EQ questions and answers, is a seperate thread. About two weeks ago, I tried starting a new topic with EQ but it never was moved to this area and stayed in the Main topic list till it finally got so far back the list that no one saw the post.
    I've only gotten one response back from Admin, saying they would it give some thought to having a seperate thread but it was back Jan 15 and other than that no one else has gotten in touch with me. I really don't know what else can be done.
    If you have any suggestions, I'd love hearing from you. Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    In case you weren't aware of it, the EQ holds monthly challenges in ClubEQ. Barb Vlack posts an idea, and participants send in their completed quilt projects (files). They go back more than 10 years.
    MTS, I've also found the EQ site to be amazingly helpful. The mysteries (currently listed under 'Lessons') are wonderful - step by step showing different features of the software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    If you have any suggestions, I'd love hearing from you. Chris
    Hi Chris,

    The virtual sections seem to be pretty good middle ground - if the board had 'real' sections for all the topics we want to wander into, that would get challenging to find your way through ... anyone can 'subscribe' to the virtual sections, so you get notification when there is a new message.

    I actually have versions 5, 6 and 7 on my computer - the newer installations don't over-write the existing. So there are likely quite a few others like me :)

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    Hi! Linda, Thanks so much for the info. Chris

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    Hi! Linda, Sorry for the short note on Sat, I'm getting over the flu and it had gotten the best of me.
    I know the other forums doyoueq and EQclub are great but they are so focused on the newer versions that there is no discussion about EQ5. Penny, on doyoueq, has been great to answer questions for me but there is no one else posting anything about 5.
    I'm not thoroughly convinced that upgrading is in my best interest. Of all the new features that 6&7 offer, I think the one that I would enjoy most is having the ability to import embroidery designs into the quilt design; otherwise from what I've read about the newer versions that take quilting to a level that I'm not sure I would ever ready to do. I'm still a beginner and still about basic quilting!
    I suppose I hoping to find someplace where EQ5 was still used by some and where I could still learn some things about it through their experiences . And maybe on occasion, I might be able to help someone who has lost interest in the software, to give it another try.
    Hope the winter hasn't been too bad in your part of Canada? We've had one of the coldest in a very long time, even for Alabama! Take care, Chris

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    Hi Chris, Hope you're feeling much better! We have some at work down with the flu and it is *nasty*!

    When I was just starting out with EQ5, I did spend quite a bit of time with the videos - they do a good job of stepping you through the basics.

    And even in the projects on the EQ website today, they still have instructions for EQ5 users! Check out the mysteries - they have two projects - 'Equinox' and 'Skylights' with instructions for all versions. With each lesson, you will learn something new!

    It does take time but I love EQ!

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    Linda, thanks so much for encouraging me to check out EQ website. I didn't know they included lessons for 5/6 users. Will definitely give them a try.
    I do understand it taking time to learn how to use a software. It took some time for me to learn how to use my embroidery software, though I wasn't interested in digitizing; it did take a while to be able to use the software without using the manual.
    It was interesting when I first started learning to use EQ, I found it alot like the embroidery software and think I didn't get as frustrated with the learning curve because some of the commands were so familiar and understood what the software was doing. Take care, Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    I know the other forums doyoueq and EQclub are great but they are so focused on the newer versions that there is no discussion about EQ5. Penny, on doyoueq, has been great to answer questions for me but there is no one else posting anything about 5.
    I'm not thoroughly convinced that upgrading is in my best interest. Of all the new features that 6&7 offer, I think the one that I would enjoy most is having the ability to import embroidery designs into the quilt design; otherwise from what I've read about the newer versions that take quilting to a level that I'm not sure I would ever ready to do. I'm still a beginner and still about basic quilting!
    I suppose I hoping to find someplace where EQ5 was still used by some and where I could still learn some things about it through their experiences . And maybe on occasion, I might be able to help someone who has lost interest in the software, to give it another try.
    Hi Chris,
    Just because so many of us have upgraded is no reason not to ask questions relating to V5/6 in this forum. Most of the underlying protocols have not changed, EQ has just upgraded what I would call the fine tuning controls (like being able to move fabric around to "fussy cut") and provided some useful but unnecessary add-ons in other areas. I still have my outsource manuals for EQ5 that I delve into when I need an answer even though I am using v7. And I absolutely agree that you should stick to v5 until you decide if you like using it and only upgrade if v6/7 does something that you will actually use. For me it made sense, but it is a financial commitment.
    Diana

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    Hi! Diana, I felt a little out of place being one of a few still asking questions about V5. I suppose its better to get up the nerve and admit I need help than sitting here feeling frustrated. I printed out the first lesson of Skylights Mystery, so I will be working on it tonight.
    Thanks much for the encouragment to keep working. I know I'm making some progress. Chris

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    Hang in there Chris. I think the mystery patterns are a nice gentle way of learning the ins and outs of the program and there are lots of folks here to help with the rough spots. :-))

    Diana

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    Hi! Diana,I'm trying!!! I made it through the first two lessons. My husband walked through my sewing room and asked what I was doing, showed him the the finale and what the quilt should look like; his comment was "you should make that!" I think it helped him understand better what the software can do.
    I had a little trouble with the second lesson but I think I wasn't clicking on something because I couldn't get the Grid Setup selection highlighted so I could click on it. Kept working with it till I did something right and it worked. Got the first block drawn and saved in the sketch book. Can see how handy knowing how to draw your own blocks could be; see a quilt block you like, you can draw it out.
    The more I look at the finished quilt, I think I want to make this quilt, so that make this mystery quilt even more fun! I love samplers and it isn't a huge quilt so I could handle that.
    Will post my progress! Take care, Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    see a quilt block you like, you can draw it out
    I think this is one of the things that really makes a difference in how I look at quilts now - can usually look at a quilt and break it down into the component blocks and pieces. I really think this came from working with EQ!

    Sounds like you're making *fabulous* progress with the mystery lessons - woot woot - keep it up!

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    Now that I've snooped on your conversation, I'll have to check out the EQ site! I bought EQ6 in the autumn - and spent a weekend playing with it and felt quite confident - well you know what happens when you don't look at a program for a while ---- I went to design a quilt to get some yardages, and had total brain freeze. Had to dig out my book and start all over at page 1. :)
    I have no idea how to receive files - and they are starting a Baltimore Album BOM that I would LOVE to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millstream Mom
    Now that I've snooped on your conversation, I'll have to check out the EQ site! I bought EQ6 in the autumn - and spent a weekend playing with it and felt quite confident - well you know what happens when you don't look at a program for a while ---- I went to design a quilt to get some yardages, and had total brain freeze. Had to dig out my book and start all over at page 1. :)
    I have no idea how to receive files - and they are starting a Baltimore Album BOM that I would LOVE to do!
    Hi Millstream Mom,
    A word of caution with EQ yardage calculations. Some of mine have been waay off. If you have that perfect fabric and are trying to see if you can get all the pieces out, double check with pencil and paper. Most of the time it gives a good general idea but I personally wouldn't rely on it for more than that.

    Diana

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    Hi!Millstream Mom, I sort of did the same thing with V5. Over a year ago I went through the Getting Started book then didn't use the software again for nearly a year. I'm hoping this time I will take enough time to really learn how to use the software so it will be second-nature to use it. Chris

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    Hi! Linda and Diana, Thanks so much for all your help, I made it through all the Mystery Lessons and so glad I did it but now I have whole new "boatload" of questions!!!
    The biggee, when you see a quilt block in a magazine or you're dreaming up a new block, how do you know what setting to use in EasyDraw? I noticed that in several of the blocks in the Mystery Lessons, all had changes to block size and snap grid, some had changes with Grid Setup and Graph Paper. How do you know when to use which tools? Were those changes that were made in these blocks pretty much the standard changes made for making patchwork blocks?
    I've got the EQ5 Drawing book by Patti Anderson, didn't know if that is what I should do next to learn more about this aspect of EQ or is there something better? I know eventually I'll see a block that I want to duplicate and I know I need to learn how now before I need to know. That's my husband favorite motto, learn now so you're prepared for later!!!
    Thanks so for your patience and willingness to help me, Chris

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    It all boils down to the grid of the block. You need a different setting when making a 3x3 grid block than when designing a 4x4 grid one.

    9 patch (3x3) vs. Sawtooth Star (4x4) as an example.

    You can see the problems if you have setting for an 8" block, graph paper set on 3x3, and a snap grid set to 16. Try splitting (bisecting) any of those squares with a line - it's not going to snap.

    So you always want those 3 set-up options to be in sync with the grid/size of the block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    Hi! Linda and Diana, Thanks so much for all your help, I made it through all the Mystery Lessons and so glad I did it but now I have whole new "boatload" of questions!!!
    The biggee, when you see a quilt block in a magazine or you're dreaming up a new block, how do you know what setting to use in EasyDraw? I noticed that in several of the blocks in the Mystery Lessons, all had changes to block size and snap grid, some had changes with Grid Setup and Graph Paper. How do you know when to use which tools? Were those changes that were made in these blocks pretty much the standard changes made for making patchwork blocks?
    I've got the EQ5 Drawing book by Patti Anderson, didn't know if that is what I should do next to learn more about this aspect of EQ or is there something better? I know eventually I'll see a block that I want to duplicate and I know I need to learn how now before I need to know. That's my husband favorite motto, learn now so you're prepared for later!!!
    Thanks so for your patience and willingness to help me, Chris
    The first thing you must do before starting is take a good look at the block you are trying to duplicate. It is necessary to visualize what the underlying gird is. As MTS said a 9-patch is based on a 3x3 grid. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the base grid. I've encountered a couple of 7x7, 11x11, 25x25 and so on. A good resource is one of the block encyclopedias like Barbara Brackman's which organizes the blocks by grid size. Often you can find the block you are trying to make or a precursor block in it.

    Once you've determined your underlying grid size, plug that number into the "block" size spot. Don't worry if you want your block to be 8" or 12" or whatever, you can resize the block at will. The primary focus is to get the pattern drawn.

    Then make the "grid number" the same as the block size and the same with the "snap" to point number. The graph number is really what is most important because that is the visual netting on which you will draw your design. If you need to have midway points to snap to, make the grid/snap number double the amount of the size or graph numbers. This will give you an additional snap point between each graph line and in the center of each graph square.

    After this try drawing your block. If it doesn't look quite right, you may have mistaken a 5x5 for a 4x4. Some blocks are very hard to tell apart.

    When you finished with a block that is right, you can change the size when you go to the print window. Just plug in whatever size you want the block to be and that is how it will print.

    Hope this helps :-)
    Diana

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    Thank you both so much! I can't believe I actually understand what you saying, it's almost like some math formula that you know there is an answer but when the light finally comes on, you say oh, is that it works!!! I will get on Amazon and order one of Barbara's books. Take care, Chris

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    Can I save and email a foundation pattern with the numbers on the pattern? I know how to print it; but what if I want to send it to a friend who does not have EQ7. Just curious as to whether or not this is even possible. Thanks, I'm new to EQ7.

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