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Thread: What is EQ?

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    What is EQ?

    I've seen it posted and know it's a software program but that's about it. What does it do? What's the cost and is it worth it?

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    I have EQ7 It is program for designing quilts. Check it out on their sight you will be surprised what all it can do!!!!

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    It's quite an elaborate software program that allows you to create your own quilt designs and/or use their built-in block patterns to create quilts. There is a *lot* you can do with it, but it comes with a pretty steep learning curve. Some people take to immediately; others never get the hang of it. Cost usually runs $150 to $190 depending on whether you can find it on sale or not. Whether it is worth it to you depends on whether or not you actually learn how to use it. Some people do; some don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    It's quite an elaborate software program that allows you to create your own quilt designs and/or use their built-in block patterns to create quilts. There is a *lot* you can do with it, but it comes with a pretty steep learning curve. Some people take to immediately; others never get the hang of it. Cost usually runs $150 to $190 depending on whether you can find it on sale or not. Whether it is worth it to you depends on whether or not you actually learn how to use it. Some people do; some don't.
    I have it. I NEVER use it. If you are not computer savvy....and I consider myself somewhat....then don't bother with it. I ind myself playing with the beginner program Quilt wizard by EQ. The learning curve is steep and i have to relearn all over. I dont need to be a "designer". Plenty of patterns available .
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    Since no one seems to have provided it - electricquilt.com is the site.
    I love it, but agree it does have a bit of a steep learning curve. There are things I still haven't figured out how to do, but I love to design quilts, and it's great for trying different colours, different block arrangements, and figuring out fabric yardage needed.

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    EQ7 is my Christmas present to myself this year. I hope I get to know the software quickly. I'll be using Ronda's tutorials to get started.

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    It's the best thing since sliced bread! I taught myself how to use EQ by redrawing every purchased pattern I wanted to make, and I still do that today. If they made any errors in their pattern, I don't worry about it because I follow the duplicate I made in EQ. I design most of my quilts and just can't imagine doing so without EQ. I think it's around $250 MSRP, but you can get good sales on it.

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    Is EQ Mac friendly?

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    I love the import and trace feature. It has saved me many times the cost of the program.
    Got fabric?

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    I second that ?. I have a Mac and have been wondering if it is Mac friendly also.

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    EQ is able to be used on Mac's. You need to use something like Bootcamp to use EQ though.

    I like to have a 'look, see' at possible quilt ideas before cutting. Then I keep the file.

    I have EQ6 and love it. Got my first EQ with EQ4. I personally did not find a difficult learning curve. With EQ4 there was an EQ Simplified book. I don't think that is available now. The tutorials provided with the software are great!

    When I get EQ7 I'll probably get together with friends and have an EQ day so we all learn together. I am also fortunate to have a few EQ experts locally ... one of whom actually teaches EQ nationally through the EQ folks.
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    I have A Mac and I don't think that program works with mac.
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    There is no EQ version for Mac. You have to run a virtual Windows machine on your Mac to run EQ software.

    Hope that answers that question.

    I have EQ 6 & 7 and use it frequently. I like to experiment - what would happen if I tried this or that, or put this color here instead, that sort of thing. It also gives me a pretty fair estimation of how much fabric I need.
    Last edited by Peckish; 12-11-2012 at 06:55 PM.

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    You can run EQ on a Mac either through Bootcamp, which is free and provided by Apple, but required you to purchase a copy of Windows to install on a separate partition.... or you can install Windows in Parallels or Fusion (neither are free)and install EQ to that. I personally prefer the latter option, as both Parallels and Fusion run on the Mac desktop seamlessly, whereas Bootcamp requires you to shut down the computer and reboot into Windows.

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    I just ordered the EQ7 upgrade last week and got it a few days ago. Can't use it until tomorrow. (birthday present for me) Can't wait to see what the differences are between the EQ6 and 7. I used the 6 all the time. Love to see what a quilt looks like before I cut. I design my own blocks or use from their library. Then I scan the materials in and there is my quilt. I am always surprised that most of the time I change the colors around. I also like to know how much material a certain quilt takes before I go to the store. The amounts are very generous due to the way the EQ collects their info for cutting, so I always have plenty. I love playing around with it. Probably more than actually making the quilt. A new EQ7 costs around $190.00, but check the Electric quilt site. They might have a special on that. My upgrade was 70.00 instead of 89.00.

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