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Thread: Is it worth the money?

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    My GF in TX has EQ and uses it all the time. I lived in TX but moved to WA in 2009, so I knew my GF capabilities with EQ. Last week I sent her a picture of a block one of my neighbors wanted to make into a quilt, but didn't have the pattern. My GF drew it up on EQ, assigned colors to it, prepared layouts for several sizes of quilts, including fabric requirements, cutting directions, etc. - all on EQ. My neighbor was shocked and impressed, to say the least. Now, my neighbor can purchase the required fabrics and start cutting! I think it is a great tool. I don't own it, but I know some of what it will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nprisner View Post
    What is Gimp and where do I find it?
    Here's the link to GIMP. http://www.gimp.us.com/gimplp2/index-yahoo.php?pk=486

    GIMP tute http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t141145.html
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    Thanks for all the help. Believe it or not, I've decided to go with Quilt Pro 6. It's on sale today only and I get a 30day free trial. Please I have some of their other stand alone products. I had completely forgotten about Quilt Pro and then someone mentioned it and the light bulb went off. Thanks again ladies.

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    If you aren't electronically savy and intuitive you may not be happy with it. I bought the version that was on sale a couple of years ago, after asking if I could design landscapes and other non-blocks with it. I was assured I could. I took a class and, after the second one of three, asked if we would get some non-block instructions and was assured we would. We didn't. Those classes cost me $50!!!

    I'm not electronically savy and unless you are you will not get much use out of it. I'd sure try this "Gimp" program (which I have never heard of before) before thinking about putting big bucks out for any EQ program.

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    I have EQ6 and would love to upgrade when I have some extra money. I mostly make my own patterns though. I rarely buy someone elses pattern...if I see something I like I either try to recreate it in EQ or something similar. I think it's completely worth the money for my purposes, but I have known people who never used it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Check out previous threads about it. I'm one of those who find the learning curve for EQ7 very steep. It's not intuitive for me, so it would take me many hours of study and learning to learn how to use it -- even at a rudimentary level. Some people take to it like a duck to water, but I'm not one of them!
    I agree. I thought I would really like it and use it....nope! Cannot get into it at all...money wasted,
    so far anyway...

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    I have the program but have not really spent the time required to have it become as useful as it can be. For lots of us it has a larger than anticipated learning curve. If you quilt shop has a class or there is way for you to try it before buying I would strongly suggest that you try it out. For what the program can do, it is a good value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maire View Post
    Also my experieince, and I think a very basic piece of knowledge is missing in the instructions, probably one of those things that people assumes everyone knows. But I don't & can't figure out what I need to know. I can't get it to do what I really want. I have used it for very basic projects but it is easier to draw those out.
    I guess I can't figure out what it is you say is missing. EQ has tutorials built right into the software. Starts at the beginning and goes all the way through. There are also tutorials on this board, EQ classes at Quilt University, tutorials on YouTube, and EQ has a very good support forum where you can ask anything. What do you mean, you can't figure out what you need to know?

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    There is a great tutorial on how to use EQ7 right here on this board, done by Rhonda. She goes through virtually every aspect of EQ7 and holds your hand. By the way, it IS worth the price tag.

    Week 1: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...n-t166726.html

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    I'm still stumped by EQ5! Guess if you have computer savy etc it might be worth it, I never use my EQ5, wish I did but my learning curve went straight in the dumpster.
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    I love it. It takes time to learn it but it is worth it. I haven't mastered drawing but I will someday.

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    I have it, and we have a "love/hate" relationship going on. When I don't use it for awhile, I have a hard time designing a quilt and get frustrated with it, but if I am using it for a day or two, I love it and we work well together. I do download fabric lines into it, and it is wonderful to see my project in real life fabrics. I do not use it as much as I could/should. I would shop on ebay also. EQ7 gives you more than 1 download.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I guess I can't figure out what it is you say is missing. EQ has tutorials built right into the software. Starts at the beginning and goes all the way through. There are also tutorials on this board, EQ classes at Quilt University, tutorials on YouTube, and EQ has a very good support forum where you can ask anything. What do you mean, you can't figure out what you need to know?
    It's not necessarily a matter of being able to figure it out. It's a matter of how much time would be required to figure it out. My time is more valuable to me at this age than it used to be. I'd rather spend my time actually quilting than figuring out software, especially since my job for years was to write the d*** stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    EQ7 gives you more than 1 download.
    EQ7 has unlimited installs, but you can only have it active on 2 computers at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I guess I can't figure out what it is you say is missing. EQ has tutorials built right into the software. Starts at the beginning and goes all the way through. There are also tutorials on this board, EQ classes at Quilt University, tutorials on YouTube, and EQ has a very good support forum where you can ask anything. What do you mean, you can't figure out what you need to know?
    I don't know what I need to know, except somthing very basic, just getting to the tutorials & opening program to design a quilt. I am missing a basic piece of computer knowledge but don't know what. But when I had a $25 version years ago I could do all kinds of things, design a quilt, get it to print out with amont of fabrics needed, etc. I can't get EQ7 to do that. If I knew what I was missing I coud find the answers but I don't know what I am missing.

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    As an instructor for EQ7 and having had EQ programs since EQ4 Ilove the program! Eq 7 is by far the easiest to use and learn. If you love to audition colors and fabrics in your quilts. If you love to morph quilt patterns you have seen. If you love to say what if I did this or that? Then EQ 7 is the way to go. The photo piece of the program is a nice addition. One that I am still learning. Yes the price is up there. But well worth it in my humble opinion Also take an online class or too. Watch the videos. Join the online groups on yahoo. Practice for 15 mins a day. I learned EQ by working through every book I had for each program as well as the add on books. They are well written and fun to do. Like anything in quilting practice is the key! Luann
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    Marie do you have your user manual? Open the manual to page 18 and start from there. Also are you using EQ on a laptop? Are you using a mouse? It seems a strange question but a mouse is really useful for using EQ! I am here ask me anything. I am finishing a lesson on the Steppen yahoo group. They also have a section in the files for beginner users of EQ. Once you learn the buttons and how they interact EQ is a piece of cake! Luann
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafterrn1 View Post
    Marie do you have your user manual? Open the manual to page 18 and start from there. Also are you using EQ on a laptop? Are you using a mouse? It seems a strange question but a mouse is really useful for using EQ! I am here ask me anything. I am finishing a lesson on the Steppen yahoo group. They also have a section in the files for beginner users of EQ. Once you learn the buttons and how they interact EQ is a piece of cake! Luann
    Hi, I had the program on a now dead laptop, and haven't yet installed it on my new desktop. It has been at least a year since I tried it & then I was following the manual but must have missed something. I have a couple of projects going that must be finished soon and them hopefully I'll have time to reinstall. Part of my time limitations is that I have been back & forth several times to my home state over the past year because of family needs so little time to sew.
    Where are you in CT? We lived in Fairfield from 1976-1984, our daughter & her family still there. In all those years there I never met another person who sewed so I was always "volunteered" to make costumes for school plays. Fairfield did have 2 fabric stores, I tried my best to support them but both closed many years ago.
    Maire (not Marie)

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    Oh my Gosh Maire I am so sorry I misspelled your name ugh! I must look closer when responding. I live near Waterbury and grew up in Bridgeport. I Hope you deactivated the EQ program before the computer died if it is EQ7. If it is EQ6 I would call EQ support and see if you can install the one installment on the new laptop without using an activation. It can't hurt to try. When you are ready to relearn EQ let me know. I have written lessons as well as projects we can do together. I will answer any questions you have. Take care! Luann
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