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EQ with Me: Quilt Design

Requires EQ7

Item #: B-QUILT

Lesson book for Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software. This is the book you’ve asked for! EQ experts show how to design circular quilts, hexagon blocks and quilts, landscapes, t-shirt and photo quilts and MORE. Learn Custom Quilt secrets, and how to design for Accuquilt dies or pre-cuts. Each lesson teaches basic skills you’ll use and reuse in designing your own quilts. Perfect for all EQ7 skill levels.

Although EQ with Me companion books are written for EQ7 PC, they work as well for EQ7 Mac with only a few keystroke differences.



Design Tricks from EQ Experts!

These fully illustrated lessons were written by quiltmakers who have mastered features in EQ7 you may never have imagined.

Chapter 1:

Basic Quilt & Block Design Tricks
Give EQ7 blocks a “make-over,” turning ordinary into extraordinary. Design one-block floral borders to click into place. “Pull” colorful inspiration from a favorite photo to develop fresh color schemes.
Chapter 1

Chapter 3:

Drawing Layouts for Optical Effects
Combining blocks of different sizes? Whether you want “Wow” optical effects or are planning sampler block layouts, this lesson’s for you. Learn to “draw” block spaces in the sizes needed. Then presto! Turn your drawing into a quilt layout and easily set blocks. Bonus: Quickly create new color palettes.
Chapter 3

Chapter 5:

Award Winning Layout in Minutes
Have you admired gorgeous star designs, thinking them beyond your design skill? Think again! Using EQ7, sometimes complex quilts are easier to design than you think. Follow in the footsteps of this quilter as she shows steps she used in designing this award-winning quilt. Then take her inspirational hints as you design on your own.
Chapter 5

Chapter 7:

Designing Circular Quilts
Love shaped quilts? Learn to draw a simple round quilt, octagonal quilt, or get fancy! Transform an EQ7 layout to eliminate those straight edges! Wait, there’s more: learn easy steps for drawing New York Beauty arc-shaped blocks.
Chapter 7

Chapter 9:

Designing Landscape Quilts
The landscape in your imagination is unique. So there’s no “one right way” to design it. We show you possible starting places, whether you draw your entire scene as one block, or build it by combining blocks and motifs. See how experienced designers have done it, and determine which method works best for you.
Chapter 9

Chapter 2:

Creating Instant Blocks & Borders
Make EQ7 do the work! Open new design possibilities by learning to merge 2 blocks together. Make instant borders with a click. Then easily customize them to fit your imagination.
Chapter 2

Chapter 4:

Designing for AccuQuilt Dies & Pre-Cuts
If you use the AccuQuilt GO! Cutter, or “Jelly Roll” fabric pre-cuts, you’ll love this lesson. Learn to design with patches specifically sized to be cut with an AccuQuilt GO! Die cutter. Alternatively, choose pre-cut friendly block designs. And that’s not all: get practice with the versatile Strip Quilt layout.
Chapter 4

Chapter 6:

Panel, T-shirt & Photo Quilts
Conquer Custom Set once and for all! This lesson guides you through making “placement blocks” of different sizes and setting them in Custom Set, using the helpers EQ7 offers – all ready for your photos or t-shirt scans, or fabric panels. Bonus: Get expert tips on scanning, saving, photographing, importing and cropping you’ll use again and again.
Chapter 6

Chapter 8:

Designing with Hexagons
You can do it! This lesson makes it easy to draw intricate hexagon-shaped pieced blocks of all sorts. Then show them off! Set them into a hexagon-shaped quilt. Includes helpful tips on avoiding set-in seams, making your hexagons easily pieceable in diagonal rows.
Chapter 8

Chapter 10:

Tips & Tricks for Working with EQ7
Quick steps for creating scalloped borders, setting stencils quickly and accurately, exporting patterns, designing sashing without cornerstones, making Lone Star quilts and more. These are frequently asked topics so do-able once you know how.
Chapter 10

Pages 128
Size 8½” x 11″
Softcover, spiral binding, full-color content

Contributing Designers

Lesson contributors: Janet Bangs, Judy Best, Jenny Novinsky, Michelle Settle, Jane Turgeon and Barb Vlack.

Design contributors: Linda Broadbent, Dianne Gronfors, Jacquelyn Jacobi, Bea Lee, Janet Spicer Quam, Jean Rhubin, and Liz Waechter.


4 Reviews

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  1. Carol Steely

    Want to be inspired and take your quilt design to a new level? Do you look at the quilts on the EQ Monthly Challenge pages and wish you could do that? Then this book is for you!

    “EQ With Me: Quilt Design” is a lovely spiral bound workbook that easily sits next to your keyboard as you’re working your way through it. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of great step by step photos.

    The book walks you through nine full project lessons each demonstrating a different layout technique. The lessons cover a variety of border techniques and lots of fun tips and tricks along the way. The end of each chapter contains additional ideas to inspire your creativity. The last chapter of the book is devoted to even more tips and tricks not covered in the lessons.

    This beautiful book is a MUST HAVE for any EQ user’s library.

  2. Angie Padilla

    Even as an experienced EQ7 user, I was delighted to find new tips and tricks in “EQ with me: Quilt Design” I had not discovered yet. As soon as I received the book I sat down and worked quickly through the first chapter. I loved the idea of tweaking traditional pieced blocks for a more modern interpretation. As applique is my first love, I saw immediately how I could take this concept further, and translate these pieced blocks into applique designs. Not only did I enjoy working through the lesson, I actually took things further and sewed the quilt top over the next couple of days! With ten step-by-step lessons that can easily be covered in half an hour, I am sure I will be able to work through the whole book in less than a month. The step-by-step, illustrated lessons are very easy to follow, and the large page format and spiral binding make it so practical to use, as I can lay the book open next to the computer while I work. What is there not to love?

  3. Sandee Heldt

    Love the new book! It answers many of the questions that I have not had the time or patience to ferret out of the manual that came with the program…love that it is spiral bound and the battery (LOL) never wears down!!!

  4. Sandra Shuttleworth

    This book is great, love doing the lessons and still learning more everyday about my EQ7, love it, love it.

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