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Dear Warbler, I just bought EQ
Afraid of getting too deep into quilting, but. . . .
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Date: 1/22/14 1:15 AM

Dear Warbler,

I've looked through the PR message boards and everywhere I read about EQ, I see you posting, so in my mind you're the EQ expert I will be following around trying to pick up bread crumbs of knowledge.


I just bought an EQ bundle from another lady. Since she upgraded her EQ5 to 6 and then 7, they told her she had to sell it as a bundle. So I registered the transfer of license today (by the way the EQ customer service folks are the nicest, most helpful customer service people I have *ever* dealt with. It was a pleasure.) Then I installed EQ7.

I am such a beginner that I'm not sure what to do other than look through the 5000 copyright-free block patterns to see if my grandmother's favorites are in there. (The one she called Double Star is in there under the name Carpenter's Circle.)

Do you have any advice for a newbie who is just getting back into simple quilting after lots of years?

Thanks in advance!

Lisa

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Date: 1/22/14 8:49 AM

I'm not Warbler, but I'd start with watching the videos so you can learn how to use the program. I've owned it for at least a year and enjoy designing simple quilts with it. I buy Moda fabrics and I can download the .jpg fabric samples from Moda. Then I import them into EQ7 and can design my quilt with the fabric I am going to use. Have fun!!

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Date: 1/22/14 11:53 AM

Lisa, Congradulations. I concur with Sewbusy, Watch the videos and play. My best recommendation for EQ is to not let it languish between uses as it is easy to forget. I play with mostly my DJ version as that's the project I am focusing on currently. I have only designed a couple of quilts with EQ but have not made them. I love it for figuring yardage and so forth. Please don't let the program intimidate you as then it'll be a wasted investment. Now if you are looking for EQ to be your teacher for quilt making then you will have a steep road to follow. I recommend in addition you get some good basic quilt making books Like the Harriet Hargrave series Quilter's Academy or Start Quilting by Alex Anderson. Also Fons and Porter has a good guide as well. Always post questions as you find them. This is a great tool I hope you have fun playing as I do.

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Date: 1/22/14 12:55 PM

Our LQS has just started EQ classes. We will be meeting monthly, have "homework" between classes and building upon what we learned the previous month......Maybe I can pass along some ideas as we go along.......That reminds me I better get the program loaded on my laptop before class!

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Date: 1/22/14 8:14 PM

Another thought for learning basic quilt making is to take a Craftsy class. The 2013 Block of the Month Class with Laura Nownes is also a great beginner class. Teaches all the fundamentals.

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Date: 1/23/14 1:08 AM

Thanks, everyone! I saw the tip on the videos, but didn't have time yesterday to start them.

SewBusy63, I didn't know you could do download the fabric images! I love Moda! Thank you!


Warbler, you have a good thought -- I think I need to add another 30 minutes a day challenge and make it EQ. And the Craftsy Class is a great idea, too. If I only didn't have 7 of the things I've already bought that I still need to watch! Not enough time in the day for all my 30 minute challenges!


I did hand quilting with my grandmother for years, but haven't touched it since she died. I'll probably be more about the machine than she was. I know some of the basics, but there's always more to learn. Thanks, everyone, for the recommendations!

Connie F, thanks! I'd love that! Yes, please pass along anything that occurs to you as you're learning! I know at least one lady at my guild who uses it. Maybe I could suggest something similar. Great idea!

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Date: 1/23/14 9:24 AM

I am taking a class at my dealers and the instructor had a day where we could come in a use her EQ7 loaded with the information from the quilt designers to see different color schemes.

I did NOT like that one bit. I just can't visualize that way, and I really do not enjoy computer work. The instructor had it all set up too, I just had to change the colors.

I ended up quitting before I had a color scheme picked. Give me paper and colored pencils any day!

What help me far more was the little sample piece she had made. I was able to picture that with different colors far more than I could try to figure out what a computer image was going to look like.

I AM glad I had the opportunity to see the program, because now I know it will not be very useful for me. I can save my money and buy more fabric! Or thread.....or put towards my Sashiko machine....

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Date: 1/23/14 11:19 AM

Cat, you make a great point, we all have our own way in which we learn, see and do. I am such a visual and tactile learner. The EQ videos were very helpful.

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Date: 1/23/14 11:30 AM

Yes! And for expensive purchases it really is awesome to get to try it out first.

I have been contemplating this software for a while now, I am so glad I got to try it out.

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Date: 1/23/14 11:42 AM

I had EQ4 but couldn't upgrade to 5 so I went with that program for a while until an unrelated computer crash. Back then one could not reinstall the software on more than one computer... EQ recognized it was to their benefit to allow users to load on multiple machines and to sell the license agreement to other users. It literally took me years to decide to get EQ7. I am glad I did... Now I need to take full advantage of it.

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