Working with Quilting Motifs in EQ7

Jenny Novinsky for The Electric Quilt Company
Working with Quilting Motifs in EQ7

In EQ7 you can do many things with quilting designs. There are over 5,000 blocks, motifs and apllique designs in EQ7 that can be adapted for quilting stencils. Take a look at these helpful hints for drawing your own quilting motifs.

Drawing Your Own Quilting Motifs in EQ7: The Do's and Don'ts
1. All blocks must be drawn as motifs. BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Motif.
2. Always leave "Auto Fill" on so you know if a patch is closed or not.
3. Don't close patches.

4. If a patch closes accidentally, delete it and start over. Do not try to modify it and continue.
5. Use the Freehand tool to draw.
6. If the quilting stencil you are drawing is symmetrical in its design you should use the Flip H, Flip V, Rotate 90, or Rotate 45 to create the mirrored sections.
7. Verify the intersections where lines meet. Don't let the lines cross if they are supposed to stop.

8. Make sure you center the design in the block if it is supposed to be centered. Simply use the Move selected segments to center of block button.

9. Always zoom in quit close to the section you are working on to ensure your segments do not touch and close the patch.
10. Leave all the snaps in the Precision Bar turned OFF.

11. Use guides and graph paper to help you draw. (To do diagonal guides, turn Snap to Grid on, draw both lines with the Line tool snapping the corners, CTRL+A, Convert to Guides, turn OFF Snap to Grid.)
12. Make sure the place where the initial node and end node meet that they are almost on top of each other. You don't want to see the gap until you zoom in 3-4 times.

13. Always apply your stencil to Layer 3 on the Quilt Worktable.







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