We love to design quilts! And our friends at The Electric Quilt Company have so many fun tools to keep our creative juices flowing.
If you already own the EQ7 software and an embroidery machine, you’re going to love their new plug-in product, EQStitch.
With EQStitch, you will be able to enhance your design projects with embroidery, machine applique embroidery, quilting motifs and even machine redwork.
I was itching to get started, so I quickly installed the plug-in software then spent a short time getting acquainted with EQStitch by watching the video tutorials and following the 6 step-by-step lessons. If you’re already familiar with EQ7, you’ll find it easy to navigate around these new features. There are over 500 built-in designs for EQStitch, but since you can draw your own, the embroidery possibilities are endless!
I’m a machine embroidery novice, but the lessons seemed easy enough. I begin at the Drawing Board and Hoop Setup Window so my design will work with my embroidery machine.Now it’s playtime! Here’s a little heart and simple text I created for my first embroidery design. I tried most of the 19 fill settings and a variety of thread colors before saving it in my sketchbook. A stitch simulator is included to display the actual sewing order.
For a machine applique design, I used Spring Snowflake by Kathy K. Wylie from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks collection in My EQ Boutique. I selected the fabrics . . .
. . . then added embroidery threads and colors. I was able to adjust the embroidery stitches to get the look I wanted.
What about an arrangement of these designs in a quilt? Here’s a simple layout.
To fill the plain blocks, I added a quilting motif from Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs volume 8. A couple of similar motifs are dropped into the border to finish it off.
I think I can do this!
Don’t forget–we have a copy of Electric Quilt’s EQ7 design software to give away to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, visit our A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway blog post and leave a comment there before midnight Friday, April 26, 2013 (that’s tomorrow!).