Plug into EQStitch–Final Reminder for EQ7 Giveaway

We love to design quilts! And our friends at The Electric Quilt Company have so many fun tools to keep our creative juices flowing.

 Plug into EQStitch  Final Reminder for EQ7 GiveawayIf you already own the EQ7 software and an embroidery machine, you’re going to love their new plug-in product, EQStitch.

 Plug into EQStitch  Final Reminder for EQ7 GiveawayWith 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.embroidery set up 1 e1366827428383 Plug into EQStitch  Final Reminder for EQ7 GiveawayNow 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.

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Learn how to draw simple embroidery designs and add text

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 . . .

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Selecting fabric for machine applique

. . . then added embroidery threads and colors. I was able to adjust the embroidery stitches to get the look I wanted.

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Adding the embroidery stitching to the machine applique

What about an arrangement of these designs in a quilt? Here’s a simple layout.

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A simple quilt layout with the embroidery and machine applique designs.

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.

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Adding a few quilting motifs to the design.

I think I can do this!

Find out more about EQStitch at electricquilt.com.

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!).

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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