Saturday, September 10, 2016

Having Fun with EQ7

Today I’m going to share some tips for getting your EQ7 files cleaned up and organized. The more you create the happier you’ll be if you stay organized.


Organizing PJ7 Files with Images

Last month I gave you a tip for organizing your PJ7 files using quilt images. You can find that HERE in case you misesd it.



File Name Tip

Recently I’ve started to include the creation date in the project file name. It saves time not having to actually open a file and access the notecard to find that information.

For example I’d save my file as… Tiptoe Through Quilt 8-12-15.PJ7


Adding Notecards
User Manual page 41

When you’re done creating your project it’s a good idea to clean up your Sketchbook. Delete unwanted items and create Notecards for items you’re keeping. Items borrowed from the Libraries already come with the name and library location filled in.

Give your items a name and include useful information like fabric line used, creation notes, and copyright date. Be sure to include searchable terms so EQ will include your block in library searches…more on that next.

To make a Notecard…Open SKETCHBOOK> select an item>click NOTECARD



Create Custom Libraries
User Manual page 61-64

EQ7 let’s you create your own libraries to store items you’ve created. Items you add will be included in searches and can be added to any project Sketchbook. This is where those Notecards come in handy.

Start by accessing the library you want to add to….LIBRARIES>BLOCK LIBRARY (or library of your choice). Have you noticed the tab called MY LIBRARY?


Click the MY LIBRARY tab> click ADD LIBRARY button. A dialog box opens allowing you to name your library and select how many subfolders or “styles” you want in it.


Once your Libary is set up you can change the subfolder or “style” names by right clicking on them and selecting modify style.



Add Items to My Library

Step 1 – Open the LIBRARY folder you want to add to.

Click LIBRARIES>BLOCK LIBRARY (or library of your choice)

Step 2 – Click the SKETCHBOOK tab and you’ll see the project contents. Select the items you want to save and click COPY. Notice you’re viewing the Sketchbook contents from the Block Libraries (top of screen) so the options at the bottom are different.

Hint: you can select multiple items by holding CTRL and clicking on them or select everything at once by holding CTRL and clicking A.


Step 3 – Click the MY LIBRARIES tab and make sure the subfolder is selected. Click PASTE to place the items in the library subfolder.

Notice that the library I just saved into, RANDOM MOTIF>FLOWERS, now appears on the item’s Notecard. Now your item will be included in EQ7 searches. Remember if you want to go directly to the items you have to look in the MY LIBRARY tab.



I hope you learned something new or helpful.

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More blogs posting tips, tricks and tutorials today.

Marian of Seams to be Sew

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Mary of Quiltin Grandma

Carol of FunThreads Designs (me)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Having Fun With EQ7

Did you know that there are quite a few customizations that you can do to your EQ program? I’m going to share some of my favorites.

A tip I learned at the EQ Academy from Barb Vlack is one of my favorites. You can turn off the splash screen and the daily tip box which will make the program load much faster.

Faster! Did I get your attention?

To do this click FILE>PREFERENCES. When the dialog box pops up uncheck the box for “show intro splash screen” and “use tip of the day dialog”. The entire tip of the day list is always available in the help file.

start screen remove

My second most favorite tip, which I have all my students do at the start of class, is to increase the number of “undos”. Click FILE>PREFERENCES then GENERAL in the dialog box. Default is 10 but you can increase it up to 20.


My third favorite tip is about organizing your files. If you have a lot of projects it can get daunting to find things. Since I’m a very visual person I like to save a photo of my quilt next to the EQ file so I can easily search by image or name.

To do this place the quilt on the worktable. Next click FILE>EXPORT IMAGE. When the dialog box opens you will have to navigate to the correct EQ folder. Do this by clicking COMPUTER>MY DOCUTMENTS>MY EQ7>PJ7. Your computer might have a slightly different path but you want the My EQ7>PJ7 folders. These are your working files. Be careful not to delete any of them from this folder.

Now save the image of the quilt using the same name as its file. Don’t worry about duplicating the name because the image extension is “jpg” and the working program file is “pj7”.

Here’s the magic off it all…the images of the quilts will be right next to the pj7 file and easily searchable.


You might already know this one….EQ also has many hidden buttons and tools. Simply click the Add/Remove button on any tool bar. From here you can also change the size and appearance of your buttons. Don’t be afraid to “play”. It’s the best way to learn the program and you can always restore the tools back to their defaults at any time.

add remover button

Just look at all the handy short cuts you could add to the main tool bar.


I hope you learned something new or helpful.

Hop over to Electric Quilt and enter to win this months prizes.

More blogs posting tips, tricks and tutorials today.

Tina of Quilting Affection

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Marian of Seams to be Sew

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Carol of FunThreads Designs (me)

Quiltshop Gal