Thursday, April 17, 2014

EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop Recap

Here is a re-cap of all the great tips and tutorials from the EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop.

If you want to be inspired to use your EQ for more than just blocks be sure to check them out.

Color accents and changing hues
FunThreads -

Import an image for tracing and creating a paper pieced block
Beaquilter -

Making a memory quilt and saving images to fabric
Seams to be Sew -

Adding photos to quilt labels and LOTS of fun photo ideas
SewCalGal -

Photo kaleidoscope blocks, import images to fabric library, and the fussy cut tool
Patchwork Breeze -

Using images to make pixel quilts
Sew Incredibly Crazy -

Colorize images
FunThreads -

Half tone images, symmetries & more 
DoYouEQ -

See video #607 for a full tutorial on half tone images


I hope we INSPIRED you to play with EQ!!!

Blog Hop Winner

The winner of our give away from the Photo Fun Blog Hop is

Connie from Freemotion by the River blog

Electric Quilt Co. will be sending her a package of Inkjet Fabric and a copy of Digital Essentials by Gloria Hansen.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop–Colorized Photos

Sadly this is the last day of the EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop. I hope you’ve been inspired to try some new things!!

There have been quite a few “no reply” bloggers…. and you may not even know it. There is an information link in my side bar. If you are a “no reply” blogger we can’t email you, or contact you and you can’t win give aways. GAH! Be sure to fix it…..

Colorized Photos

color quilt

Today I’m going to show you another fun, funky technique….colorizing your photos. But wait…this also applies to creating black & white and sepia images.



Importing an Image – See User Manual page 203

Working on the Image Worktableimage  , click the Import Image buttonimage located on the left tool bar. A dialog box will open. Search for the image you want to use and place it on the worktable.

                                          This is my image…

Bahamas Jan 2011 088

Resize an Image – See User Manual page 204

My image is a very large digital image so I need to resize it first. I need a 6 x 4.5 image for the quilt.

Click IMAGE>IMAGE RESIZE. A resize image dialog box will open.

Check MAINTAIN ASPECT RATIO, type 6 in the width box. The height will automatically set proportionately. Set resolution to 180 (for printing on photo fabric) and resampling to Normal (because image is shrinking).

Click OK.


Save to Sketchbookadd-to-sketchbook_thumb2.


Let’s create some funky colored photos.


In the dialog box slide the hue bar back and forth. When you get a color you like click ADD TO SKETCHBOOK. When finished click CLOSE.

That’s all there is to it! 


Black & White and Sepia Images

You can also use this technique to create black & white and sepia images for your memory quilts.

For a black and white image drop the saturation all the way down to remove the color from the photo.


For a sepia image select the hue range you want to use. Then drop the saturation until it’s to your liking.


That’s all there is too it!

Continue along for layout and printing information.

Create the Block

Working on the block worktable bw, click BLOCK>NEW BLOCK>EASYDRAW BLOCK.

Set the following:
Block size: 6 width x 4.5 height
Snaps: 24 horizontal x 18 vertical


Draw a horizontal line drawat 1 1/4 and again at 2 3/4 from the top of the block.

Draw a vertical linedraw at 2/1/2 and again at 4 1/2 from the left side of the block.

You will have this….


Save to Sketchbook add-to-sketchbook_thumb2.

Create the Layout

Working on the Quilt Worktable hue-change_thumb2, click QUILT>NEW QUILT>HORIZONTAL

Click the Layout Tab and set the following:
Number of blocks: 5 x 5
Block size: 6 width x 4.5 height
Click the Border Tab and set the follow:
Border size: 1 all sides
Style: long horizontal


You will have this…


Add Images
Working on Layer 1, use the SET PHOTO tool 
sf_thumb1 to place the images in the quilt.

Use the SET BLOCK toolset to place the blocks in the quilt.

Color and save to Sketchbook

color quilt

Printing See User Manual page 248


Click VIEW>GRID SET UP to adjust your grid size.

Drag the images to the worktable. You can print more than one photo per sheet. Use the tools at the top of the screen to rotate your photos.


It’s recommended that you print your photo 1/8” large in length and width. It’s not enough to show any photo distortion but will keep the white photo fabric edge from showing at the seam….I learned this tip the hard way:)

To do this click the RESIZE DIALOG BOX redi_thumb1_thumb1. Change the size of your photo by 1/8” or .125. For example the 6 x 4.5 photo for this project will be 6.125 x 4.625 for printing.

Use the grid as needed to space and align the photos for printing. Leave enough room to cut your seam allowances around each photo.


Hope you learned something new!!

Here it is quilted…..

a super fun memory of her favorite day in the Bahamas!!


Visit the other blogs on the hop for more photo fun

April 14th
FunThreads -
Beaquilter -
Seams to be Sew -
April 15th
SewCalGal -
Patchwork Breeze -
April 16th
Sew Incredibly Crazy -
FunThreads -

Give Away

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One random winner will be picked on April 17th.

Have fun HOPPING and LEARNING!!!!

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