Saturday, October 15, 2016

Do You Sew at 3am

I couldn’t sleep last night and my internet was down…AGAIN…so no TV either. Did you know that sewing at 3am yields weird results. LOL

I hope everyone is having a lovely day!!


Monday, October 10, 2016

EQ7 Stencils and Thread Tool…

  Today let’s talk about adding quilting to our designs….

Layer 3 is used to set stencils or quilting designs, thread and embroidery.

mancave quilt

There is a Block Library catagory 07Stencils. These designs will show up on the Stencils tab. But, any motif or block can be used as a stencil. When set on layer 3 blocks will appear as an outline image (today’s tutorial).

mancave quilt16

Here I’ve zoomed in to the upper left corner of the quilt. You can zoom in and out as needed.

  • Click Set Block tool image. I’m going to use a block as a stencil. Select the Four X block and drag it to the quilt. The block will appear as a black outline or stencil.

 mancave quilt2

The block is bigger than our quilt square and needs to be adjusted.The steps to set and adjust a stencil will be similar to setting the motif design on Layer 2.

  • Click the Adjust toolimage and click the stencil to select it.
  • On the Graph Pad, resize the stencil to 3 x 3 which is the size of the corner block.


  • Drag the stencil in to place over the corner block. You can use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the tool bar to fine tune your moving.

TADA! A quilting stencil has been added….But wait there’s more….

mancave quilt3


Set Thread Tool

Let’s add the Set Thread toolimage . This is a hidden tool that needs to be added to the tool bar.

  • Click Customize Tool Barimage>Click Add Remove Buttons>Check the Set Thread tool to add it.
  • Click the Set Thread tool on the tool bar and a dialog box will open.

Set the following…

Check COLOR and select a color thread.
Check STYLE and click the dashed line
Check WEIGHT and click the second line thickness.

mancave quilt4

  • Click the little arrow on the corner of the Set Thread tool to open the flyout menu. Select the tool you want to color with.

Thread Paintbrush – colors one line at a time
Thread Spraycan – colors all lines in the block at once
Thread Color Swap – colors all the lines in the quilt layer

  • Click on the lines of the Four X block to recolor it with thread. Click Refesh to remove any remaining black lines.
  • Save to Sketchook . This step is important to register the changes to the design. If you skip this step it will only recognise the default black block when using copy and paste.
  • You can use copy and paste to place the stencil on other blocks as needed.

mancave quilt6

Align Tool

Let’s make sure our stencils are perfectly aligned.

  • Using the Adjsut tool, click the first stencil on the top row. Hold the Shift key and click second stencil on the top row to select them as a group.
  • On the Graph Pad click the Align Topimage . This will use the first stencil as a guide to align the second one.
  • Use this process to align stencils horizontally or vertically as needed.


Hope you learned a new trick or two.

Hope over to enter the giveaway from Electric Quilt.

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

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.

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


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)

Quiltshop Gal