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Jan 26, 2011

Learning EQ7 with Nicey Jane

Jan 26, 2011
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I think I forgot to mention my DH put Electric Quilt 7 in my stocking this year!  I am working on my first design to learn the software using a Half-Yard set of Nicey Jane my MIL gave to me for Christmas.


So far I am pretty impressed with EQ7... especially since I have been doing all my own designs by hand and calculator for quite a few years.  So far, I love being able to see different designs/layouts and importing the fabric swatches to see them digitally before starting to cut.

Here's what I've got so far....

I'm trying to decide what solid should be my background though.
Kona Maize

Or Kona Green Tea


Any thoughts?  In the back of my head, I think I want to use the yellow shade.  How happy and cheery.  But honestly I'm a little worried it would look too neutral once it was cut.  The green looks better digitally...  and of course, there is always classic white.

It will be interesting to see how these virtual quilt designs translate to real live fabric.


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27 comments:

  1. I got this for my anniversary and have been playing around with it as well. I like the yellow one for bright and cheery too :)

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  2. Personally, I think the yellow looks a lot better, but it's totally possible that everything looks much different on my screen than it does on yours (or, of course, in real life).

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  3. I do like the Green Tea...but the Maize is nice, too. I'll be curious to read more about your thoughts on EQ, it's been something that seems awfully handy in terms of quilting tools. This Nicey Jane quilt is going to be darling, I love these fabrics :)

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  4. Oh you are so lucky! I really want EQ7 but I'm a mac and I have no idea how to make it work on my machine.
    Love the new design. I would definitely use a color since it's a lot of 'white space'. I like both the green and yellow, but the green popped out at me more.

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  5. Yellow. It will let the other fabrics glow. It will also not date the quilt quite as fast.... that would be a lot of green as there is so much green in the fabrics.

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  6. Personally I like the tea green...it seems like a total toss as I read the comments...so I say just do what you want. =) I think both look nice.

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  7. I like the maize. And I am completely wanting EQ7...just have to wait a bit longer, though!

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  8. To me the Maize is warmer and the Green Tea is grayer but as you mentioned using white would make it really pop. I'm almost ready to dive into the EQ world - should I start with an older version as they are cheaper or just start with EQ7?

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  9. I really like the yellow! But it will be fantastic either way. Love the design!!

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  10. Both colors looks good. I think it's a question of do you want a cheery quilt or a more muted quilt. Personally, I'm drawn a little more towards the Green Tea, but they're both very attractive. Good luck deciding!

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  11. I prefer corn maize. It's cheerful. Plus it doesn't hurt to break away from classic white every so often.

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  12. I like the maize! It looks great. I have a bunch of Nicey Jane and this pattern would be a great one for it !

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  13. I loooove this line! I am wrapping up a postage stamp quilt with the blue Nicey Jane prints. I used Kona Buttercup and Kona Ash... looks darling with the Butter cup. Here is the link:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/10566707@N07/5389546622/

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  14. Hmmm For some reason I cant' see the background colors on my computer :(. Have fun playing around with your new software!

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  15. Both are pretty, although I'd be more inclined to go with the green. Congratulations on learning to use EQ7. As an EQ junkie myself, being able to audition fabrics as you have done here is but one of the gazillion uses I find for the software. I hope you enjoy it... happy learning!

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  16. Green tea is one of my favorite Konas, but they'd both look great I'm sure. Wish the made EQ for Mac. and that I could afford it :) Have fun playing!

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  17. What fun! My vote is for the maize. Even though it's a subtle color it stands out more, to me.

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  18. I think I like the maize, but the green tea would look great too! Definitly a toss up. Jealous of your EQ7!!

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  19. Gosh, I like them both a lot, but I guess if I had to choose I'd lean toward the maize. I don't think it'll be too neutral, and you want the prints to pop a little anyway, right?

    How do you like EQ? I'm on a Mac, so they don't make it for me! Boo! Illustrator is a pretty good substitute, though.

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday, have a great week!

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  20. Both options look great with the yellow or green; however, I prefer the yellow background. Happy WIP Friday.

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  21. I like the green tea better. Are you using a particular tutorial, or just the ones built into EQ? I've been sort of figuring things out by brute force as I need to.

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  22. @Lee, I'm on a mac and use EQ7, I just had to install Parallels and Windows to use it. It can be done, but it's not a cheap solution. But, those of us with macs are used to it being expensive.

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  23. I love your pattern. To me it looks almost like an optical illusion. what if you used both yellow and green. I am thinking Yellow for all the interior 1/2 squares and green for 1/2 square edge. Or you could alternate each row. to many options!! I am sure it will look beautiful no matter what!-happy quilting

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  24. Congrats!! One of the tips I like to use to get a better feel for how the finished quilt will look is to get rid of the black lines outlining each block and patch. Go to "Layer 1" at the bottom of the design and right click. Then you'll see options to outline blocks and patches and you can unclick them. It really gives you a better idea of how the finished quilt will look. Hope this helps! Enjoy it! EQ7 rocks!

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  25. I'm loving the look of your design! Good looking quilt! I am wanting EQ7, but scared I won't be able to figure it out. Was it tricky? Can technically challenged people like me figure out how to use it?

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