I am a bit of a geek, I love having the latest gadget, and that of course manifests itself in my quilting life. I’ve always used the computer to help with quilting. At first I used Quilt Pro as that was the only software available at the time, I don’t know if it still is going as since I moved to EQ I haven’t looked back. There are a great variety of quilting programs on the market. Let us know your recommendations in the comments.
I know that I don’t use EQ7 to its full potential but I love fooling around with settings and such and doing diagrams in EQ before heading out to the sewing room. Its great for discovering those secondary patterns that might develop when identical blocks are put together. You easily turn blocks to affect the way they interact with each other without making them and putting them on a design wall.
The next two quilts are made from the same block just different arrangement of the dark and light within the block.
My latest quilt BOM was designed straight up on EQ before heading off to stitch. Of course it has changed a bit from the first design and that is the beauty of EQ you can have multiple versions of the quilt in the project, and that means if you don’t like where your design has headed you can go back to a previous version of the quilt or completely start again, all without having to cut into precious fabric.
As I have said I don’t think for one minute that I am an expert in EQ I mainly just fiddle with the program and if I need to do something specific I usually have to pour through the manual to get it to work the way I want it to. But the great thing about EQ is that it has excellent tutorials inbuilt and the manual is filled with step by step lessons from cover to cover. I just haven’t had the time to go through them or it may just be that I am too impatient to just jump in and play. There are now online classes through the EQ that you can do and sometime in the future I may even enroll and there a number of books on EQ that show you how to get more out of the program.
So do you EQ maybe you should give it a whorl.