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I have designed with EQ7 a new quilt to 1) use up my stash by using up my ombre strips 2) design a bargello style quilt 4) audition the colour combinations and 5) make a very accurate quilt.
EQ 7 is wonderful and EQ software has been the top quilt design software in the industry for 25 years!
I am happy to say I have started the quilt making process finally! See my photo below. 1/5 of the quilt is pieced!!! It will be double/queen sized.
I auditioned background colours and wanted it modern so grey and white were my options for background. See photo of my strip sets auditioning it with white below:
I felt like the white made the colours pop! I tried grey and they looked dull in comparison.
EQ7 made designing this quilt so much easier than if I had to draw it on paper and colour it in. It is a wonderful design tool because you can decide on the size of your quilt and whether it needs sashing, blocks, colours, fabric, placement etc and just press buttons, drag and drop and voila your quilt is designed!
Most of my patterns and quilts these days are being designed on this wonderful software and I hope to use it much more into the future. There is a learning curve with it and I am learning on it every time I try to work with it.
I would be sugar coating it if I did not say there are challenges with it. It is a multifaceted program with lots to learn and there in lies the challenge! However, with so many design, block, sashing, border, fabric, colour and quilting options available, once you master the learning curve you have designs that you can "visually audition" and draw accurately with EQ7.
Can you imagine your unique possibilities with this software?
Tune in next tuesday for my next instalment of this quilt... I'm hoping to get it done fast now that I have mastered the design process with EQ7!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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