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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop and Giveaway

Today SewCalGal is participating in a EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of FunThreads Designs.   We hope to inspire you and increase awareness on how you can incorporate photos into projects you design in EQ7.  And, SewCalGal thinks you'll be amazed with the insights, tips, tutorials and inspirational projects shared by the participating bloggers in this blog hop. Plus, there is a great giveaway opportunity too!

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Today, SewCalGal wants to share insights on some of my favorite uses of the EQ Image worktable, which offers a vast amount of functionality within EQ7.

 One of the most popular uses of the EQ Image worktable is to create memory quilts.  You can easily upload a photo  to EQ7 software, edit your image and decide how you want to place your images on your project.  

It is also easy to size your images in this software and print your image to EQ Printable fabric.  There are a many varieties of Printable fabric, but Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric is SewCalGal's favorite.  

You can easily print your pictures to EQ Printables and piece them into your projects to create special memory quilts.  

Or even a  seasonal "memory quit" table runner.

It is very easy to use EQ7 to decide what blocks, fabrics and images you may want to use in your project.  

And, as I'm a batik lover, I'll share that I just purchased the most recent EQStash online which has over 1,100 new batik fabrics from top fabric manufacturers such as Hoffman, Island Batik, Moda, Robert Kaufman, and Timeless Treasures.  Wow, am I having fun designing with these beautiful batiks too!

The Image Worktable will also allow you to:

  • Trace a photo to create an quilt design
  •  (e.g. applique design, paper pieced design, etc.) 
  •  photo editing
  • resize
  • rotate
  • flip
  • cropping
  • hue saturation and lightness
  • color changing
  • apply effects to create watercolor artwork (47 different options)

  • create an art quilt / photo collage quilt

  • photo layout to create backgrounds/print your own fabric

  • And, it is also a popular tool to create quilt labels

  • And, you can even use the Image Worktable to create greeting cards! Imagine sending out personalized greeting cards throughout the year, that could contain your photos, favorite clipart, as well as designs that you've created in EQ7!

TUTORIAL - Create A Quilt Label:

For those with EQ7, here is a mini tutorial to help you get your feet wet with the image work table in EQ7.  This exercise will show you how to create a quilt label, as shown above.  But you can also use this tutorial to create clip art to make a greeting card, or for your blog.

Start a new EQ7 project and name it Playing with Images.  

Click the work on Quilt button ( located on your top menu bar)

Click on the Layout tab and change the settings to:
1 block horizontal

7" wide
5" high 

(or your desired size)

Click on the Borders tab and change the settings to: 

.5 for all sides of the border.

Click on Layer 2 tab.

Click on the Text tool icon

In the popup menu for Applique Text that appears select your favorite font and size of your text.

Press and hold your Shift Key while clicking your left mouse button down and draw a box on Layer 2 for where you want your text to appear.

Using your mouse click once inside of that text box and now type the text you wish to add to your quilt label.

Click the paintbrush icon and select the color (or fabric) that you want your text to use.

Now click on your text to "paint it the color you wish.

Click on Image Worktable in the menu icons.

Click the upload an image icon.

Browse to where the image you want to play with is located. Open it and then you might want to crop it before you start.

click the Zoom Fit button

click the crop button and use your mouse to grab the nodules on the dotted line around your picture, to drag to where you want to crop.  Essentially you reframe your picture and then click the checkmark in the green circle (on the main menu bar) to accept the change.

Click the Add to Sketchbook button. 

Repeat for as many photos you wish to add to your quilt label.
click on the work on quilt button 

click on the layer 2 tab (at the bottom of your menu)
Click on the set photo button 

You can click on the export image button to create an image that you can use as clipart to print a greeting card, share on your blog.  

You can also click File > Print > Quilt and print this image on Electric Quilt Printable Fabric to use as a quilt label, as you feel appropriate.

You can save these images each time you make a change and they are saved to the Photo section of your sketchbook. Design quilts with these unique pictures and print them on photo fabric for one of a kind quilts.

TUTORIAL - Create A Greeting Card:

Click on the Work on Quilt Icon

Click on the layout tab and use the following settings
Number of Blocks Horizontal = 1  Vertical = 1
Finished Block size = 8.5 width and 11 height
Sashing = 0

Click on the borders tab and set to 0 borders

Click on the Work on Image Icon

Click on the Upload Image icon and browse to find the image you want to upload.

Click add to Sketchbook

Click on the Work on Quilt Icon

Click on the Layer 2 tab

Click on the set photo icon

Click on the photo in the “Sketchbook Photos” that you want to place on the cover of your greeting card.

Hold down your shift key and your left mouse button and draw a box on Layer 2 in the lower right quadrant

Click on the Adjust Icon and click on your image to move or resize it.  To move simply click on your image and hold down your left mouse button and drag your image to the location you desire.  To change the size of your image you can use your left mouse to click on any of the crosshair boxes on your image and hold and drag to change the size.  Or, type in the measurements you desire in the size box on the menu bar and press enter.

Caution:  Be careful to change the size of your image keeping the scale aligned to the original image to avoid distortion of your photo (e.g. don’t stretch too tall or too wide, unless that is what you intend to do).

Click on the text icon to add text to your greeting card. 

An Applique Text popup box will appear.  Select a font that you wish to use and set the size of your font, as desired.

Use your mouse to draw a box in the upper left quandrant by holding down your shift key and your left mouse button.

Click inside of this box and type “Happy Easter”, or your appropriate text.  For my sample, as I used a 1” font size, I inserted enter after the Happy to get my text to appear on two lines.

Click on the paintbrush color to select a color (or fabric fill) for your text. 

Click on your text with your paintbrush to paint your text the color you have selected.

Click on the adjust tool and click on your text.
Type 180 in the rotate text box

Click the save to sketchbook button

Click the save button to save your file.

Click File > Print > Quilt

On the Print Quilt Pop up menu, be sure the following options are unchecked:
Print Name
Print Block Outline
Print Patch Outline

Before you click the “print”, to send to your printer, consider printing your card on a heavier paper than typical everyday inkjet paper.  You may want to use a white cardstock for your greeting card, but really just about any paper that you can run thru your printer will work fine 

Fold your paper in quadrants to create the greeting card and you are ready to give your handmade greeting card away.

You can also save this card to an image and print a card from your photo manager.  From the main menu in EQ7 click File >  Export Image.  But be sure when the “Export Image File of Quilt” pop up menu appears to uncheck Outline Patches and Outline blocks.

Think of the possibilities of adding quilting blocks, appliqué, or an endless variety of photos or clipart to personalize your greeting card.  Of course, I’d love to see what type of greeting cards (or quilt labels) that you create with the Image Worktable and EQ7.  Super Easy Peasy and Fun.  And if you have questions about this tutorial, simply email me   email address copy

and let me know if you need help.  I'll also gladly update this tutorial to try to make this tutorial easier to follow, based on your feedback.


Don't forget to visit all of the blogs participating in this hop, as they are sharing great tips, tutorials and inspirational projects all focused on the Image Worktable in EQ7.  Here is the lineup for this hop:

April 14th
April 15th

April 16th

Did I mention a Giveaway?

Electric Quilt is the sponsor of this blog hop and 
Carol of FunThreads Designs has coordinated a giveaway using a Rafflecopter form that you can use to enter to win a pack of Electric Quilt Inkjet Fabric or a copy of Digital Essentials.

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Sheri in Iowa said...

I have done several photo quilts and love the small pieces I have done using heritage photos....lovely and meaningful keepsakes.

Gram999 said...

I love EQ, but wish I was more experienced with everything it does.

I would make a memory quilt with photos for my Mother who turns 93 in August.

Thanks for the change to win the great prizes.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I am enjoying this hop as this is part of EQ I would really like to use.

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I'd love to try it out!

Carol said...

Excellent tutorial! So much fun stuff...love the colored sheep!

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

I use my EQ7 to design projects that are different then the 'normal patterns'. It's great to resize blocks to make a collage quilt.
I love this photo idea and deffinately will be using it!
Thanx. D.G. L

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

Thank you for the step by step tutorial for creating a quilt label in EQ7 ~ well done.

P.S. Love the "Fox says" header, it tickled my funny bone.

Sharon said...

Hadn't thought of a label. I need to find out how to add the words. Thanks

Karen said...

I think I will start to use photos for my quilt labels, especially for the special gift ones. Thanks for the tutorial.

2ne said...

I might like to try it out some time - thanks for showing how you do it :-)

beaquilter said...

fun fun :)

Nancy said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I have not yet used EQ for a quilt label, but like the thought of incorporating a photo on the label.

Jetza said...

It would be fun to make a baby quilt with pics of her, or make it with different pics through the years and give it to her on her graduation day :)

Unknown said...

I cant wait to try your tutorial. Thank you for that.

Shar said...

Thank you for all these lessons. These will really help.

Sarah said...

I would incorporate my childrens' pictures into quilts for them. Thanks for the giveaaway. sarah@forrussia.org

Judy1522 said...

I would love to make a special photo quilt for my son of pictures of him through the years including one of him graduating from medical school this year.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Just one more reason I admire you....the things you are so willing to share with the rest of us so we can easily and quickly use our software to create new things. Thank you!


QuiltSue said...

I like the idea of creating labels like this, thank you.

cpup40 said...

Thank you for the great tutorial, I would love to try this.

Marian said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome lesson, and the great things EQ does.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have EQ7, but haven't become conversant with it so it doesn't get used, in favor of graph paper and a straight edge. With I knew more. Actually, what I really wish for is to win a long cruise that is essentially an EQ workshop among all of the other bennies.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Wonderful info and a great tutorial! I really need to start making labels for my quilts and it would be fun to have a photo in it! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

I would like to do an picture quilt of my family. Photos are quickly becoming a thing of the past as everything is now on computers. This would be out for others to see.

Anonymous said...

I have never used EQ7, but I always read about how it is so wonderful! I would love to try it in the future. Thanks for sharing all of the cool things it can do! -Brittany

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I haven't given this a try, but plan to give the label a test drive--looks like fun! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

I printed a tulip garden photo of mine onto EQ fabric and then thread painted areas for accents. Framed it with a fabric frame. Love it.

Rebecca Grace said...

Oh, you temptress! As if I didn't already have enough reasons to covet the EQ design software! Well, I've made it pretty clear to my husband that I'm expecting EQ7 for my birthday next month. Meanwhile, I've been using EQ's printable fabric sheets myself for the first time this week. I scanned in my son's fifth grade class's artwork and printed each painting onto a fabric sheet that I'm using for a class raffle quilt. I was REALLY nervous about trying to put fabric through my printer, but the product worked really well and I was surprised by how easy it was. The only goof I made was that I ripped the backing paper off diagonally from a corner, skewing the fabric grain so I had to go back and straighten each sheet with steam ironing afterwards.

Audrey said...

Great EQ tutorial. The photo image quilt labels will make wonderful labels for baby quilts. A picture of the newborn and voila a super cute, super unique label. Thanks for participating in this blog hop and offering a giveaway.

kbgrenier said...

Love the tutorials. I think I will use EQ7 to make a quilt label with a picture for my next quilt. I'm also thinking it would make nice gift tags and luggage tags as well as cards. Much more versatile than I had thought. Thanks for the great tutorials.

Beth said...

Love making photo quilts. Have several ready to go but haven't had time yet to get them made.

Beth said...

Our niece and nephews have a new puppy. I'd love to make them a little wallhanging with pictures of the new addition in all of his puppy cuteness. Soon enough he'll be a big dog...Cute, but not puppy cute.

Patti said...

I would make a wedding memory quilt.