Lovin’ Spoonful 21

Lovin' Spoonfull 21

How could I reisit sharing a design from a project file with lovin’ in the title today?

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EQ and Me 28

EQ and Me 28

Back to EQ7 project files, though when I have time to play I am still going to EQ6, I want to see just what I was missing when it was the best I had. I do know that I can use the program much more easily now, after years of practice since then in EQ7 which works much the same way, but with some great new tools.

Note that this series uses one of the block designs I have just redrawn in EQ6 to fit with a different collection of block designs.

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Sea Link Star 1,2, 3

Sea Link Star 1

Nice little quilt design …

Sea Link Star 2

… which can grow with the addition of a row right the centre.

Sea Link Star 3

I was going to add another row around the centre, but got sidetracked and finished up with something totally different.

I have saved quite a few designs in each of the EQ6 series I have started over the last week or so, and they will surface from time to time amongst all the old series. Keep in mind, that many of the old series started in EQ6, some way back in EQ5, but have now been saved as EQ7 project files.

I am going to keep these new projects in EQ6, so I can go back and be reminded of the advantages of upgrading … but just how good EQ6 was in most other areas. I couldn’t live permanently without the precision drawing tools that were introduced in EQ7 though.

PS.

This is one of the few times I started the quilting layer before I actually designed any quilts.

 

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Sea Link Star Intro

Sea Link Star Blocks

 

Another EQ6 Project file … this time I selected some blocks which looked like they would fit together nicely. Turns out that they didn’t fit together really well at all.

So, I did some redrafting, changing the blocks to just one grid, but using the features of each block design on the new grid.

Sea Link Star Sampler

The blocks certainly look different on their new grid and in their new coordinating colours.

I found quite a few variations too. Most are changes to where I used the colours, but in some I eliminated some of the seam lines as well.

Then I thought about quilting … and decided to do something different, very different for me anyway.

Sea Link Star Quilting Motif 1

I would use an all over quilting design , but with a difference. I would use  just the one pieced block design as the quilting design, not an unrelated design. And I will use it in every quilt design in the series.

Sea Link Star A

Also note that I have eliminated the ditch stitching around the blocks. I want the blocks to be an all over design … not separate blocks.

The reason I went back to EQ6 … I lost access to EQ7 due to upgrading to Windows 10 without first deactivating EQ7 … followed by security working all too well! I was also distracted by real life being disrupted by Christmas, New Year, visiting, holidays, along with washing clothes, dishes, floors etc and all the other things which intrude into my virtual world from time to time.

EQ7 is now accessible again, but I have learned a few things I had forgotten about EQ6. It really was a good program … lacking the precision drawing tools I love, and now rely on to get accurate applique and quilting block designs in EQ7.

 

 

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Logs on the Road 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Logs on the Road 26

Two weeks ago I asked if visitors could pick the thing which remained the same in all five of the designs I  shared that day, apart from the fabrics.

Logs on the Road 27

Visitors found some things which escaped my inspection of the designs, but I was concentrating on something in particular.

Logs on the Road 28

I was counting blocks.

There are 64 blocks in each design.

That is easy enough to get right, as are some of the other similarities others spotted … all the borders are identical, all the strips are the same width, all the centre same the same colour.

Logs on the Road 29

But nobody got what I was counting.

Each of the designs use

four all dark blocks,

28 half light, half dark blocks,

and

32 all light blocks.

Logs on the Road 30

In fact, it is not just every one of those five designs which have that same collection of blocks … it is every design in the series … and I have only shared half of them yet.

Which means I still have time before I run out of designs to play and maybe find some more variations.

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Patricia’s Patches Quilted 1, 2, 3

Patricia's Patches Quilted 1

First thing I learned is that as it is harder to draw applique in EQ6, which means the applique designs don’t work quite as well as quilting lines … I may have the patience of a quilter but I don’t have enough patience to redraw applique blocks to the accuracy I am used to in EQ7 without the precision tools in EQ7.

Patricia's Patches Quilted 2

Setting up the layout in EQ6 isn’t quite as bad as I remembered, but back then I was under the impression that I couldn’t save quilt layouts including Layers 1, 2 and 3 in My Layout Library … but because I had discovered it worked in EQ7 I tried it in EQ6 … and it works here too!

Patricia's Patches Quilted 3

I suspect that had I found that out before the EQ7 update became available I would have done more virtual quilting a long time ago.

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Patricia’s Patches OP

Patricia's Patches Op 1

New project file in EQ6 started with straight settings, but I soon decided I needed to try the block and fabric selections I had made on point.

Patricia's Patches Op 2

That worked out OK!

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Patricia’s Patches 1, 2

Patricia's Patches 1

More playtime in EQ6 … sort of like going back to the future … no, that will happen when I go back to EQ7.

PAtricia's Patches 2

A mixture of EQ6 Library blocks and some I drew up myself and added to My Library when this was my favourite toy.

I played for a little while with straight sets … then tried OP so I would have something different for the next post.

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Brooksea Intro

Brooksea 1 Sampler

We left home for a week recently, and the only time I turned on the computer I played in EQ6. I selected blocks from My Library, changed some of them and started playing.

Brooksea 2

Several project files later I started this one, using the same game plan.

I found that EQ6 was a great tool for designing quilts, but I missed the precision tools for drawing block designs which are in EQ7

Brooksea 3

I rather liked the design above, but there is room for quilting.

Brooksea 4

I had avoided playing with the quilting layer in EQ until last year when I discovered that I could save layered designs in my Layout Library. Since then I have started filling up all those blank spaces in my virtual designs with quilting lines.

Brooksea 5

A long way from the days when the final instruction on every quilt pattern was

“Quilt as desired.”

 

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EQ Dozen OP 45

EQ Dozen Op 45

Interesting.

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