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!
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
- 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
(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.