Sunday, April 21, 2013

EQ7 Dragonfly Pattern, Tutorial and Giveaway


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Let's just say I am a newbie to EQ7, but I really have been enjoying playing with it the last three months. I think it is always wise, (if you choose to get the program, which I love), to watch the videos. They have helped me tremendously, that and finding someone who can show you a few tricks. I was lucky and found Bea at Beaquilter. She has a running tutorial every Tuesday that has helped me tremendously. Now, on to my block and how I worked it all up.  Here is my finished block in EQ7........


 
First, I opened a new block, then to EasyDraw + PatchDraw.


You need to make sure that you are on the Applique tab.  (It is on the bottom of your screen.) I started first by drawing the dragonfly's head.  You need to go to the little heart.  If you hold down the button, all these great little shapes pop up.


Click on the circle and Draw it the size you wish.


Next, was the body.  I chose to free draw the dragonfly body.


You can resize it by either using the squares around the shape or by right clicking and resizing the shape from the box.  Then I moved the body with the head.


On to the wings, I used side menu again.  The little leaf looking shape on the end is what I used.  Make one wing and shape it and the rest are easy.

 
Here is my first wing.  If you use the box off on the right side you can click on your shape and change it by moving the blue lines to your desired wing design.  I then moved the wing into place.  I still wasn't happy with the shape so a bit more tweaking.


Now, the easy part.  Click on your wing shape, then right click and then copy and paste.


Here is our second wing. 
 

 
 To get the wing in the direction you wish. Once again, right click on your mouse, in the box it has the option to rotate the selected shape. I did a little at a time 10 to 15 degrees to get it exactly where I wanted.
 

After, you get it where you want.  Copy and paste both wings.

 
Next use the flip button on the top on your worktable.  It looks like a blue arrow tip.  Just above the 4 inch mark.

 
There you go.  The basic block is all finished up.




I thought it need a little character, so I added eyes.

 
And a few hearts and a little extra color.  All using the same methods as before. 
 
 

 
So, I hope you liked my first little EQ7 tutorial and if you would like this pattern, HERE it is!
There are several blogger that are sharing their tips and patterns so go and check them out.


Here is the Schedule for the EQ Appliqued Animals Blog Hop
 
Monday April 22nd
Seamstobesew (Summer Animal)
Freemotionbytheriver (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Summer Stuff)
 
 
 
Tuesday April 23rd
Kissedquilts (Summer Animals)
Seamstobesew (Critters and Bugs)
Funthreads (Summer Stuff)
 
 
Wednesday April 24th
Funthreads (Summer Animals)
Patchworkbreeze (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Summer Stuff)
 
 
Thursday April 25th
Beaquilter (Summer Animals)
Janesquilting (Critters and Bugs)
Seamstobesew (Summer Stuff)
 
 
Friday April 26th
SewCalGal (Critters and Bugs)


 
Everyone loves a giveaway, right? So, how about this great software for EQ7. The Electric Quilt generously gave me an extra Quilting Design CD, so I am passing it on to one lucky reader. Not only that but each of the above participants have a different design CD to give away, so you best go and check them all out.  This is the Volume I am giving away.  It has 500 quilting designs and you don't need EQ to print out all the fabulous patterns.


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So, how to win!!   
Here are the details: Since, I am going to be giving another tutorial on a different block on
 Wednesday.  I will be adding up the comments from both days.  I only have 1 CD to giveaway (So, comment on today's and Wednesday's and you get two entries)
 
1. One comment stating, what would you like to EQ?
 
2.  If you are a no-reply blogger and your e-mail is not in your comment, I will draw another name.
 
3.  It is open to everyone!!!!
 
4.  The giveaway will end on April 28th at Midnight, M.S.T.
 



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65 comments:

  1. I would probably do flowers. or fruits and veggies. I just started my very first garden the other day. thanks for the chance!

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  2. I like your dragonfly, especially the added hearts etc. i would like to EQ a pieced quilt design.

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  3. What a cute block, can't believe you drew that yourself.. Wanted to let you know the first image on your doc file is showing as broken, but the drawing image is ok (the 2nd one).

    Marian
    http://www.seamstobesew.com

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  4. Cool tutorial!! Dragonflies are my all time fav thing!!! And damselflies!! I guess I would design flying geese blocks.

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  5. I know the perfect person to make this for. Thanks for the tutorial as it was perfect timing

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  6. I've use EQ often, I would love to learn more about making applique.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your dragonfly pattern. One of my goals this year is to learn to applique. So now I'll have to EQ some applique & try out PatchDraw. Thanks.

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  8. Love the dragon fly! Applique is my favorite thing to EQ. I can actually draw now:)

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  9. This hop is so fun. I would love to be able to take a block idea from my head and make a quilt. I can never seem to get it right when I try to figure it on paper.

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  10. EQ would be great for "testing" fabrics in a pattern. So much faster than actually sewing them!

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  11. aww cute butterfly and glad you like my little tips too on tuesdays, feel free to come up with new ideas :-) like that you right clicked and rotated instead of the button on top.

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  12. I've never EQ'd but it looks like fun!!

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  13. Amy, your little dragonfly is adorable and you did a wonderful tutorial! I think you are really having fun with EQ!

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  14. Hi!!! Very cute!!! I have not EQ'd yet!!!! Would love to give it a go!!!!

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  15. I would love to be able to EQ tons of stuff. WOuld love to be able to do a applique of my little dog and one of the cats also

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  16. I play around with EQ a lot. Still need to work on applique in EQ7 though.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  17. Your dragonfly is adorable. And with his colors so perfect to bring in spring. I dont have an EQ. But if I did I would make a garden of flowers with butterflys and little bugs like lady bugs.
    Thanks for a chance

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  18. Lately I have been experimenting with the SERENDIPITY tool under the BLOCK menu and it is fun. Lots of exciting blocks are created that way with no work on my part.

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  19. So many fun things to do with EQ. Hmmm...I think bugs, or monsters, for quilts for my nephews and niece!

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  20. Love the dragonfly. I would love to give myself an opportunity to try EQ'ng. Thanks for sharing
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  21. I just love dragonflys, this was just a wonderful EQ tute. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Very cute dragonfly. I love the look of them on quilts. I would like to use the EQ to make some paperpieced patterns from pictures or drawings.

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  23. Cute Dragonfly! I am an insect lover:)
    Don't have and have never used EQ so not sure what to do with it:)That is one reason I am doing this hop so I can learn:)
    Thanks!

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  24. What a cute dragonfly and great tutorial too! Love it.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  25. i would love to design quilt's on it.

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  26. dragonflies are one of my favorites for baby quilts...

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  27. Dragonflies are so pretty and a sign of good luck so everyone should one! I would like to EQ quilt patterns, it would be so much easier than paper and pencil. I've got it on my birthday wish list.

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  28. I would like to eq some dinosaurs for my granddaughter. The dragonfly is darling!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  29. I'd like to use EQ to play with color placement in blocks. Your dragonfly is so cute!

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  30. Ohhh, I love dragonflies! Thanks for the critter pattern. I would like to use EQ to audition colors. I always struggle with that.

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  31. I would like to play with different colors in my quilt block to get a better idea how they look together as a complete quilt.

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  32. Wow, all the applique critters on the blog hop today have been great and this dragon is no exception! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  33. I would use EQ Quilting Designs to quilt my own quilts!

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  34. I would love to EQ a cow quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. I would like to design a mini civil war type quilt.

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  36. I would love to EQ some of these creatures. All of these instructions will give me the confidence I need to get started. These would make great quilts. Thanks!

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  37. Very cute - thank you for the step by step screen shots. I would love to EQ my fabric into some quilt designs - that seems so cool.

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  38. I would like to EQ my fabrics into some quilt designs, specifically a music themed quilt, a horse themed quilt, a cat themed quilt and a Bible block quilt.

    senstrings at yahoodotcom

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  39. So cute and thanks for the tutorial as well.

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  40. Your Dragonfly is so beautiful! And thank you for sharing your great Tutorial!
    I learn much with step by step screen shots. I have EQ, I like a lot, I still have a lot to learn! And I'd like to design the quilting my quilt and not have to do it by hand! Have a nice day!

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  41. nice dragonfly thanks for sharing

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  42. I'd love to EQ my own quilt designs. Plus, having the quilting pattern to follow when I freemotion, would be an added bonus! Thanks for the giveaway and great tutorial.

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  43. How sweet! I have no idea what I'd EQ first - I've never had the opportunity to use the program but I'd love to give it a try. 500 quilting designs - I'm sure there are a few ideas to spark my imagination in there! ;)

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  44. Thank you for the tutorial on how to us EQ to make a design. I would love to use the program to try different shapes and colorways to make a creative design. It seems to be a terrific program!

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  45. I am really tempted by this software so thanks for such a straightforward tutorial. I would use the CD to create something for my son who has just got engaged!

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  46. I am not sure what I would EQ. I have never used the program and I think I would just like to experiment! I think I would try my hand at something simple first. Thanks for the chance.

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  47. I want to EQ a memory quilt.

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  48. I would like to try blocks like these ones you ladies are doing. They are all so cute. Thank you for a chance at the giveaway!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  49. I want to EQ a baby quilt for my niece (arriving in June 2013).

    Thanks for sponsoring this Blog Hop giveaway.

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  50. I love landscapes, so will look into importing some of my photos to translate into quilts!

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  51. I just want to learn how to do as much as I can in EQ7. I'm new to the program and am amazed with it's versatility!

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  52. Awesome dragonfly! My daughter will love this!

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  53. I haven't played much with the drawing on EQ, thank you for sharing this.

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  54. I love to use my EQ for planning quilts. This blog hop has given me fresh ideas for applique. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway chance. I would love to accurately map out quilt blocks and try out colors. It would be so much faster than doing it in graph paper.

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  56. I would so love to win, so I can start my newest idea of a Animal Quilt about Noah's Ark. I love donating and I think this software would really help me get off to a quick start. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  57. That's easy, I would EQ a turtle, thanks for the giveaway.

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  58. I'll be honest. I'm not sure what I would make at first. I think I would play around with it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. Very cute! I would make flowers....love to applique them.

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  60. Some funky flowers would be the first project. Thanks for the tutorial and the link you provided, it's appreciated. Jane

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