Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday- free motion quilting designs

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Tutorial Tuesday – designing Free motion quilting in EQ7!

Layer 3(or 2) is rarely a layer I work with much.

The same goes for any of the Quiltmaker CD’s but I have one and try to use it Winking smile

 

I knew there was a way to design my own quilting designs in EQ as well.

Here’s a few ideas.

First I had this Swoon quilt, that I created for the Swoon block swap.

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First select a block and export it.

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I named it “swoon”

Then go to BLOCKS and create a new block patchdraw MOTIF

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Click the tracing image tab and import image

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find your block

I clicked “S” and that makes the search start at any pics that start with “S” in the name

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find the swoon block and open

just click OK with the crop image box

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click on the background one and the block is inserted

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Now click the applique tab to start the applique design

I used the bezier curve and drew curves around

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You can click the shape tool and modify the curves to have a nicer curve

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Once you are happy with the curve select the pick tool and click on the curve

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Then copy and paste the curve, rotate 90 degrees and flip it and move up to fit another part of the block

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make another curve on the longer side of the triangle

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You can hold down SHIFT to select both the top and side curve

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Then copy and paste and and rotate to fit the block section

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Copy and paste and rotate to matching “diamonds” of the block

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Pick curves on the block to copy and paste and move over to cover a “house” section of the block

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Then hold down SHIFT and pick the 5 curved lines and copy and paste those the same way as before.

I sometimes move the shapes over to the right on the white side so it’s easier to see if I got it right.

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Fill out the whole block and add to sketchbook

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Now go back to the quilt and go to the block button and under MOTIFS is your quilting design

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select layer 3 and hold down SHIFT and drag the design over one block

it helps to zoom in

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copy and paste this and move over to the block next to it, then select both of those and copy and paste again to create a row of them

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Now copy and paste those to fill out the quilt.

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If you want to design some free motion quilting, it’s fun too.

Go back to the MOTIF block and delete the block so it doesn’t distract from the design, you can do this design on ANY quilt.

Select the FREEHAND pencil tool

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now draw a squiggle from the top left a little and stop, it doesn’t have to be PRETTY

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once you let go of the mouse click, it turns it smooth

like this

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Now start at the ending point of this and draw a little more

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fill up the whole block and end in the upper right corner.

it doesn’t have to be super pretty, I’d just do it to see what it would look like to make these swirls over the quilt

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add to sketchbook and copy and paste it on layer 3 again (after deleting the old ones or picking an older version of the quilt in the sketchbook)

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Have you ever tried to design free motion quilting in EQ7?

Once you get started, you can’t stop! Smile

Link up below.