Saturday, April 14, 2012

more picture fun, EQ picture tutorial and quilting

As you know I love playing with EQ7 and yesterday, playing with both photoshop and EQ, I emailed Electric Quilt - when in doubt email EQ!!
and guess what?? they DO have a color picker in EQ, where you can insert a picture and use the picker and either find a color that matches that or a fabric...
If you have EQ7
here's what you do.
(sorry I'm not good at the "print screen" thing so I'll just write what to do)
1.Click the camera icon at the top "work on image"
and import your picture and modify or crop it as you want- you don't have to crop it if you just want to use the colors in it to pick from.
Add picture to sketchbook
2. Go back to work on quilt and click the icon on the right column that says insert photo.
-it looks like a tiny picture with an arrow on it, mine is the 7th from the top. If it's not there click the little arrow at the way bottom and ADD the button.
Now insert the photo into a block- here I did it with a center block with borders around it, but it really doesn't matter
3. click the eyedropper on the right, THEN on top top lowest bar ( I think they called it the graph pad- I never knew that was the name) but on that bar are 5 different color pickers or eye droppers, click the 3rd one called "find matching color" OR the 2nd one called "find matching fabric".
Click on a part of the picture you want to find the color or fabric for and it changes back to the paintbrush and just "paint" something on the quilt.
(you don't have to plan it all now, just paint somewhere so it registers in the paint palette and then go back to the eye dropper and click another part of the picture) I like to stick with around 6 colors or so. TRY IT!

Now this is a picture of a homemade cake my mom sent me a picture of from Denmark- some of you know that my mom and I like to tease each other and send pictures of yummy foods that each other can get in Denmark or here, aren't we mean? lol

This sample is the solid color version

Now you don't have to start over to do the fabric version, you can just click the magic wand and select, MATCH to fabrics and one CLICK over the quilt, it changes it to fabrics.
The magic wand can also change the colors/ hue or do random things, it's a fun tool sometimes :-)

I think I told you we all went to the ZOO on wednesday with some new neighbors, I took this picture of the giraffes

So with the same layout as above I picked colors in EQ for the quilt and it's some nice earthy colors

then I just picked a random ohio(?) star block and made another quilt using the same colors

here's another update on my 2012 list

#1 welcome to the hive-turned into a pillow DONE!
#2 lotus quilt- done quilting and attached binding by machine to the front.
#3 blue flower table runner- DONE!
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#5 red mini star table topper- top done and ready to quilt DONE!
#6 Bunny table runner- DONE!
#7 Connecting threads KIT fabrics- already mailed. recv'd 8 blocks back
#8 giraffe wall hanging - still working on needleturn applique, mommy giraffe almost done
#9 pineapple black and blue quilt- giving these a break now
#10 Blue star quilt- lots of blocks done
#11 Pine tree BOM- MARCH is done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- top done waiting to be quilted, binding made, backing cut
#13 snowmen table runner- DONE!
#14 Elenar Burns star Go! die- pieces cut for a scrappy look- SCRAPPED! added pieces back on shelf
#15 aqua owl- DONE! and made a pair of hotpads too for a neighbor
# 16 geese in a ring- DONE!
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
# 18 Little twister blue- SCRAPPED
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 20 small embroidered trees (4 blocks) - DONE!
# 21 spring swap blocks- got plans but no background fabrics ordered yet
# 22Making memories embroidered panel- needs to be made into a cute wall hanging
# 23 black, red white asian quilt- ready to be quilted, found red backing
# 24 color block swap- top is done, done and quilted!
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
# 26 Baby gingham dog boy quilt- DONE!
#27- a doll apples quilt- DONE!
#28(jan 2012) need to quilt 2 donation quilts- done and mailed off
#29(jan) batik pastel kit won at quilt show
#30 (jan) wonky block- mailed off DONE
#31 (feb) jelly roll quilt- DONE!
#32 (feb)5 x 1yards of beige/ black batiks- DONE!
#33 (mar) won 9 march BOM from pine tree guild- make into quilt top
#34 (mar) batik quilt for McCalls - DONE!
#35(mar) another quilt for McCalls- top done, binding and backing ready
#36 (mar) Round Robin swap - mailed
#37(mar) Dr seuss baby shower gift- DONE!-missing label

I also received cardstock pieces from paper so I'll probably start on some fabric balls.
I'm also planning a blue strippy quilt with muslin behind each block, my neighbor gave me some muslin yesterday.
OH and I forgot to say another neighbor gave me a whole quilt top last week, it's all pieced by hand, I'll show a picture of that later


Connie said...

How neat Bea! I've really got to start playing with EQ more. I'm glad you got photoshop installed on your laptop though!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

What a neat gadget! What one could do with a bright flower photo!

Carla said...

Gonna have to check this out. Pretty nifty.

JustPam said...

I didn't know about that matching color tool. Cool. Thanks!