Adding Fabrics and Photos to EQ8

With Ann Rutter


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Class Overview

This half-day class will show you how simple it is to add your own fabrics and panels to EQ8. Learn how to import fabrics, straighten, scale, crop, and add the fabrics to your Favorites library! Discover the differences between fabrics and panels and how to edit them for your design.

Using photos in your quilt is very similar to how you would use fabrics. Learn the difference between photos and fabrics, import photos for use in a photo quilt, and discover new ways to use photos that you may not have even imagined.

Note: This class was offered at previous EQ Academy workshops and will cover the same material.

Course Topics

  • Use provided fabric scans to learn the process of importing, rotating, and cropping to the repeat
  • Learn about fabric scale to make sure your fabrics look the same in your virtual quilt as they do in your sewn quilt
  • Set fabrics into quilts and learn how to rotate and fussy cut the fabrics within the patches and borders
  • Discuss the steps (and caveats) for taking photos of fabrics with your camera
  • Import fabrics into EQ8 from fabric manufacturer websites
  • Save fabric images or photos from the web for use in EQ8
  • Download and install fabric libraries from Electric Quilt and Do You EQ websites
  • Create My Favorite Libraries to save your fabrics for use in all EQ8 projects

Who Should Take this Course

  • Students who have taken an EQ8 beginner course, whether at EQ Academy or another venue
  • Students who are interested in importing their own fabrics for use in EQ8
  • Students who are interested in using photos in their quilts
  • Students who are capable of navigating to and from the My EQ8 folder and the Downloads folder on their computers (moving files — copying/pasting — between these two directories is repeated often)

Course Includes

  • Handouts that include steps to repeat at home, plus resources for downloading fabrics from several different manufacturers’ websites
  • Classroom assistance from EQ staff

EQ Academy Reviews

This was my first time at the EQ Academy. And it was worth the wait! I learned so much, and came back home and started using what I learned right away. Created my first table runner in EQ8 and actually finished it. Can’t wait to start another project AND attend another class. Thank you for everything.

Cindy W - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

Thoroughly enjoyed my EQ classes. Instructors and those helping were outstanding. Well-structured lessons and handouts were excellent.

Jeanne G - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

This is my first EQ Academy. I learned so much. The whole experience far exceeded any expectations I had. I will certainly be back for many more.

Celia T - Oklahoma, USA
EQ Academy Student

I was pleasantly surprised – after the first day of the 2 day beginner’s class, I could have left happy with what I learned. Highly recommend.

Sandra L - Pennsylvania, USA
EQ Academy Student

I am so glad I went. I learned so much. Thank you again for a great learning experience.

Janice B - Michigan, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was a fantastic, energetic, & fun experience learning the EQ8 software. I couldn’t have asked for better instructors. They really wanted you to learn & were so helpful. I would highly recommend signing up for these classes. Thanks to EQ for having these in-person classes.

Catherine H - Kentucky, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was an incredible experience and I learned so much! Staff was exceptional and were very patient with all of our questions. I’m looking forward to using EQ8 , thank you to all who helped provide this Academy!

Diane S - Nebraska, USA
EQ Academy Student