Fall2019-Getting Started with EQ8 (2-day)

With Mary Ellen Kranz


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Class Overview

Are you new to EQ8? Have you owned earlier versions but just didn’t use the software? This class is perfect for beginner EQ8 users needing the full-EQ experience. Take an in-depth tour through the software to get a better understanding of the three worktables, the Project Sketchbook, and how to navigate the entire workspace so you can design your own beautiful blocks and quilts!

Join us for this two-day course and learn the tools for basic quilt designing. Edit blocks from the EQ Block Library to make them work for your quilt. Add borders of different widths and styles. Discover one of the many ways to expand your EQ8 software by adding more fabric. Study the many pattern-printing options available and learn how to find yardage estimates.

The best way to learn is by doing. You will learn so much as you practice and repeat steps, and it will never get boring because you’re creating beautiful quilts and blocks along the way! As your skills improve, you’ll no longer need step-by-step help. You will take home the skills and confidence to work independently in EQ8.

This is a 2-day class. Enrolling in this class requires that you attend both days.

This class was offered at previous EQ Academy workshops and will cover similar material. If you have taken this class (or a similar beginner class) previously and you still don’t feel you have great confidence when using the software, you can take this 2-day class again, or the “Refresh Your EQ8 Skills” class. Both class options are great for beginners, but the 2-day beginner class will move a lot more slowly than the Refresh Your EQ8 Skills class.

Course Topics

  • Understanding EQ8 project files and the Project Sketchbook
  • Navigating the Quilt, Block, and Image Worktables
  • Creating Horizontal and On-point quilts
  • Working with and understanding EQ8’s quilt layers
  • Creating perfect borders with a click of the mouse
  • Printing quilt images and fabric estimates
  • Pattern printing: templates, rotary cutting charts, foundation patterns
  • Drawing simple pieced and applique blocks from scratch
  • Searching the Block Library
  • Editing blocks from the Block Library
  • Searching the Fabric Library
  • Adding new fabric to the Fabric Library

Who Should Take this Course

  • Students with little or no experience using EQ8 who want to learn the basics of the software before moving on to more topic-based classes
  • Students who need a lot of repetition and who work at a slower pace

Course Includes

  • Handouts complete with skill-building recipes for creating quilts designed in class, and extras for practice at home
  • Classroom assistance from EQ staff

EQ Academy Reviews

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

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

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

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

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 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