Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A quick share

Blogger doesn't seem to be playing very nice this morning, so I will keep my post short and sweet lest it be lost in a blogger-abyss.

While we were at the beach house recently, I had a little inspiration for a new quilt, and so drew it up so I wouldn't forget all about it. Here is a picture. Amy and I are going to make it together, it should be a fun one for us both to do.

A few people asked if I'm using EQ5 to do my quilt drawing. I don't actually use a quilt program, I use Corel Draw. I find it's great for what I want to do, but the downside is that it doesn't do any calculating of yardage etc for me. The reason I love it is beause I have the freedom to draw any applique shapes I like, and of course I know the program so well. Having said that, I am considering purchasing EQ6 when it comes out. I think it would be a great tool to have. I'll decide later.

Well, that's it from me for today, I will save while I'm ahead!

16 comments:

Norma said...

I am impressed with your Corel skills! I love the two quilts you have drawn out and shown us.

quiltpixie said...

this will be a very pretty quilt when sewn.... I'm interested to see your fabric choices for it.

May Britt said...

Another great design from you. I have bought EQ5 one year ago, but have not used it very much. Have not had time to learn it. But I would love to draw my own patterns in it. I am teaching quilt classes and it would be nice to make the patterns in EQ5. But when......???????

anne bebbington said...

Another gorgeous quilt idea - very clever how you've ussed those appliqued half flowers peeking out in each corner

Ruth said...

This looks like it will be a really interesting quilt. I can't wait to see it made up.

Kathie said...

IMHO the yardage-estimating qualities of EQ aren't so hot. Its estimates can be way high. (Maybe the upgrade will addtess this!) I like it best for figuring the size pattern pieces need to be and for trying different layouts and configurations. I've been using it since its original incarnation and probably will upgrade. The price is pretty attractive if you already have EQ5.

Gail said...

oooh, very pretty-are you going to post yardages and directions so we can all try it??? LOL

Clare said...

I've got Corel Draw 8 on disc. It's not installed on this machine as the CPU speed is too slow to run it. As soon as I get my new desktop I will be emailing you for instructions on how to use it. Until then, its pencil, paper and crayons for me LOL.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Another beauty on the horizon. WooHoo You and Amy working on it together-fun!

Finn said...

Hi Tazzie, both of the new project ideas look wonderful, and I know I'd love making either one of them.*VBS* You are quite talented with that Corel program.

I'm gradually getting back into the sewing mode, thank goodness. Definitely a slump tho..glad to be past it! Hugs for a short slump, Finn

Linda C. said...

I use EQ5 and love it, but as noted above, the yardage feature is not accurate. The foundation of this inaccuracy is in the fact that the software calculates every piece to be cut from a square. So, if there are half-square triangles, each one is represented in the calculations as a full square, increasing the estimated yardage by about 40%, and that is just one shape! Add a quarter square triangle, and the estimated yardage just keeps increasing exponentially. The most accurate way is still to count the number of pieces in each fabric, determine how many pieces can be cut from a strip, how many strips are required of that fabric, and total yardage of each fabric choice. It's slow and tedious sometimes, but is much more on target.

Anonymous said...

looks nice - will she be a mini?

Marcie said...

I have EQ5 and always thought the yardages were off. Linda J always figures out, and explains things so well. I do love the program, however. I just ordered the update, so it will be fun to see what new stuff they have added. It does take a while to learn how to work it, and I still don't know it all, but love it. You do amazingly well with the program you have!

Linda_J said...

Corel seems to suit you just fine, Tazzie. I have only used EQ4 and 5 and was warned not to go by the yardage estimates a long time ago. The old fashioned way of calculation never hurt me in the past---only reason I was short about a half yard on the t-shirt quilt was because I just made a shot in the dark and didn't estimate quilt enough, LOL. I've pre-ordered the upgrade and look forward to seeing what it will really do! They are good to take suggestions from the boards and Info EQ about a wish list--some of those things were probably implemented this time around.

If this translates to cloth like you want it too, it is going to be a wonderful quilt

EileenKNY said...

Hey there,
Here I am catching up with you. I absolutely love the mini quilt-it is a work of art.
Leaders and enders projects. Fine-just what I need-another project.
DH has EQ5, and is thinking of getting the upgrade to EQ6. The whole thing is on sale until 11/20 if you want to get it.
Don't we all just love Bonnie's site? I'm loving Judy L's now too.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

My DH just loves Corel Draw too - and I say Ugh! It's true - using the program you KNOW is always easier!

Cheers!

Evelyn

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