Fall is in the air and kids are getting back to school. It is also time to get back to working on developing your own skills. Join me for a brand new two week challenge to grow your Electric Quilt skills -- or rebuild your skills if you have fallen away from using the software.
The Challenge starts September 9 and is only available for two weeks.
Scroll down for some short videos to set yourself up for success during the challenge.
If one of you plans for this fall is to finally get comfortable using Electric Quilt 8, then this upcoming challenge is for you. Or maybe you have lost some of your motivation during the quarantine and are looking to get back into using EQ. If so this challenge is for you as well.
The challenge starts Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
For two weeks I will be providing you over 10 videos on creating a series of pieced hexagon blocks in EasyDraw.
If you are new to drawing your own blocks, this will get you started in using EasyDraw, PolyDraw and Applique tools in Electric Quilt. These are the three main drawing block worktables in the software. You will also be introduced to Custom Set, the layout option in Electric Quilt that gives you total freedom to place blocks that are not squares and rectangles on your quilt.
For those who have been using Electric Quilt for a while, you will have an opportunity to learn a super easy technique that I have discovered to create a pieced applique hexagon motif from an EasyDraw block.
There is a small fee ($12) that I am charging to handle the extra administrative expenses associated with the challenge. I also have found that enrollees are much more engaged when they pay to participate. And when they are engaged, their skills grow at a much higher rate.
If you haven't signed up for the challenge, please make sure to do that today.
Videos to Set Yourself Up for Success during the Upcoming Challenge
I've put together three short videos to give you a head start for the challenge:
Video 1: Setting Up Your Project File and Adding Fabrics
Do you enjoy the fabric and quilt inspiration on the Do You EQ website? Each month Electric Quilt gifts us with a free fabric download that contains a perfectly cropped and sized fabric library with one of the latest fabric collections.
In this tutorial, I will share with you how to set up your project for the Easygoing Hexagon EQ8 Challenge. You will also learn how to select a new fabric collection from a library in Electric Quilt plus how download one of those free fabric collections from Electric Quilt and bring it into your EQ project,
Video 2: Coloring with Directional Fabric
I know that many of you like working with directional fabrics and with large scale prints. You may have even noticed that there is no rotate fabric feature available in the block worktable.
In this tutorial I will share how you can both fussy cut and rotate your fabric for a realistic block.
Video 3: Exporting an EQ Image to Facebook
When exporting a block for a post you wish to share on Social Media, the process can be different than sharing a quilt. In this tutorial, learn how to export an image of a block and then add it to a Facebook post.
Here is the link the the Learning EQ Facebook post that is referenced in the video. For those already signed up for the challenge, you are scheduled to receive your getting started email (referenced in this video) on Monday.
If you haven't enrolled in the challenge, now is the time. I look forward to working with you to become more comfortable in drafting your own blocks.
I've received a number of inquiries from those that have been waiting to join Tech Know Quilters. My plans are to open the doors to Tech Know Quilter at the end of the challenge. The invite to new subscribers will be limited to those in the Easygoing Hexagon Challenge along with those who have signed up for the TKQ Wait List.
I've been asked by those that are in one of my classes or receive my weekly newsletter if they are automatically enrolled in the challenge. The answer is NO. So please sign up using the link above if you would like to participate in the challenge.
For those currently in the Tech Know Quilter group, check your emails for your special option for the challenge.
Apply What You Learned Challenge Quilts
Tech Know Quilters is a membership of Electric Quilt 8 owners who are mastering Electric Quilt through online training. At the end of their July class, they were encouraged to apply what they learned during the month of July.
Tech Know Quilters is open to new members only a few times a year. You can sign up for the wait list here and we will notify you of the next open enrollment period..
I love having people at different stages of the EQ journey submitting designs. I am so proud of this group of quilt designers.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.