To EQ or not to EQ?

by Nicole

Something I’ve been contemplating is whether or not to purchase EQ 7.  I’ve been designing quilts the old-fashioned way, with paper and pen and doing the math in my head. Sometimes, if I want to get real fancy, I’ll pull out graph paper and colored pencils! I’m wondering if it’s time to step into the 21st century and start using software.

I recently “met” Jenny at Jenny Makes Stuff and have been chatting with her about EQ 7. She’s a designer for EQ and has made some beautiful things using EQ 7. Check out her cute robot that just got published in Fat Quarterly. Would you believe she used EQ 7 to design it?!?

One thing I was wondering is if there are any other software programs besides EQ 7? I’m a Mac user and getting EQ 7 would mean I’d have to borrow my husband’s PC. Does anyone know if there are quilt design software programs just for Mac?

Since I’ve no new photos, I’ll leave you with another photo of Spot. I hope you aren’t tired of seeing him!

So, what do you say? To EQ or not to EQ? That is the question.

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Marjorie's Busy Corner February 7, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Well; I'm not a designer…I find a pattern and go with it. Envy you guys though. I think you do a wonderful job on your own. But, I also think it is important to move forward…if for no other reason than to keep on top of new techs.

Debbie February 7, 2012 - 2:28 pm

It's crossed my mind…but haven't gone for it yet. Am interested in whatever discussion your post generates….sorry, I know nothing.

Heidi Staples February 7, 2012 - 4:01 pm

I've not tried any computer designing yet, but I'd love to hear the feedback on what works well and what doesn't.

shelitha2 February 7, 2012 - 5:08 pm

I just purchased it last month and it has helped but I must say that there is a learning curve that I am not liking. It is taking me a while to learn how to make it do what I need it to do. If you dont mind that or are already good at CAD I say go for it.

DaMommie February 7, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Sorry I deleted my original comment thinking I posted it twice by mistake. Love your quilts. Quilts and little ones are gorgeous. Not sure of a quilting software that run on Mac but I will see what I can find. I have EQ6 and love it!

Dara February 8, 2012 - 6:18 pm

It definitely has a learning curve like Shelitha mentioned. I had EQ5, which I didn’t really use because I didn’t know where/how to start. I upgraded to EQ7, and pushed myself to really use it this time around and I love it. I’m still learning to use it to its full capability, but it took out a lot of the mistakes that happened with calculating my own measurements and the designing ability is endless. I felt limited when I designed on graph paper, which I still do for simpler quilts. Sorry my comment’s so long…hope it helps! 🙂

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