Electric Quilt 7
- EQ7 is the most user-friendly quilting software yet
- Includes a complete Reference Manual PLUS 25 quick and easy lessons and 10 videos that will teach you everything
- EQ7 has dozens of ways to turn everyday photos into quilt art images or crop and edit scanned fabrics right in EQ7 in minutes...and that's just the start
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The Electric Quilt Company proudly announces Electric Quilt 7. EQ7 is the most user-friendly quilting software yet. No more searching for answers. It's all right at your fingertips. Includes a complete Reference Manual PLUS 25 quick and easy lessons and 10 videos that will teach you everything. Digital cameras will become a quilter's best friend. EQ7 has dozens of ways to turn everyday photos into quilt art images or crop and edit scanned fabrics right in EQ7 in minutes...and that's just the start.
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It is not hard to learn, but you have to do what the developers of this program ask you to do. You need to watch the videos (about an hour's worth cut up into small blocks) and do the PDF lessons. Both are included with the program and are part of what gets loaded onto your computer when you install the program.
I have had Electric Quilt less than a week. I've watched the videos. When I was done I had a pretty good idea where all the tools were and what the buttons were for. I've done the first 6 PDF lessons. At this point I not only could design my own quilt, I have done it as part of the lessons because they do encourage you to play at the end of each one.
Ever wonder how someone controls a complex color scheme? Ever wonder how to skew a block so it will fit inside a star? You will learn how to do both of those things within the first 6 lessons.
The design of the program is not clunky and it is certainly a Windows program. What it isn't is a Microsoft program, so the buttons don't look exactly like the ones in Word or Excel. It is also a program that does specific things, so it has a tool bar in addition to a button bar, and three work spaces devoted to specific jobs. You can't open the program right out of the box and use it, but you can't do that with any complex program as most of us experienced Word users discovered when we got the latest version of Office. Suddenly nothing was where we expected it to be and we needed to learn how to use that program we had been working with for more than a decade and a half all over again.
Why should you listen to my review and not some of the negative ones? Anyone can say they are a computer expert, but I really am a Power User with almost 4 decades of experience. I've opened other graphics programs in the past, in Windows and even back in DOS, and could not figure them out without buying a bunch of books and doing a lot of tutorials which I had to find for myself. This time the program developers have included extensive, easy, and very well thought out classes. I know that if you do the classes you can learn the program and you will be doing amazing things during the classes. And even more amazing things after!
There are a number of helpful tools to modify your quilt design, such as tools to rotate or flip blocks, auto fill the entire quilt with a block, fill alternate blocks with a single design, etc. I particularly like the symmetry tool which allows you to rotate all the blocks in a quilt in a symmetrical fashion. There are 16 different iterations before you return to the original layout. The patterns produced by this tool on a quilt of log cabin blocks is amazing. The program lets you keep variations of every quilt design simply by adding them to the sketchbook. Everything you add is available to bring up later.
The license for this product allows you to have it activated on two computers at a time. As long as you have internet access you can easily deactivate one computer and activate another, so you can have the software installed on every computer in your house but only activated on any 2 computers at a time. It isn't quite as flexible as a dongle, but it is fairly painless since both deactivation and activate are quick and simple processes.
I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in designing their own quilts. I have tried other programs which were primitive by comparison.