Texting in Electric Quilt Software

I sent this to the EQ listserv, but wanted to post it here for those who don’t subscribe to that list. I’d love to hear whether any of you use the text tool in EQ. Did you know that I use the text feature in EQ to create many of the instructions that I provide here? It is the easiest way to do it. I would love for the software to use a notecard that could be attached to the quilt in the way that I use the text with the quilt. I created some images (some  of which you have seen in my instructions), to demonstrate how I use the text feature that is available on Layer 2 of the Quilt Worktable. I just wish it were available on the block worktable when I’m writing instructions.  I have gotten absolutely no response from anyone at EQ nor anyone on the listserv, so at this time, it appears I’m the only one interested. I can survive with the software the way it is, but I’d love to believe that they’re even slightly considering my suggestions. On their behalf, they’re still shipping EQ7 like mad, so maybe they’re just overwhelmed right now.

Here’s the link to my example pictures, http://bit.ly/8YYaqz; but if you’ve downloaded my instructions you already know what I’m talking about.

There are such an incredible number of possibilities for text. I use the text feature on Layer 2 of the quilt worktable for making quilt instructions and for keeping notes with the image of the quilt. What is really nice, is that I don’t have to copy and paste anything from one notecard to another (in fact text on Layer 2 won’t copy and paste from one text box to another). When I make modifications – I just make the minor changes to the quilt and to the text, save it to the sketchbook and it’s all right there and ready to print. Needless to say, I don’t find the notecard tool useful because it’s so much easier to have the information with the quilt.

One day when working in Word with a metafile of a block and the outlines wouldn’t move with the shapes and the label text wouldn’t size the way I wanted it and I was totally frustrated; I just added the block to the quilt worktable, added the labels using text on Layer 2, and exported the image. Quick and easy to insert a single image into a Word document.

There are also other features I’d like with the text tool.  I’d love to be able to use the text tool on the block worktable for the ability to create alphabet blocks or word blocks with various fonts and to create applique motifs to go with them on the block worktable. I know I can add letters and motifs to layer 2, but then I am creating my blocks in layer 2 of the quilt worktable and the letters and motifs are separate and have to be repositioned every time I make a change to the quilt. I’d like to be able to set them as blocks.

One issue I have in quilt design and working with text on the quilt worktable in Layer 2 is that the only way to really size the alphabet is to eyeball it. The text box that is created has a very large margin around it, so even creating a text box does not mean that I get the size text that I have drawn initially. I have to play with it awhile and measure with the ruler, etc.

Recently I was trying to make a banner and wanted text with a different first letter in each word (different font or size), and I had to create multiple text boxes for a one line banner.

I’d really be interested to hear whether others have used text in quilt design or other applications. For instance, some use the custom quilt worktable for room layouts. This would be an excellent way to use text. You could even create rooms as applique blocks and then put them all together on the custom quilt worktable. 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

2 thoughts on “Texting in Electric Quilt Software”

  1. You know way more than I do about EQ than I do and I haven’t played with the new features in Version 7 yet. However, you’ve got me real interested with this text feature. I do plan to use it for instructions. It has frustrated me as well when exporting sections to Word only to have the same problems keeping things where I want them. I too think that allowing text in blocks would be very helpful.

    1. I hope you’ll let the EQ staff know. The way I use it keeps the notes with the quilt and printable. If you ever have questions when you’re working with EQ, please let me know and I’ll try to help.

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