Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I Heart EQ - A Giveaway!

Do you EQ? I do!

What is EQ? EQ is short for Electric Quilt, and they're one of the most popular software developers for quilters. Electric Quilt is a quilt design software, previously just available for PCs but by the end of this year, it will also be available for the Mac platform. I first got EQ some time last summer, but didn't start using it heavily until late last year, when I figured out how to use it to build foundation paper piecing pattern templates.

Ferris Wheel EQ Sketch
My Ferris Wheel quilt sketch in EQ

My Ferris Wheel quilt
My finished Ferris Wheel quilt

Previously, I had used Adobe Illustrator mostly for templates and for virtual quilt mock-ups, but it was always a challenge for me. Illustrator is a big piece of software, with loads of tools and brushes and things that a quilter doesn't need. EQ, on the other hand, has everything you need, and no excess bells and whistles to confuse you. There is definitely a learning curve, especially in moving from Illustrator to EQ, but it's totally learn-able. Honestly, EQ was a lot easier to learn than Illustrator! I used lots of videos to help me get used to the way the software works, and these days I feel pretty confident that I know it quite well. There's also the Do You EQ website full of lessons and tricks for using the software.

Wheel of Fortune EQ Sketch
My Wheel of Fortune mini sketch in EQ

DQS - Rainbow Wheel of Fortune
My finished Wheel of Fortune mini

There's lots of things I love about EQ, but one of my favorite parts is the way it lets me experiment with color and fabric selection, so that I can find the most effective color palette for my designs. It's as simple as a click to change a color or fabric, so it's infinitely easier than trying something out physically and having to unsew! I find that I am a lot more willing to think about colors and fabrics I wouldn't have otherwise tried in the virtual setting.

Sparkling Diamonds EQ Sketch
My Sparkling Diamonds quilt sketch in EQ

Sparkling Diamonds quilt in DS Solids
My finished Sparkling Diamonds quilt

Take my Showstopper mini that I made recently for a swap and turned into my newest pattern. It started out looking like this...


And in my second attempt at coloring it, it turned into this, with a color palette inspired by Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee...

Then, I had the idea to give it the rainbow treatment, and it turned into this...


And when I sewed it together, it was just fantastic, and I knew it would be because I had EQ to help me visualize it.

Showstopper mini - all finished and on its way to its new owner

The lovely people at EQ have given me a copy for you to win! This copy of EQ 7 up for grabs is for PCs only, so please keep that in mind. To enter, simply leave me a blog comment about how you design quilts now and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. A winner will be selected next Monday at 6am EST. The winner will be announced via the blog as well as via email.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

328 comments:

  1. I currently use graph paper and colored pencils to sketch out quilting plans. What a great idea for a giveaway!

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  2. Graph paper and lots of rubbing out!! Sometimes I see something I like and just 'wing-it', it usually works.

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  3. I currently use graph paper and pens or pencils in colors i plan to use. I will have to look into this software.

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  4. Graph paper for me too. I think the best part would be that I could draft a pattern and share it with others on my blog. That would be a dream!

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  5. oh its still on my amazon wishlist lol, what an amazing program, I just use graph paper, ruler and pencil, and sketch everything out, - not to mention how often i have to start all over again.
    thanks for such a wonderful give-.away

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  6. This program could be life-changing! I sketch on paper for any of my quilt planning right now and think learning a program like this could be really fun! Thanks for the chance!!

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  7. Well I am very behind the times and still use graph paper and colored pencils, would love to use this software! Maybe I should put on my list for Santa! Thanks for the chance.

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  8. I have a notebook and a substantial set of colored pencils... SAD SAD

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  10. I use graph paper currently. Would love to give this a shot!

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  11. Thanks for your review. I have been contemplating, although I never bothered to look to see if it is Mac compatible. Guess I'll have to wait a little longer. Your quilts are beautiful, by the way!!

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  12. I am still pretty new to quilting and have purchased kits for most of my quilts. I would love
    the opportunity to learn to create and color my own quilts.

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  13. Graph paper & a giant box of crayons. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. I use graph paper, pencil, fine tipped markers and colored pencils. This would make designing so much easier. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I have a little graph paper notebook I carry around :)

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  16. I use graph paper, but I'd love to win this!

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  17. I don't because I find the graph paper method a bummer! This would change all of that! Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I draw them in a graph paper notebook and color them with crayons. :)

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  19. I use graph paper and colored pencils. It's time consuming and yet at times is therapeutic. I've been looking into EQ and winning it would be awesome!

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  20. I buy your patterns! But really, I just cut, sew and switch around on the design board.

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  21. I design in my head and play with the fabric until I find something that works.

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  22. Great giveaway. I should probably hold out for the Mac version, but can run either on my Mac. I don't do a tremendous amount of designing, and when I do it's mostly straight lines, on graph paper. I would much prefer to be able to do it electronically though.

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  23. Usually I do graph paper but have recently tried the Touch Draw app for my iPad. So far I love it! Definitely tricky since there's no mouse though.

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  24. I use Powerpoint for quilts using basic shapes, but the choice of colours and fills is very limited.

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  25. I use a sketch pad first then the Touchdraw app on my tablet to work out the kinks.

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  26. I use graph paper and my daughter's colored pencils...because they're all over the house! Would love EQ!
    www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

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  27. I don't! Fairly new at quilting and sewing anything more than a curtain, so thus far I've only followed patterns. Designing seems really intimidating to me, but I'm definitely very curious about it. Never knew anything like EQ existed!

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  28. I used Excel for one of my quilts, but that doesn't make it easy to incorporate anything other than blocks or strips. Otherwise it's scratch paper and pencils! I love the idea of having a tool to help design something all my own!

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  29. I use excel and good old-fashioned paper and pencil. I've tried using the color fill in excel to help me with my color but that doesn't do me much good when there are just subtle variations between prints. I am a software tester by trade and would love to have this tool to help with my designs.

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  30. Engineering Graph Paper. But I always mess up the measurments! Arrrrgh! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Mostly I rely on patterns other people make so I dont mess anything up, what a great chance to start designing my own quilts!

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  32. I am currently using graph paper and colored pencils to design my quilts. Sometimes, I even wing it and just start cutting and piecing. I would love to have EQ7, it would make the design process so much easier.

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  33. I use graph paper and a pencil. Or just a blank piece of paper and some sketches - especially for applique.

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  34. I usually just doodle on some scrap paper, but I've also tried Word for paper piecing. I'd love to try EQ. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Coloured pencils, graph paper and a lot of "I hope this works"!

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  36. i mostly just wing it but can see the value in preplanning the quilt....would love to try EQ

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  37. Usually on paper. I would love an easy computer program to use!

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  38. I currently use graph paper and colored pencils but would love to have a copy of EQ esp as I venture more into wanting to do paper piecing

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  39. I also use graph paper and pencils... occasionally I'll use Photoshop Elements, but that always takes a lot more time. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  40. Right now I just take the designs/patterns that others have already made and make them my own as I don't really have a good way to design myself. I'd love to win a copy of EQ!

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  41. I use graph paper and colored pencils to design quilts right now

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  42. I design with graph paper and colored pencils.

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  43. I design my quilts the old fashion way....with fine tip markers and graph paper. I really don't design many quilts because it is just to much work and time when doing it this way. Every now and again I will have an idea for a quilt that I just can not get out of my head and I will sit down with my supply's and put my design on paper. I really wish I had EQ because I really enjoy designing my own patterns and I have oh so many ideas in my head.
    Thank you so much for the chance, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com
    FINGERS CROSSED :-)

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  44. I use both graph paper and MS Word.

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  45. I have only played around on graph paper. I haven't really designed and made my own quilt yet. This would be an awesome software to play with.

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  46. I've been using old school planning tools - a notebook with grid paper and a pen. Sometimes for quilts with squares or rectangles I'll use a spreadsheet. I would love to join the 21st century and use EQ!

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  47. I design them my quilts in my head. I seem to need to play with fabrics as I go.

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  48. Good old graph paper for layout. For some raffle quilts for my kids' schools once I got the general layout done, I used small sketches of flowers/animals and then enlarged them to fill the spaces. Color was done from stashes of scraps for the smaller appliqued pieces and by bringing in the almost finished top to a fabric shop to pick out just the right borders. This is often my go-to when I'm finishing quilts, as the women in the fabric store know their stock and may suggest fabrics I'd never look at twice on my own. They've come up with some great border fabrics.

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  49. mostly graph paper and my design wall. But I have tried out the design took on threadbias, and I'd love to learn EQ!!

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  50. I used a Moleskine notebook to sketch my ideas. It's sort of like a design diary.

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  51. I use notebook paper and colored pencils to design my quilts. I would love this software!

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  52. I mostly drawing it up on graph paper. I tried a very low cost quiting design software, but it had zero flexibility. I would love to win a copy of EQ7, even to play with color/fabric placement for quilt patterns I would like to try.

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  53. I use graph paper and colored pencils to design quilts. Thanks for the chance to win! monica21stl at live dot com

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  54. Scratch paper, a ruler and lots of colored markers. You make it look so easy - love the samples you posted. Thanks for the give away!

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  55. I use graph paper, or whatever scrap I can find to draw on from my purse (sometimes a napkin!).

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  56. I use graph paper and colored pencils. I would love to try EQ7! Maybe I would get more quilting done! :)

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  57. I graph my designs on graph paper. EQ would be wonderful!!!

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  58. right now i use a combination of graph paper and Photoshop/InDesign to design my quilts. would love to try EQ! thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  59. I too am mostly graph paper. But I do have a number of quilt designs sketched on scraps of papers, napkins, white boards. When inspiration hits, I have to jot them down!

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  60. I use graph paper and pencils. Sometimes it is very frustrating to draw everything several times because something went wrong. Someone mentioned excel in the comments, I need to try that too!
    Thank you for the chance, I would love to use EQ!

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  61. I have used Word and graph paper. As wonderful as those are, they don't help you with figuring out the yardage. I heard EQ does, but I'm not sure. Thanks!

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  62. I must confess that I don't really design quilts. I have often thought it would be fun to do, though, if I had a tool that made it easy.

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  63. I have EQ6 but would LOVE EQ7!!!

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  64. I do most of my work on paper and a design wall. I have fabric around and see what looks best.

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  65. i sketch it out on good ol' graph paper. then convert it into illustrator, if i have time :)

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  67. We had an EQ demo last month at our guild meeting. I'd love to try it out. Right now, I don't really "design" quilts. They sort of come together in my head then slowly materialize in fabric and eventually turn into a quilt.

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  68. I usually do re-sizing on existing patterns using a calculator. Your designs are wonderful! I do have EQ7 and I'm slowly learning to use it. I would love to win a copy for my best friend so we could learn to use it together!

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  69. I've used EQ before, a long time ago, and I liked it then. I'm sure they've made light year's worth of improvements since then, and I'd love to use it again! Thanks EQ and Elizabeth for this opportunity!

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  70. Graph paper here, too. Although I also adapt things I see on blogs, etc. in my head. I'd love to use EQ so I can visualize different color schemes like you do.

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  71. Wow. This looks like a perfect tool for designing - beats the graph paper method I'm currently using. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    Good to hear it's even easier to use than Illustrator - thanks for the comparison, Elizabeth. I think you design gorgeous quilts.

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  72. I tend to draw things out or follow someone else's pattern!

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  73. I've never designed anything on my own - I either buy a pattern or get a free one -- like your Modern Halves quilt!

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  74. So far I've only used a kit although I have tons of patterns (magazines, purchased and free downloads) that I am afraid to try.

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  75. A jumbo sized pad of graphing paper and colored pencils. I wished I had EQ

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  76. I would love EQ! I currently just use graph paper to draw out designs. It's old school, but works.

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  77. I use graph paper to design quilts. More often than designing from scratch, though, I change another designer's pattern to suit me.

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  78. paper and pencil- Most of the time it is too frustrating so I don't over complicate quilts. This would be unbelievably helpful!

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  79. I usually use graph paper and colored pencils but would love to learn a better way.

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  80. Like most the other comments I'm seeing, I use graph paper if I am drawing something out. Mostly I use patterns I have purchased or tutorials I find online.

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  81. I dream it up in my head and then just cut and sew. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. This is an AWESOME giveaway. Thanks!

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  82. I don't design them at all now. I'm more right brained and need help - EQ would be the perfect launching pad for me to design my own quilts. I could start by using their library of blocks and then move on from there. Creativity is a process and I need a boost in making those first steps!

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  83. I guess I have really winged it with all my quilts so far. I'm very much a beginner quilter so nothing too daunting for my first quilts, but this is an awesome giveaway and I would love to win it.

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  84. I'm a new quilter and have just started designing my own quilts! So exciting! I keep a sketch pad on me in case I have ideas in strange places, i.e. on the subway or in the grocery store, so that's how I do my designing!

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  85. Cool! I'm very fancy now--graph paper and crayons. ;)

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  86. So far I've used other peoples patterns and have only now started doodling on some graph paper. I love that you can use EQ to test out fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. I'm with Kim M for now and would love EQ to try and design my own quilts! I have made a couple "from my head" and I try to sketch on graph paper, but I'm not too good at that and I just kind of "wing it"! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  88. I use a design wall or just hope for the best! Ha!

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  89. I use already designed patterns and hope my color selections work out.

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  90. I am delighted to see EQ still in great production. My friend and I bought the first version or one of the first versions MANY years ago. OMG! I think it was over 20 years ago. I thought I didn't need one, but I'm reconsidering!

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  91. I mostly just think about it in my head and go for it. :) EQ has always intrigued me though!

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  92. I've never used EQ because of the cost but I can see how it would be an amazing tool to have. Thanks for a chance to win :)

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  93. I design my quilts using good old graph paper and Excel spreadsheets!

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  94. I sometimes start with a published pattern and make changes to it, other times I draw on graph paper.

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  95. I use graph paper and crayons or pens to help me visualize my designs. I've been drooling over EQ, but have yet to buy it due to the cost. Thanks for the chance!

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  96. I use graph paper and markers most of the time, once in awhile i just start cutting and sewing.

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  97. I think about quilts and quilt design a lot. Sometimes I sketch something out in a notebook - just black and white. I'm fairly good with color, so that doesn't usually happen until I'm putting the quilt together. I have a lot of happy accidents. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous software.

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  98. graph paper, pencil and eraser :) Thanks for the chance!

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  99. I sketch it out and use graph paper. I haven't really used color on the graph paper but would love to use it on EQ! Thanks.

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  100. I use a quilt pattern and pick colors I love.

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  101. I'm a bit old-fashioned in designing quilts. Usually I draw it on paper or simply sew without a detailed plan. I would love to win EQ7 - my friend is using it and she loves it!

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  102. A friend gave me a beautiful little quilter's notebook. It has graph paper and a detachable ruler. Love it!

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  103. I haven't designed my own quilt, but I use a design board to audition fabrics for the quilts I make. Thanks for the chance to try EQ7.

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  104. I'm not much of a designer but would love to try! Graph papr and coloured pencils when I try

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  105. I actually don't design much because I'm terrible at quilt math and need a computer to help me! When I do design it's just a paper and pencil sketch.

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  106. I just start sewing and then move the pieces around until inspiration strikes! But I think this software sounds brilliant!

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  107. I rely on others for designs and ideas! I would love to make and design my own blocks. Mmmm maybe Santa is reading and will bring me one if I dont't win this one.

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  108. I use graph paper, or even lined paper that I draw vertical lines on. I sure would love EQ7!

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  109. I usually draw out my quilts or physically lay them out and play around to figure them out... This program sounds like it would make things a lot easier... Thanks for all your fantastic patterns especially the paper-pieced ones... I am finding that is one of my absolute favorite ways to quilt!

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  110. I use graph paper and colored pencils to make rough sketches of my ideas. I've wondered about EQ for a long time and it would be great to win a copy!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  111. I use squared paper and coloured pencils!

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  112. I am a fairly new quilter but have lots of notepads with ideas sketched out. EQ sounds a really great tool and is an awesome giveaway

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  113. Graph paper, napkins, scrap paper-- anything I can get my hands on. But designing patches is very daunting to me. I'd love to try EQ!

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  114. I haven't actually designed any blocks, but I have used EQ to draw blocks I couldn't piece so I could print them out as paper pieced.

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  115. Good ol' paper and pencil! I've been wanting EQ for a while now!

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  116. I've been quilting for about a year now and would love EQ to try out patterns of my own. What a fabulous program.

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  117. I have been using illustrator and photoshop to create my pp patterns. It works, but very time consuming! Would love to work with EQ!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  118. I use paper and pencils right now. I am asking Santa to bring me EQ....

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  119. I usually don't do anything...I will make some math calculations, but it usually at least semi follow a pattern and just cut everything & lay it out on the floor & hope for the best!

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  120. Right now its all about graph paper and colored pencils! Thanks for the chance!

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  121. Lovely! Currently my design process involves chopping up and putting together! I do enjoy using my design wall and will allow things to sit there for fairly long periods of time while ideas peculate.

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  122. Graph paper and colored pencils. EQ7 would be such an upgrade. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  123. I also use graph paper and pencils to design. Would love this software!

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  124. I sketch on paper mostly, just with a pen and no colors to get the contrast. But when I calculate, I'm always wrong - either way too much or by far not enough fabric. So, EQ would come handy. Thanks for the chance!

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  125. I use whatever paper I have on hand and sketch the design out, then start measurements.

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  126. I have done only a couple of quilts without following a class or pattern, but I used Microsoft excel to design pieced backings for couple of them. It was fun, but very time consuming. It would be fantastic to win an EQ.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  127. I have an idea to replicate my church's stained glass window onto a quilt -- but have no idea how to turn that into actual measurements....EQ would be a lot more precise than my hand sketch!

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  128. I use powerpoint to design my quilts and patterns

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  129. I have designed very few quilts of my own, but what I have done has been done by very simple drawings in Microsoft Word. I'm excited that the Mac version of EQ will soon be out. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  130. Right now I don't design, I just use other patterns and tutorials. But I'd love to design! christina112358 at gmail dot com

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  131. Sigh, well I'm working on a self designed quilt using freezer paper, and since my lines are LESS than perfectly lining up, things aren't going together perfectly. I might have to ask for this program for my big Christmas present.

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  132. I currently sketch my ideas out on graph paper. I would love to have EQ and to be able to see the colors I plan on using and change them around to get a better scheme. How fun!

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  133. I'm old fashioned so I still use paper and pencil, but a nice software would be handy.

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  134. OK, I'm convinced. I NEED EQ. Right now I just draw on paper. I find that my color choices are problematic, so be able to preview colors in EQ would be awesome!

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  135. Good 'ol paper! That's what I use... Sometimes graph paper, sometimes plain white, depending on complexity, availability, and whether or not I am having a quilting emergency! Would love to try EQ!

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  136. Mostly paper and pencil, and my kids crayon. I have been trying the free software QuiltAssistant it work nicely for individual blocks.

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  137. I've been toying with the idea of getting EQ, but haven't gotten around to it and haven't been sure I would use it fully. But, after seeing your mockups, I would totally love this! I currently just use graph paper and sometimes photoshop (to pixelate images). That's so awesome that they're letting you give away a copy!

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  138. I have used graph paper and coloured pencils and use Quilt Wizard, however, EQ would be a wonderful addition to my creative streak ;)

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  139. i just use paper and hoping that the colour works

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  140. I just design them in my head. The thought that such software exists has excited me very much!

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  141. I use graph paper and colored pencils, but that involves a lot of erasing and redrawing lines. I'd love EQ! Thanks for the fun!

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  142. I see i'm far from the only one going the graph paper route! I enjoy coloring in color options.. but sometimes i do wish for a faster way! EQ is on my longtime list... what a fun giveaway!

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  143. i just use a ruler and 50 cent notebook paper, trying to do the best I can. would appreciate EQ and all the learning value of it. thanks
    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  144. I have designed a couple paper pieced patterns the old fashioned way--pencil and ruler--ack!! I have had EQ on my "want" list for over a year now. Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

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  145. I use good old fashion graph paper or use ready made patterns.

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  146. I use a combination of Excel and mspaint. Those are the tools I know - lol!

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  147. Excel, graph paper, and wild combinations of "just sew it and make it work".

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  148. I buy the patterns that others have designed

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  149. i try to figure out how i can get the design using the rulers that i have

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  150. Good old graph paper, rulers, pencil and eraser...aka "old school". EQ would be so much fun, faster too!

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  151. I use graph paper and occasionally a vector drawing program. I would love EQ so much! thriftstorecrafter at yahoo.com

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  152. Depending on the quilt, it's either pen-and-paper to work out the math and get the look, or somewhat improv'ed. Having EQ software to play around with would open so many possibilities!

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  153. How amazingly generous. I sketch on paper, cut and hope for the best. I would love to be able to test my fabric palette - might save some procrastination and a few headaches.

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  154. I'll scribble on a piece of paper but it's mainly in my head. I did use Microsoft Publisher for a layout once.

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  155. I use graph paper a lot. I want to try EQ so badly! It looks like a great program.

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  156. I used graph paper to design my last quilt.

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  157. I use graph paper and a calculator!

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  158. Oh dear, it is pen and graph paper, nothing fancier unfortunately. Would love EQ as I'd like to try selling some patterns to pay for university studies.

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  159. I do it the old fashioned was with colored pencils and graph paper :)

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  160. I use attribute blocks from my classroom to design and a handy scale ruler. So obviously those quilts are still in the sketch book . . I mean how many ways can you use that strip tube ruler!!! I would LOVE this!! And it would make me feel good to check something off my Amazon wish list

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  161. Graph paper and a calculator :-) This looks like so much more fun!!

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  162. Graph paper, colored pencils, and a sketch pad...old skool

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  163. I use a combination of graph paper and an ipad app called TouchDraw. I love the freedom of graph paper because I can sit and doodle. I'm a lot more willing to experiment with TouchDraw (I hate erasing!) I have illustrator but haven't figured it out for quilting and I would simply die of joy for a copy of EQ7. Not literally die... But pretty darn close!!

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  164. Anything I do is just on graph paper right now. But I have been wanting to try out the software. If eel like I am getting to that stage where I want to branch out a little and do my own things. This would be great! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  165. I use graph paper for things I'm going to do for myself and I use a different computer software program for my patterns but I'm not real happy with it so I would love to switch to EQ!! If I don't win - I might have to save my pennies to buy it!

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  166. Pencil and paper, and a ruler.

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  167. Graph paper and a ruler mostly. I would love to try EQ! Thank you so much.

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  168. I typically just sew quilts as I go, without drawing them out. I am starting to use graph paper and colored pencils on occasion, though! Thank you for offering a copy of EQ, though. It would be wonderful to try it!

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  169. Regular paper and graph paper. Terrible! LOL

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  170. Like most everyone, I use graph paper and pencils. What a great give-away!

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  171. Graph paper and colored pencils. I have been wanting EQ7

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  172. I use Word and coloring them out on graph paper.

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  173. Love your "scrappy attitude" - it inspires me!!!

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  174. I haven't designed a quilt top yet, but I did design an color-blocked quilt back... using graph-paper and a pencil (and a calculator!).

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  175. graph paper and the seat of my pants...but it doesn't help with the colorways!

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  176. oooh!! this looks like a fascinating tool! I generally have ideas pop into my head and get them down on graph paper :) I do love this way of doing things, but I think being able to visualise the fabric and colours like can with EQ would be a definite bonus! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  177. I've never really designed a quilt, but I've wanted a copy of EQ so I can start! I'm pretty pitiful at sketching but I have good ideas.

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  178. So far I've only done sketching of ideas; doing colour plans but not a lot of real designing.

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  179. I currently design by trial and error...LOL! I know EQ would be much easier!

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  180. I usually use MS Word and MS paint and fiddle around to make my designs. Then I whip out the old calculator to figure things out. Not very high tech. :)

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  181. I get an inspirational idea from looking at different quilts pictured in magazines and then I combine them to make what I consider a one of kind quilt.

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  182. I use graph paper & color pencils. Would really love to have EQ for a wonderful Christmas present. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  183. I use graph paper and colored pencils too.

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  184. Oh! what a wonderful chance! It's been on my wish list for ages now! I always keep my graph notebook and a soft pencil at hand, for when inspiration strikes. :)

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  185. I usually just use other people's patterns, or else simple patchwork designs. I'd love to try my hand with this software!

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  186. I am a new quilter and haven't designed any quilts yet. I do have a few ideas that I have sketched on my Ipad with the Paper App but have no idea what to do from there. I have read a lot about EQ and would love to give it a try. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  187. I am using graph paper right now. I would love to learn all about this program

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  188. On paper :( But I have been eyeing up EQ for a while now!

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  189. Graph paper and colored pencils. What an exciting giveaway! I've been dreaming about EQ!

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  190. I have a sketch book, but would love to design electronically. EQ sounds great!

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  191. I use good old paper and pencil. EQ sounds like a terrific software. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  192. I prefer to look at fabrics what i have and figure it out, and then put ideas on paper

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  193. How I design depends largely on what I'm doing. I'm a pretty visual person, so I can often just get started once an idea comes to me. I almost always do a rough sketch to help me calculate my fabric requirements. For more complicated projects, I make as accurate a sketch as I can, using colored pens/pencils/crayons to get an idea of color values & distribution. EQ sounds like fun!

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  194. Love using graph paper.... I tried using Excel once, which worked all right since I was just using squares. I wiuld love to try EQ :D

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  195. i use graph paper sometimes for basic layouts, but when i want to play with colours, i use a really old version of photoshop. sometimes i draw up the blocks with it, sometimes i take photos of blocks that i've already made and use it to arrange them. i feel like it takes forever, and there MUST be a better way to do it! i've contemplated EQ so many times, especially when i want to design paperpiecing patterns (which is a pain in the butt with photoshop), but i always end up spending my budget on fabric instead!

    thank you so much for the chance to win! i have a huge paperpiecing project planned out in my head that i haven't been motivated to start drafting in photoshop, EQ would be amazing for it!

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