This is my 13th Tips and Tutorials Linky Party! I am so pleased to have a sponsored this sharing of tips and tutorials over the last year. There have been so many good ones, and I am thrilled to commit to another year of great tips and tutorials.
This is your party – yours for gathering and sharing information and yours for learning new tips and techniques. It is made better by your participation – reading and bookmarking those tips you need or subscribing to the Pinterest page for this party – AND linking up your great hints.
After my Project Quilting post on I promised a tutorial on EQ and the swath tool. Now, I will explain how to get a simple, curvy flying geese row to print and piece. I am not going to explain how to set that piece into your design (honestly I fudged it for Project Quilting and kind of understand it). A hint or two in the right direction will be given.
Without further ado, I would like to share my brief tutorial on Electric Quilt’s Swath Tool. This little tool is fun!
- Open Electric Quilt, title your project Swath Tool Experiment.
- Click on Block Worktable on far right.
- Select New Block.
- Select, Pieced and Applique And then Poly and Applique.
5. For purposes of this tutorial, set your width and height to 8 x 10, which will make it easy to print. Select the appliqué tab on the bottom.
6. Next, you will select the tool:
a. Tap Draw
b. Tap the Swath Tool – the last button with the flying geese, and
c. Then, select the style (triangles or squares). For this tutorial, use the triangles which will make flying geese.
7. Draw a gentle curve. You can change the way the geese look by adjusting “countour” (also highlighted with a red square). Use an an even one for this first attempt. The minimum width and boldness will also change the look of your geese.
8. You can edit the curve by adjusting the spine with the handles. To enable this, you click on edit. The handles with a red square around them to show you where you can adjust the curve.
9. Use a simple curve for your first curvy flying geese. Be sure the Hide Show Applique Patch is turned on – upper right in red square. Then, select the flying geese (clicking on it mostly works with Pick OR Control/Command + A) and press convert to block.
10. The block is now yellow and is ready to print.
11. Go to Print and Export. Selection Foundation. You will get something like this. If you need more information on using foundation printing in Electric Quilt 8, here is an article on it.
12. This will print a foundation paper piecing template, the easiest way to construct these. I would print a second copy if you want to use the seam lines to create its corresponding pieces. You can approximate it by drawing the curves on the block worktable, but the paper way may be the easiest. I used a strip to piece mine and it worked fine.
Electric Quilt has an article here explaining more in depth some of the other options in the tool.
Now it is your turn to link up! Any recent tips and tutorials are terrific – oldies but goodies are also great. If you see one, ask the blogger to link up here…all quilting/sewing related content is welcome.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter
Last month’s links were few. I think we were all struggling to finish projects and readjust our holiday plans while keeping our sanity. I loved Chris’ way of using up leftover bits and those ornaments are awesome.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Zipper Pouches from Orphan Blocks/Piecing
EQ8 and Quilt Backs.
To find past tips see:
Tips and Tutorials Menu on this blog
Pinterest Tips and Tutorials Board.
Coming Up on the Blog:
My Cousin’s Quilt (TGIFF)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
Show Your Stripes Blog Hop. 2/24
Hi Kathleen! Great tutorial on EQ8 and the swath tool. I haven’t had an occasion to use this in a piece but it is handy to know. That’s great that you will be hosting our tips for another year. I’ll try to do better coming up with some tips! Happy Friday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne
The 22nd already?!! Thanks for hosting all these helpful tips, Kathleen!
So glad you are continuing Tips & Tutorials! I’m thinking about what I can post about, and I love reading other tips.
Thanks for posting this, Kathleen. How does the 22nd keep sneaking up each month?!
I just might have to go and try this, thanks!
It’s awesome that you are committed to continuing the linkup, Kathleen. And even better, Bloglovin seems to have picked up showing our blog posts again (fingers crossed it stays that way instead of going in and out like it has been). All my best to you in 2021!
Great tutorial, thank you! And thanks for the opportunity to link up
Hi, Kathleen! Excellent tutorial on the Swath Tool. I’m late to the party but better late than never, right?! I have a hard time remembering when it’s time for the monthly linkup. Do you have a newsletter we could subscribe to that would let you remind us when the Tips & Tutorials linky is live each month? That’s the only way I remember to link up with OMG’s monthly party.