Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #47 – Importing Photos to EQ8

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! I am on the road today, traveling with my son and husband down to Pennsylvania. We stop for a night in NJ, for a quiet dinner with the 3 of us. They are rare moments and I am so grateful he wants to spend time with us.

Now, Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) is coming in January and I am pleased to announce that I am one of the hosts. You can read all about here, where Gail, our ringleader gives you all the scoop. Some of us zoomed on this past Sunday to get a little headstart and it inspired today’s tutorial. I will share with you how to import a photo to Electric Quilt 8! I recorded a video (there are captions), but also have some text and instructions below.

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here are Novembers links:

Importing Photos to Electric Quilt 8

I am so pleased to share this tutorial with you. If you don’t use electric quilt, there may be some interest piqued in how this program works. One of the uses of bringing photos in is that I can do some planning at my desk, before I get to the ironing, cutting and sewing table! There is a video to go along with this at this URL, but it is also embedded further down in this tutorial. Hope you find either or both helpful.

  • First, find the photos you want to use.

    I have two here that you can download here if you want to practice with them. Right-click on each photo to download it. You should know what folder you have these photos in, usually a downloads folder is where mine go.
  • Open Electric Quilt and click on Design A Quilt from Scratch
  • You will be on the Quilt Worktable, and you want to click on Layout
  • You will then change the blocks to 1 x 1 in the menu on the left.
  • You will also select keep width and height equal.
  • And finally, change the block size to 8 x 8 inches.
  • Now, we will work with the photos.
  • Select Libraries on the very top menu of Electric Quilt
  • Then select: Photo Library
  • Then at the bottom of the page, select Import and From Image Files. This is why you need to know where you stored your photos.
  • You may be brought to the directory where you saved your pictures. Select the files and press Open.

  • Then we need to save them; they’re sort of an electric quilt but not really until you add it to a Sketchbook
  • Press Select All Photos; a blue box is now around all the photos.
  • Then press Add to Sketchbook. The screen goes blank, but we can check to see where they are.
  • Press Current Sketchbook. We see the pictures; we’re in good shape and we can now design with these pictures. Press Close the sketchbook.
  • Let’s add the first photo to the quilt. Click on Design, then on Photo Tool.
  • Press Set Photo. Click on the Photo and a tool for dropping the photo is on the quilt table. Use your mouse to move that to the block and click and it it adds it to the quilt.
  • Let’s name the project and save the quilt. Click on Add to Sketchbook (+ with a book on left menu). It will say you have to name it, click OK
  • It will ask for a name since we haven’t saved it. Let’s call it Photo Play.
  • You have now created your photo quilt. You can look at the quilt in the quilt sketchbook. Select the book on the far left menu
  • I always to go File and Save Project before I close the project.

I will do a similar Tips and Tutorial next month showing coping strips and adding borders with blocks so that you can preview some things for your Stay at Home Round Robin or any other quilt you are workin on!

Below is the link to the video that is in my You Tube channel.

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Past Tips and Tutorials

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Coming Up on My Blog

There will be the end-of-the-year goal review and looking forward to next year’s post, sometime after Christmas travel. I didn’t finish anything else this week, but that is ok. I will post a list on the next blog as I make my list for sewing for January!

Fabric Stash

No change but here is where I am with my stash.
Fabric in this month: 0 yards 
Fabric out this month 2.5 yards 
Fabric in this year: 89.25 yards
Fabric out this year: 118 yards
NET Fabric:  -28.75 yards

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  1. December 22, 2023 / 8:28 AM

    Your road trip sounds wonderful Kathleen – Merry Christmas!

  2. December 22, 2023 / 11:58 AM

    I had a much older version of EQ (EQ5, I think) that I used for a while. It’s clear that EQ8 is a lot more powerful than the older program! Great tutorial and thank you for continuing to host the Tips and Tutorials linkup. 🙂

  3. December 22, 2023 / 12:12 PM

    That is a very good tutorial, Kathleen! I am so glad that you are able to spend precious time with your son! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  4. Chrisknits
    December 22, 2023 / 4:08 PM

    Bookmarking and coming back to watch when my brain isn’t overloaded! Thank you!

  5. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    December 23, 2023 / 5:34 PM

    Wonderful that you can take a road trip with your son, Kathleen! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  6. December 24, 2023 / 8:03 AM

    Safe travels, Kathleen!

  7. December 25, 2023 / 5:08 PM

    What a clear well-explained tutorial Kathleen. Thank you for taking the time to do a written one as well as a video one. The red arrows really help show exactly what buttons to click!

  8. December 26, 2023 / 10:46 PM

    Hi Kathleen, I hope that you had a great trip. It’s so wonderful that our kids still want to spend time with us! I’m looking forward to the SAHRR but will keep it small and simple this time. No more creating UFOs! Thanks for the party.

  9. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    December 29, 2023 / 8:15 PM

    Thanks for the EQ tutorial.

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