Far too much excitement at C&B Towers and the Overseas Office – EQ8 has arrived!! Not quite in time for our monthly EQ Doodles – you can find November’s offerings over on the Doodle page – but we’ll report back on the many new features of our favourite quilt design program. Both of us have used EQ since the very first version and it is difficult to imagine quilting life without it.
However – it has arrived in time to do the colouring page which you can download here. Chris has been playing with it in between gardening and teaching and class prep and all sorts of other ‘stuff’.
EQ8 is very different in layout from EQ7 – all the buttons and menus are in different places which makes it very confusing. Hopefully over time we’ll get used to it, just as we have with the other versions that have had seemingly drastic changes in layout.
Here’s a sampling of Chris’s first impressions – “Of the new features that it has, the lack of a ‘sticky’ line is a good one but as I very rarely use any of the other bits that have been tweaked I haven’t yet noticed anything else ‘new’ beyond the change in menus and buttons, and, of course, a new palette of fabrics and colours. There are supposed to be loads of new blocks too but they must be in the ‘Contemporary Foundation’ or ‘Contemporary Applique’, neither of which I tend to use, as I haven’t found them yet. I had several of my own libraries of blocks and fabrics in EQ7 (many transferred from EQ6) and have managed to transfer them to EQ8 but I find they are now in the main block and fabric library sections – there is no ‘My Library’ anymore only ‘My Favourites’ – and you can’t therefore add more blocks (or fabrics) to them. I will have to start new libraries which I find very annoying. On the plus side it is much clearer for those who squinted at the tiny menu icons before and is (supposedly) more intuitive and ‘user friendly’. I think if you were a new user and/or were used to ipad, iphone or Mac menus you would find it looked very familiar. For those of us who have grown up with PCs and the old versions it is very very different in looks, although not in function (once you’ve found where all those buttons have been hidden). Below is a preview of the quilt design page and the sketchbook. I have moved my menus to the right hand side of the screen as that is where I am used to having them – the default is on the left.”
C&B Towers continues to hum with activity – Chris is teaching a full programme of weekly classes at The Corner Patch with all the prepping and printing and packing that is involved. Plus there are important landscaping issues to be attended to – a new lake has been added to the park-like grounds surrounding the Towers. Sleep has been in fairly short supply!
At the Overseas Office many (smallish) crates of fabric, books and projects have been unloaded and unpacked – sufficient for several months intensive stitching at least. The major problem will be determining where to start – so many projects, so little time!!
If you do have some time though – The Corner Patch 5th Birthday Weekend extravaganza takes place in Eccleshall on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th November. Here’s what Jane has posted about it –
“We’re celebrating in style…by hosting a Quilt Show with craft stalls (for a little Christmas shopping) on Saturday 18th (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday 19th November (11.15 a.m.- 4 p.m.) at the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church , Eccleshall ST21 6BY.
The Friday morning ladies have made a fantastic quilt to raffle (tickets are available from the shop and will be on sale over the weekend) and the wonderful John Scott from Sewing Quarter is coming on Sunday to draw the winning ticket.
There will be a tombola and refreshments being served in the Parish Room next to the church.”
All money raised will be divided between Holy Trinity Church and The Autistic Society. Hope to see you there!