Do you have Electric Quilt? Do you use it? Do you love it? My answers are yes, yes and yes! I don’t use it EQ to it’s fullest but the parts I use, I love and can’t imagine not having.
If I had to name my favorite part of EQ, it would be the ease in which it allows me to fit perfect borders. As a longarm quilter, I’ve seen some major border boo-boos due to improper fitting. While my piecing isn’t always perfect, I’m pretty confident that I get a good 1/4″ seam so I can always trust the measurements of my EQ drawings to match my actual piecing.
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Assume I’ve just added the border made from the 4″ squares. That border is highlighted in gray. Next I’m going to add the outermost side borders. I look at the little box that says “Size of quilt including this border” and I see that the top is now 57″ x 75″ and that doesn’t include seam allowances. So, this side border needs to be 75-1/2″.
Then once I add those side borders, I click on the outermost border and it becomes highlighted.
I now see that “Size of quilt including this border” shows that the quilt is 63″ x 81″. This tells me that my top and bottom border pieces need to be 63-1/2″ long.
No guessing, no wondering, no measuring top, bottom and middle to take an average. EQ is such a useful tool, even if I don’t know how to use it to its fullest extent.
A shameless plug here — if you need an upgrade or want to try EQ, I have it for sale on my website. The sales from my website help to maintain the website and the blog so when you need some of the items that I have for sale (my book, patterns, backing fabric and EQ items), I very much appreciate your business. For the month of September, there is no charge for shipping on EQ, both full version and upgrade.