Custom Colors in EQ8

Each month I participate in Quilt Block Mania and we are given a color scheme to use. Below the inspiration image (shown to the left) there is another image with bars of colors and these colors are represented by a hex code. A hex code looks like a hashtag/pound sign with six digits after it. In many programs you can use this hex code to find a specific color. Unfortunately, Electric Quilt 8 is not one of them.

The good news is that if you have a hex code, you can translate that color into an RGB number that EQ8 understands. And it is easy!

The website www.colorhexa.com will tell you everything you need to know about the color- for free! You will type the hex code into the bar at the top of the page and then scroll down to the section that says “Color Conversions”. The important numbers for EQ8 will be the RGB Decimal numbers.

These are the steps you must follow in EQ8 to get your custom colors.

  • You need to be in the COLOR tab and be in the COLOR picker (NOT FABRIC).
  • Click on the three dots and choose ADD COLORS.
  • Click on the bar that says DEFINE CUSTOM COLORS.
  • You can put in the RGB Decimals into the boxes on the right.
  • Once you have all the colors made, click OK and those colors should come up as choices in your color picker.

I don’t know why, but sometimes a color or two will not import and I have to go through the process again for those colors. It’s odd but I think it is just a glitch in EQ8. I have had great luck in using these steps to conform with given color palettes. You can also make your own palettes, but that is a topic for another day.

Download these instructions with images in a printable PDF by using the DOWNLOAD button.

National Quilting Day 2021

This, my friends, should be a major national holiday! March 20 is National Quilting Day. You should take a few minutes to wander around the internet because there will be lots of quilty goodness out there this weekend.

I have been so busy I didn’t have time to build a full quilt pattern for the event, but this throw sized quilt pattern was mostly done and sitting on my computer as a digital WIP, so I managed to get it finished so I could share it with YOU!

This throw finishes at 58″ x 58″ and is made up of half-square triangles and plain blocks. You can do this! I designed the quilt so you could use a layer cake and make it scrappy or use yardage for a more modern appeal like I went for.

If you make this. . . TAG ME! Or E-mail me! I love to see your work! #OKQMedallion Star @ohkayequilting

Improve Your Piecing with Starch

My collection of “starchy” sprays.

When I was a new quilter, I thought success was all about sewing.

I was wrong.

On the back of a Sherwin-Williams paint can I learned a valuable lesson many years ago. It said, “Preparation is the key to a satisfying project.” I think the same goes for quilting.

I do not usually pre-wash my fabric. (We will talk about that another day.) I now know that having REALLY flat fabric is the first step in making a quilt that goes together nicely. Since I keep my fabric in bins, it gets fold lines and wrinkles. The first thing I do when starting a quilt is to spray a pretty decent spritz of Quilter’s Moonshine on the piece of fabric and press it with a hot, dry iron. I used to use a lot of steam, but I kept getting rust spots on my fabric, so now I don’t add water to my iron. If the fabric is a real disaster, I might just soak it with a spray bottle of water that I keep at my ironing station and steam it well before I move to the Moonshine.

If the quilt is mostly strips or squares, I am good to go.

If there are going to be lots of bias cuts, I use spray starch on the fabric and iron it again. I am OK with pretty stiff fabric. It is much easier to sew.

Once the blocks are complete and I am giving the final press from the front, I will use starch or Best Press- depending on my mood. The other product pictured is new, but came highly recommended by a friend. . . I haven’t worked it into my system yet!

Want to try Quilter’s Moonshine? Here is a link to a recipe. I mixed mine a little stronger. . . Isn’t moonshine supposed to be strong?

I have a new opportunity!

I am so excited to announce that I have the opportunity to be a National Educator for HandiQuilter. I just love quilting and I am thrilled to be able to travel the country teaching people to love longarming as much as I do.

There are four other new field educators:

Karen Arnold of Ohio

Fiona Egan of Texas- but soon, Connecticut

Jeannine Grabowska of Arizona and

Chris Davidson of Florida. Learn more about her at MemoriesinStitches.com

We had some great training this week and today Johnny Barfuss did a Facebook Live video while we were practicing some free-motion quilting in Handi Quilter’s beautiful education studio.