Saturday, July 9, 2011

Farmer's Wife Sampler and EQ7

I am a member of the Yahoo group for the Farmer's Wife's.  I don't post there a lot but I follow the posts.  I haven't worked on this quilt since last August, I put it away to go to Quilt Camp last year and I have not pulled it out since. 

One of my friends and EQ7 students asked me how to make this progress chart she had seen discussed on the list.  I checked out the blogs that had the charts and knew I could do it.  The problem was it was after 9 PM after a long day so my tired little brain had trouble adding the blocks to the quilt layout.  I knew there had to be a simple solution and I even thought there has to be a set tool.  I was just too tired to figure it out. 

Today on Saturday another gal posted instructions with the one detail I needed to make it work.  And when I saw the step I slapped my forehead and said, "Duh, I knew that."  Thanks Rebecca.  I even had the photo set tool on my tool bar. 

Progress Chart
So here is my Farmer's Wife progress chart.  I want to make mine a king size quilt, so this a king size layout.  I will not be following the layout in the book and will be going more for a balance of color.  On this chart I just dropped the blocks in.  I have my border and triangle setting fabric, so I will scan them and add them to the layout but not right now.  The chart made me realize I am almost half way done.  So I should get working on this again.  Wait I have more important family project to work on.

Some other suggestions I would make. 
  1. When you save your blocks name them with the full block name from the book, and the block number.  So when you import them into EQ7 you will have that information for the block notecard.  Use the same naming convention with each block. 
  2. After you scan your blocks and size them in your photo editing software, make them the same size and small.  For my blog post I sized all my blocks 1200 x 1200 for EQ7 I am resizing them to 300 x 300.  This will help EQ7 open faster.  The blocks look fine. 
  3. Went back and tried 150 x 150 and that works fine also. 
  4. When importing your imagine do it from the Library not the Photo Worktable.  On the Photo Worktable you can only import one block at a time.  From the Library you can import multiple blocks.  I won't do more than 10 at a time so your program doesn't freeze up.  Ask me how I know.
Have fun!!
Happy Stitching!


mrsquilt said...

I LOVE this quilt Mary, it is turning out gorgeous!

Patty said...

Looks great Mary, thanks for the EQ hints, my sister and I are tossing around the idea of jumping on the band wagon.

Mary said...

Thanks girls for stopping by and leaving your compliments. Patty I hope you and your sisiter have fun!