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Friday, July 8, 2011

Making a Progress Chart in EQ 7

I wanted to make a progress chart to Cre8tive Quilter's chart for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. Lynda at ColorMeQuilted created an HTML chart for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler and generously offers it to others through her website.  I've been using it for months and it works great for people who are comfortable using the software to resize blocks and FTPing the photos to their own website. Here's a chart of my SBS progress that I created using that method.

For the Farmer's Wife Sampler, I wanted to be able to track my progress with an on-point setting and to audition some setting colors like GreyCat Quilts and The Loop were doing on their blogs. For that, I used EQ7 and digital photos of my blocks that I scanned on my flatbed scanner.

Here's how I did it using EQ:
  1. I wanted this is a separate project, so I created a new project file.
  2. I created the quilt layout. I used 6-inch blocks in a 7x9, on-point layout with sashings and two borders - at least for now. I might change it later.
  3. I imported the quilt block photos to the Photos Library and moved them to my Project Sketchbook. (See EQ7 Help menu for instructions on how to do that).
  4. From the Quilt Worktable, I used the Set Photo tool to add each block to Layer 1. I had to add the Set Photo tool to my toolbar. It was not there by default. 
  5. I also colored my sashings, cornerstones, and borders.
  6. When the progress chart looked the way I wanted it to, I chose Export Image from the File menu. The dialog box will let you choose image quality, file type (I used png), and name as usual. For posting on the web, 72 dpi resolution is fine.
  7. Once the image is saved, I can work with it in the usual way.
 Here's the progress chart I created in EQ.

You can get a better view of my blocks in my Flickr photo album.


  1. Thanks Rebecca I knew how to do everything but forgot about the set photo tool. Like Duh!! Have a great day!

  2. Nice idea for visualization purposes.

  3. I am back visiting your page. I just got EQ7- I have no previous versions and for the life of me I can not figure how to get it into my program. I am about to go searching through the Yahoo group. THe EQ7 directions n their site did not work at all.

  4. Your comment doesn't have enough details for me to help you troubleshoot. Since I upgraded, I might not be able to help any way.

    Visit the forums at EQ's website to see if someone else had a similar problem with installation. The same solution might work for you. If you don't find the answer there, try contacting tech support from the website.

    No matter which venue you use, give useful details about your situation so the person who is willing to help has enough information to figure out what is going on. Tell them what operating system you're using (Win XP, Vista, or Win7), whether you're running it on a Mac (Parallels or Fusion or something else?) and what happens when you try to install. For example, do you get an error message? Which one?

    Good luck! You'll love it once you have everything working.