12: November 2001
|NO, I have not made a typing error, YES, I did say Sketchbooks. There are more than one. In fact, EQ4 generates a Sketchbook for each project, but the user can only look at one at a time.|
1. Opening EQ4 brings up the following dialogue box.
2. If EQ is already started, open the Create a New Project dialogue box:
After you have typed a project name and Clicked OK, the screen will be showing one of the Worktables - either for Blocks or for Quilts. No sign of the Sketchbook?
Where is it? Yes, you could look at it by clicking the View Sketchbook Button (or by using the F8 Key) but there's not much point in looking at this Sketchbook until you have put something in it.
3. Add blocks or quilts to the Sketchbook by drawing a block and/or design a quilt.
4. Copy your quilt or block to the Sketchbook your quilt or block to the Sketchbook by clicking .
5. Then Save the project to the hard disk.
The next time you open this project, the Sketchbook will come up first, showing the work that you have already done. (See example below.)
5. To open a saved project:
I like to think that the Sketchbook behaves like a Trading Post in the middle of EQ4. Every time you copy a block from the library, it passes through the Sketchbook. The same with fabrics, the Sketchbook is the "middleman" ("middlewoman?") in the transfer. When you save to Disk, what you are saving is the content of the Sketchbook. New block designs must go through the Sketchbook on the way to a quilt or library.
It all seems very simple, so where's the confusion? Well, if I have been reading my email from Info-EQ mail list correctly, most of the problems stem from what some people have been describing as "two step saving". The apparent need to SAVE in the Sketchbook and then SAVE again to disk. Certainly this is how things appear in the EQ4 users' manuals. The words "save to Sketchbook" are used often. This has definitely mislead some users. Here is what you should remember:
1. The EQ4 Sketchbook is the mid point for all transfers of blocks and quilts, both within the program and to computer storage disks.
2. EQ4 Worktables allow you to work on only one quilt or block at a time. The Sketchbook behaves as a temporary shelf where you can KEEP things while working on a project.
3. When you exit from an EQ4 project, everything in the Sketchbook is erased. Therefore you must save to disk when backing up data, before changing projects, or exiting Electric Quilt.
4. When you open an existing EQ4 project, everything in that project will appear in that project's Sketchbook ready for access.
5. All new Sketchbooks contain a set of default fabrics. You may set up your own set of defaults if you wish.
6. Whatever you do otherwise, Save your work to disk OFTEN.
Gordon Cooper is an active member of the Info-EQ list and the programmer of FREEware databases that are geared to create easy to use, information retrieval that allow you save hints, tips (without pictures) and other data to a single place. He has developed 4 FREEware programs ready for download, click the underlined title.
Hints and Tips for Electric Quilt User Series:
Gordon Cooper Series on Electric Quilt:
Customize the EQ Default Palette with your favorite fabrics so that it automatically opens when you start up the programUsing Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs. by Sharla Hicks
Block Size Considerations in Electric Quilt
The Electric Quilt Sketchbook
Patti R. Anderson Series on creative uses for EQ:
More How-to and help for Electric Quilt Users:
YesUcan, a database compiled from questions and answered shared by members of the Info-EQ mail list.
up the Mud surrounding Copyright for Electric Quilt, BlockBase, SewPrecise
and their Support Books. by Penny McMorris
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