I started using EQ in 2009 after Microsoft's introduction of the Vista operating system made my QuiltPro program just about useless. I wasn't very happy with EQ, it wasn't as intuitive as QuiltPro was. It wasn't until about a year later in 2010 that I finally figured out how to use EQ to do some fundamental quilt layouts. I had just completed all the blocks from a 2006 Buck A Block program from the quilt shop in Texas. With the blocks done, I was looking for a way to set them. The original post is here. Looking back those initial layouts were pretty awful. I was trying really hard to use all the finishing kit fabric I bought with the blocks. I finally realized that just wasn't going to work and raided the stash for something else. This was the working design I used to set the blocks together.
I ended up changing the final border in the finished quilt, it didn't work up on the design wall any better than it did in the EQ version.
Buck-a-Block in a self designed layout
I was pretty happy with the final quilt, though that final photo is pretty bad. My photography skills have definitely improved in the last 4 years. This ended up as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law who lives in Texas.
I love playing in EQ. I've designed a couple of quilts since. Even when I'm making a project from a pattern, I'll draft the blocks in EQ, scan in some fabrics and play around till I've got the colors right. It usually saves me from having to make a fabric change after the first block is made.
Check out the other vintage EQ designs over at Val's Quilting Studio.