5: Features and System Requirements
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Windows 98 / 2000 / NT 4.0 / ME / XP
Internet Explorer 5 or higher
32 MB RAM suggested
16-bit/high color monitor capable of 800x600 resolution
No other software required
Compact Installation (90 MB HD disk space)
Includes a small embroidery library and an extra fabric library of scanned
fabrics organized by color. It does not include help videos.
Typical Installation (244 MB HD disk space)
Includes a large embroidery library and two extra fabric library files of
scanned fabrics, over 3000 scanned fabrics. It also includes help videos.
Runs on Macs using Windows conversion software such as Virtual PC.
"You can run any quilt PC program using Virtual PC if you are using a
newer Macintosh, such as an iMac, or Macintosh with a 603 180 MHz
processor or better." -Gloria Hansen, co-author of the Free Stuff on
the Internet series.
EQ5 has over 3100 block patterns that can
be printed in any size.
Over 800 new blocks since
New Classic appliqué with
authentic Baltimore Album blocks
New Contemporary appliqué
blocks, including sections in the block library devoted to Teddy
Bears, Blocks for Children, Tile & Celtic Designs, Christmas,
Fish, Toys, and more...
New Stained Glass blocks
New Search feature for
finding blocks in the Block Library
EQ5 has automatic layouts as well as a free layout style.
Quickly make Samplers, On-Point Quilts,
Medallions, or Baby Blocks using any of the 8 automatic styles.
Try one of the new layout styles:
Strip Quilts or Horizontal Strip
Choose the number of strips you want in the quilt and set the style
of each strip. Use the "clone strip" feature to make a
Bargello quilt layout in seconds.
One-patch quilts have one patch repeated throughout. Choose the
number of patches across and down, then set the style of the patch.
Choose from 12 ready-made styles or 2 custom styles with infinite
Or use our "anything goes" quilt layout and design freely on a
large blank quilt layout, setting any block, any size, any place on your
Make a quilt and add the extras:
designs or pieced blocks on top of your quilt.
"Quilt" your quilt
with any thread color you'd like.
Create sashes and multiple
Keep note cards on each
quilt, saving design ideas.
Specify the size of seam allowance around each patch.
Move or delete unnecessary templates before you print.
EQ5 numbers each pattern, separating units and adding seam
If you draw a pattern, EQ5 numbers it for you.
Move or delete unnecessary foundation pattern sections
before you print.
Rotary Cutting Charts
You wanted them, EQ5 has them. Print rotary cutting charts
for blocks in EQ5 or blocks you design yourself.
Print them as line drawings, in gray scale, in color, as
appliqué patterns, or as quilting stencils!
Print off your favorite blocks as line drawings and make
quick coloring book pages for children.
Print your quilts as line drawings or colored with fabrics.
Calculate yardage in inches or centimeters and print yardage
You can also draw and print your own original patterns.
EQ5 has over 11,700 fabrics in the Fabric Library, including over 3000
newly scanned fabrics... just like the ones you would find in the fabric
stores or in our STASH series.
Want to see
what some Moda fabrics would look like in your quilt?
Look for designer fabrics by Company
hunting for that one shade of blue that will make your quilt
Look for designer fabrics by Color
There are endless possibilities
for the included fabrics:
Want to see what your
quilt would really look like with the fabrics you have in mind?
Scan your own fabrics, import them into EQ5 and color your quilt
before you even sew one stitch.
Store the scanned fabrics in EQ5 and create your own fabric library.
Fussy-cut fabrics right on
your block or quilt.
Make your own colors,
including shaded palettes.
fabrics right on your screen.
5. New Libraries:
Layout Library (500
ready-made quilt layouts)
Need to make a queen sized quilt, but feeling particularly
un-creative? Or, do you want to start a medallion quilt and don't
know where to begin?
Open up the Layout library and use a ready-made quilt layout as a
starting point for the quilt of your dreams.
Different layouts (horizontal, on-point, bargello, grandmother's
flower garden, etc.) in sizes from California King all the way
to Crib. Even includes layouts for Tablerunners and Placemats.
Showcase your blocks in a quilt from any one of the numerous
styles, including Off-Center Designs, Horizontal or On-Point
Medallions, Stars, and Tilted Blocks.
Palette Library (14
fabric palettes, each with 20-30 coordinating fabrics)
Coordinating scanned fabrics grouped as palettes are available in
this library. Just load a palette into your project and start
coloring. You can even create and save your own fabrics as a group
in the palette library.
(over 1000 embroidery designs from Great Notions)
Jazz up your quilt with any of these embroidery designs, including
various alphabets, animals, western themes, toys, sports and
mascots, holidays, mens' hobbies, weddings, special relatives (#1
Grandma, etc.), teddy bears, butterflies, hot air balloons... the
list goes on and on.
6. Drawing tools:
Draw pieced, appliqué or
combination blocks from scratch.
Draw pieced blocks almost as
quickly as you would draw a block on paper in EasyDraw.
Draw realistic appliqué
blocks in PatchDraw using easy drag and drop patches (hearts,
leaves, feathers, tear-drops, circles, triangles, octagons and
Use freeform curves for full
PatchDraw design freedom.
Use the WreathMaker to turn
shapes into wreaths or quick quilting stencils.
Draw rectangular blocks or
sashes on a rectangular drawing board.
Draw just about anything
from a 4-patch to a Giant Dahlia.
Import bitmaps to trace and
turn your favorite picture or drawing into a block.
7. EQ5 Help Videos:
Check out any of the 24 Help Videos (complete with picture and sound) to
learn the basics of EQ5. Topics range from "Drawing EasyDraw lines
and arcs," and "Wreathmaker fun," to "Getting a
Quilt Layout" from the Layout Library.
Save your own block designs in EQ5's User Libraries.
Keep design notes to cut and paste to word processing programs.
Export quilt or block designs to create graphics or digitize for
EQ5 comes with EQ5 Getting Started and the EQ5 Design Cookbook.
EQ5 Getting Started gives an overview of the design features in
the program and also includes six electric-quilting lessons. The
exciting EQ5 Design Cookbook gives "step-by-step recipes for
cooking up exciting quilts." You can find directions on scanning,
importing bitmaps, tracing bitmaps, turning a Drunkard's Path block into
a Sun Compass block, creating a Bargello quilt, creating strip quilts,
printing, and more.
New Features Not in Previous Versions:
patch charm quilts
This new quilt layout option comes in 14 different styles. (Kite,
Tumbler, Custom and Hexagon pictured at right.) Choose to make a One
Patch Quilt, choose your patch style, and then tell EQ5 what size to
make the finished patches. There are even two customizable
patch styles, with which you can make your own unique patches each
A library of embroidery designs available as digitizable patterns
from Great Notions Company. EQ5 lets you try out these designs in
planning your quilt. Set these embroidery designs on your quilt just
as you would a stencil.
photographs for memory quilts
Make a bitmap of your favorite picture and import the full picture
at any size. Place it on your quilt just like you would a
custom quilt tools
Copy and paste blocks, motifs, or stencils quickly on custom set
quilts. Nudge or snap them into position. Now the same idea of
"snap to" points on the Block Worktable has been
translated to make your blocks size or position themselves quickly
on the Quilt Worktable for custom set quilts.
With EQ5 you now have two choices of Strip quilts; horizontal and
vertical. Just choose your strip quilt type and set the strip styles
to be any number of the 11different styles available. Bargello
quilts have never been this easy.
Move your fabrics around with the "fussy cut" tool to
place them just as you would like. But if you need more than that,
rotate the fabric to create amazing designs. Lonestars have never
been this much fun.
Use the Eyedropper to find fabrics in the Fabrics palette that
you've already colored with.
New Symmetry tool
Create fast designs with the new Symmetry tool. It rotates and flips
groups of blocks in a quilt each time you click.
New Tape measure tool
Determine the distance between any two points on your worktable.
We listen to our wish lists when it comes to future versions, so
here's a new printing feature for EQ5.
Customizable template and foundation
Move and/or delete templates or foundation pattern sections right
from the Print Preview.
E-mail project feature
Do you want to send a project to a friend? Well, EQ5 can
automatically decrease the file size for you by deleting unused
blocks and/or fabrics from the project. Then you can even email the
project directly from EQ5.
Well now that we've added over 1,000 new blocks, you'll be even more
happy that this feature is included in EQ5's Block Library. Just
type in a word to search the notecards of all blocks in the library.
New border styles
Nine new styles to add to your quilts.
Fabric Palette library
Think of a palette as everything you can color a quilt with... print
and solid fabric swatches. Well now EQ5 comes with premade,
coordinating palettes, as well as the ability to make and save your
Getting Started book