I went to Quilting Adventures yesterday intending to buy one of the five Electric Quilt’s “Quiltmaker Quilting Designs” software packages, but they aren’t carrying any of them at the moment. So instead, I bought Angie Padilla’s “EQ6 Applique Drawing.” Am I glad I did. Besides all of the wonderful tips and insight Angie has about drawing applique patches, she introduced me to the Freehand Drawing Tool.
You’ll find this tool on any of the PatchDraw blocks that have an “applique” tab. One of the reasons I bought a Wacom Bamboo tablet and pen was to aid my drawing in EQ. I still have a lot of practicing to do but at least it’s more comfortable and natural to draw with the Wacom pen than a mouse.
The thing about the Freehand Drawing Tool is that you need to keep your pen to the “paper” throughout your entire design. I suppose you might be able to join nodes if you sneezed and the pen jumped or something, I’ll have to get back to you on that. I practiced by signing my name (I always seem to use my name during testing). I had to use trial and error to get the right number of nodes to make my curves smooth. But I was successful and I saved it as a stencil design.
Here is a quilt with my new quilting design in the borders (click on it to see it better:
My next test project is to trace a continuous-line design with this tool and see how I do.