One of my quilty friends Jayne asked a great question asking to get fabric images into your EQ7 library. I started to write a tutorial for that and realized that it made sense to first show where to get fabric images.
So I broke the tutorial up into two parts, today I will be focusing on how to get fabric images onto your computer and tomorrow I will show you how to import them into EQ7.
Note: As far as I can tell (and I am not a lawyer), the fabric images you find on the internet are for personal, home use only. Not for commercial uses (like in printed pattern instructions, product packaging, websites, etc).
There are three main ways to get fabric images:
- Free from the internet
- Purchased from the internet
- Photographed from your own stash
1. Free from the internet:
- Many of the fabric manufacturer's actually have places on their sites where you can download entire collections of fabric in a zip file (so you can download 20-40 fabric images at once).
- They are free :)
- Most of the images are not scaled properly for EQ7 making the scale of the fabric too big or small in the quilt (but you can use this trick to make them work).
Here is a bunch of places to find fabric images:
United Notions - Moda Fabrics - (Free) - The United Notions website contains almost 900 fabric collections and is constantly updated with the soon to be released and just released fabric. Each collection is downloaded as a zip file.
Riley Blake - (Free) - For Riley Blake's fabric collection images, you need to select the fabric tab from the main menu, select the collection you wish to download, and then press the download images button.
Online Fabric Stores: Some online fabric stores will allow you to download and use their fabric images provided you had purchased the fabric through them.
2. Purchased Images from the Internet
- Easy install
- Fabric images are scaled correctly for EQ7
- Quickest way to get tons of fabric images pretty inexpensively
- Not free
3. Photographing Your Own Stash
- You will have a indexed library of all of your fabrics
- Time consuming
- Colors and scale of fabrics may be off
Whichever method you use to acquire your fabric images, pretty soon you are going to have more files than you know what to do with on your computer. I suggest that just as you organize your real fabrics you organize your online fabric image "stash" too.
On my computer I have a folder set up that is called "Fabric". In that folder, I have have about 40 other folders, each with a collection name on them. This way, if I am thinking that I want to play around with the new Bonnie and Camille fabric, I can go right to the "Hello Darling" folder for all of the images. It takes just a few minutes to set everything up correctly to start with and it will save you a lot of time in the future.
I'll be back tomorrow with a tutorial on how you are going to get all of your new fabric images into EQ7 to start putting them into quilts.