Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EQ7 Tips and Tricks - Fussy Cutting

Welcome back for another EQ7 Tips and Tricks Tutorial.  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to move your fabric images around on your blocks to mimic fussy cutting your fabric.

(This tip is part of a growing EQ tutorial series, you can find all of my EQ Tips and Tricks right here.)

Here is our test quilt, a simple star quilt using fabrics from The Cottage Garden collection by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake.  The middle turquoise fabric has a wonderful large scale print which is chopped up and lost in this version.

To "fussy cut" the fabrics, you need to first add the Fussy Cut button on the right hand side of your screen.

1.  To add the Fussy Cut button:

a)  Click the "Customize Toolbar" button, which is the button at the bottom of the column of buttons on the right hand side of your screen.

b)  This will bring up a box with some options, click on "Add/Remove Buttons...".

c)  A listing of buttons will show up and the Fussy Cut button will be about three-quarters of the way down the list.  Click the button or the words and a check mark should show up to the left of the button.  You now should have the button installed :)

2.  To Fussy Cut in EQ7

a)  You are now ready to fussy cut.  Select the fussy cut button on the right side of the screen (that you just added).

b)  Click and hold the mouse button on the fabric image within the block piece you would like to move relative to the block.

c)  Move your mouse and the fabric will move with it.  When you are satisfied with the fabric design placement within the block piece, release the mouse button.

Here is our block with some fussy cutting ... much nicer!

I hope that you find these tutorials clear and helpful!  Let me know if you have any topics you would like me to cover.

I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, and Tips and Tutorials Tuesday @ Late Night Quilter.


  1. Great tip! I am going to go see if I can find it in my old version of EQ5, but I'm guessing it might be one of those nifty new features. :)

  2. I may have accidently stumbled on that button once...Another great tip!! Thanks so much for these wonderful tutorials Cheryl!

  3. Another great tip as usual. I have an entire board on pinterest devoted to all of your tips (and a few others)!

  4. I've used that button a time or two, but I had to really look for it the first time I used it.

  5. great tip! one of these days, I'm going to get EQ and have so much fun playing with it!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. OMG, that is SO COOL! I had no idea EQ7 could do that, and it's so EASY! I feel like I just got a present from a stranger -- thank you so much. So glad to have found you via WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!


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