How to Use This Blog

Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Many times there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.


The IQ system is constantly evolving, so please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones.



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Faux Ruler Work on the IQ

This is an excellent video lesson by Sonya Chinn. It explains how Sonya quilted what looked like Ruler work in blocks, with the appearance of the line continuing into surrounding blocks, on the Intelliquilter. Sonya describes every step,and at the end she shows how she uses the snap to needle button to realign a pattern. Sonya also uses the reset handles tool of distort. Custom quilting is never fast but iQ stitches these kinds of straight lines perfectly so it well worth using iQ for custom quilting. While it takes a bit of time to create the patterns, once they are saved you never have to do that again. Thank you Sonya for an excellent demonstration.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Helen's iQ - using snap to needle to realign patterns.

Recently there was a question about how to use snap to needle that appears at the page titled 'Modify Pattern', so here's a quick demonstration showing how to use it to move a pattern, or realign it, to a new location.

Helen's iQ - local configurations, and the stop marker.

I encourage everyone to look at the local configurations when you come across them. They allow you to set iQ to do what you want - for instance, if you are tired of seeing some pop-up windows, you can turn them off. I also demonstrate the stop marker, which lets you set iQ to stop at a sepcific place on your quilt so you don't have to stand and watch ready to touch pause. Why might you want to pause the stitching? If ther's an open seam, a thick seam, and embellishment, or if you want the stitching to pause close to the end of a panto row so you can check if the pattern will end where you want it to end.

Helen's iQ - Transitions for no-sew zones.

A talk about the different transition options for no-sew zones. This is another good test to run, if you haven't used no-sew zones or clipping blocks before, in order to find out how the different transitions stitch out and which you prefer. It's not necessary to do this every time you need a no-sew zone because once you understand the differences, you'll be able to decide which one is best for each no-sew zone you create.  These transition choices will also appear when a clipping block is created.
At about the 2:30 mark there's bit of skipping where I stopped to change my bobbin (poor planning on my part). It sounds as if you have missed something, but it was nothing important. I finished stitching the block without starting the recording again and that's why I used Close Block. At the 12:50 mark, I get into a loop by hitting the back button - I finally realise that hitting the cancel button is the right thing to do. You cannot hear me say that clearly, which is why I'm writing this.