Electric Quilt and DevonThink

Electric Quilt and DevonThink

This is a quilt I have been designing for some time. I can never quite figure out what is wrong with it, but it isn’t right… yet.

Cleopatra Star
Cleopatra Star

I have fifty different versions of it in EQ8 and none of them are screaming finished to me. I design a lot of quilts, but few make it to fabric!

I have several bolts of Stonehenge fabric that I’d like to use up; the fabric being the inspiration behind this quilt. I may just need to go back to the drawing board on this one. I used this fabrics to make the Gradations Quilt below for my stepson and his wife after they got married.

Gradations Quilt
Gradations Quilt

What I wanted to share with you this morning is a wonderful discovery I made. I use a Mac, and Electric Quilt to design all of my quilts. I also use a database program called DevonThink that I store everything in my life in.

Taxes, insurance files, electronic manuals, my gazillion machine embroidery and digital quilt files, music… you name it! And of course, my EQ8 files. EQ8 can’t “see” the files I store in DevonThink, so I have to open them from within DevonThink, but any changes I make outside the database are saved back to the file stored within it.

I’ve known about its annotation feature for some time, as I put my citations for my genealogy files in the annotations box, but just this morning I discovered that I could put an image in the annotation box!

Whoa! This is a game changer for Electric Quilt. I have hundreds of EQ files that have no image preview, and it is a major downfall of the program that it only displays image previews for recently used projects.

Recently Used Projects
Recently Used Projects

If you open a file that you haven’t opened recently, you simply get the EQ icon. My memory is like Swiss cheese, and I don’t have a clue what most of my quilts saved in EQ8 look like!

Now all I have to do is choose the export image feature in Electric Quilt, and drag and drop that image right into the annotation section for my saved EQ8 project file within DevonThink. Magic!

Export Image
Export Image
EQ Files in DevonThink
EQ Files in DevonThink

Each EQ8 project file can now have an image of the quilt attached in DevonThink, easily viewable, and I can click on the image to enlarge it.

Enlarged Annotation Image
Enlarged Annotation Image

How nifty is that?!

Linked up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Busy Hands Quilts.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Jane Wineteer

    Your memory sounds like mine! If the Good Lord didn’t help me remember what I need to recall, I would be in VERY bad shape.

    1. tinksquared

      Seriously, I often wonder if I have early dementia… if it weren’t for electronic reminders, I’d be hosed!

  2. Chris Miller

    Well, I have made it through all your wonderful posts! The only word I can think of is AMAZING!! You are truly amazing! I’m so glad you’re back!

    1. tinksquared

      You are so sweet Chris, thank you! I am glad to be back, I have always enjoyed blogging!

  3. Diane Obernesser

    I think that with all your knowledge of computers & software as well as your quilting & cooking, that it’s probably just the normal forgetfulness that comes as we age. I’ve found that I will struggle to remember something, & after a while if I move on to something else, the thing I wanted to remember will just pop into my mind. It’s just that we have so much in our heads that it takes a while for the proper paths to our memory to connect. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

  4. Pat

    I absolutely LOVE your quilt designs! Do you have patterns for sale? I’m most interested in Cleopatra Star, School House quilt and Ring of Oak. Thank you for your wonderful creativity.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you so much Pat, I appreciate it! I do not currently write quilt patterns for my designs, perhaps one day 🙂

  5. Kathy Lillard

    I have read that you currently do not sell your patterns, I am interested in Cleopatra’s Star. Are you sharing your designs by chance? or could you recommend a web site where I could get one, I really like this one though. Y ou are really talented. Unfortunately, I don’t have EQ8 or any other quilt designer.

    1. tinksquared

      I do not Kathy, I’m not sure I could ever write a quilt pattern, me and math! I appreciate the comment. I do design in EQ8 and simply work off the diagrams.

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