I hemmed and hawed at getting EQ7, software that allows you to design your own quilts, for months. It is a pretty big investment and I was not sure I would enjoy using it. I made the jump after deciding I could use it for mock ups of quilts for lectures. I have not made any quilts from it but I am working on creating a paper pieced quilt for someday. I also want to make the most amazing scrap quilt that is modern ever.
Things I like about it:
Amazing online support with video tutorials from the company as well as the people of YouTube.
While the fabrics preloaded into the software leave a lot to be desired from a modern quilter, there are a ton of solid colors! Like every color in the world!
You can use is like graph paper except you do not have to restart every time you want to make a change.
The tools in the quilt generator part make it super easy to randomize.
It will print off paper piece templates for you! And piecing diagrams! And you can break out blocks to make your own patterns!
It is so versatile. I have made these quilts using the software and they are all so different!
You can mock up improv piecing fairly well.
It is super easy to grab pictures while you work. The images are super high quality!
I am not sure if you are able to make a quilt design where the block are different sized i.e. mixing 24″ blocks and 12″ blocks.
There are no tutorials online for creating modern quilts but I feel like this will become easier with time.
I love this software and it is amazingly addictive. There is a slight learning curve but once you get going the steps become intuitive. If you are on the fence about buying it I would totally do it! HOURS go by and I do not even notice when I am in the zone with this.
I do not know how to completely get rid of the borders. You can make them white and then they do not show up on the pictures.