Oct. 01, 2014

Quilted in Honor Quilt Design Challenge: Design Entries

Link up your Quilted in Honor Quilt Design Challenge entries here!

We’ve partnered with Island Batik to bring you a quilt design challenge featuring the Quilted in Honor fabric collection by Kathy Engle for Island Batik. The Quilted in Honor fabric collection was created to benefit Operation Homefront. You can read more about the Quilted in Honor project by clicking here.

Here’s a quick recap of the rules:

  • You must design your quilt using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) design software.
  • The quilt design must be colored with Quilted in Honor fabrics ONLY!
  • Three design categories to choose from: Pieced, Appliqué, or Combination (pieced + appliqué)
  • Any size!
  • No sewing required. The “virtual” EQ7 quilt design is all that’s needed to enter.
  • One entry per person

Submission Guidelines

Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the image of your quilt). The link up will be open until Friday, October 3 at 5pm EST. Winner will be announced shortly after.

Judging

Winners will be chosen by special guest judges Annie Unrein and Pat Sloan.

Annie-Unrein Pat-Sloan

Prizes

One winner will be chosen from each of the three categories (Pieced, Appliqué, and Combination)

If your quilt makes the top 50 best designs, we will ask you to send us the project file. These will be available for all users as free EQ7 project downloads on DoYouEQ.com!

Each winner will receive:

An Island Batik fabric bundle consisting of 5 yards of their bright and colorful new batiks!

IslandBatikFabricBundles

An EQ with Me book of the winner’s choice

And an EQ Stash Online download of their choice

Good luck!

Oct. 01, 2014

Peel and Stick Inkjet Fabric 40% off! Plus two free projects! And a lesson!

Our Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric is on sale right now! It is 40% off! (Use the code CRAFTY) The sale is today only!
There are so many fun projects you can do with Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric but one of my favorites is onsie stickers. You may have seen these in baby photos. There is a sticker for each month. You put the sticker on the baby’s onsie and take a photo on the monthly “birthday”.

Here are some I made in EQ7! You can download the EQ7 file here.

(With EQ you can change the color, size, font, and there are 6 more blocks to choose from.)

Or you can download the PDF versions of these too!

Get the Grey PDF version here
or the Pink PDF version here.
As previously mentioned, there are more blocks to choose from in the EQ7 project.
And of course, you can recolor, change the font, edit the blocks, add more months, and more

And now, in case you’d like to know, here is how I did this in EQ7.

First, I drew the blocks.

Click Worktable > Work on Block

Block > New Block > EasyDraw + PatchDraw > click the Applique tab at the bottom of your screen

Use the Oval  and Polygon tool to draw your shapes. Click on the black triangles to see that they both have fly out menus that contain more shapes.

Also helpful are the Send to Back and Bring to Front buttons (pink)  and the Center button (purple).

With a block like “2 months” below, I used another tool – The Wreathmaker (orange).

First I drew my circle and one small heart.

Then, I clicked the Wreathmaker tool. You can adjust all the sliders and the preview will show how it effects the block. If you don’t like your results, hit undo and try again (and again and again, if you’d like).

Each time you are done with a block, don’t forget to click Add to Sketchbook to save it.

Ok, so now let’s start on the “quilt”.

Click Worktable > Work on Quilt

Quilt > New Quilt > Horizontal

Click your Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Make your quilt 3 x 4 (=12 for 12 months)

Click the Borders tab at the bottom of your screen.
Delete any borders.
Click the Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Make the finished size of your blocks 2.75 x 2.75 (This makes your quilt 8.25 x 11. This is important because you want to print the “quilt” on a piece of Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric which is 8.5 x 11)

Click the Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Click the Set Block  tool and click in a square on the quilt.

Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of your screen.

Click the Set Applique Text  tool.

Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and drag out a text box.
You can use the Paintbrush tool to change the color or fabric.
Use the Adjust tool to change the size and location on the text.

Don’t forget to Add to Sketchbook when you’re done.

Click File > Print > Quilt

Uncheck all the boxes under Options.

If you are printing on Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric change your printer settings to thick paper, if possible.

Then, just cut out the circles, and you’re done! They make a great baby shower gift :)

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! You can also download these cute Halloween Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric printouts too! Of course, with EQ7 you can recolor, resize, move, layer, etc.

You can download this EQ7 project here.

They would work for onsies but would be great for lots of other fun things too!

If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com.

Sep. 30, 2014

Close to Fredericksburg, VA? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Sep. 29, 2014

Get your stencils onto your quilt without tracing!

One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea.

Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt.

Here is what she did:

Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt.

Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil?

  (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.)

After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she printed it on the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy. The Solvy runs right through your printer, just like a piece of regular paper would.

Jodie peeled the back of the Solvy off and stuck the adhesive side onto her quilt.

Jodie had the eagle quilted by Debra Staley and then gave her quilt a wash.

Jodie did a wonderful job! The quilt is named, “Time on Whidbey Island” and it was a gift for Jodie’s neighbors, Tom and Jean. Lucky them!

If you are interested in the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy, here is a video explaining a little more about it (starting at the 5:50 point).

And thanks to Jodie for sharing, what a great idea!

Sep. 26, 2014

EQ7 Mystery Quilt in The Canadian Quilter – Part 2

  The Canadian Quilterhas written a great multi-part series, making a Mystery Quilt with EQ7.

In May they published the first installment. It talks about fabrics – including importing your own fabrics, downloading them from manufacturers websites (Northcott has a button right on their site!) and installing our free fabric downloads, amongst other things. You can read more about it here.

Now, the Autumn 2014 issue is out. It covers lots of topics including saving, opening and renaming projects and quilts. The Author, Lauren MacDonald, talks about icons and the different worktables. She also covers saving personal fabric libraries, and more!

Sep. 26, 2014

Want More Blocks for Your EQ7 Library?

Download and install pieced blocks Friday and Saturday at 20% off! Watch a video to see how easy it is to purchase, download, install and USE these awesome blocks!

Sale ends Saturday, September 27, 2014 at midnight EDT.

Sep. 24, 2014

Janice Averill’s Magic Stars Quilt

In the September/October issue of Quiltmaker you’ll find Janice Averill’s gorgeous Magic Stars quilt.

When you look at this quilt, you wouldn’t believe that the individual block looks like this:

On Quiltmaker’s blog, Janice shares how she drew the block in EQ7 and gives a peek into her design process. It’s quite interesting to read about diagonal designs and see her work evolve from grayscale to color.

The Magic Stars quilt is also the focus for this month’s Scrap Squad and you should see the beautiful variations this month’s crew is sewing up! Margaret Kennedy used EQ7 to play with color and layout:

And Beth Kerr Helfter re-drafted to a size she was more comfortable working with and combined four blocks into one larger block like this:

Click here to check out all the Scrap Squad posts for Magic Stars!

Images in this post courtesy of Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.