Feb. 25, 2015

2-Week Block Design Challenge for Everyone!


Don’t have EQ7? Win one!

This block design challenge is open to everyone! All you have to do is design a block using fabrics from Michael Miller’s Fiesta collection and submit it by Wednesday, March 11th!

Challenge Rules

Design a block using whatever method you’d like and color it with Fiesta fabrics. (Draw and color it on graph paper, design it using other software, etc.) You may also use 1 solid color if you’d like.
Submit an image/photo of your block using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
(One entry per person.)

View the Fiesta collection here

EQ7 users:

Create your block in EQ7 and color it with Fiesta fabrics using the free download below. You may also use 1 solid color if you’d like. Export a JPEG of your block and submit it using the Link Up feature at the bottom of this blog post.
(One entry per person.)

Download the Fiesta collection for EQ7 here

Submitting Your Block

You may submit a photo or image of your block whenever you’d like using the Link Up at the bottom of this blog post.

The challenge will close Wednesday, March 11th at 9am EST.
Winners will be announced Friday, March 13th.

Here’s how to create an image of your block if you are using EQ7:
(If you are not using EQ7 and need help submitting, simply take photo of your design and upload it.)

  1. With your block design on the Block Worktable, click FILE > Export Image.
  2. In the Export Image box, next to Save in, navigate to the folder where you’d like to save the image. Next to File Name, type a name for your file.  For Save as type, choose JPEG files.
  3. In the Export Image File of Block box, input these settings:
    Dimensions: type in the width and height you used to design the block
    Resolution: 150 dots per inch
    UNcheck Outline patches and Outline blocks
    JPEG Quality: 100
  4. Click OK.


There will be two winners: One from the EQ7 submissions and one from the non-EQ7 submissions.

MMfabricThe EQ7 block design winner will receive an EQ Prize pack of their choice, a 10-yard bundle of Fiesta fabrics and coordinating Cotton Couture Fabrics and a Cotton Couture color ring from Michael Miller Fabrics!


The non-EQ7 block design winner will receive the Electric Quilt 7 design software (available for PC or Mac), a 10-yard bundle of Fiesta fabrics and coordinating Cotton Couture Fabrics and a Cotton Couture color ring from Michael Miller Fabrics!

Start designing now. Two weeks will go by fast!

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Good luck :)

Feb. 25, 2015

Two Day Add-On Sale

Save 20% on select EQ add-on products!

Use code: MORE20 | Ends: February 26, 2015

Kaleidoscope Collection

Designed by Andrea Bishop
Foundation pieced blocks
CD-ROM for EQ5, EQ6 or EQ7

Installs 500 foundation piecing kaleidoscope blocks to your EQ library. Huge variety of styles: Stars, compasses, pinwheels, flowers, eight-pointed stars and more. Print foundation piecing patterns at any size.

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My Dream House

Designed by Angie Padilla
Appliqué blocks
CD-ROM for EQ5, EQ6 or EQ7

Installs over 450 appliqué pieces to mix and match! You get 15 dolls, 32 quilts, 127 blocks and 282 motifs included within EQ project files and EQ Block Libraries. Great for fused or needle-turn appliqué in any size you prefer.

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Star Power

Designed by Judy Martin
Rotary cuttable blocks
CD-ROM for EQ7

Installs 110 blocks and 61 quilt projects from Judy Martin’s out-of-print book, Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts. These spectacular designs can be used as Judy designed them, or changed to make your own.

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Feb. 24, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Grid Tool

The Grid Tool

The Grid tool lets you pull out a grid made up of evenly spaced horizontal and vertical lines. This is a fast and easy way to create a four patch or nine patch block. It is also useful to convert the grid lines to guides.

Setting up the Grid

To display the Grid Setup dialog, click on the small red square at the bottom-left corner of the Grid tool.

Enter the number of columns and rows you want for the grid. You can type in the number or click the arrow keys to adjust the number. The maximum number allowed is 10 for both columns and rows.

Click on the block where you want the grid to start. Hold down your mouse button and drag out the grid until it is the size you want.

Remember that the number refers to the number of divisions and not the number of lines being drawn. Do not set both values to 1 because nothing happens when you draw with the tool. Make sure at least one of the values is greater than 1.

Be sure the number of divisions in the grid agrees with the number of snap grid points for the drawing board. For example, you do not want 3 divisions if grid points are set to 11×11.

Feb. 23, 2015

Close to Hampton, Virginia? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Feb. 20, 2015

EQ Staff Fun – Favorite Boutique Collections!

We had so much fun with our last intra-office challenge that we decided to do it again! This time we each choose our favorite My EQ Boutique Block Collection and designed a quilt using the blocks.

Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think! If you’re ever designing in EQ7, snap a quick pic and post it to social media with the hashtag #ShowMeYourScreen.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!



Crop Circles by Denise Russart

“I am just starting to think about Easter and these blocks (Crop Circles) by Denise Russart seem a little egg-esque. I used Double Circle (8DCB & 6DCB) and her Four Patch Block in an alternating pattern.  The newest Stash has adorable springy fabrics that add some fun scrappiness.” -Heidi


ChristineAll Aboard by Sindy Rodenmayer

“I have a cousin who just loves trains. When I saw Sindy Rodenmayer’s All Aboard blocks, I thought of him and how much he’d love a train quilt on his bed! I decided to add some embroidered steam (Using EQStitch) for a little texture and to unite the top and bottom of the design.” -Christine



Sea Life by Janeen van Niekerk and Sea Life 2 by Janeen van Niekerk

“A friend of mine just had triplets–2 girls and 1 boy. This design is for the little boy, Parker. Although, a quick swap of some fabrics (and the applique name, of course), and the girls, Quinn and Alexa, could have one too! This design uses blocks from the 2 Sea Life collections by Janeen van Niekerk and miscellaneous fabrics.” -Sara


JennyDowntown by Erin McMorris

“I’ve loved these building blocks since they first appeared on our site! I pictured them set against a night sky and added some wonky stars blocks to finish the scene. They sky area would be a great place to show off some free motion quilting.” -Jenny

Feb. 20, 2015

Spend $25, Save 25% on Boutique Block Libraries

Get big savings on Boutique products! Spend $25, and save 25% on any of over 100 Boutique block libraries! These library blocks automatically link to your EQ7 library. Use them to design your next quilt, or edit to make them your own!

Use code: 25SAVE25 | Sale ends: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Feb. 18, 2015

See what’s new for EQStitch!

Designer/author/teacher (of our online classes – EQ University and our in person classes – EQ Academy) Yvonne Menear’s latest project is two different library styles. Download them now!

You must have the EQStitch plug-in to install this product. It will not work with EQ7 alone.