Ann

I learned to sew clothes with the help of Mom and nine years of 4-H sewing projects. After being a stay-at-home Mom, I landed in one of Dean Neumann’s university math classes to renew my teaching certificate. Now I have worked for EQ for over 23 years! I’ve worn many hats, but I really loved working on EQStitch. I had a sewing machine right in my office! Half my day was testing the software and the other half was testing the way EQStitch would embroider. Many times Dean walked by me and said with a smile, “You’re having fun, aren’t you?” I admit that it seemed like I was having “more fun than I should” since it was work after all. EQ has been a wonderful place for me. Blogging is not my forte, but I do love sharing my projects occasionally, and I hope that you enjoy them too.

Recent Posts by Ann

The Gift of Giving

Posted 12-23-2014 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   From Our Users   Just Because   Look What I Did   New to EQ   Uncategorized  

The Electric Quilt Company is a pretty small group and many of us crossover in our job duties. Whenever we would pass around a greeting card for all the employees to sign, Jan would always sign the card as “Jan-In Shipping” as if we could possibly be confused by any other “Jan.” Jan is a chatterbox of energy in our office who keeps us all in stitches (no pun intended) with her quick-witted one-liners or her Pig Latin conversations with Heidi. If you’ve ever called the “sales” line at Electric Quilt, you may have spoken with Jan.

Jan and her daughter, Ashley.

Jan lives just around the block from me and her daughters and my sons attended the same elementary school, junior high and high school. We attended school events together, chaperoned proms and so on for years. I think you’re a lucky person if you have friends at work who are also friends outside of work.

Jan’s oldest daughter, Ashley, is having a baby in January and so, of course, I wanted to make a baby quilt. Once again EQ’s quilt extraordinaire, Margaret, advised me with my fabric selections. She even contributed some fabric from her personal stash! I settled on a herringbone design for the front and large chevrons across the back. I was shooting for “vintage” on the front and “modern” on the back.

 

Again, I used EQStitch to generate files for the quilting. I chose “Flowing Foliage Border” from Volume 7. It was perfect running down each strip of the herringbone. This time, instead of hooping the whole sandwich, I used double-stick tape on the top of my hoop and large clips to hold the quilt sandwich in place. It was so fast this way! I had the whole top quilted in two evenings.

 

Ashley loves her cat, Ty, and so I thought of that as I made her label. If you’ve never used EQ7 to make a quilt label, then you’re really missing out! It is easy and super fun. We have a video on our website that demos how we do it. http://doyoueq.com/lessons/creating-quilt-labels-in-eq7/

I drew the cat holding the empty sign as a Patchdraw motif block, and drew 1 paw as a separate motif.

When I built the quilt, I set two paw motifs on Layer 2. I made a horizontal 1×1 quilt with no borders and set the cat motif on Layer 1. If you try this at home, you may see this “blue note” message:

This message reminds you how to enable EQ7 to set motifs on Layer 1.

Click Quilt>Quilt Worktable Options and uncheck this restriction.

Now I have my cat motif sitting on Layer 1.

Then I went to Layer 2 and added the paws and text.

I used File > Export Image and then changed to the Image worktable to open and print on fabric.

I really loved how this turned out.

So here I am at the baby shower with Ashley and the quilt. I think this girl is going to make a wonderful mother, and I know that “Jan-In Shipping” will be the best-ever fun and crazy grandmother (or grand “smother”, as she calls herself). I know there’s been a ton of research done on the benefits of giving—not just for the recipients but for the givers. Nothing could have made me happier than giving this quilt to Ashley. I hope all of you get to experience that gift of giving with your quiltmaking, your money, your volunteerism, whatever it is that you do. Do it today. It’s good for you and your community.

Ashley and I showing the quilt front.
And the more modern back.

Using EQStitch for Quilting!

Posted 10-22-2014 by | Posted in: Favorite Posts   From Our Users   Just Because   Look What I Did  

I had a lot of fun using EQStitch and my embroidery machine to quilt my most recent project – a baby quilt. I saw a similar baby quilt on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect project for quilting, block by block in the hoop, using my embroidery machine. I’m not totally sure why I thought this…because I thought it would be easy to find the center of a 4-inch square because it’s plain? Because I figured it would be a lot easier to handle the size of a baby quilt than something larger? Whatever the original thought, it turned out to be super easy AND super fun. If you like, you can download the EQStitch project or the EQ7 project and check it out. I assembled the top and the back and sprayed and pinned my quilt sandwich together. I was ready to start the quilting. Since I

Creating a Keepsake

Posted 08-14-2014 by | Posted in: From Our Users   Just Because   Look What I Did   Uncategorized  

There are so many different inspirations for quilting. Creating a keepsake for someone special is probably at the top of the list. Last August, my oldest son was getting married and, as a parent, you always want to do something special as a wedding gift – create a keepsake. Since I had worked for Electric Quilt for over 20 years, wasn’t the obvious gift a wedding quilt?  For an avid quilter, the answer would be an easy yes. For me, well, the answer was not so obvious. Yes, I know how to quilt, but I certainly would not call myself an avid quilter. My inspiration, or should I say, my “feeling of pressure” to make a quilt started in early 2013. I’m in product development here at EQ and was knee-deep in the release of EQStitch in early 2013. All I had time for at that point was to “think”