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Q&A with Amy Friend + GIVEAWAY!

Posted 03-03-2017 by | Posted in: Q&A  

This contest is now closed. The winner is…………. Debbie Harman! Debbie – check your inbox for an email from us! Thanks to everyone who participated! :)

Want another chance to win a great prize? Amy’s giving away an EQ7! Head over to During Quiet Time for details.

I’m sure many of you have seen the amazing paper-pieced creations by Amy Friend (of During Quiet Time). In case you haven’t, I’ve included some images below.

Stars Hollow Quilt by Amy Friend

My Tribe by Amy Friend

Caged Quilt by Amy Friend (displayed at QuiltCon 2017)

See more of Amy’s quilts on her blog here.

Amy uses EQ7 to design her incredible paper-pieced blocks and quilts and so we had to share them with you! Plus she just released a new book, “Improv Paper Piecing.” Read our Q&A to find out more about the book, how Amy uses EQ7 for paper piecing and see a few quilts from her book! Plus, there’s a giveaway!

Amy Friend

EQ: Hi Amy! Congratulations on the release of your new book “Improv Paper Piecing.” Tell us a bit about yourself and the book.
Amy: From the time I was a child, I have always loved to create. My interests have been broad, ranging from drawing and painting to printmaking and sewing.  I studied Art History and worked for years as a museum curator.  When my children were little, I launched my web site, During Quiet Time, where I share my modern quilt designs and patterns.  I have authored two books, Intentional Piecing: From Foundation Piecing to Fussy Cutting and Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design.  I am really excited about my newest book which is now shipping!  I am a self-confessed paper piecing fanatic and have combined the freedom of design that paper piecing offers with the quirks and spontaneity of improv to come up with a new approach to design that I am calling improv paper piecing.

“Improv Paper Piecing” by Amy Friend

EQ: If you had to pick the best part of your book, what would it be and why?
Amy: I think my book is approachable for those who are a little nervous about improv.  I hear people say that they do not know how to approach an improv project and are worried about not liking the results when they are done and wasting all that fabric.  My book provides not only 10 patterns for those who love the look but don’t want to design their own quilts but also design prompts and exercises to walk you step by step through the design process so it isn’t scary.  I start by using traditional blocks to explain the process of numbering and grouping paper pieced sections and also as the first improv design prompts.  This makes every quilter comfortable right away!  As Pat Sloan said, “Amy erases all fears of trying something new with chapter after chapter of lessons to help you branch into her freeform, improvisational-style paper piecing techniques.

EQ: What are your favorite quilts in the book and why?
Amy: Oh gosh, that’s hard.  I like different quilts for different reasons!
One of my favorites is Paper Trail.  This quilt design looks so good in all different color schemes (I mocked a number of them up in EQ before deciding) but was also perfect for my stash of low volume fabrics.  Plus, I had been wanting to make a cinnamon colored quilt and this was a great opportunity to do that.  In my book, I confess that sometimes I think seams are beautiful…and the seams in Paper Trail are beautiful.
I also love Catawampus!  I used a wide variety of fall inspired solids and prints and really enjoyed selecting the fabric strips as I sewed.  I have never used yellow as a background fabric color before so that was a fun departure for me.  I love the way it turned out.

Paper Trail by Amy Friend

Catawampus by Amy Friend

EQ: What role did EQ7 play in the creation of this book?
Amy: I used EQ7 for all my design work.  I improvisationally sketched my blocks in EQ and then put the blocks through a series of layout possibilities. I took advantage of the ability to easily rotate my blocks and flip them to create powerful, modern layouts.  Here is an example of the stages that my Peacock Crossing quilt went through during the design process.

Peacock Crossing in EQ7

Peacock Crossing variation in EQ7

Peacock Crossing finished quilt

EQ: In your opinion, how does EQ7 compare to other methods of designing?
Amy: I enjoy using EQ7 because it saves me so much time.  I could accomplish the same thing through sketching and then a series of more accurate drawings and photocopies, etc.  But it would take me so much longer.  There are other programs that are not made exclusively for quilting that could also get me where I want to go but require a lot more knowhow and training. I was able to learn EQ7 on my own and apply it to my design work relatively quickly.

EQ: What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about buying EQ7?
Amy: I think that you need to know yourself. If you are more likely to follow patterns, or just want to select, layout and recolor traditional blocks and/or you are intimidated by software programs, EQ Mini might suit you just fine. If you are a quilter who wants to design his or her own quilts from scratch, I would highly recommend EQ7.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Amy. Where can people find more information about you and your book?
Amy: I have a page set up on my blog all about my book. You can visit it here. You can purchase the book on Amazon or get a signed copy directly from my in my Etsy shop.

Please take a moment to visit my blog and my pattern shop. :)

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Amy was nice enough to let us borrow her quilts for our booth at QuiltCon in Savannah so I had to share a photo of that too. She even did a book signing! So many people stopped by to admire her work. Can’t wait to see more of her EQ creations!

Amy’s quilts in the EQ Booth at QuiltCon 2017

Amy’s book signing


We will give away 1 copy of Amy’s new book, “Improv Paper Piecing.”

To enter, leave a comment below and tell us which of Amy’s quilts is your favorite! (View Amy’s quilts here.)

Rules: One comment per person. Comment must include the name of one of Amy’s quilts. Entries accepted until Tuesday, March 14th at 11:59pm EST. Contest open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Winner will be selected at random and announced Wednesday, March 15th. Good luck! :)

New Stash Download!

Posted 03-02-2017 by | Posted in: New Products  

Design with the NEWEST fabrics on the market! Download over 1,400 fabrics for your EQ software for just $7.95!!! Here’s a quick look at the collections in the new download: Like what you see? Click here to buy now!

We’re going to QuiltCon!

Posted 02-11-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists   EQ News and Press  

We’re so excited to be vending at QuiltCon this year in Savannah, Georgia!  If you’re there, be sure to stop at booth #337! Here’s what we’ll have going on… Awesome quilts     You’ll love the quilts in our booth because they belong to two super talented EQ users and authors, Amy Friend and Christa Watson. You’ll see Christa’s “Ripples” quilt,  Amy’s “Wings” quilt and lots more! Book Signings     You’ll have the chance to meet and chat with Christa and Amy on Friday. They’ll be doing signings of their newest books… and selling them too! Christa’s signing: Friday, 12pm – 1pm Amy’s signing: Friday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EQ Demos Stop in any time to see us demonstrate EQ7 and EQ Mini. Ask questions and take advantage of the one-on-one time you’ll get with an EQ employee. Show savings & Giveaways All the products in our booth will be

Look who uses EQ!

Posted 02-02-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists  

If you’re looking for some EQ tips, inspiration and incredible quilts, follow Amy Friend (During Quiet Time) and Christa Watson (Christa Quilts). They’ll be posting about their use of EQ7 all year long! We’re so excited to see what they create with EQ7 in 2017! A little background… Amy Friend Amy Friend is a former museum curator who currently spends her days designing patterns, quilting and sewing. She’s been using EQ7 since 2011 and has designed some pretty amazing quilts with it! Amy says: “I love designing paper pieced patterns. EQ7 makes it easy for me to draw my pattern, group and number it, and print my patterns as a PDF with seam allowances around each section. It saves me so much time and frustration leaving me more time for design–which is the part that I really love!”   Amy has also authored 2 books: Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting

EQ25 – Grand Prize Giveaway Winners!

Posted 12-05-2016 by | Posted in: EQ25  

Before I get to the winners, I’d like to say thank you to all who participated in making our 25th Anniversary so great! I really enjoyed reading all your comments and well wishes. We have the BEST customers! Please continue to give us feedback, ask for help or just say “Hi” once in a while. I must also send a special thank you to our sponsors. If you have time, spend a few minutes checking out these companies because they are AWESOME! Most of them have been great friends of EQ and some are new friends. We are so grateful for their support and look forward to working together again. Additionally, thank you to all our friends, fans and EQ Artists who’ve helped celebrate this year! Okay, now for the winners… Grand Prizes The 1st Place Prize goes to: Kathy Timmons! The 2nd Place Prize goes to: Allison Dutton! The

EQ25 – Grand Prize Giveaway!

Posted 11-30-2016 by | Posted in: EQ25  

The grand prize giveaway is now closed. Winners have been announced! See who won here. It’s finally here… it’s what we’ve been looking forward to all year long: Our 25th Anniversary Grand Prize Giveaway!! A quick recap All year long, we’ve been celebrating our 25th Anniversary of being in business. With the help of our awesome sponsors, we’ve given away lots of great prizes in our monthly blog contests. If you entered into any of these contests, then you were entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway! There were 11 monthly contests (January-November) thus giving you 11 possible entries toward the Grand Prizes. If you missed the contests, you can submit a video as a bonus entry if you’d like.  You can still do this until Monday, December 5th at 9am EST. Click here to submit a video. Prizes In case you haven’t seen the prizes yet, here they are… 1st

New Products by Amy Heaton!

Posted 11-19-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ Designers   EQ News and Press   New Products  

Just when you thought you had all the blocks you’ll ever need (wait, does that really happen?)… 2 NEW Boutique Collections: Picnic Parade and Chains of Flora by Amy Heaton Picnic Parade Quilt Pattern by Amy Heaton Includes 6 new blocks and sewing instructions. $6.95 Download Now >> (EQ7 Required.) Here’s a preview of some of the blocks you’ll get with this download: And here’s the quilt: This pattern can be used as a single row to complete a much larger seasonal quilt (or simply repeat this row as many times as you like). It also includes border instructions to be used a Table Runner for picnics or for those of you who love to go “glamping” for use in a camper/RV. Intermediate skill level for basic piecing and lots of applique. Read more about this product >> – – – Chains of Flora Quilt Pattern by Amy Heaton Includes