Christine

I love sharing photos of EQ-designed quilts and info about the designer! EQ users are always encouraged to send us photos of their projects so we can show our readers. I also like to follow our EQ Artists and share what they’re currently up to. Whether it’s a new book, free patterns or EQ tutorials, they’ve always got something worth sharing!

Recent Posts by Christine

New EQ Artist: Sarah Maxwell!

Posted 08-04-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists  

EQ welcomes its newest EQ Artist, Sarah Maxwell of Designs By Sarah J!

Sarah has been using EQ to design many quilts that have been featured in several magazines as well as for Marcus Fabrics. She also has her own fabric designs! Below is a write up from Sarah about one of her favorite quilts designed in EQ featuring her fabric line, A Shout, a Whisper, a Text.

“When I designed the Shout line, I knew I wanted to feature a pattern that merged a traditional block with a modern sense of design. I also wanted to use every fabric in my line in the quilt (of course!)

Since I’ve always loved shoo fly, churn dash and monkey wrench variations, I downloaded those blocks from my EQ block library and started playing.

With 18 fabrics in the line, the shoo fly block just didn’t have enough patches to handle all the colors and prints in a pleasing layout.

Monkey wrench was better since it divided the center squares into two parts, but I still needed more positions for fabrics.

So, I started wondering what would happen if I added more pieces to the monkey wrench block without disrupting it’s overall shape. After lots of experimenting, I added one diagonal line from corner to corner of the block. Then, the fun really began as I experimented with light and dark color combos and placing those combos into various settings.

The diagonal rainbow progression of colors came together very quickly.

Dashing Spectrum by Sarah Maxwell

Dashing Spectrum finishes at 72″ x 84″.  This is my favorite type of quilt–it looks complex and difficult, but it’s actually very simple piecing.

Like most quilters today, my days are filled with competing demands and deadlines. Electric Quilt lets me make the most of my design time. Because I can import my fabric images, I can quickly audition ideas and “see” what they will look like before I ever cut or sew a piece.”

- EQ Artist, Sarah Maxwell

Check out Sarah’s EQ Artist profile and visit her website to see more of her fabulous designs!

EQ Academy 2017 Recap!

Posted 04-26-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Academy  

Scroll down to see the photo gallery! Another great weekend of fun and learning at EQ Academy 2017! We saw many familiar faces and met lots of new EQ users too. It’s so fun meeting the people who use our products and putting faces to names that call our Tech Support number! We are always floored to see what our students learn to do in the 3 days they are here. Our EQ Teachers are awesome! The EQ Staff always enjoys EQ Academy, but what matters more is what our students think. Here are a couple of quotes from this year’s students: “Thank you to the EQ staff for all you did! A special thank you to Mary Ellen Kranz for an amazing 3 days of fun and learning! She has so much knowledge and patience, I would enjoy taking all my classes from her. And a thank you to

Q&A with Dawn Golstab

Posted 04-13-2017 by | Posted in: Q&A  

While at QuiltCon in February, we couldn’t help but spend our precious free time wandering through the quilt gallery and admiring all the creative designs! Dawn Golstab was one of several designers who mentioned their use of EQ7 in their quilt description so we reached out to her! If you haven’t already seen her award-winning quilt, scroll down to check it out along with several other quilts she’s designed in EQ. EQ: Hi Dawn! Tell us a bit about yourself. Dawn: I think I have always had a sewing machine in my life.  When I learned to sew, it was all about new outfits!  As I got older my sewing expanded to include home décor, mostly curtains & throw pillows and then pretty dresses for my daughter.  There were periods, of course, where life gets in the way and the sewing machine was neglected, but never abandoned!  About 5 years

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. 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! EQ: Hi Amy! Congratulations on the release of your

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