Jenny

I started working at Electric Quilt as a graphic design intern back in 2001 and stayed on after I graduated from college. I’ve caught the quilting bug while working here at EQ–you can only see so many beautiful quilts before you want to try making one yourself! I blog about everything from sewing to EQ tutorials. My favorite posts are the sew alongs I get to host with all of you!

Recent Posts by Jenny

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Pyramid Kite

Posted 08-13-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block! Let’s get creative!

This month’s block: Pyramid Kite

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Balloons & Kites

A few design ideas to get you started

For my first quilt, I created two different blocks from the Pyramid Kite block using Create Serendipity > Shrink & Flip.

Here’s what the two Shrink & Flip blocks look like. I could have set each Pyramid Kite block in the quilt and rotated them each individually to achieve the same look, but creating these two blocks in Serendipity first made it much faster when I set them in the quilt!

It may be a little harder to spot the individual block in this next layout, but it is the Pyramid Kite! This quilt is a Variable Point layout, with blocks that are set to 16 inches wide by 11 inches high.

What would you design with the Pyramid Kite block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.

Share your Quilt on Facebook!

If you have a Facebook account, why not share your design on the Do You EQ page too?

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Facebook.
  4. Follow the prompts to log into your Facebook account.
  5. Type a message to go along with your post.
  6. Check the box to post your quilt design to our Do You EQ Facebook page too!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Arrowheads

Posted 07-11-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Arrowheads Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Maltese Cross A few design ideas to get you started Here is a simple 3 x 3 on-point layout. I’ve paired the Arrowheads block with another block from the Maltese Cross section called Kaleidoscope Variation. I like the little secondary design in the corners! And here I’ve used it as the focal point of a custom set layout. (I like this one so much, I might actually make it!) What would you design with the Arrowheads block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex

Flag-Inspired Projects

Posted 06-14-2018 by | Posted in: Downloads  

It’s Flag Day here in the United States! Celebrate the stars and stripes with one of our favorite flag projects! Please note: You must have EQ8, EQ7, or EQ Mini software to use these project downloads. Folksy Flag Click here to download the EQ project file for Folksy Flag. Modern Memorial Click here to download the EQ project file for Modern Memorial. Independence Day Click here to download the EQ project file for Independence Day. November Honor Click here to download the EQ project file November Honor. American Pride Click here to download the EQ project file American Pride. Independence Day Celebration Click here to download the EQ project file for Independence Day Celebration. Flashy Flag Click here to download the EQ project file for Flashy Flag.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Chicago Star

Posted 06-11-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the second post in our new series called EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we’ll highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block! Stretch those design muscles and get creative! This month’s block: Chicago Star Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Stars A few design ideas to get you started For this quilt, I created a new block by editing the Chicago Star block to the Block Worktable. I deleted a few lines and added a few new ones. This made it easy for the crosses to line up between the two alternating blocks: I grabbed a few blocks from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Flowerbed Foundations section and planted some flowers for this design: What would you design with the Chicago Star block? Post a quilt or

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Contrary Wife Variation

Posted 05-09-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

We’re starting a new series here on the blog called EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we’ll highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block! Stretch those design muscles and get creative! There are over 6,000 blocks in the EQ8 Block Library, so this should keep us busy for quite a while! This month’s block: Contrary Wife Variation Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Diamond in a Square A few design ideas to get you started These two quilts use the same simple layout (Horizontal,  2 x 2), but the colorings create two very different quilts: Here I’ve paired it with a simple chain block for a classic design: What would you design with the Contrary Wife Variation block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can

The Story of our Holiday Sunbonnet Sue

Posted 12-01-2017 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ News and Press   EQ8  

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll notice that each year around this time, we have a cute little visitor to our site: It’s our friend, Sunbonnet Sue, and she has the very important job of decorating the tree each year! She holds a special place in our hearts here at EQ and I thought I’d share a little bit about her story today. Penny McMorris & Dean Neumann, EQ founders The Sunbonnet Sue animation was created by Dean Neumann, EQ co-founder and programmer. She made her first appearance on our site back in 1996, shortly after our first website was launched. EQ3 was our current version of the software at that time. EQ3 could only export PCX files (PiCture eXchange) for images. Dean made the animation by drawing individual blocks on the Block Worktable for each of the movements. He exported a PCX for each block and

EQ8 Top 10: #3 Patchmaker Tools!

Posted 11-10-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #3 – Applique Patchmaker Tools Create stars, posies and quilting stencils with simple-to-use controls. No drawing involved! These new applique tools make creating these shapes easy and fun! These new tools will be available when you choose the Shapes tool on an applique block or motif (StencilMaker only available for Motifs). StarMaker Play around with the settings to see the different star shapes you can create! PosieMaker Quickly fill a basket with different kinds of flowers! StencilMaker (only available for motifs) Add these original stencil designs to layer 3 of your quilt! See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.