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. Electric Quilt 1 – 7 Product Boxes 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…
The January/February issue of Quiltmaker is now available. You’ll find the EQ7 Creative Spark article on page 28! This Creative Spark focuses on the Custom Set layout. Using a custom set quilt layout gives you a “blank canvas” on which you can set blocks of different sizes and shapes. Emily Bailey’s Bear Scraps quilt uses three different block sizes. Once you have your custom set quilt designed in EQ7, you can easily try out other blocks in the same layout. Blank custom set layout in EQ7 Auditioning different blocks in the same layout If you’d like to learn more about Custom Set, here’s a video with an overview of the feature: You can find the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: Designing a Custom Set Quilt in EQ7
The new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is out! You can find my article on page 86! It talks about how to make a simple diagonal striped block and make lots of different layouts and designs. There are also lots of ideas, tricks and tips included as well as a lesson. The lesson has step-by-step directions on how to make this adorable Cat Chevron Quilt! There is also an EQ7 file (opens a PDF that includes a link to the EQ7 project) to download with the Cat Chevron quilt and all the following quilts (and more) included! I hope you like it!
Have you received your newest issue of Quiltmaker yet? Grab your copy and check out the EQ7 Creative Spark feature on page 38! This feature focuses on the fabric coloring tools. Using the Fussy Cut and Rotate Fabric tools, you can see exactly what your finished quilt will look like! Visit Quiltmaker’s site to see the companion EQ7 lesson for the article: EQ7 Fussy Cut and Rotate Fabric Tools
EQ7 user Janice Averill has another stunning design in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker! Her beautiful quilt is also the focus of the newest Creative Spark feature on page 39 of the magazine. Rudeneja, pictured above, is made of a single block repeated and rotated to create the intricate design. Changing the color placement in the patches of the individual block results in very different quilts! Make sure you check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: EQ7 Coloring Tools
One block can offer a variety of different looks, all depending on the layout it’s placed in. That’s the topic of the newest Creative Spark article in the July/August issue of Quiltmaker. Using the block from Deborah Johnson’s Fresh Fleurs quilt (p. 22), I created some fun design variations in EQ7: Hard to believe that the four quilts above all use the same, simple block! To get the details on how to make these layouts, check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: One Block, Lots of Layouts!
The new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is out! You can find my article on page 90! It talks about how to make house blocks more modern. There are lots of ideas, tricks and tips includes as well as a lesson which also includes and EQ7 file to download with the following quilts included! I hope you like it!
Hello and welcome to my stop on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! For those of you who are visiting for the first time, here’s a little introduction– My name’s Jenny Novinsky and I’ve worked here at Electric Quilt for more than 10 years. I started as a graphic design intern during my junior year of college, and they just haven’t been able to get rid of me! I did a little bit of sewing here and there as I was growing up (mostly 4-H projects), but I didn’t become a quilter until I worked here at EQ. I could design a beautiful quilt in EQ long before I could actually sew them. But you can only be surrounded by quilty things for so long before you want to make them yourself, so now my sewing skills have caught up with my EQ skills! Here’s my Vol. 11 block, #1026 Scout’s…
The new issue of Quiltmaker is now available and you can find EQ’s Creative Spark on page 35! The Serendipity feature on the Block Worktable has lots of options for creating new blocks quickly. The Merge Blocks tool allows you to combine two blocks into one new design. Check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: Merging Blocks to Create New Designs in EQ7