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Win $100 to Fat Quarter Shop!

Posted 02-10-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Contests EQ25 Favorite Posts

Welcome to the second of ELEVEN giveaways we’re hosting on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. February’s Featured Sponsor: Fat Quarter Shop!  They’ve provided a $100 gift certificate for one lucky winner on our blog! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: What are your favorite fabric themes (batiks, reproductions, florals, etc.) and who are your favorite fabric designers? Wait, there’s more! Win an EQ7 on Fat Quarter Shop’s Blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the 25th of every month. Participation in each monthly EQ contest counts as one entry toward the grand prize giveaways thus allowing for up to 11 entries for the grand prizes. No entries are given to entrants in other blog contests. A bonus entry can…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #28

Posted 02-07-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

It is unseasonably warm in British Columbia, Canada where I live.  We have very little snow or cold days.  To my surprise my Daffodils are all ready coming up!  I have decided to create a quick machine embroidery pattern that I can stitch onto quilted pot holders from my local dollar store. Open your EQStitch  program. Click on the stitch worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on Libraries>Block Library a the top of the top of the screen. In the library box, click on the words  search> by note card. Type in the word Daffodil. My program showed several designs in the library with the word Daffodil listed. I scrolled to the end to find the linear drawing of a Daffodil. Click on the daffodil of your choice and add it to the sketchbook. Click on view sketchbook icon at the top of the screen. Locate the…

Q&A with Deb Grogan

Posted 02-04-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Favorite Posts From Our Users Q&A

You’re probably looking at this adorable quilt wondering where you saw it… It’s on the cover of the newest Quiltmaker Magazine! “Zoe Zebra” was designed by EQ user, Deb Grogan. I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk with her about this one! Read through my interview with Deb to find out how she created this cute quilt! EQ: Congrats on making the cover of Quiltmaker Magazine! Your Zoe Zebra quilt is just adorable! How does it feel to see YOUR design on the cover?! Deb: Well, it was quite a surprise that’s for sure and quite an honor.  This is actually my very first magazine submission too. EQ: Wow! Well good for you, that’s incredible! Tell us a bit about yourself, Deb. Deb: I am an artist and have worked in art licensing for many years.  My art has been on products ranging from dishes, paper goods, kitchen textiles,…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #27

Posted 01-31-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Designs are open to interpretation.  Any design can be stitched several different ways.  Start with a linear design and change it to meet the technique style you want to work in. Open your EQStitch to the embroidery stitch worktable. Create a design with your drawing tools or use some artwork from the built in libraries. I used a paint brush design from the built in Stitching Library. Digitize the design in different ways to see what style works best.  Maybe you are in the mood for a filled design or a red work design.  You get to decide how you will use the artwork and can vary your approach using the same design with different stitch applications.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #26

Posted 01-24-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I love to learn new things.  I feel energized to try something new or different than my normal projects when I learn (attempt to learn) a new skill.   I know that  failing is a part of learning.  Even when I fail to produce something the way I wanted, I have learned what not to do the next time.  The one thing that keeps me from learning as much as I want to is  time.  With traveling so much to teach classes, I often don’t have the time to take classes.  This is where the internet helps me.  I can sign up for and download classes on the web so I can watch and listen to them when I am on the road teaching a class.  Often, when I am staying in hotels, I can begin to create my designs on the computer with the new skills I obtained through…

New fabrics to design with!

Posted 01-23-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Downloads EQ Company News Favorite Posts More for EQers New Products

Have you seen Michael Miller’s new fabrics? How about Art Gallery’s new collections? With our newest download of EQ Stash Online, you can add over 1,200 of the newest fabrics to your EQ7 in seconds! Download and install EQ Stash Online directly into your EQ7. In seconds, you’ll have the newest fabrics from Andover Fabrics Art Gallery Fabrics FreeSpirit Fabrics Hoffman Fabrics Michael Miller Fabrics Moda Fabrics Northcott Fabrics Riley Blake Designs Robert Kaufman Company Timeless Treasures Download EQ Stash Online now and start designing with the NEWEST fabrics in stores! Add even more fabrics to your EQ7 with these:

EQ on the Modern Sewciety Podcast!

Posted 01-22-2016 by Christine | Posted in: EQ25 Favorite Posts

Have you ever listened to Stephanie at Modern Sewciety?! She has an AWESOME podcast! If you like to listen at work or while your sewing, driving, cooking or whenever… jump over to her site and subscribe! She chats with people like Christa Watson (ChristaQuilts), Angela Pingel, Tula Pink, Amy & David Butler and SO many more talented people! Stephanie was nice enough to invite me on to her Podcast to discuss all of our fun plans for our 25th Anniversary. We talked all about our giveaways, contests, sponsors, amazing prizes and more! We also discussed a lot about our company and products. Go listen to all the ways you can win big in 2016! Listen to my chat with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety here: http://www.modernsewciety.com/ms-episode-081-electric-quilt-company.html

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #25

Posted 01-17-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

There is more than one way to accomplish something.  This is especially true with digitizing.  You can approach a design in so many different ways utilizing different tools and techniques to come up with the same results.  One way to demonstrate this is with a mathematical equation.  How many ways can you describe the number ’4′?  Use your text tool to demonstrate how you would come up with the number ’4′. Click on the embroidery work table to select it.  Make sure you are on the embroidery worktable. In the drawing board options box, set the hoop size to 200 x 200 (8 inches) and turn off the edge stitches and select a smooth fill stitch.  Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the new properties. Click on the text tool to select it. Move the cursor over to the hoop area and…

January Contest – Win Michael Miller Fabrics!

Posted 01-10-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Contests EQ25 Favorite Posts

Contest is closed. Congratulations to the winner: Linda Clark!!! (Linda, watch for an email from EQ!) Our next contest starts February 10th featuring Fat Quarter Shop! Welcome to the first of ELEVEN giveaways we’re going to host on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. January’s Featured Sponsor: Michael Miller Fabrics!  They’ve provided bundles of their Cotton Couture fabric for one lucky winner on our blog! To enter, answer this question by commenting below: What are your favorite quilting blogs and why? Wait, there’s more! Win an EQ7 on Michael Miller’s blog! (EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the 25th of every month. Participation in each monthly EQ contest counts as one entry toward the grand prize giveaways thus allowing for up to…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #24

Posted 01-10-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Some very simple variations in a design can create a totally different feeling or expression of your stitch designs.  Color of threads and stitch types can very quickly change a design.  Take a simple shape and try it with different edge stitches, no edges, fill stitches and color changes.  You will be surprised how easily it is to change the look of design. Be careful how you choose color and edges.  Some will make a design look elegant and simplistic while other choices may make the design look more like a cartoon or kids coloring book design.