This weekend a new submission popped into our Quilt Gallery that I had to share here on the blog too. Susan Hilsenbeck is a frequent contributor to our gallery. She shared her Big Cat, Little Cats quilt with us and it’s pretty amazing! The blocks are from Janeen van Niekerk’s Silhouette Cats collection and Susan combined them in this interesting study of scale. Click over to Susan’s blog to see how she combined these intricate paper pieced blocks. Have you submitted a design to our Quilt Gallery yet? We’d love to see your EQ designs in fabric! Just use the entry form on the side bar to add your quilt to this inspiring gallery!
Marlene Howe was an early EQ user, and sales rep who demonstrated and sold EQ when the company was just starting. She recently created a quilt paying tribute to the many quilt teachers she’s had over the years. She included EQ in this very special quilt and we’re so honored to be a part of it! Here’s a close-up of her EQ block. We love it! On the back of the quilt, she included the story of each block/teacher. In her story about Electric Quilt, Marlene writes that she bought her first computer just to be able to use the software. What a lovely way to document your special quilting memories. A very special thank you to Marlene for allowing us to share this wonderful quilt!
In late September Al Navas bought EQ7. By the end of the week he was designing his own quilts. In less than a month he was writing his own EQ lesson! We were intrigued and asked him a little about himself, included how he started quilting. Al said, “This was pure serendipity! My wife Sandy had been working with embroidery designs for several years, using a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond machine. I helped her digitize designs using 5D™ Design Creator, a part of the 5D™ Embroidery Extra suite. She also started quilting a few years ago, first using the Desingner Diamond, and also a home sewing machine; she incorporated embroidered blocks in her quilt designs. Meanwhile I kept learning the digitizing process, until I developed a good work flow; I am now confident I can tackle substantial embroidery digitizing projects. A while back Sandy and her sister pooled money and bought
Happy New Year! We have the perfect project for you in 2015! Jean Spero, a long time user of EQ, has made a wall-hanging for each month of the year. And she’s nice enough to share! (Get the EQ7 download here and here.) Also, be sure to check Jean’s notecards for tips and more information on each quilt. You can see all of her EQ7 designs on the left and the actual quilts on the right. It’s amazing how similar they really are! January February March April May June July August September October November December She has even included a few extra alternatives. We’d like to thank Jean for sharing her calendar quilts. What a fun idea! We also hope everyone has
The Electric Quilt Company is a pretty small group and many of us crossover in our job duties. Whenever we would pass around a greeting card for all the employees to sign, Jan would always sign the card as “Jan-In Shipping” as if we could possibly be confused by any other “Jan.” Jan is a chatterbox of energy in our office who keeps us all in stitches (no pun intended) with her quick-witted one-liners or her Pig Latin conversations with Heidi. If you’ve ever called the “sales” line at Electric Quilt, you may have spoken with Jan. Jan lives just around the block from me and her daughters and my sons attended the same elementary school, junior high and high school. We attended school events together, chaperoned proms and so on for years. I think you’re a lucky person if you have friends at work who are also friends outside
I had a lot of fun using EQStitch and my embroidery machine to quilt my most recent project – a baby quilt. I saw a similar baby quilt on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect project for quilting, block by block in the hoop, using my embroidery machine. I’m not totally sure why I thought this…because I thought it would be easy to find the center of a 4-inch square because it’s plain? Because I figured it would be a lot easier to handle the size of a baby quilt than something larger? Whatever the original thought, it turned out to be super easy AND super fun. If you like, you can download the EQStitch project or the EQ7 project and check it out. I assembled the top and the back and sprayed and pinned my quilt sandwich together. I was ready to start the quilting. Since I
Elizabeth Phillips of Island Batik recently sent us a great EQ story. Elizabeth says, “About 7 years ago I took a mystery quilt class. You only needed 3 fabrics. I was fairly new to quilting and really excited about the class. You can imagine my disappointment after making 20 blocks in class when the project was revealed. I almost died because I thought it was it was so plain and so boring. I had spent all that money on fabric and the class. I must say EQ really came to my rescue. I used the symmetry tool. It’s the same block design, the same number of blocks and the same layout, they are just alternately rotated. This is top of mind with me lately as recently I have been going through UFOs and finishing them. This project was one of those UFOs. You can see the miraculous transformation.” Reworked using the Symmetry Tool