I have been the Virtual Quilter since September, 2008. For the first couple of months it seemed so easy, because I had quite a few project files which would never see the light of day without a blog with a title like Virtual Quilter. However, a few months down the track and I started to panic … there weren’t near as many designs I wanted to share as I thought … not when I was sharing one every day! I started a new project file, called it EQ Dozen, selected a dozen blocks from the Electric Quilt block library, added fabrics from the Electric Quilt fabric library, and started playing. Well, that is the short story! I am going to let you in on a little secret … I didn’t select just 12 blocks. I selected more like 30 or forty blocks, added some fabrics and started playing. Over a
My name is Bea Lee (bee-ah, not Bee – I don’t have wings and I don’t buzz- just kidding). I was born and raised in Denmark. As a child I always loved drawing, especially cute cartoony type of things. After high school I went to an art boarding school in Denmark where I learned more about sewing and weaving. When I was 18 I moved to FL to go to college at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, I got my A.S Degree in computer animation; my dream was to work for Disney. But that didn’t happen, plus I was tired of drawing so much. While in college I also met my husband AND I became a Christian! So my view on life also changed. I wanted to get married and start a family. We got married in Denmark at Christmas time (2 months after I graduated) Over the next few years
I am Angie Padilla of Angie’s Bitz ‘n Pieces Designs. My love of quilting eventually took over more and more of my time, until I finally decided to take the plunge and in 2003 set up a new business and now I am a full-time as quiltmaker, designer, and teacher. I’m also the author of EQ6 Applique Drawing book (now out of print. But get a free PDF chapter from the book here.). A few days ago one of my friends was showing me her latest crochet project. The family has been planning a big outdoor celebration later this month, so she has been crocheting some beautiful pitcher covers for each of the tables. Then she sighed: “It would have been fun to make these out of fabric, but I just couldn’t find a pattern for them.” I had never heard of a pitcher cover before, and after an online search
Designer, Teacher and Quiltmaker and owner of Quilted Escapes® Susan J. Jensen is the British Columbia designer of Quilted Escapes. Susan’s patterns combines a variety of techniques from beading, stitchery, wool appliqué and foundation paper piecing that gives a romantic feel to her quilt designs. She designs for Northcott Fabric, and RJR (Trend-tex) and has been featured in “The Canadian Quilter” and “A Needle Pulling Thread” and now on the editorial team of the first national Canadian quilt magazine “Quilter’s Connection”. Through her exposure at International Quilt market her patterns can be found in quilt shops from the coast to coast in Canada, United States and England. You can find her at “A Great Notion” Quilt Shop a few days a week, if she is not in her studio, as well as travelling teaching at quilt shops, quilt guilds, retreats and consumer shows. With a wonderful sense of humour, the love
One of the big new features in EQ7 is the Image worktable. Once of the features of the Image Worktable is that is has 45 different image effects, including artistic, noise, blur and many more. There are also filters that allow you to sharpen, unsharpen, or detect the edges of your image. In browsing the July ClubEQ Challenge (this challenge was titled, “Birds!“) we found this quilt entry by Dianne Gronfors of Bracebridge, ON Canada. So cool! Dianne explains how she used the new features of the Image Worktable to create this quilt: “I picked an image of a parrot and then used Image>Apply Effects>Distort>Zoom Wave to come up with this modified image. I’ve set it as a one-block wall hanging that is reminiscent to me of modern art.” We love this beautifully creative thinking for both the Birds challenge and using the Image Worktable to design a stunning quilt. Thanks for sharing with
EQ author Gloria Hansen of the popular book Digital Essentials, is a member of an art group called 8 That Create. She created this piece called “Yesterday’s Vogue” for an upcoming exhibit in which all works must have a fashion theme. The size requirement was 12″ square. To that Gloria said, “Great. That means I can use EQ Printables, my favorite for inkjet printing on cotton.” We say “great!” too. This is such an awesome quilt and we hope it inspires other projects. Watch for more about this quilt in the coming months when Gloria will guest post on the NEW EQ Blog.
One of our favorite blogs to follow is that of AnneMarie, Columbus, Ohio, gen X quilters. Her modern style is fun and joyful. She’s a newer EQ7 user but WOW is she ever a fast learner! We met AnneMarie not too long ago and actually, Penny and Jenny just finished shooting episodes with her on Quilting Arts TV (available in 2013). Just the other day, AnneMarie posted this adorable block she made in EQ7: AnneMarie writes us and says,”Yesterday I posted the first paper piecing block I designed with EQ7. It’s a water pitcher block. I’m so thrilled with the results!! This has unleashed a whole new world of possibilities for me. I didn’t know how easy it was to design my own paper pieced designs using the software until now. Thought you might like to see…” Start following gen X quilters. You won’t regret it.