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
Helen Rusch Phillips makes photo quilts…very special photo quilts. She says her goal is to “bring comfort”…and she does, in more ways than one. Helen says, “I taught myself how to print Photos on Fabric after losing my mother following her issues with Alzheimer’s. I saw what can be done for people dealing with memory issues in their waning years or memory loss due to injury/illness and bring relief to patients, family members or caregivers. My passion later grew to assist families with Veterans dealing with TBI/PTSD. And later yet to honor and remember our fallen heroes. It is an amazing experience to help families tell a story with their photos. I chose “Remembering Quilts” because it is a blend of what technology has to offer with the traditional warmth and caring of a family quilt. I started making the Remembering Flags before Memorial Day 2012 to bring a little
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
One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea. Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt. Here is what she did: Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt. Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil? (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.) After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she
In the September/October issue of Quiltmaker you’ll find Janice Averill’s gorgeous Magic Stars quilt. When you look at this quilt, you wouldn’t believe that the individual block looks like this: On Quiltmaker’s blog, Janice shares how she drew the block in EQ7 and gives a peek into her design process. It’s quite interesting to read about diagonal designs and see her work evolve from grayscale to color. The Magic Stars quilt is also the focus for this month’s Scrap Squad and you should see the beautiful variations this month’s crew is sewing up! Margaret Kennedy used EQ7 to play with color and layout: And Beth Kerr Helfter re-drafted to a size she was more comfortable working with and combined four blocks into one larger block like this: Click here to check out all the Scrap Squad posts for Magic Stars! Images in this post courtesy of Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.