User Spotlight

User Spotlight

Our EQ users are just so talented! See what they’re doing.

Q&A with Penny Barnes

Posted 04-16-2015 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Designers From Our Users Q&A User Spotlight

EQ user, Penny Barnes is currently featured in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine for her Amethyst Stars quilt (left).  She designed it using EQ7 and machine quilted it herself. I just LOVE the Kona colors she chose from Robert Kaufman and her combination of Grandma’s Star and Summer Winds blocks! As it turns out, this isn’t her first time being feature in McCall’s. I just had to pick her brain about her design process… read through our Q&A below! EQ: Congratulations on being featured in McCall’s! How does it feel to have thousands of people seeing your design? Penny: Thank you so much!  It’s such a thrill to see a quilt that I’ve designed and quilted featured in McCall’s magazine!  It’s still a bit surreal.  It’s been fun to post on Facebook and blog about it and get great responses and encouragement from friends!  My Mom was an…

Janice Averill’s Magic Stars Quilt

Posted 09-24-2014 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ News and Press From Our Users User Spotlight

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.

Ship Ahoy! Quilt

Posted 09-19-2014 by Jenny | Posted in: From Our Users My EQ Boutique User Spotlight

Anne Underhill recently sent us a photo of her quilt to post in the Quilt Gallery, but it was so cute I just had to share it here on the blog too! Anne used blocks from Angie Padilla’s Ship Ahoy! collection to make this adorable quilt for her new grandson.What a perfect use for these appliqué blocks! Anne says: “This was my first attempt at an EQ7 quilt. Custom Set quilt layout made it easy to swap the appliqué blocks around and then add ‘fillers’ until I had a sensible and pleasing layout. I really enjoyed the process and learned my way around the software at the same time.” Anne’s design in EQ7: “My grandson lives by the sea so I was delighted to find Angie’s wonderful ‘Ship Ahoy!’ designs which I could use within my EQ7 software. The appliqué is fused raw edge and machined using blanket stitch. I’m…

User Spotlight: Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Posted 12-03-2013 by Jenny | Posted in: User Spotlight

I’m so excited to share our User Spotlight with you today! You’ve seen her teaching the wildly popular Craftsy Block of the Month 2012, and now Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock is sharing with us how much she loves EQ7! I’ve been quilting for 20 years, but once I discovered EQ7 in 2011, it had a profound affect on my design ability. I have so fallen in love with it, that I now use EQ7 in nearly every quilt I design. My favorite features are the ability to import swatches of actual fabric I plan to use (ie, auditioning fabrics), being able to easily print foundation paper piecing templates (love it!), and being able to quickly adjust measurements (anything that takes the brain damage out of quilt math for me is a godsend!). EQ7 was an integral part of designing and creating templates for my 2012 Craftsy Block of…

User Spotlight: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy!

Posted 11-12-2013 by Jenny | Posted in: User Spotlight

Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! is the focus of our User Spotlight today. You can find Elizabeth’s beautiful designs everywhere (Quiltmaker, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and Quilty- just to name a few!) and she recently released her first book called Becoming a Confident Quilter. She’s quite the busy quilter, so I’d like to thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with us! Showstopper (EQ design left, finished quilt right) by Elizabeth Dackson How long have you been quilting? I’ve been quilting pretty much as long as I’ve been sewing, almost four years. I didn’t start sewing until I became a stay-at-home mom and wandered into Jo-Ann’s one Sunday morning in search of a hobby. I bought my first sewing machine, and haven’t stopped sewing since! I devoured library books, teaching myself everything I could about sewing, and then I stumbled upon blogs and made…

User Spotlight: Christa Watson of Christa Quilts!

Posted 10-17-2013 by Jenny | Posted in: User Spotlight

Christa Watson is longtime quilter and EQ user. She is as enthusiastic about designing quilts as she is about quilting them herself, and she loves to share many of her original designs for free on her blog. When Christa recently discovered that she could share her actual design sketches with other EQ7 users she jumped right on board with it! Modern Trees download page Christa hosts a series of very popular quilt alongs on her blog where she guides you step-by-step through the entire process of making a quilt. Just recently she’s made four of her quilt along designs available for EQ7 download, and she’s in the process of making the rest of them available, soon. Hugs N Kisses download page Sea of Squares download page Baby Bricks download page When asked about what she likes best about EQ7, Christa said: “I love that I can see exactly what the…

User Spotlight: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Posted 10-11-2013 by Jenny | Posted in: User Spotlight

Today I’m happy to share with you the work of Rita Hodge! Rita has been quilting for more than 10 years, but just recently started using EQ7. She was encouraged by quilting friends to start a blog back in 2009, and if you cruise the quilt blogging world at all I’m sure you’ve seen her gorgeous quilts at Red Pepper Quilts! Here’s what Rita has to say about EQ7: “I purchased EQ7 in January 2012 and have spent some time becoming familiar with the software. I didn’t start actively designing and using EQ7 to make a quilt until 2013 and now that I am more familiar with the software I am amazed by the possibilities and love the design freedom that is now available to me. What I like best about designing with EQ7 is the endless possibilities of blocks and quilt designs. I also really love the support available…

User spotlight: Evelyn Townsend

Posted 10-07-2013 by Heidi | Posted in: Downloads User Spotlight

EQ user Evelyn Townsend recently emailed us with a project to share.   Evelyn says, “I designed the table runner project for the Friendship Circle chapter of the Richmond Quilt Guild.  We were in the third and final month of a three month “Purge and Splurge” challenge in which members were challenged to use fabrics from their stash that had a fall theme.  Since I am the program director, I thought a simple table runner would be a good project to use the fall fabrics.  I taught the class using the paper piecing technique since both log cabin and flying geese blocks can be challenging to piece accurately.  I did some fabric painting on my when I finished the quilting.”         Here is the finished quilt. It looks great! You can download the project here, (for EQ7) if you’d like. She has also offered other projects over…

User Spotlight: Denise Russart

Posted 09-07-2013 by Heidi | Posted in: User Spotlight

Denise Russart has been quilting for over 25 years. Most recently, her adorable crayon quilt is in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker! Denise also designs for EQBoutique.     (She has many more designs than this! Check them out!) And, you can see some of her wonderful work in the EQ Quilt Gallery.         Great job, Denise! I’m sure we’ll see much more of your fantastic work in the future!

Happy National Dog Day

Posted 08-26-2013 by Sarah | Posted in: User Spotlight

                                          Yes. Today is Nation Dog Day! To honor the man and woman’s best friend we wanted to share this EQ7 designed quilt from user Jean Rhubin. Enjoy!