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Yvonne Menear and The Langley Quilt Guild

Posted 12-30-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: From Our Users Just Because Uncategorized

Our EQStitch guru, Yvonne Menear, recently let us know about a quilt raffle in which she used EQ (of course). Yvonne says, “The design was created in EQ7 by myself and I worked with another member, Debra Sanderson, to promote the quilt with the members.  The members took the paper pieced patterns I created in EQ7 and stitched the blocks with the fabrics chosen by Debra and myself.  We then took the blocks the members constructed and made the quilts.  Of course, we knew exactly how it would turn out because it was designed in EQ7.  The members had a great time trying to figure out what we were going to do with the blocks!  The quilting was done by Barbara Bettles and bound by Pat Lundgren, also members of our guild.  The guild was really happy to see the completed quilts presented at the November guild meeting. This is…

Creating “Nested” Blocks in EQ7

Posted 11-18-2015 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ Software Tips Favorite Posts Just Because

There’s a quick and easy way to create your own nested block designs in EQ7. Once you learn to create these fun designs, you won’t be able to stop! The best candidates for nested blocks are those with large plain squares in the center, like these: We’ll be using the Serendipity feature called Merge Blocks to create these designs. You must have blocks saved in your Sketchbook in order to use the Serendipity tools. Follow the steps below to create your first nested block! Open EQ7 and create a new project called Nested Blocks. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library. Scroll down and click the Variable Stars style on the left (under 01 Classic Pieced). Click on the second block to select it. Click the Add to Sketchbook button. Then click the Close button. Click the Work on Block button . Click BLOCK >Serendipity > Merge Blocks. Because the Variable Star…

Week 6 of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long: Show and Tell!

Posted 10-06-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: Downloads EQ Artists EQ Company News EQ Designers EQ Software Tips Favorite Posts From Our Users Just Because More for EQers Related Blogs Row-A-Long

It’s the last week of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long! Don’t forget you can download the rows and the EQ7 block library HERE. Also, be sure to check out what people have been making in the Flickr group, and the Facebook group is also great for more info and pictures, too!       This week we have Show and Tell! Check out what all these talented quilters have made from these rows! Doris Rice from Quilting Queen Online  Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked Reeze Hanson from Morning Glory Designs Loreen Bogdan from School House Quilts Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt Carla Henton from Creatin In The Sticks Marlene Baerg Oddie from Kissed Quilts Amy Warner from Sew Incredibly Crazy Nancy Myers from Patchwork Breeze Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew Darlene Quilshop Gal – and she also has another row available as well as a tutorial on creating rows…

Make Your Own Coloring Pages with EQ7!

Posted 10-02-2015 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ Software Tips Favorite Posts Just Because

Coloring books for adults have become super popular recently. It’s a great way to relax! Did you know that you can easily create your own coloring pages with EQ7? You can make your own coloring pages from both the Block and Quilt Worktables. Grab some blocks from the Block Library that you’d like to color, then edit one of the blocks to the Block Worktable: Click Print > Block. In the Print Block dialog box, type in a size for your coloring block (8″ x 8″ usually works well for 8.5″ x 11″ letter size paper, depending on your printer’s allowable margins). Then, under Printing Style, choose Outline drawing. Click the Preview button to see what your coloring page will look like. And there’s the coloring page! Click the Print button. It’s just as easy from the Quilt Worktable! With the quilt displayed on the worktable: Click Print > Quilt.…

EQ7 Row-A-Long Tutorial: How to Merge Rows

Posted 09-29-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: Downloads EQ Designers EQ Software Tips Favorite Posts Just Because More for EQers Related Blogs Row-A-Long

It’s our turn to post for Marian Pena’s Row-A-Long! I have written a tutorial on how to combine rows from different EQ7 projects. So, you can have fun mixing all the rows in EQ7! Also, be sure to check out what people have been making in the Flickr group, and the Facebook group is also great for more info and pictures.  CHECK OUT HOW TO WIN AN EQ7 (and lots of other great prizes)! Sorry the contests are over. First download the EQ7 Row-A-Long Block Library. Put the “EQ Seasons.BLK” file into your My EQ7 > User folder and access them through your My Library. The block library will only be available until 10/31/15 so please make sure you download it beforehand. Now download all the EQ7 project. Sorry the projects are no longer available. Please check the designer’s website’s for more information on the projects/patterns. I found the easiest way…

Prismatic Plants: A Finished Quilt

Posted 09-24-2015 by Jenny | Posted in: Downloads Favorite Posts Just Because

Have you stitched up any of our free monthly downloads in fabrics? I finally finished up my Prismatic Plants quilt last week–just in time to hang it up and enjoy it this fall! The wonderful thing about being able to open these free projects in EQ7 is that I can easily make changes to the design to make it fit exactly what I want to make. I knew I wanted to make a quilt that would hang in the wall space above our fireplace. The original design finished at 34″ x 34″, which was a few inches too big for the space. So I opened the quilt project in EQ7, clicked the Layout tab and changed the finished block size from 8″ to 7″. I also knew I didn’t want a border on this quilt, so I switched to the Borders tab and clicked the Delete button to get rid…

Week 3 of Marian Pena’s Row-A-Long! Free projects, tutorials and lots of prizes!

Posted 09-15-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: Contests Downloads EQ Company News EQ Designers EQ Software Tips From Our Users Just Because More for EQers Related Blogs Row-A-Long

Are you ready for week 3 of Marian Pena’s Row-A-Long? If you haven’t already check out the Flickr group, you can see people’s sewn projects. The Facebook group is pretty active and a great place to chat or ask the designers questions. You can also check out the previous week’s winners on Marian’s site, seamstobesew.com     Here’s who is posting today: Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked Reeze Hanson at Morning Glory Designs Carol Swift at Just Let Me Quilt Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew (See the whole schedule here.) Here are the prizes for this week: Northcott Fabrics: 6-8 yards of fabric in 1 yard lengths Fat Quarter Shop: 1 $25.00 gift certificate. Aurifil:  Gleeful by Caroline Hulse 50 wt set of 10 – 225 yd spools Craftsy: 1 class of your choice – 3 total classes Nancy’s Notions: 1 $10.00 of…

Week 2 of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long! More projects, tutorials + prizes!

Posted 09-08-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: Contests Downloads EQ Designers EQ Software Tips From Our Users Just Because More for EQers Related Blogs Row-A-Long

It’s the second week for Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long! Today there are five new rows, more tutorials, and lots more prizes! You can see what people are creating in the Flickr group, and for more information you can check out the Facebook group too.       Here’s who is posting today: Amy Heaton at Country Junk’tion – Summer Carol Steely at Fun Threads – Spring Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts – Fall Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter (See the whole schedule here.) And here are the prizes: Northcott Fabrics: 6-8 yards of fabric in 1 yard lengths Fat Quarter Shop: 1 $25.00 gift certificate. Sulky: 1 six-pack Cotton thread contains 6 spools at 500 yards per spool Connecting Threads: 1 $25.00 gift certificate Sew Fresh Quilts: 3 Fox and Friends Pattern Craftsy: 1 class of your choice…

Marian Pena’s EQ7 Row-A-Long: The First Day!

Posted 09-01-2015 by Heidi | Posted in: Contests Downloads EQ Artists EQ Designers EQ Software Tips From Our Users Just Because Row-A-Long

Marian Pena is hosting a Row-A-Long! 20 great quilt designers are creating quilt rows and, not only will the designers provide a pattern for you, but they will also be featuring Electric Quilt tutorials! And, there are TONS of great prizes including an EQ7!  (See a list of all the prizes here.) Today is the first day!  (See the whole schedule here.)     Here’s who is posting today! Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online – Summer Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row Here are the prizes that start today! Northcott Fabrics: 6-8 yards of fabric in 1 yard lengths Fat Quarter Shop:  $25.00 gift certificate from each blog You Can Quilt Book:…

Big Cat, Little Cats by Susan Hilsenbeck

Posted 08-31-2015 by Jenny | Posted in: Favorite Posts From Our Users Just Because Look What I Did

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!