Using Architecture as Inspiration

Posted 06-21-2017 by Andrea | Posted in: Uncategorized

Quilting is an art, and all art stems from inspiration. Architecture is a great source of inspiration even for quilters. Tanya Munro of QuilTen, in Moscow, Russia, created an incredible quilt based on a building facade in Bruges, Belgium.

The Bruges Façade Screen was created to fit on an existing residential building. The project team led by Ryan Golenberg designed this around the lace that is made in the area.

You can see more of his work at

Map of Bruges Made of Lace – Image Source

Woman Creating Lace – Image Source

Tanyo Munro took the simple, yet stunning, pixelated version of Bruges’s complex lace, and created a foundation pieced quilt design with EQ5.

Check out more of her work at

Want to create a quilt based on architecture? Let’s work through a quilt based on a building that I really enjoy, The Guangzhou Circle.

  1. Find an image of the structure you like, with the perspective you want to capture in your quilt.
    • I used an image that showed the flat face of the building, but if I would have used an image of the side, the result would have been a completely different (but equally as beautiful!) quilt.

    • Once I had a picture, I drew a grid out of what I wanted the blocks to be.
  1. In EQ7 I created a 12 inch block with snap points every half an inch. Even though this will limit a little bit of precision, it allows for the blocks to be easier to piece.
  1. In the Tracing Image tab, I uploaded the picture of the building and cropped it down to the first block I wanted to trace.
    1. Click Stretch to Fit
      • Even though stretching the image distorts it, it makes the blocks easier to trace. It doesn’t need to be a perfect representation, it is your art after all.
  1. Next I traced all the lines that I wanted to turn into patches using the EasyDraw tools.
    • Here I decided not to create a patch for the brick work between every window, and chose to only show the window shapes.
  1. The last step for each block was to add color. I went with colors and not fabrics for this project.
  1. I followed these steps for all 5 blocks that I needed to layout the building, adding each to the Sketchbook as I finished them.
  2. The last block I needed to create was the block for the final quilt layout. For this I uploaded the image that I drew grids on at the very beginning. I traced over those grid lines to match the layout of the building as closely as I could.
  1. Once I had the quilt layout saved as a block, I went to the Quilt Worktable and Created a Quilt from Block.

  1. From here I put all my Block 1’s into row one and so on. After that, I deleted the blocks out that needed to be sky and edited a couple blocks to use as corners. The finishing steps are different for every project.

    • The final result turned out as an interesting representation of the incredible building.

Have you ever been inspired by architecture? Tell us about it!

EQStitch Sunday Stitch June 2017

Posted 06-18-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I refer to the EQStitch digitizing program as ‘the little program that could’.  It may be a basic entry level auto-ditigizing program, but you can create pretty spectacular results with it.  The drawing tools are easy to use the and options give you a great selection to add interest to your designs.  I can make just about anything I set my mind to with this little program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select the embroidery worktable from the drop down menu. Now using the shape tools only, see if you can create a simple design.  I have made a little puppy dog using the shapes only. This design is quick and simple to draw.  You can teach a young child how to create their own expressive ideas using the shape tools only in the program. After you have created your design, click on

Designing a Row by Row Quilt Layout

Posted 06-16-2017 by Andrea | Posted in: Downloads Look What I Did

Ready to hit the road for Row by Row 2017? Use EQ7 to design your winning quilt! I did! Here’s how I did it… To follow along, you will need to download this project file: Row by Row 2017.PJ7 Open the Row by Row 2017 project file. (If you get a Tip of the Day, read it – they’re incredibly useful! And then close that window.) Open the Project Sketchbook and view the Blocks Section. I’ll quickly show you the block I made for this quilt layout. Select the first block and click Edit. That block will open on the Block Worktable. Here, you’ll see the layout I designed to fit 8 rows, sashing and some corner blocks. I drew this layout using the EasyDraw tools To turn this into a quilt layout, click the Quilt Worktable. In the Menu bar at the top, click Quilt > Create Quilt from

Quick Tip Tuesday – The Graph Pad!

Posted 05-30-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

To display or hide the Graph Pad, choose Graph Pad from the VIEW menu. A check mark appears next to the menu item when the Graph Pad is displayed. The Graph Pad appears along the top edge of the Quilt worktable, just below the toolbar and is only active with the Adjust  tool. It is used to make fine adjustments to the shape, size and position of blocks on Layers 2 and 3 and all blocks on all layers of a Custom quilt. Using the Graph Pad on a Single Block When you select a block on the quilt using the Adjust  tool, the controls on the Graph Pad are updated to display the position, dimensions and rotation of the block. Changing the value in the top entry moves the block horizontally. Changing the value in the bottom entry moves the block vertically. (Think of it as moving the block

EQ Mini Friday Fun – Americana Placemat

Posted 05-26-2017 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

This month we are designing this patriotic placemat!  The Americana Placemat is just a small quilt and you can make as many as you want for your holiday celebrations.  The dramatic star is just the traditional Ohio Star block pattern and we added some strips to finish the design.  Using EQ Mini, you don’t have to have intricate patterns or difficult designs to create an heirloom worthy quilt! Let’s start designing! Americana Placemat Skillset: Beginner Size: 14″ x 17″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical layout Working with pieced block strip styles Adding blocks Lets Design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the very top of the EQ Mini Window.  Right now the project says Untitled.  On the top toolbar click the Save button.   The Save As

Quick Tip Tuesday- Naming your Quilts!

Posted 05-23-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Start with a quilt in the Sketchbook. Click the View Sketchbooktool. Click the Quilts section. Select the quilt you want to name. Click Notecard. Type a name for you quilt next to Name. Add any other notes you’d like for this quilt. Click the X button in the top-right corner of the notecard to close it. We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support.


Posted 05-21-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Lately, when there is a holiday, you see all kinds of messages on the internet.  Mothers Day just passed and there were messages on facebook, tweets, instagrams, text messages, and so much more.  Most of the messages you see are generic and not very specific to the individual they were meant for.  Do you remember running to the mailbox to see if there was a letter or card for you?  Perhaps you were looking for something someone spent a little time on creating to be delivered to you?  Those days are all but gone now.  I still love a little thoughtful card or hand-written message from someone.  You can make simple greeting cards in your embroidery hoop and give it to someone special for any occasion.  It will be a real keepsake. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing

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