Jun. 08, 2009

An EQ6 Design – "Tile Style" by Cheryl Malkowski

Browsing through the August ’09 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting we came across instructions for a quilt called Tile Style by Cheryl Malkowski. The quilt caught our eye so we got in touch with Cheryl to learn more about her design. Turns out, she had designed it in EQ6! Cheryl writes:

Yes, I used EQ6, as always! I’d seen the tiles downstairs in the auditorium at Sisters Middle School and ran upstairs to our classroom/dorm room to draw it out in EQ a few years ago during Quilters Affair week in Sisters. The tiles on the floor were just ¼ of that block, so they were in effect, a 16 patch, but I was intrigued by the way the little ‘chain’ ran through it, and wondered what would happen if I put 4 of them together. Once I put them together, I took out the unnecessary seams and there was the block.

The design was in my computer waiting for some eventual use when the editors of APQ were looking for a quilt in a certain colorway at Fall Quilt Market last year. I was able to swap out the colors I had used to the colors that interested them in a matter of seconds as they watched! It was pretty fun! EQ6 is absolutely essential to my work.”
~ Cheryl

How cool that you were able to explore different colorways right in front of them! It turned out beautifully. Thanks for letting us share your quilt, Cheryl!

Jun. 05, 2009

A Note About Printable Fabrics

THE OBSERVATION
Jean Biddick wrote us this week with an observation about soaking her printable fabric sheets. She writes:

This week I’ve been working on a major project and had several sheets to rinse. They came out great. Then I trimmed one of the images without adding a seam allowance and had to print that sheet over again. This time the edges (ink) ran. And this time, because I had just done several other sheets with good results, I was able to figure out what I had done differently. The good ones were done in a large glass baking pan. The bad one was done in the kitchen sink – a stainless steel sink. My guess is that something in the metal sink is reacting with the chemicals in the ink.”

WHAT WE LEARNED
This got our wheels turning. Why would the stainless steel cause the ink to bleed? After some research it appears we know why. Stainless steel can be either reactive or nonreactive based on its composition (if you’re a chef you know where I’m going with this). So if you place certain reactive items into a reactive stainless steel bowl you will notice chemical changes to the item - if you’re cooking an acidic tomato in a reactive pot, for example, the tomato’s flavor will be altered.

So we investigated the chemical composition of inkjet inks, both pigment based and dye based inks. Pigment based inks have a reactive component and dye based inks do not.

SO THE VERDICT IS
If you print with pigment based inks onto your printable inkjet fabric sheet and then soak the fabric in a reactive stainless steel container the ink may have a reaction and bleed slightly.

WE SUGGEST
Just soak your fabrics in a glass or plastic container. Nobody wants to go through all the trouble of figuring out if their bowl is reactive or not or what ink they use in their printer.

So there’s your science lesson for the day! Just Thanks for the heads up Jean!

Jun. 04, 2009

Quilt Gallery Update!

Have you checked out the EQ Quilt Gallery lately? We’ve recently added some beautiful new quilts submitted by EQers that are worth checking out!

Like this one by Anne Maundrell titled, Fan Palms:


EQ Quilt Design


Finished quilt in fabric

Submit your EQ designs that have made it into fabric and we’ll post them in the Quilt Gallery!
• What we need sent to penny@electricquilt.com: EQ project (tell us which quilt it is in the Sketchbook)
• Photo of the finished quilt (as square and straight-on as possible, around 600 pixels or larger)
• Quilt Title
• Who gets the Credit? (designer, maker, quilter)
• Note or Story about the quilt
• Your website or blog information (optional)

Jun. 02, 2009

STASH Collection Winner and "Confession"

Back in April we announced a contest in celebration of the 20th Edition of Stash! Well, we have our winner… Congratulations and THANK YOU to Judy Best for having collected every single STASH CD over the past several years! We contacted Judy to tell her that her free STASH Spring ’09 was in the mail and she replied with a very sweet message and “confession” of sorts:

“It’s now official, I’m addicted to EQ and all of it’s related products. I’m sure there are many others as well, they were just afraid to admit it. I can remember when I first started looking for a quilting program, I researched all that were available and finally decided on EQ (the first version) and I believe I made the right decision. The program has continued to grow and improve and I often wonder how I made quilts before EQ, you know the days when you traced the pattern onto cardboard templates, then traced the templates on fabric, cut them out with scissors (remember those?) and sewed them together only to find that the fabric design or colors just didn’t work or even worse that I didn’t have enough fabric. Now I can create my quilt right down to the quilting design before I cut into any fabric and know that I’ll have enough fabric and a quilt that will be beautiful when it’s done.

Thanks to all at EQ for all their hard work in keeping this program up-to-date and in tune with the current quilting trends. I for one could not live without my EQ – okay I could but life would be no fun without it.

Thanks again,”
~ Judy Best

Jun. 01, 2009

Paper Doll Tote Bag Pattern – Available through EQ retailers!

We took this adorable Paper Doll Tote bag to Market in Pittsburgh and offered the pattern and instructions to our retailers so that they can pass it on to you! Check with your retailer to find out if they have the pattern or if they are hosting a class on the project. If not, let them know they can get the pattern from us so they can pass it on to you!

May. 29, 2009

EQ Haiku Contest – Deadline June 19

Write an EQ-Haiku – you may win a prize. We’ll choose our favorite 5 haiku. Each of the 5 winners will receive a free Quilting Designs CD of their choice. And we’ll print all the haiku in our next newsletter.

What is a haiku? It’s an unrhymed verse most commonly with three short lines:
Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

The challenge of Haiku is to convey meaning and imagery in such a short form. Possible subjects of EQ-Haiku: quilts, EQ, software, computers, sewing.

A sample EQ-Haiku from EQ the Mouse:
Penny’s desk my home
Her monitor my window
EQ quilts await

Enter as many EQ-Haiku as you’d like. Send your EQ-Haiku to: penny@electricquilt.com. Entry deadline: June 19th. So do it now!

“Speaking of haiku… we got the idea from Do You EQ? Artist Gyleen Fitzgerald who runs haiku contests all the time. One of Gyleen’s other books is called In This House. There was a really cute kids patchwork project. They used Gyleen’s paper piecing house (they did raw edge) and wrote a haiku beginning with the words “in this house”. So cute.”

May. 29, 2009

Kaleidoscope "Super-Secret Mystery Side Sewing Project"

Are you ready for the reveal?!!!!

Do the lesson.

Just peek.

I hope you like it. It took me forever.

We’ll be planning borders next month.

-Andrea