A few weeks ago Sally Robbins sent us some images of a quilt she submitted to the Machine Quilter’s Expo in Road Island (which kicks off today!) Sally designs her quilt in EQ6 and this quilt was no exception. Sally explains how she designed this quilt in EQ6: When I first got the EQ6 update (several years ago now) I went through the lessons in the user manual and one of them used the special effects preset quilt layouts. I happened to be working on a block that I could tell would look great in three dimensions and then worked that one up. I emailed it to Andrea and she used it in a TV segment on color value. It was called “Tilted Tiles”. When I got the NEQM challenge fabrics three of the six were 9″ by 44″ in a color gradation. I immediately thought of the previous quilt
If you are looking for some EQ6 design inspiration, Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times has tons to share. Judy has just started a new series of illustrated “how EQ6 designs developed” blog posts full of great design ideas. Creating in EQ #1: See how Judy modified a block by deleting lines. [ Click the Pick tool > click line you want to delete > press your keyboard DELETE key.] Creating in EQ #2: Work on pieced border ideas. Creating in EQ #3: Fitting it all together. Creating in EQ #4: Deciding what to do with the borders after the pieced border. Creating in EQ #5: Making the quilt! Just for fun, I loved Judy’s blog about finding inspiration. It can be tough sometimes when you’re just in a funk. Judy found inspiration in her own own back porch. She grabbed her camera and soon after she had a stunning quilt designed. Judy
Announcing the first ever EQ Cruise! In honor of our 20th Anniversary we decided a Caribbean Cruise would be the perfect celebration! Sign up now to join us on a 10 Day / 9 Night Caribbean Cruise – January 28-February 6, 2011. You’ll have sun and EQ fun with top-notch teachers Barb Vlack & Mary Ellen Kranz and come home knowing more about EQ and with small sewn projects featuring your own cruise photos. BONUS: You’ll learn how easy it is to take better vacation (and quilt) photos with one of the quilt world’s best photographers and teachers: Gregory Case. See more details about this first-ever EQ cruise you’ve been asking for!
Another beautiful Kit of the Month from Sue Spargo using the Folk Art Dreams CD! This one is called Pin Wheel Pin Keeper. One can never have enough pin keepers. This one was designed from the center of the Uniontown Square quilt (which is included in the Folk Art Dreams CD.) It is made of hand dyed wool and finished with a taffeta silk cording. Visit Sue’s website to order it today!
Long time EQ friend and user, Darlene Simmons of Sew Cal Gal blog, has written a wonderful overview of EQ6 Appliqué Drawing. If you have considered using the book before but haven’t made the purchase yet then you need to check out Darlene’s article. She shows you images, talks about her experience while learning from the book and tells you what you can expect to get. This is not the only great article from Darlene. If you haven’t already, dig through her blog, SewCalGal, and keep up with her. She’s always got something encouraging to say. Her goal is to bring awareness to the quilting world and to talk about the quilting topics you are interested in. It’s always a great read and always informative.
Be on the lookout for this new book from Rebecca Kemp Brent titled, Redwork from the Workbasket. Rebecca used EQ6 to design all the quilts in the book! The book includes a CD of her patterns but it just so happens that some of the embroidery files can be used in EQ6 to try on your own quilts! How cool is that!? To order your copy, visit My Craftivity Store.