Nov. 04, 2008

Downtown Houston – can't wait 'til next year

Wow. We just got back from Quilt Market and Festival. The overall consensus from our EQ group is that Houston (despite Hurricane Ike) is prettier than when we left it last year. Seriously.

Those old parking lots in front of the convention center have been replaced by a green area, with some large grass areas, a pond with water lilies, fountains and more.

There’s even a new café and restaurant in there. It’s fun having snacks in the “Treehouse” and staring out across the lawns watching flag football or little, giggling kids being chased around on the grass by their parents. The cool part is a lot of it is on top of an underground parking garage… so there’s still parking available. Some evenings you can listen in on concerts in the park or go to a farmer’s market. On our way to the hotel or dinner every night, we’d try to walk through the park and see if we could see the fish in the pond or catch a glimpse of the resident turtle.


Our morning walk used to be past old buildings on uneven sidewalks. Now there’s a whole shopping plaza with new restaurants, a book store, and retail shopping. The sidewalks have been widened so much you could have 8 people link arms and skip all the way to the convention center.

Oct. 17, 2008

Delirious with Joy

Have you seen the November Quilters Newsletter yet? The quilt pictured on the cover is “Joy” made by Marilyn Smith from Columbia Missouri. It’s a beautiful collection of 113 vibrantly colored blocks each with a different embroidery pattern which means this quilt took a lot of time! The name “Joy” stemmed from the emotion of the colors in the quilt. Marilyn says,

“Color inspires me. I love color; it can convey a feeling. Looking at fabric is just a step in the road to a finished quilt. When I began Joy, I wanted to use brights: hot pinks, purple, green and turquoise in random placement. As this quilt progressed, I began to think more creatively about color and how much I enjoy quilts with a color progression of temperature: warm to cool and cool to warm.”
Marilyn Smith – Quilters Newsletter November 2008

So where did the joyful inspiration for this quilt come from? From Karen K. Stone’s Delirious pattern. No, I’m not suggesting Karen’s patterns are crazy! In 2004, EQ published a book of Karen K. Stone’s eye catching quilt patterns and in that book is where Marilyn found the pattern for Karen’s quilt “Delirious”.

Marilyn’s quilt “Joy” is a gorgeous, and creative spin off “Delirious” and we are so very proud of her Quilters Newsletter cover accomplishment! Congratulations Marilyn! Thank you for letting us share your work.

Delirious with Joy? If you love these quilts you can browse ten more of Karen’s most popular patterns in her book Karen K. Stone Quilts from EQ.

Oct. 15, 2008

Quilt-O-Grams by Cheryl Malkowski

Quilt-O-Grams Cheryl Malkowski is a quilt designer and author from Oregon. She recently sent us a copy of her newest book, Quilt-O-Grams, where she teaches readers how to create quilted postcards and other fun projects using her experienced tips and tricks. Read more about Cheryl and her new book on her website.
As an EQ6 user, Cheryl used the program to help her design some of the projects she creates. In her new book Quilt-O-Grams, Cheryl explains to readers how using EQ6 for her projects. She explains:

“What if you could make a miniature of that complex New York Beauty Quilt or the fancy Baltimore Album quilt without doing a bit of piecing of appliqué? Now you can! With the Electric Quilt (EQ) program, or similar quilt design software, you can design a quilt any way you like and then print it out on fabric.”

Yes, Cheryl used our EQ Printable fabrics as well for some of her projects and gave us a kind nod in the book. Thanks Cheryl! We are so proud of your new book and we are honored by the compliment in not only mentioning us but that you’ve been such an avid EQ user.

Oct. 14, 2008

Digital Essentials author Gloria Hansen in Quilters Newsletter Magazine

Gloria Hansen, author of the new EQ publication Digital Essentials, was featured in the November 2008 issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine! The article is titled, “Digital Entries 101″, an introduction of sorts to working with cameras and digital files. The article is very well written including a glossary to help you understand the jargon as you read. Very exciting, Gloria!

(“Digital Entries 101″ – Taken from Quilters Newsletter magazine November 2008)

If you’re on the fence about getting your copy of Digital Essentials by Gloria Hansen the Quilters Newsletter article is a great introduction. If you like Gloria’s feature, you’ll LOVE the Digital Essentials book!

Oct. 14, 2008

My Quilts/Our History Contest Results

We were recently asked to co-sponsor a contest for www.allianceforamericanquilts.org. This competition celebrates The Alliance for American Quilts’ fifteen-year mission to document, preserve and share our great quilt heritage. All quilts measure 15″ x 15″ square, and reflect the quiltmaker’s personal history.

View the quilts submitted for the contest.

The third place price package (An EQ6 Prize Package from The Electric Quilt Company containing EQ6 software, three accessory books, plus two fabric CD’s, valued at $250) goes to Kathryn Wright for a gorgeous quilt called Meme’s Button Box.

Congratulations to Kathryn and all the other winners. We were honored to be a part of this endeavor.

What’s next for these beautiful quilts? Contest quilts become a donation to The Alliance for American Quilts and will be auctioned online, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the continuation of their mission.

Oct. 13, 2008

Houston Classroom Volunteers Needed

The Electric Quilt Company has organized and sponsored two computer classrooms of hands-on quilt design software classes this year in Houston.

Are you EQ savvy? Are you going to be in Houston this year? We are looking for volunteer helpers in the classes. You would be a *quiet* helper for those who fall behind, rush ahead or to just need help keeping on track during class.

The complete schedule for both classrooms is listed below. If you are interested and would like to volunteer, please write to AnnRutter@electricquilt.com and let her know which classes fit your schedule, and she’ll let you know which classes still need helpers.

Mon 27-Oct All Day Beginning EQ6 Barb Vlack
Tue 28-Oct All Day Block Drawing in EQ6 Barb Vlack
Wed 29-Oct 9-noon Learn New EQ6 Features & Tricks Barb Vlack
Wed 29-Oct 2-5pm Advanced EQ6 Quilt Designing Barb Vlack
Thu 30-Oct All Day EQ6 Beginner Basics In Depth Barb Vlack
Fri 31-Oct All Day EQ6 Drawing Dynamics Barb Vlack
Sat 1-Nov All Day EQ6 Beginner Basics In Depth Barb Vlack

Mon 27-Oct 9-noon Digital Photography 101 and Quilts Katrina Hamer
Mon 27-Oct 2-5pm Digital Photography 101 and Quilts Katrina Hamer
Tue 28-Oct 9-noon EQ6 for Beginners Katrina Hamer
Tue 28-Oct 2-5pm EQ6 for Beginners Katrina Hamer
Wed 29-Oct 9-noon Digital Photography 101 and Quilts Katrina Hamer
Wed 29-Oct 2-5pm Electric Quilt (EQ6):Beyond the Basics Mary Ellen Kranz
Thu 30-Oct All Day Digital Photography, Printing, and Quiltmaking Mary Ellen Kranz
Fri 31-Oct All Day Digital Art for Beginners and Beyond Mary Ellen Kranz
Sat 1-Nov All Day Photos + Words + Fabric = Poster Quilts Mary Ellen Kranz
Sun 2-Nov 8-11am EQ6: An Introduction to Computer Quilt Design Mary Ellen Kranz

Thank you!

Oct. 09, 2008

Kaleidoscope Collectors Club

We’re really excited about the new Kaleidoscope Collection CD from Andrea Bishop. We’ve started shipping orders and stocking up for Houston too so it’s been busy around here.

So now that the CDs are on there way out, you’re going to be getting started on all your new projects! So we’ve created the Kaleidoscope Collections Club on our website!

This club is open to everyone who owns the Kaleidoscope Collection CD plus EQ5 or EQ6.

Each month, Andrea will present something new that you can do with designs from the CD. One month you might learn to modify a block, or try out quilt design variations. Another month you may draw from scratch, or learn to rotate fabric to complement the Kaleidoscope design.

The whole idea is to work together, using these Kaleidoscopes, to really design some cools quilts, and learn in the process.

The first project will begin at the end of October. So get your CD now and keep checking in to be a part of the club!