Feb. 26, 2009

Back from taping Quilting Arts

Well it was a whirlwind Wednesday for me. I was in Cleveland taping four episodes for Quilting Arts TV. I did segments on 1) Kaleidoscopes, 2) Taking Traditional Patterns and making them Contemporary, 3) Drawing your own Quilting Stencils, 4) Drawing New York Beauties & Compasses. I had a lot of fun with host Patricia (Pokey) Bolton as always. I can’t believe we’ve done 20 episodes together.

Backstage is always a fun time to meet other people in the industry. Jamie Fingal and Alisa Burke showed me some of their techniques… (I need to work on my embellishing and painting capabilities.) Jay McCarroll from Project Runway had us in hysterics most of the time and showed off his new fabric line (I liked the “Ivy League Bees” he said they’re smart because they have glasses on).

I’ll try to post some pictures of the samples from the episodes I did. OF COURSE, I won’t post the picture of #1 until this fall, because …. guess what…. it’s your mystery side sewing project! from the Kaleidoscope Collectors. I don’t want to ruin the surprise. I finished my quilt center at noon on Tuesday and it has gotten nothing but exclamations and ooh’s and ah’s since.

Feb. 25, 2009

The King's Cake

Yesterday was Mardi Gras and at the EQ office that means something special – the UPS truck will arrive with a delivery from Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans. It’s a King Cake from EQ author and teacher Fran Gonzalez and her husband Larry. We can’t remember exactly when Fran and Larry started sending us this wonderful fun gift on Fat Tuesday, but we really love it.

For those of you who don’t know about King Cake, it’s a part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions. The cake is a like a giant cinnamon roll shaped into a large oval. The icing on the top is covered with sugar, sugar that is colored the Mardi Gras colors (purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power). It is pretty bright and garish, but, hey, it’s Mardi Gras!

The tradition is that the hostess of a Mardi Gras Party bakes a King Cake and slips a little plastic baby inside. The guest who finds the baby in their piece of cake is proclaimed the king/queen of the party – and is responsible for providing the King Cake for the next party of the season.

Fran and Larry both grew up in that wonderful city on the Mississippi and if you want a fun time, ask Fran to tell you stories of her childhood.

Feb. 24, 2009

Baby Quilt from Sheryl

Sheryl recently wrote us about a baby quilt she made for her niece Cherish who is pregnant with a little girl of her own. Here at EQ we are no strangers to pregnant women and babies so we couldn’t resist sharing this adorable EQ designed baby quilt.

“I scanned my fabrics and imported them to use in the pattern. I also fussy scanned/cropped the focus fabric (Vintage Kids or what I call Dick & Jane) and imported those pictures to use as blocks. It turned out very nicely thanks to EQ6! “

Here’s a link to Sheryl’s blog where you can read more.

 

 

Sheryl also uses her EQ to create pattern illustrations in Word:
“I use EQ for the illustrations in my patterns by exporting to PSP vX and then inserting into Word documents. I love the way I can use the 2 programs together!”

Click here to learn more about how to make your own illustrations in Word using your EQ.

 

Feb. 23, 2009

Try this lesson with a Crazy Patch block

I was playing in EQ6 today and found a neat trick. Get the star layout from the Layout library and CTRL+click in a Crazy Patch block. CTRL+click with the Rotate tool and watch how the star spins. Isn’t that cool?

Here’s the lesson:
CTRL+click and the Layout Library
(When it comes to the library, go into library #3 into the Crazy blocks: EQ6 Users click Add to Sketchbook, EQ5 Users click Copy).

Example by Andrea

If you find a cool one, send me a picture of your design and I’ll post it here (first 20 people only).

#1 by Joan Mathews

#2 by Andrea Bishop

#3 by Judy Messenger

#4 by Ingrid Eichstedlund

#5 by Estelle Langslow

#6 by Cynthia Green

#7 by Marion Nickey

#8 by Svanhild Schmidt-Hovstad

#9 by Janice Averill

Feb. 19, 2009

PatchDraw Precision Bar – keep selection on diagonal

Here’s a cool trick for keeping a patch (or patches) on the diagonal.

This is all done on the appliqué tab of a PatchDraw Block or PatchDraw Motif in EQ6.

1. Draw a patch.
2. Center it.
3. Depending on which way you want it to go, click one of the top pair of arrows and one of the bottom pair of arrows for Position each time you want it to move.

In the example linked here, I want the leaf to move up and right, so I click the Up and Right buttons once each. The arrows work in increments,… so there’s no math involved!

-Andrea : )

Feb. 16, 2009

Appliqué Calligraphy

Judy Butcher shared with us a really neat EQ project she made on appliqué calligraphy. Here’s a little more about it from her blog:

“Before I got a computer with lots of fancy fonts I dabbled in Calligraphy. I wasn’t particularly good at it, but I have always loved the look of a page of beautiful writing. With a computer I put the fountain pens and assorted nibs and bottles of ink aside, and used a publishing program to produce fancy text on a page.

However, I still play with fancy letters, but now I am appliquéing letters onto quilts rather than putting beautiful writing on paper. This ’sampler’ is one of a series of smaller wall hangings I have designed, a couple of which I have made, experimenting with different fonts, and ‘page’ layouts. A couple of the fonts I have designed myself, and the ones on the computer have to be traced and modified to work as appliqué.”

Judy is also making the EQ file available to you:
“The Electric Quilt 6 project file for this pattern will be sent on request. Just fill in the form on my profile page (About Judy B) or leave a comment to receive the file by email within the next few days. Instructions for opening a project sent by e-mail are on page 113 of the EQ6 User Manual.”

Feb. 12, 2009

What was your favorite event at your local quilt shop?

Let’s get some chatter on here. Tell me what was your favorite get-together at your local quilt shop (or even with your local quilt guild)? What did the shop owners, guild leaders, or teachers do that made it so special?

-Andrea

p.s. My favorite was the “ugly fabric challenge” I saw at one quilt guild. I guess what doesn’t inspire one person, may inspire another. The quilts they came up with were amazing… crazy color schemes, but amazing. : ) I liked the way people reacted to seeing their fabric used so beautifully in other people’s quilts.