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Sep. 14, 2009

Guild Raffle Quilt Created in EQ

Ida Tyson Blankenship, is the chairperson of the upcoming San Antonio Guild Show. She wrote in to tell us of her Guild’s Raffle quilt.

Ida says: “I keep up with you with the newsletter, though you don’t hear from me often. The photo below is of our guild raffle quilt, designed on EQ with the traditional kaleidoscope block. Our San Antonio guild show is “Kaleidoscope of Quilts” Sept. 18-20.

I thought you’d enjoy seeing this special quilt. I also have made a miniature of this quilt, so I can have it “to keep.” (I made the mini with paper piecing printed from EQ.)”

“Jeweled Fire and Ice” GSAQG Donation Quilt 2009
This brightly colored quilt is a group project by our guild. The design was planned by show chairman Ida Blankenship and is based on the traditional Kaleidoscope block, using the Electric Quilt computer software. The bright blending colors have been accented by many heat-set aurora borealis Swarovski crystals; its size is 60 x 80 inches. It was intricately quilted by Karen Nanos. Guild members suggested the name. You may purchase tickets for this quilt throughout the show. The drawing to select the winner will be held on Sunday, September 20th at 4pm. You need not be present to win.

I was really impressed by the quilting. Wow. Very intricate. Check out this detail:

Thanks for sharing Ida! The quilt is beautiful. We hope your show and raffle are a great success.

Sep. 14, 2009

True Up Amy Butler Softwares Review

Popular fabric blog True Up recently posted a review of our Amy Butler Softwares CD. Kevin Kosbab was so thorough with his review he even made some of the projects from the CD! Kevin’s samples are simply stunning.

Read a some of the review here and then check out the full review of Amy Butler Softwares by Kevin on True Up:

“More than just a collection of patterns, Softwares is like a virtual pattern book. The CD includes all the lush lifestyle photography you’d expect from a high-end craft book, but having templates and instructions in digital form encourages you to play around with the patterns and print just what you want or need (I followed the sewing instructions onscreen, and printed materials lists to go shopping). Overall, the digital patterns allowed more flexibility than a printed pattern or book, they suited the way I work very well, and the list price of $29.95 is fairly comparable to craft book prices. I hope this is a sign of more to come from Electric Quilt and others.”

Sep. 10, 2009

Aspen Branches by Amy Butler

EQT leader, Katrina Hamer, is up to more fun stuff! She recently sent us a picture of a printable fabric photo pillow she made. Now she’s showing us her finished tablerunner “Aspen Branches” from the Amy Butler Softwares.

Katrina teaches EQ6 and QDW at A Common Thread in Portland, Oregon. She is now also co-teaching a class using Amy Butler Softwares. She made a more traditional and very autumnal version of Aspen Branches.

In the program the pattern is available as a tablerunner and a quilt. The tablerunner is easy enough to have one for every season!

The original one from Amy Butler has a much more spring-like feel to it.

And, just because Christmas will be here before you know it, here is any idea for a red and green themed version of Aspen Branches.

Thanks for sharing Katrina!

Sep. 08, 2009

Printable Fabric Pillow

Katrina Hamer is leader of the EQT’s in Oregon and teaches Electric Quilt 6 and Quilt Design Wizard. (Check our class listings to see if there is something offered close to you.) She has taught for us at Quilt Market in the past and we love working with her!

She recently sent us a project she made for a friend of hers. Katrina says, “I designed this pillow as a birthday gift for my friend Gretchen, who is a sophomore at WSU. As you can see by the pictures, she is an Alpha Omicron Pi sister. I designed it in EQ6, importing the photos and playing with the borders until deciding that fairly simple was the way to finish it. I then “designed” a quilt with just the photos, no borders, and printed that “quilt” on EQ Printables Fabric sheets. I backed the photo quilt with batting and stitched around each photo (see close up). Then I sewed the borders as designed. I embellished it (see close up) with some scrapbook charms, sewed the pillow back on and stuffed the pillow form into it. I think she’ll love it!”

We think she’ll love it too! It’s so nice to give someone a gift that will be a keepsake for years to come. Wonderful job Katrina!

Aug. 31, 2009

New Contest – Oh Baby!

Guess the weight and height of our newest EQ baby, Ashtyn Elizabeth, born to Sarah Shriver, of Marketing & Promotions, and her husband Jason on August 14th.

Send an email
Subject: Oh Baby! Contest
Body: your name and your guess for Ashtyn’s height (inches) & weight (pounds and ounces)

Enter once, with one email please
Deadline: September 20, 2009

The five who guess closest will win a free Quilting Designs CD of their choice.

PLEASE email your guess.

Aug. 31, 2009

New Quilting Arts Clip

We’ve posted another one of Andrea’s segments on Quilting Arts. Here she’s using Angie Padilla’s My Dream House add-on to create pillows, quilts, and wallhangings with fun scenes and furniture on them.

Visit our channel on YouTube and check out episode # 109:

Aug. 28, 2009

Only one more Kaleidoscope Lesson after this

Here’s the lesson for month 11: Drawing a Twist inside a Kaleidoscope Wedge.

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to learn in month 12, leave a comment here.

To see the complete list of lessons so far, visit the Kaleidoscope Collectors page.