Flipping the pages of Irish Quilting Magazine I was stopped by the image of fabulous fabrics by designer Erin McMorris! Her new collection Wildwood is now available through Free Spirit Fabrics. In our May Newsletter we told you about the ClubEQ challenge: designing with virtual swatches of the new Wildwood fabric line by Erin McMorris. And in April’s Newsletter Erin responded to the challenge, picking out quilts for special mention in our first-ever “designer feedback” for ClubEQ. (You can also read our interview with Erin from 2007.)
Julie Pieri of Erie Pennsylvania wrote us a while back to tell us about the quilt she had design in EQ6, Fly by Night. It was to be published in an upcoming issue of Quiltmaker… and while browsing through the July/August issue of Quiltmaker, there I found it! Vibrant and nearly glowing! Julie told us, “I love your software and can’t imagine designing without it!” Thanks Julie! We are so excited to see your work published so beautifully. Congratulations! Julie tells magazine readers a little about how she works with color: “I love working with color combinations and seeing how they play together – like blue and orange against black. I call this “Fly by Night” Because the corner blocks remind me of butterflies and the center looks like their flight path.”
This quilt and Peggy’s story was worth sharing: This all started because I needed a challenge and a bit of discipline in my life. My better half, Jim, was going though some really difficult health issues and I needed focus. So DJ came into the mix. The book that inspired the quilt is by Brenda Manges Papadakis “Dear Jane – The Two Hundred Twenty Five Patterns from 1863 Jane A. Sickle Quilt”. Also EQ has put out the Dear Jane CD and manual, and this makes doing this quilt a possibility of a finished effort. If not for EQ one would have to draw all the blocks and work out the math and she (DJ) would probably just find a corner or shelf and lay there forever unfinished. But with EQ you can create the original size blocks of 5″ to finish at 4 /12″ or make larger blocks. My effort is from my stash and…
The results of the EQ Haiku Contest have been decided and will soon be revealed! But not without a little tease Janice Parks was one of the EQ Haiku contest entries we received. She went above and beyond by sending us a quilt that went along with her haiku and so we wanted to share it with you: Computers EQ Fabric stashes for many quilts Favorite things ~ By Janice Parks We received so many great haiku poems! We are excited to share them all with you. Look in your next EQ Newsletter for the winners!
Over the weekend The EQ women all gathered to celebrate another anticipated arrival… yes now I, Sarah Shriver, am pregnant… EQ baby number 7! My husband and I are expecting our baby girl named Ashtyn Elizabeth on August 3rd. The baby shower was beautiful and every corner was decorated but the highlight of the decor were the Peel-N-Stick onsies with Ashtyn’s name on them that hung above the fireplace. Yup, that’s Peel-N-Stick spelling out her name. It was so cute and what a fun use for the sticky fabric!
JoAnn sent us a quilt she made with EQ Printables and EQ. So fun! It’s a documentation of her trip to Alaska with her family. I hope it sparks some fun ideas for you all. Enjoy reading her story and thank you for sharing JoAnn This was the first (and only so far) time we had ever been to Alaska and the whole time we were there all I could think about is how I could document this wonderful and beautiful trip in a quilt. I wanted to make blocks that would remind me of the beautiful sites. All of the blocks were created in EQ5 – that was before EQ6′s time. The flower blocks are my interpretation of the Alaskan Fireweed and are paper pieced. We saw these all over and they were just beautiful. Of course I had to make a whale block, trees, fish and Mariner’s compass which were all paper pieced as…
Kathy Carlson recently installed her EQ6 and got to playing. She shared with us her design for a Barn Quilt that we thought was a really neat use for EQ! Kathy writes: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the system and think I may soon be addicted to playing with it. Here is a design I worked out this week end to apply on a “Barn Quilt” for our RV port shed in the mountains of NC. Many in our neighborhood are excited about the idea of designing quilts.The system is very user friendly. Compliments to the creators of it and I will brag about the system to friends and family. Keep me updated with any updates offered. Grateful quilter!” Kathy Thanks for writing Kathy!