Dec. 10, 2008

Irish Quilting Magazine

Not too long ago we got a phone call from Sherry, the editor of the very first Irish quilt magazine! She was pioneering the magazine and wanted to know if we might want to contribute a quilt project. Better yet, Sherry told us the contributed quilts were going to photograph the quilts in Ireland natural settings. Stunning! We were so delighted to get to be a part of the magazine’s debut so of course we participated.

We had a beautiful 24″ x 24″, purple and green that incorporated photos of a fern plant printed onto our EQ printable fabrics (you might remember this quilt from previous blog posts in June and July ). We called it the Fern Quilt. It seemed to be the perfect colors and theme for Ireland’s landscape and we couldn’t wait to see the photos.

We got to meet Sherry in Houston and she told us that the Fern Quilt was an overall favorite! The magazine finally arrived here at the office and we got to see how nicely done it was. We were so impressed with the new magazine, its layout, the quality, and the photographs….UH! The Photographs are enough to get a subscription! It was just too cool seeing the Fern Quilt photographed with the Molly Malone statue. Their website is still under construction, but the home page is pretty.

We look forward to watching this magazine grow in Ireland and hopefully getting the word out about EQ over there!

Cheers! :)

Dec. 08, 2008

The Things You Miss the Most

EQ6 D. Kathy Willis who lives just North of Houston, made it through three weeks without electricity following Hurricane Ike. What bothered her most? Was it losing a beautiful shade tree, or all the food in her freezer, or going without lights and air conditioning in Houston’s heat? Nope. Kathy surprised us by writing:

“You’ll laugh when you learn that throughout the ordeal, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to participate in your monthly Club EQ Challenge. (Gotta participate to get the files!) Each time our son was able to get through to us (the land line was out and the cell phones worked sporadically), he’d let me know whether Barb had posted a new topic. I’d breathe a sigh of relief every time he told me “Postcards” was still the current challenge, and then he’d rib me about my priorities. He got so used to checking your site that after our power was restored, he called and said “Quick, Mom. There’s a new challenge and you have to design TWO quilts!” That little jokester… “

Check out the clubEQ challenge on our site.

Dec. 08, 2008

Oldie but a goodie – Santa lesson

Here’s a lesson on drawing a foundation pieceable Santa and editing an existing appliqué Santa to give him a bag full of goodies:

Dec. 05, 2008

Abbey Lane Quilts and EQ6

When we were in Houston we got to meet two women, Marcea Owen and Janice Liljenquist, who own Abbey Lane Quilts. They came to see us at Sample Spree and with much excitement told us all about how much they love EQ6 (so flattered) and about how their business with works with EQ6 and we were very impressed!

Marcea and Janice are quilt designers who create all of their quilts in the EQ program. They’ve been quilting together for 15 years and just a year ago decided to establish Abby Lane Quilts. Their business designs quilts for people and fabric designers all over the country. They sell their original patterns and projects in their online store. They work together to create these designs in EQ6 and the craziest part is that they don’t even live in the same town! Marcea and Janice live in Florida and Texas but transfer their EQ6 files via email to colaberate and exchange ideas on projects. When we heard this we thought, It’s the perfect use for EQ6!

They’ve really mastered what EQ6 can do for them personally and used it to it’s fullest. Not only do they use the program to create their designs and patterns to sell on their website, but they’ve tapped into the convenience of the EQ6 and internet technology. With the ability to transfer EQ6 files over email they can work together and reach a broad range of clients. A fabric designer in California can email her brand new fabric line to Janice in Florida, Marcea and Janice can use their fabrics in a quilt design and then email the designer a beautiful image of a quilt with their designs in it just in time for their meeting with the fabric company! It’s brilliant!

These women are so talented so go check out their site now! And if you didn’t already see it, the quilt pictured to the right, Coming Up Roses, was featured in tne Nov/Oct issue of Quilt Magazine. Way to go ladies! I hope we keep in touch.

And p.s. these ladies took 2nd place in Houston for single booth award. We all went over to see their beautiful EQ designs hungup on the walls. Their work is just so fresh.

Dec. 04, 2008

Quiltmaker Quilting Designs Volume 6

Well, I just started drawing the designs for Volume 6. They deserve a “super cool” Andrea rating.

I can’t believe how many are continuous line in there! It’s around 70%.

For all of you who have wanted continuous line quilting stencils, Volume 6 won’t disappoint.

It will be ready this Spring in time for Quilt Market.

Dec. 03, 2008

EQ Makes a Debut in a Fiction Novel!

The Guild in the Granary- A Granary Guild Novel by Alma Lynn Thompson, Janis Biggs, Diana Forrester, and Mary Clark.

In November we received a note and this book from long time EQ user Mary Clark of Always in Stitches quilt shop in Grove City, Ohio. She and her friends, and contributing authors, wrote a fun and poignant mystery based on their quilt shop Always in Stitches that any quilter would enjoy! The coolest part for us… WE MADE THE BOOK! On pages 125 and 126, character Jamie calls her mother to announce she’s been offered a job at The Electric Quilt Company! We are so flattered to be mentioned.

More about the book
Quilting is a very strong metaphor for life and has provided women with community; an avenue for creativity and service for centuries. Nothing has changed and the women who quilt in Always in Stitches are as diverse and warm as any group of women you may know. Annie, a new quilter, learns about quilting, marriage and friendship after she is suspected in the suspicious death of her new husband. Olyria Brown faces the challenge of cancer and uses her palmistry skills to help Annie.
(taken from the McDiggs Publishing website. Visit their site to read more about this book)

Thanks again ladies and congratulations on the new book!

Dec. 02, 2008

Holiday Orders – Shipping Schedule

I talked with our shipping manager about UPS and getting gifts in time to still wrap them. Here’s what we came up with… if any of you are letting Santa know what’s on your wishlist.

In order for packages to arrive via UPS by December 24th in the continental US:
Order by December 15th for standard UPS delivery.
Order by December 19th at noon** for UPS 3 Day delivery.
Order by December 22nd at noon** for UPS 2nd Day Air delivery.
Order by December 23rd at noon** for UPS Next Day delivery.

For any of the ones with the stars **, call 1-800-356-4219 to confirm we received it if you’re really close to noon. That way we won’t miss one.

Best wishes,
The EQ team