Nov. 06, 2014

Jenny’s Leaf quilt & 100+ free projects!

If you have EQ7, EQ6 or Quilt Design Wizard why aren’t you checking out our free monthly projects? You are missing out!

In September I posted Prismatic Plants.

Jenny said she was going to make it. And she did! It turned out great!

You can read more about Jenny making the quilt on her blog, Jenny Makes Stuff.

This is just one of over 100 free projects available. What are you waiting for? Check them out ;)

Nov. 06, 2014

Time to Start Your Christmas Projects!

Take 30% off select Christmas patterns! Add these blocks to your EQ7 library instantly! Available for PC and Mac.

Sale ends Friday, November 7 at midnight EST.

Nov. 04, 2014

Helen Rusch Phillips and Remembering Quilts – Capturing Memories on Fabric

Helen Rusch Phillips makes photo quilts…very special photo quilts. She says her goal is to “bring comfort”…and she does, in more ways than one.

Helen says, I taught myself how to print Photos on Fabric after losing my mother following her issues with Alzheimer’s. I saw what can be done for people dealing with memory issues in their waning years or memory loss due to injury/illness and bring relief to patients, family members or caregivers. My passion later grew to assist families with Veterans dealing with TBI/PTSD. And later yet to honor and remember our fallen heroes. It is an amazing experience to help families tell a story with their photos. I chose “Remembering Quilts” because it is a blend of what technology has to offer with the traditional warmth and caring of a family quilt.

I started making the Remembering Flags before Memorial Day 2012 to bring a little comfort to Gold Star Families I connected with on Facebook and plan to continue my personal mission to Honor and Remember our Fallen Heroes with their precious photos and special words. My husband is a retired Naval Aviator. My oldest son is a Naval aviator and Iraq veteran and my daughter-in-law is in the Coast Guard and thus we all see how my photos on fabric can bring some comfort to the families and friends of our Fallen Heroes. While flying a late night mission over Baghdad in 2007, my son took the background photo of a sunrise I use in many of the collages.

I use EQ Printable Fabric Panels from Electric Quilt(I am extremely happy with the EQ Printables) and garden flags from Custom Decor Flag & Garden.

You can read more about Helen and her projects:Eatontown woman’s ‘Remembering Flags’ honor fallen service members

Quiltmaker sews memories into Remembering Flags

and her My Remembering Quilts and Remembering Flag story was aired on the ABC TV Above and Beyond Show.

Shown here is the quilt Helen made for Regis Philbin when he retired.

We’re happy to be a small part of what Helen is doing.

Be sure to check out her Facebook page, Etsy shop, her website and her twitter.

Nov. 03, 2014

Free Fabric Download: “Distrikt”

Distrikt

November’s free fabric download features colorful fabrics designed by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Download “Distrikt” for your EQ7 Fabric Library now!

Oct. 30, 2014

EQ featured in Modern Quilts Unlimted + Free Lesson + Free EQ7 Project

  In the Fall 2014  issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, I have an article about making one piece quilts in EQ7. Do you know how easy it is? (It’s really easy.) Be sure the check out the magazine! There is also a free lesson that accompanies the article on Modern Quilts Unlimited’s website!

And a free EQ7 project that includes all of the quilts shown below.

Enjoy :)

Oct. 30, 2014

3 Days of Savings at EQ!

We’re celebrating Quilt Festival with a site-wide* 20% off sale! Use code FESTIVAL at checkout. (*Excludes EQ7 and EQ7 Migration Kit.)

Looking for EQ products at Quilt Festival in Houston? Stop by booth #1732!

Sale ends Saturday, November 1, 2014 at midnight EDT.

Oct. 28, 2014

Barbara Brackman and her historical Block of the Week

Barbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author. She has written books on quilting during the Civil War including Facts and Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery and Quilts From the Civil War. Her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns contains more than 4000 pieced quilt patterns, gathered from printed sources published between 1830 and 1970. (EQ’s BlockBase is based on Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.) She has many other books, including her newest, Emporia Rose: Applique Quilts.

Barbara also has a free block weekly on her blog along with historical information and stories.

  Barbara says, “I have been reading Jane Austen biographies for several years, trying to figure out what it was like to live in England about 1800. I realized how much Austen’s life and her family influenced her novels so I thought I’d do a block of the week in 2014 with a little history about the Austens and their times each week.

I use BlockBase for the pattern instructions (blocks on the Austen blog are 12″.) Some readers choose to do a different block size, so I give them the BlockBase number for each weekly block and they can print out instructions for 9″ blocks or 4″ blocks.

I have always been interested in quilt patterns, the wide variety and their history. For many years I did a regular feature for Quilters Newsletter Magazine about patterns. Back then I used my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns to find the blocks named for states or for brides, etc. Now I often do a block-of-the-month for my guild and my classes using BlockBase. With the blogosphere I can do a block of the week like the Austen Family Album and reach a world wide audience. 

For the Austen Family Album I pick a family member like Jane’s sister Cass or her niece Fanny and then do a word search in BlockBase for names like “sister” or “Fanny.” There are many perfect blocks (all named later than Jane’s era) like Queen Charlotte’s Crown and Village Square that keep with the theme. We are doing 36 blocks, which will end in December, but I will leave the posts up for several years so readers can join any time.

I love looking at our Flickr page every week to see what the Austen Family Album community is doing with the blocks. Amazing what they come up with. 

I am lucky enough to have several friends making up the blocks in various fabric themes.” 

One friend of Barbara’s, Becky Brown, is using one of Barbara’s Moda reproduction lines, Ladies’ Album for her blocks.

 

Barbara’s websites and books have so much great historical information and quilting history within them. I was browsing around myself and need to go back and read more. I’m hooked!