My mom wanted to make a quilt for her little sister. Susie had just had a kidney transplant. Mom wanted Susie to be able to curl up on the couch under a cozy quilt that shielded her from the A/C and reminded her that she’s loved even when we’re on the other side of the US. So, one night I get a phone call from my mom. “Andrea, sweetie, I don’t know what to do with the blocks now!” When I asked her what blocks, she said “I made Ohio Stars on a muslin background: 2 pink, 2 yellow and 2 blue. I have some left over colors and very little left over muslin.” “Mom, do you have a ruler? Can you measure the blocks for me?” “Sure, they are all 17¼ inches.” “Eeek, those are huge. That’s 16¾ inches finished. And you only have 6 blocks? Not 9?” “Well,
“What is a scrap quilt? Ask ten quilters and you’ll get ten different answers.” ~M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Scrappy Quilts There may not be one master concoction for a scrap quilt but M’Liss Rae Hawley certainly has some beautiful recipes to get you started! Her new book “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Scrappy Quilts” is a fun guide for creating your own scrap quilts whether your a beginner or an advanced quilter. As an experienced quilter, designer, author, and soon-to-be television host (M’Liss’s Quilting World on PBS), M’Liss is a very successful and talented woman. We are honored to be able to say that M’Liss is a long time EQ user and that her scrappy quilts were designed using the EQ6 program. We are excited for this great new book and we encourage you to take advantage of her designs and then get started designing your own scrap quilts in EQ! M’Liss, we
Daphne Stewart wrote in about her ClubEQ design from the July 2003 Bargello Challenge. I remember this quilt when she submitted it. I loved the way the flower panels cut off the bargello. It reminded me of the Alps. The quilt is called “Evidence of a Senior Moment.” Here’s what Daphne says: This quilt started as response to the Bargello challenge of July 2003. It was displayed #17. When EQ had the anniversary contest (as partners with QNMagazine) my husband and I went through my scrapbook of challenge and Round Robin quilts and decided this would be easy and fun to do. Stu shopped for fabrics with me and wanted it brighter and I’m glad I agreed. I never got tired of working with these colors. I also tweaked it a little more by adding my initials (Gordon had just taken us through another letter tracing exercise). To get everybody
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a guess in our STASH contest. We received almost 1000 entries. So just how many fabrics have been scanned since 1999 for Stash Editions 1 through 18? 91,563 Here are the winners with their lucky guesses: 1. Teresa Casanova 91,557 off by 6 2. Sheri Whiteley 91,555 off by 8 3. Denise Roussel 91,554 off by 9 4. Ellen Bureson 91,550 off by 13 5. Cheryl Greenleaf 91,522 off by 41 6. Maryanne Martyr 91,515 off by 48 7. Brenda Travis 91,500 off by 63 7. Mary Cain 91,500 off by 63 9. Linda Broadbent 91,469 off by 94 10. Peggy McGinn 91,400 off by 163 11. Linda Erickson 91,326 off by 237 12. Joyce Chevarria 91,146 off by 417 13. Cindy Erickson 91,111 off by 452 14. Pilar Donoso 91,000 off by 563 14. Verona Procyshyn 91,000 off by 563 16. Jane
When I found this quilter/artist, I just HAD to share with all of you. There are no EQ6 tips or flashy show-and-tells. Just what I found to be a much appreciated reminder… Dena Crain is a Mixed Media Artist from Kenya. She as advanced degrees in in design, anthropology, and textiles and has studied art quilting in both the USA and South Africa. I came across her name on a Mixed Media Class schedule after Spring Market in Portland. When I found her website, I was nearly mesmerized by her hand painted quilts and techniques. In reading her descriptions it became apparent that Dena’s quilts were in no way traditional or typical. She uses a very organic creation process that moved me. In combination with appliqué, embroidery, beading, and hand painted patterns, Dena quilts with little to no plan or intention. She simply begins with plain white fabric and black
We got this email from Rhonda Dayton a few days ago about a ClubEQ quilt she had done in 2004. Here’s the picture of the original EQ project: Rhonda writes: “I attached a picture of “Sewing Lesson” completed. This design was one I submitted for April 2004 Challenge. Several quilters from all over the world have email me about it, and asked to see it when it was completed. My mom (Jan) finished it about 2 years ago and it is now in my possession. Good things come to those who wait.” Wow. I remember this quilt back in 2004 when we did the Black Appliqué challenge. Kudos to both you and your mom for the design and actually finishing it! Do you have a ClubEQ design that has made it into fabric? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I might just put it on the blog too!
Barb’s newest challenge is: “Create a label for a quilt. You may use the Appliqué Text tool to write a generic greeting or description on the label.” It’s been 5 years since we had a labels challenge, and it was pretty popular then. Don’t forget to create your quilt label and submit it to email@example.com before the July deadline. All participants will receive a secret link where they can download all the quilt label projects from the other participants at the end of the month.