Dec. 23, 2014

One Last Holiday Gift…

ReindeerWe are so thankful for our EQ users! To show our appreciation, we are giving away this free EQ7 project download to everyone!

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ONE LUCKY WINNER will also receive the finished mini quilt!

Simply submit a comment below to enter. A winner will be chosen Monday, Dec 29th at 10am EST.

Happy Holidays from EQ :-D

Dec. 23, 2014

The Gift of Giving

The Electric Quilt Company is a pretty small group and many of us crossover in our job duties. Whenever we would pass around a greeting card for all the employees to sign, Jan would always sign the card as “Jan-In Shipping” as if we could possibly be confused by any other “Jan.” Jan is a chatterbox of energy in our office who keeps us all in stitches (no pun intended) with her quick-witted one-liners or her Pig Latin conversations with Heidi. If you’ve ever called the “sales” line at Electric Quilt, you may have spoken with Jan.

Jan and her daughter, Ashley.

Jan lives just around the block from me and her daughters and my sons attended the same elementary school, junior high and high school. We attended school events together, chaperoned proms and so on for years. I think you’re a lucky person if you have friends at work who are also friends outside of work.

Jan’s oldest daughter, Ashley, is having a baby in January and so, of course, I wanted to make a baby quilt. Once again EQ’s quilt extraordinaire, Margaret, advised me with my fabric selections. She even contributed some fabric from her personal stash! I settled on a herringbone design for the front and large chevrons across the back. I was shooting for “vintage” on the front and “modern” on the back.

 

Again, I used EQStitch to generate files for the quilting. I chose “Flowing Foliage Border” from Volume 7. It was perfect running down each strip of the herringbone. This time, instead of hooping the whole sandwich, I used double-stick tape on the top of my hoop and large clips to hold the quilt sandwich in place. It was so fast this way! I had the whole top quilted in two evenings.

 

Ashley loves her cat, Ty, and so I thought of that as I made her label. If you’ve never used EQ7 to make a quilt label, then you’re really missing out! It is easy and super fun. We have a video on our website that demos how we do it. http://doyoueq.com/lessons/creating-quilt-labels-in-eq7/

I drew the cat holding the empty sign as a Patchdraw motif block, and drew 1 paw as a separate motif.

When I built the quilt, I set two paw motifs on Layer 2. I made a horizontal 1×1 quilt with no borders and set the cat motif on Layer 1. If you try this at home, you may see this “blue note” message:

This message reminds you how to enable EQ7 to set motifs on Layer 1.

Click Quilt>Quilt Worktable Options and uncheck this restriction.

Now I have my cat motif sitting on Layer 1.

Then I went to Layer 2 and added the paws and text.

I used File > Export Image and then changed to the Image worktable to open and print on fabric.

I really loved how this turned out.

So here I am at the baby shower with Ashley and the quilt. I think this girl is going to make a wonderful mother, and I know that “Jan-In Shipping” will be the best-ever fun and crazy grandmother (or grand “smother”, as she calls herself). I know there’s been a ton of research done on the benefits of giving—not just for the recipients but for the givers. Nothing could have made me happier than giving this quilt to Ashley. I hope all of you get to experience that gift of giving with your quiltmaking, your money, your volunteerism, whatever it is that you do. Do it today. It’s good for you and your community.

Ashley and I showing the quilt front.
And the more modern back.

Dec. 22, 2014

Holiday Blog Blitz: Recipe

As part of SewCalGal’s Holiday Blog Blitz, we’ve chosen a couple EQ staffer’s family recipes to share.

EQ Christine’s Great Aunt Freda, of a tiny little town in northern Ohio, created “Black-Eyed Susans.” She entered them into the Pillsbury 9th Grand National Bake-Off in 1957 and won the Senior Grand National Award!

Below, is Freda Smith’s original recipe from the 9th Grand National Cook Book for what Pillsbury now calls “Peanut Blossoms.” Enjoy!

Scroll down for another yummy holiday favorite: Peanut Brittle! EQ Linda’s mother, from another small town in northern Ohio was featured in a local newspaper for her Peanut Brittle Recipe in 2010. Here’s her photo and recipe taken from the Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune.

Recipe

PeanutBrittle

To get more recipes, visit these participating blogs:

Bea Lee (Beaquilter)

SewCalGal

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting  Project

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio)

Jeannette Jones (Inchworm Fabrics)

Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts)

Dec. 19, 2014

EQ Christmas Countdown

Our super talented EQ Artists helped us provide EQ7 users with fun, unique, FREE project downloads – for three weeks!

Calendar


Dec. 19, 2014

Dec 19th: EQ Dean & Penny!

DeanPenny

A note from Dean & Penny:

We send holiday greetings and wishes for peace and happiness this coming New Year to our EQ users all over the world! We thought we’d say it with “The Shirts,” because these are blocks Dean drew for an early version of EQ so many years ago. We don’t recall seeing anyone actually ever use these blocks, but we love them just the same and think they just might inspire a nice little quilt done up in fun fabric prints.” – Dean Neumann and Penny McMorris

Download “The Christmas Shirts”

This concludes our EQ Christmas Countdown, we hope you’ve enjoyed the free EQ7 projects!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec 18th: Bea Lee

Jesus

A note from Bea:

“I wanted to create a big “Jesus” in the middle of a table runner and then added an auto border and found the vine border and thought of the John 15:5 bible verse and added that on layer 2. I kept the colors in red and green Christmas colors.” -Bea Lee

Download “Jesus” Table Runner

Catch up with Bea >>

Dec. 17, 2014

Dec 17th: Linda Franz

Inklingo

A note from Linda:

“Quilters who use Inklingo know that you don’t have to be an expert quilter with advanced skills to sew a stunning  Double Wedding Ring quilt. Print the cutting and stitching lines on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet, rotary cut, and piece by sewing along the printed lines. Christmas Rings can be sewn by hand OR by machine. Some quilters will want to sew some seams by hand when they need something portable and sew the rest by machine. When we mix hand and machine piecing in a quilt, we call it an Inklingo hybrid.” -Linda Franz

Giveaways and freebies:

1. Visit the All About Inklingo blog and submit a comment to be entered for a $50 Inklingo gift certificate AND free fabric from Northcott!

2. The Inklingo Double Wedding Design Book will be free to everyone today through December 31st!  ($20 value, PDF download).

Download “Inklingo Christmas Rings”

Catch up with Linda >>