Sep. 29, 2014

Get your stencils onto your quilt without tracing!

One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea.

Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt.

Here is what she did:

Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt.

Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil?

  (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.)

After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she printed it on the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy. The Solvy runs right through your printer, just like a piece of regular paper would.

Jodie peeled the back of the Solvy off and stuck the adhesive side onto her quilt.

Jodie had the eagle quilted by Debra Staley and then gave her quilt a wash.

Jodie did a wonderful job! The quilt is named, “Time on Whidbey Island” and it was a gift for Jodie’s neighbors, Tom and Jean. Lucky them!

If you are interested in the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy, here is a video explaining a little more about it (starting at the 5:50 point).

And thanks to Jodie for sharing, what a great idea!

Sep. 26, 2014

EQ7 Mystery Quilt in The Canadian Quilter – Part 2

  The Canadian Quilterhas written a great multi-part series, making a Mystery Quilt with EQ7.

In May they published the first installment. It talks about fabrics – including importing your own fabrics, downloading them from manufacturers websites (Northcott has a button right on their site!) and installing our free fabric downloads, amongst other things. You can read more about it here.

Now, the Autumn 2014 issue is out. It covers lots of topics including saving, opening and renaming projects and quilts. The Author, Lauren MacDonald, talks about icons and the different worktables. She also covers saving personal fabric libraries, and more!

Sep. 26, 2014

Want More Blocks for Your EQ7 Library?

Download and install pieced blocks Friday and Saturday at 20% off! Watch a video to see how easy it is to purchase, download, install and USE these awesome blocks!

Sale ends Saturday, September 27, 2014 at midnight EDT.

Sep. 24, 2014

Janice Averill’s Magic Stars Quilt

In the September/October issue of Quiltmaker you’ll find Janice Averill’s gorgeous Magic Stars quilt.

When you look at this quilt, you wouldn’t believe that the individual block looks like this:

On Quiltmaker’s blog, Janice shares how she drew the block in EQ7 and gives a peek into her design process. It’s quite interesting to read about diagonal designs and see her work evolve from grayscale to color.

The Magic Stars quilt is also the focus for this month’s Scrap Squad and you should see the beautiful variations this month’s crew is sewing up! Margaret Kennedy used EQ7 to play with color and layout:

And Beth Kerr Helfter re-drafted to a size she was more comfortable working with and combined four blocks into one larger block like this:

Click here to check out all the Scrap Squad posts for Magic Stars!

Images in this post courtesy of Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.

Sep. 20, 2014

Over 4,000 Historic Quilt Blocks

It’s a block powerhouse! The same patterns that sold in 1928 for 15 cents each are yours in BlockBase for less than 2 cents apiece! A CD-ROM Version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. No other pattern collection comes close!

Sale ends Monday, September 22nd.

Sep. 19, 2014

Ship Ahoy! Quilt

Anne Underhill recently sent us a photo of her quilt to post in the Quilt Gallery, but it was so cute I just had to share it here on the blog too!

Anne used blocks from Angie Padilla’s Ship Ahoy! collection to make this adorable quilt for her new grandson.What a perfect use for these appliqué blocks!

Anne says:

“This was my first attempt at an EQ7 quilt. Custom Set quilt layout made it easy to swap the appliqué blocks around and then add ‘fillers’ until I had a sensible and pleasing layout. I really enjoyed the process and learned my way around the software at the same time.”

Anne’s design in EQ7:

“My grandson lives by the sea so I was delighted to find Angie’s wonderful ‘Ship Ahoy!’ designs which I could use within my EQ7 software. The appliqué is fused raw edge and machined using blanket stitch. I’m not good at quilting, most was done with the walking foot; the small motifs in the non-appliqué blocks were done on my embroidery machine as was some of the lettering. 

My grandson lives in Melbourne Australia, I am in the UK. I delivered the quilt personally last month!”

Thanks for sharing your quilt with us, Anne!

Sep. 17, 2014

Christa Quilts: Abacus Sew Along

EQ Artist Christa Watson has announced a new sew along on her blog that looks like so much fun!

The new quilt is called Abacus and I see so many opportunities to make this quilt your own! PLUS you can download Christa’s EQ7 project for the quilt and play around with the design. Those circles look like a great place to show off some special fabric and it’s easy to import your own fabric images into EQ7!

Christa's Quilt Along

Christa is a wonderful teacher who gives you easy-to-follow tutorials for each step of the quilt. Click here to find the full schedule for the Abacus sew along. The fun starts next week. I hope you’ll join her!

If you’re looking for some other quilt projects, check out all of Christa’s Quilt Alongs. She gives you an EQ7 project download for each quilt!