Aug. 06, 2014

20% off on books! 2 days only!

Aug. 06, 2014

Mary Puckett and her Zippy Quilts!

Mary Puckett has been designing in EQ7 for years. Her “Zippy Quilts” are fun, colorful and modern. And they’ve been getting a lot of attention lately!

Mary recently had her quilt featured it Modern Quilts Unlimited’s Summer Issue. It was designed in  EQ7! Mary says, I used the crazy quilt blocks to get some idea of what it would look like, but then the actual piecing was totally improvised.  I did get some idea from my EQ design that I wanted to use tiny pieces rather than larger ones.  I drew the little star in EQ7 using the regular block draw, then printed paper piecing templates.  That’s the only way I’d ever get anything that little pieced accurately!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary has also recently used EQ7 to design an award winning quilt for The Quilt Alliance.   (The Quilt Alliance‘s goal is to ” document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities”. A wonderful idea.)

Mary says, “I’ve been quilting for many years.  I started out by just drafting patterns on graph paper for anything I thought I wanted to make.  

I’m now on my 3rd or 4th version of EQ–not sure which.  I love it!  I use EQ for drawing blocks, designing quilts, and trying out various fabrics for quilts.  Sometimes I scan in my fabric and sometimes I go to fabric manufacturers’ sites and grab their pictures of fabric for my designs.  Both work pretty well.

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to learn new uses for EQ by designing a new block every day and finding different ways to set them into quilts.  (In that regard, I was happy to get 3 books on how to use EQ in my prize package from the Quilt Alliance.) Using EQ, I can try out multiple alternatives for my designs in FAR less time than if I had to do it all by hand. 

I’ve also used the “export image” function to send jpeg images for use in my blog. I’m using it some in my series on designing quilts, which I run the first Sunday of each month.  The images look quite nice when exported to my blog!”

Congratulations to Mary! We’re glad you love your EQ!

Aug. 03, 2014

Registration Now Open!

REGISTRATION STARTS MONDAY, AUGUST 4th AT 11:00am EDT!
Use this link to register.

Spots are first come, first serve. A waiting list will be available once classes are filled.

The Electric Quilt Company is offering a 3 day workshop event!

WHAT: 3 day workshop on EQ7 or EQStitch
WHEN
: Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Saturday, April 11, 2015
WHERE: BGSU at Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH
COST: $300 (full amount due at registration)

For detailed information, check out our original blog post about EQ Academy 2015.

Be sure to set an alarm for registration tomorrow! Seats will go fast!

**************IMPORTANT!**************
You will need to have an account at ElectricQuilt.com to register for the class. Please create an account prior to Monday. If you already have an account on our website, try logging in to make sure you have no login issues when the time comes to register.

Aug. 01, 2014

EQ7 Jump Start: Quilt Link Up!

Time to share your Jump Start quilt! I can’t wait to see how everyone decided to use their beautiful blocks!

Here’s my quilt:

I decided to stick with a basic horizontal setting, but jazzed it up with pieced sashing and cornerstones. I quilted each block separately, with its own motif; here are a couple close-ups:

To Link Up Your Photo
Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your quilt).

If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. If you wrote a post for this quilt, please link directly to that post. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other!

GIVEAWAY!
You can link up your quilt photo at any time. But for those who link up by Monday, August 4, 2014, 9 am EST, you’ll be entered in a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive an EQ with Me book of their choice!

Thanks for sewing along with me this summer! It was a pleasure getting to know you all through these posts and I hope you’ll continue to learn more and more about all the features EQ7 has to offer!

Don’t forget that you can always find the sew along posts here on the blog if you’d ever like to go back and revisit one of the lessons. On the main menu bar (under Behind the Mouse), hover your mouse over Sew Alongs and then choose EQ7 Jump Start from the drop-down menu. You can find other past sew alongs there too. If you’re interested in learning more about drawing your own blocks you should check out the EQ7 Summer Drawing Series from last year!

Jul. 31, 2014

Tonga Cabana Block Challenge: Design Entries

Link up your Tonga Cabana Block Challenge entries here!

We’ve partnered with Timeless Treasures Fabrics to bring you a fun challenge featuring their Tonga Cabana by Daniela Stout collection! Here’s a quick recap of the rules:

  • You must design your block using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) design software.
  • The block design must be colored with Tonga Cabana fabrics (you may add ONE solid color/fabric to the design).
  • The block design can be pieced, appliqué, or both!
  • Block must be at least 6” x 6”. Block designs do not need to be square.
  • The block design can be an original drawing, or a block from the Block Library that you’ve colored your own way using the Tonga Cabana fabrics.
  • No sewing required. The “virtual” EQ7 block design is all that’s needed to enter.
  • One entry per person

If you need help creating an image of your block design, please click here for instructions.

Submission Guidelines

Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your block). The link up will be open until Monday, August 4 at 9am EST. Winner will be announced Wednesday, August 6.

Judging

One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries

Prizes

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

A full set of Cabana by Daniela Stout Tonga Treats (10″ Squares, 5″ Squares, 2.5″ strips, 6″ strips, and FQ’s)

An EQ with Me book of the winner’s choice

And an EQ Stash Online download of their choice

Good luck!

Jul. 25, 2014

My EQ Boutique is Moving!

Your favorite designer patterns will soon be found at ElectricQuilt.com! EQ7 users love add-on libraries. Now find them all in one place! Here are a few notes about the upcoming move.

  • Purchases will no longer be available at MyEQBoutique.com beginning on August 1.
  • All designer patterns will be available as EQ7 add-on downloads, hopefully by the end of August.
  • All downloads are available for PC and Mac.
  • All downloads will install directly into your EQ7 Block Library for immediate use in EQ7.
  • Any supplemental PDFs will install into your My EQ7 folder.
  • Any purchases made prior to August 1, 2014, will still be available to you on ElectricQuilt.com.

Jul. 24, 2014

Christmas in July

If you’ve ever called our customer service line, chances are you’ve heard Linda’s friendly voice on the other end of the line. Linda has worked at EQ for several years, but she just recently designed her first quilt in EQ7!

“She’s just now using EQ7?!?” you ask…. Well, Linda has a Mac at home so, along with many other people, she’s been patiently waiting for the Mac release of EQ7. And now that she’s had a chance to work with the software a bit, she has a finished quilt to show off. Linda thought she was just sharing her quilt with those of us in the office, but we all loved it so much I wanted to share it on the blog too!

Linda designed the quilt to use with a Block of the Month program she did. She followed this tutorial on the blog to import photos of her finished blocks and design a quilt around them. Here’s her design in EQ7:

It’s called “Merry Mike-mas” — a gift for her husband, Mike. Look at this cute label that Christine, another EQ employee, designed for Linda (printed on EQ Printables, of course!):

Linda has also agreed to let me share her project file with you! The quilt design included in the project is waiting for you to fill with your own block-of-the-month blocks (or any twelve 12″ blocks!). Make your own BOM quilt really pop with this gorgeous border!

Click here to download the EQ7 project file.