Jun. 12, 2015

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are 20% off!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks series is  ready to be used with  your EQ7!  Download the block collections right into your program! Use promo code JUNE100 to save 20% on Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Requires EQ7. Discount only applies to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volumes 1-6. Offer ends June 13, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 08, 2015

Save 20% on BlockBase

Based on Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, BlockBase has virtually every pieced block published from 1836-1970. Over 4300 patterns, ready to print as patterns! Use promo code JUNEBLOCKS to save 20% on BlockBase.

Discount only applies to BlockBase. BlockBase is only available for Windows® operating systems. Click here to learn about using with EQ7 for Mac.

Offer ends June 9, at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Jun. 07, 2015

Q&A with Christine Stainbrook

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We love to find beautiful quilts that were designed with EQ7! While looking through new magazines, we found EQ user Christine Stainbrook and her Love Song quilt. It is currently featured in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine.  Read below to find out about Christine’s design process, how she got hooked on EQ and what she has to say to other desingers out there :)

EQ: Congratulations on being featured in McCall’s! What’s is like seeing your design in a magazine?
Christine:
It’s always exciting when I see something I designed in a magazine.

EQ: Before we discuss the quilt and your design techniques, tell us about yourself!
Christine: I’m a third generation quilter and have been quilting for 35 years.  I love to teach as well as design and write patterns to share my ideas with other quilters. I have a pretty eclectic, varied taste, combining traditional, contemporary and modern styles and fabrics, then making it all work together.

EQ: So what inspired you to create the Love Song quilt?
Christine:
That’s a tough one.  I just played with the fabrics in several different designs, then decided maybe an applique center.  When the design was finished, it just said “Pick Me!” Sometimes designs pop into my head in the most unlikely places. I was in a doctor’s office and a painting gave me an idea for a quilt, so I drew it out on the back of an envelope until I could get home and use EQ.

EQ: What role did EQ7 play in this quilt?
Christine: Everything I design is done in EQ, since version 4.  Now I’m using EQStitch.  I like the ease of use for drawing applique and being able to place actual fabrics in the design.  It sure makes tweaking designs a bit easier.

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EQ: How did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to try it?
Christine: I first saw EQ4 at a local quilt shop that I frequented.  After getting online and seeing what the program could do, I had to have it.  The graph paper and colored pencils sure was a lot more time consuming.

EQ: How has the program changed your designing ability?
Christine:
Being able to make changes either to the drawing or the coloring has really streamlined the design process for me.  I can add, remove or change the blocks/drawings and then see if they work with the fabrics I’m using, or use another fabric line completely.

EQ: Do you own any other EQ products? If so, what are your favorites and why?
Christine: I have several add-ons for EQ: Block Base, My Dream House, Angle Play Blocks, Dear Hannah, Dear Jane, Kaleidoscope Collection, Star Power, Stars & Sets, Town & Country, Baltimore Album and Classic Applique (20’s & 30’s and folk art)

EQ: Wow, that’s great! What draws you to purchase additional EQ products?
Christine: I like the variety of blocks that each add-on includes…it helps stir the inspiration and creativity when looking for ideas for different fabric lines or fabric combinations.

EQ: Some designers are reluctant to use EQ7 because they worry they’ll struggle to learn how to use the software. Do you have any words of encouragement?
Christine: If your struggling, just don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  You can always hit the undo button.  If you need a more structured learning environment, I’d suggest taking classes at EQ University to gain a better handle on how to make the program do what you want it to.  I just kept playing and figured out how to make it work, then took classes to see if there was a better way to do something.

EQ: As a McCall’s featured designer, what advice would you give to other designers aspiring to have their work published?
Christine: Just to not give up.  If one magazine doesn’t like your design, try another magazine or see if you can work with them to fit your design to their needs. I submitted a manuscript to a publisher once, and of course received a rejection, but it sure didn’t stop me.  I just went another direction and made it work.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Christine. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your quilt or your design process?
Christine:
I guess the most important thing to remember is that quilting, whether as a job or hobby, should be fun.  If you’re not having fun with it, maybe re-evaluate the type of projects you’re working on, or take some classes or project workshops to see where in the “quilty” scheme of things your passion lies.

A big thanks to Christine Stainbrook for doing this interview with me. Stay tuned to see the next EQ-designed quilt we come across – it might be yours! :)

Jun. 05, 2015

Tips, tricks & tutorials from users!

If you know someone who’s thinking about purchasing EQ7, tell them about this post!

We do our best to provide lessons, videos and how-tos for our EQ users and from time to time we come across others providing help too. We LOVE to see well-written tutorials, helpful videos and detailed lessons by EQ users for EQ users. Here’s a few we’ve come across that are definitely worth bookmarking!

Scanning your own fabrics and using them in EQ7

By EQ user, Al Navas
Click here for the tutorial with photos
(Or view the tutorial on Al’s blog.)

Writing your own pattern, making a quilt label, creating custom blocks and much more

By: EQ Artist, Bea Lee
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated lessons

Creating paper piecing designs in EQ7

By EQ user, Joanna @ShapeMoth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Drawing curved lines in EQ7

By EQ user, Joanna @ShapeMoth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Creating a custom layout in EQ7

By: EQ user, Mary Elizabeth
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Drawing hexies in EQ7

By EQ user and employee, Jenny Novinsky for Quiltmaker Magazine
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial

Designing a sampler quilt in EQ7

By EQ Artist, Amy Gibson
Click here for the tutorial (EQ7 giveaway is closed.)

Designing a Bargello quilt layout in EQ7

By EQ user, Wendy
Click here to see the step-by-step illustrated tutorial


There are so many more resources out there. If you’ve come across any helpful blog posts, videos or lessons by EQ users, feel free to comment below to share them with us and other EQ users!

We keep a collection of lessons we’ve made or found online at DoYouEQ.com. Click around to find tutorials, free fabrics, free quilt designs, monthly challenges and more!

Remember, you can always find help from us in all these places…

If there’s anything in particular you need help with, let us know! :)

Jun. 03, 2015

Mix & Match to Save!

Add 2 or more of these select products to your cart to save 25%! These EQ add-on products contain amazing quilt projects from some of our favorite designers! Shop now!

Use code: JUNEQUILTS  |  Sale ends: June 4, 2015

Jun. 02, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Watch a Video Tool

The Watch a Video Tool

Use this to display a menu of help videos available for EQ7. To play a video click the video title you would like to watch.

The videos are a great place to start if you’re a beginner but they also include information for more seasoned users.


• If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.
• To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday! -  The Watch a Video Tool) and then print as normal.

Jun. 01, 2015

Spring Cleaning Scrap Challenge – Winners Announced!

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First, we’d like to thank all the participants in our Spring Cleaning Scrap Challenge! We were overwhelmed with all the talent!

For this reason, we decided to give away not one, not two, but THREE prizes! Click here to see all the entries and challenge details.

Winning Mini Scrap Quilts:

Jerriann Massey
Design: Scrappy

By Jerriann Massey. http://AnnieMcHugs.com I chose: Scrappy 20 x 20.


Louisa Robertson
Design: Scrappier

By Louisa Robertson. http://louquilts.blogspot.ca/2015/05/spring-cleaning-challenge.html Here is my Peekaboo Pinwheels quilt, my version of the Scrappier quilt layout. I had great fun playing with fabrics in Electric Quilt and discovered there were lots of pinwheels hiding in the design.


Karyn Ashley-Smith
Design: Scrappiest

By Karyn Ashley-Smith. https://projectscrapbin.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/spring-cleaning-scrap-challenge-by-eq7/ I chose the scrappiest layout. This was a ton of fun....but oh my....a lot more involved than I originally thought! Love this design....so much you can do with it! I think I'll be making one of my other designs as well!


Honorable Mentions:

Gail Taylor
Design: Scrappiest

By Gail Taylor. What a fun challenge! I chose the Scrappiest 30x30 design and once I found the spool design when I used my EQ7 program I was on a creative roll. I decided to use all my tools for the project - EQ7 for design and cutting requirements, Accuquilt Go! for some of the half sq. triangles (cut them down to 2"x2" squares after sewn), HQ16 to stitch in the ditch and Art and Stitch to design the "thread" design for spools and button design for white triangles, and finally my Pfaff embroidery machine and software to design the various "tools" blocks that alternate with the spools that represent all the tools we quilters use. This is one of the few projects that I've made for myself. I've named it "Love My Spools and Tools" and will hang it in my quilt studio.


Nancy Rowland
Design: Scrappiest

By Nancy Rowland. http://doyoueq.com/blog/2015/05/spring-cleaning-scrap-challenge/ Scrappiest 30x30. A wonderful opportunity to use small pieces of various blacks to offset the solids. Didn't make much dent in my scrap collection, though!


Jill Kofton
Design: Scrappier

By Jill Kofton. I made verston #2, Scrappier 25.5" x 25.5." My past two quilts have used only solids. So, I had a large variety of scraps to choose from. I wanted to do a play off the pinwheel feel while adding a modern twist. This I carried over to the quilt back where I did one page pinwheel in warm and color colors as a single large block on back (not pictured. The piece was bound with an orange/white houndstooth.


Anne Maundrell
Design: Scrappy

By Anne Maundrell. http://www.annemaundrelldesigns.com My version of the scrappy 20 x 20 made with some of my hand dyed fabrics left over from other projects and a bit of batik sarong fabric more than 20 years old. This was fun to do and a great opportunity to practice some free motion quilting too.

Thanks again to all the participants! Stayed tuned to the blog and sign up for our newsletters to find out about future challenges. :)

Winners: Please look for an email from me so we can get your prizes to you!