Aug. 06, 2015

Spotted: EQ Artists!

We love coming across EQ users in quilting magazines… and we also love seeing EQ Artists in quilting magazines! Recently, we spotted three EQ Artists:

Bea Lee

Bea Lee

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney

Toby Lischko

Toby Lischko

When I asked Bea Lee if her “Stars at Night” quilt was designed in EQ7, she replied: “Of course it was!!” She also told me she had originally named it “Ghostbusters” and had gone through several renditions of the quilt before deciding on the final design shown in the August/September 2015 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. Here are images of her process in EQ7:

1 2 3
 4  5  Final

When I asked Nancy Mahoney if she used EQ7 to design her featured quilt, she replied, “I use EQ7 to design all my quilts!” If you’ve seen Nancy Mahoney’s “Boxing Match” quilt in the September/October ’15 issue of Quiltmaker magazine, you’d remember it looking like this:

Boxing Match - Nancy Mahoney

What you probably didn’t know is that Nancy’s original EQ7 design was called “Floating Boxes” and was in these colors:

Floating Boxes - Nancy Mahoney

What do you think Toby Lischko said when I asked her if she used EQ7 for her featured quilt? Much to my delight, she said “Of course my quilt was design in EQ7!” If you’ve seen Toby Lischko’s “Picklemints” quilt (also in the September/October ’15 issue of Quiltmaker magazine), you’d probably remember it like this:

Picklements - Toby Lischko

Here’s an image of her original EQ7 design that she called “Mojito Quilt”:

Mojito Quilt - Toby Lischko

A special thanks to Bea Lee, Nancy Mahoney and Toby Lischko for helping me put together this post. To see a full list of our EQ Artists, click here. Follow their blogs, social media and websites for creative inspiration and more EQ7 designs!

Aug. 06, 2015

EQ Heidi featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited!

In the Summer issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited there is an article by me! In the article I discuss different ways to use log cabin blocks in quilts. It includes flipping and rotating, editing blocks, drawing simple blocks, using the Layout Library and much more!









There is also a web extra which includes step-by-step instructions on how to make these two quilts!


And, you can download the EQ7 project that includes all the quilts featured in the magazine! 14 Quilts total! Don’t miss it! ;)


Aug. 05, 2015

EQStitch and related products are 25% off!

See all of the EQStitch products here!

Sale ends August 6, 2015. Use code 8Stitch.

Aug. 04, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Shape Tool

The Shape Tool

The Shape tool allows you to edit and change the shape of patches by moving nodes to reshape the patch, as well as adding nodes to line segments.

To Change the Shape of the Patch:
1. Position the mouse over a node.

2. Click on the node with your left mouse button, hold and drag it to a new location.

Double-click on a segment to add a note.    Click, hold and drag the node to a new location.


The Pieced layer of the PatchDraw worktable is permanently set to Snap to Grid. When you are moving nodes on the worktable, you will notice the node snapping to the closest grid point.

Be sure that your patches don’t overlap one another. You may find it just as easy to redraw a block than to edit an existing block.

To Add and Delete Nodes:
1. Position the mouse over a line segment.

2. Double-click with the left mouse button to add a node.

3. Click on the new node with your left mouse button, hold and drag it to a new location.

To delete a newly added node, double-click the node again.
Double-click on a segment to add a node.     Click, hold and drag the node to a new location.

• 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 Shape Tool) and then print as normal.

Aug. 04, 2015

Charleston Quilt Challenge – Winner!

So we asked our Charleston block-challenge participants to design a quilt using their original block… and boy did they come up with some fantastic designs!!

As usual, EQ7 users make it so difficult for us to choose a winner. We are so impressed with their talents!

The winning quilt design* belongs to….. Adrienne Quinlan! Congratulations!

Adrienne’s quilt design:


Honorable Mentions:



Martha Peterman


Kelly Grace


To see all the quilt entries, view the original challenge post here.
To see all the block entries, click here.

Thanks so much to all who participated, we hope to see future entries from all of you! :) Congratulations to our winner and honorable mentions. Stay tuned to the blog for future challenges.
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*The staff at EQ, along with Timeless Treasures chose the winner based on creativity, effectiveness of fabric use and adherence to rules.

Aug. 03, 2015

Free fabric download – MINIONS!


Fabrics of the Month: 1 in a Minion by Quilting Treasures

Click here to download this collection for your EQ7 now!

Aug. 02, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch Blog #1

Although EQStitch was designed for the beginner level using auto digitizing, it can indeed create some pretty amazing works of art with just the simplest tools.

1.  Launch your EQStitch program

2.  Click on the ‘stitch worktable’ icon at the top of the screen

3.  Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery


 4.  On the toolbar at the left side of the screen, click on the little black arrow at the bottom.

In the pop up menu box, click on the words ‘add/remove buttons’

Place a check mark in front of all the tools by clicking on them.

         Click anywhere on a white space of the screen to close the box

 5.  Click on the ‘drawing board options’ box on the object properties bar at the top of the screen.

In the drawing board options box under the ‘stitch’ heading, set the embroidery edge stitches to ‘no stitch’ and the embroidery fill setting to a ‘smooth’ fill stitch.


 Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ at the bottom of the box to set the drawing properties.

6.  Click on the ‘brush stroke’ tool to select it.

 7.  On the stroke properties bar at the top of the screen, click on the down arrow next to contour and end cap to select the style of stroke you want to create.



8.  Move the cursor over to the drawing board and click/hold/drag/release to create a few squiggle lines on one side of the worktable only.

 9.  Click on EDIT>Select All

 This selects all the lines you drew and groups them as one object.

 10.  With lines all selected, click on the ‘clone selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

A second copy of the design will appear on the worktable.

 11.  Click on the ‘flip left and right’ icon on the multiple select property bar.

12.  Click on the ‘pick tool’ to select it.  Move the cursor over the crosshairs on the cloned copy and click/hold/drag it to the opposite side of the worktable aligning it with the first image.


13.  Click on EDIT>Select All

Click on the ‘center selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

The entire object will now be centered on the worktable.

   Add to sketchbook

14.  Click on the ‘stitch tab’ at the bottom of the screen.  The design is filled automatically with the smooth stitches and no outline that we set as the properties in the drawing board options box.

15.  Click on the ‘set thread’ icon on the toolbar at the right to see the color palette.

       Click on any color to select it.  Move the cursor over to the stitch design and click once to set the new colors.

   Add to sketchbook

16.   Click on STITCHING>Export Stitching File


Name your file and select your file extension for your own embroidery machine.

  Click on ‘SAVE’

 17.  Send the files to your machine and stitch the design.  Here is what I created using the squiggle designs.  This is my entry into the silent auction for the Houston Quilt Festival 2015.