May. 13, 2015

Dear Jane Software & Book: Save 20%!

Join “Janiacs” from all over the world in re-creating this epic 1863 quilt! Save 20% on the Dear Jane software & book with promo code MAYJANE.

Print the patterns for all 225 block patterns (including the triangle and kite border blocks!). Make the original Dear Jane quilt, or get creative and use the blocks in your own Jane-inspired designs.

Don’t Want to Make the Classic Dear Jane? Make it your own!

Use one of the pre-designed variations, be inspired by the Quilt Gallery, or design from scratch!

Use code MAYJANE at checkout. Offer ends Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.

May. 12, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Eyedropper Tool

The Eyedropper Tool

Use this tool to find a fabric you’ve already used in a quilt.

1. Click a fabric in the quilt on the worktable.

2. The fabric is now “found” and and selected in the palette.

However, more options are available for the Eyedropper tool in the Graph Pad. You can not only find fabrics used in quilts, but you can also find colors and blocks.

The Eyedropper options will display on the Graph Pad when you have the Eyedropper tool selected on the toolbar.

(If you do not see the Graph Pad, it can be turned on by clicking VIEW on the top menu and making sure there is a check mark next to Graph Pad.)

  Find existing fabric or color:

Click on a fabric and it finds the fabric in the palette.

Click on a color and it finds the color in the palette.

Click on a photo and it just goes to black.

  Find a matching fabric:

This tool will always find a fabric in the palette.

Click on a fabric and it finds that exact fabric. (Like the default tool.)

Click on a solid and it finds a fabric whose average color matches that solid color.

Click around on a photo and it finds a fabric whose average color matches the color of the pixel you’ve clicked on. (Great for blending fabrics and photos.)

  Find a matching color:

This tool will always find a solid color in the palette.

Click on a solid and it finds that exact solid. (Like the default tool.)

Click on a fabric and it finds a solid whose average color matches that fabric color.

Click around on a photo and it finds a solid whose average color matches the color of the pixel you’ve clicked on.

Find a block:

Click on a block in the quilt and it finds the block in the palette.

  Toggle automatic tool snapping:

Snaps your tool selection to a coloring tool or the Set Block tool, depending on the Eyedropper option you have selected.

If this option is unchecked, the Eyedropper will remain the selected tool.

• 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 Eyedropper Tool) and then print as normal.

May. 09, 2015

Check out Modern Quilt Unlimited for lots of House Quilt ideas!

The new issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is out! You can find my article on page 90! It talks about how to make house blocks more modern.

There are lots of ideas, tricks and tips includes as well as a lesson which also includes and EQ7 file to download with the following quilts included!

I hope you like it!







May. 08, 2015

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! For those of you who are visiting for the first time, here’s a little introduction–

My name’s Jenny Novinsky and I’ve worked here at Electric Quilt for more than 10 years. I started as a graphic design intern during my junior year of college, and they just haven’t been able to get rid of me! I did a little bit of sewing here and there as I was growing up (mostly 4-H projects), but I didn’t become a quilter until I worked here at EQ. I could design a beautiful quilt in EQ long before I could actually sew them. But you can only be surrounded by quilty things for so long before you want to make them yourself, so now my sewing skills have caught up with my EQ skills!

Here’s my Vol. 11 block, #1026 Scout’s Star:

I drafted this block on the EasyDraw Block Worktable of EQ7. Foundation piecing is my favorite piecing technique and I knew I wanted to design something that would incorporate the technique.

This block has a great secondary star design that shows up when you set the blocks side-by-side.

It’s pretty great in a simple on-point layout too!

Thanks for visiting during the Blog Tour! Now for the giveaway–

Not only will a lucky winner receive a copy of the magazine… you’ll also receive a copy of EQ7! That’s the software I used to design my block.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what quilting/sewing project you’re working on right now!

*You must comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, May 10, 2015 to be entered in the giveaway. One winner will be chosen at random.*


Our winner if Cyndy Knapp!

Make sure you visit Quiltmaker’s blog to see all the participants in the tour and enter in some great giveaways!

Already have EQ7?

Did you know you can add all the blocks from the first 6 volumes of 100 Blocks to your EQ7 Block Library instantly? Not only will you have hundreds of wonderful blocks to choose from, but you can also print the patterns at any size you like! Click here to see the block collections in our shop.

May. 08, 2015

Do you EQ? Anita Grossman Solomon does!

Anita Grossman Solomon was first introduced to The Electric Quilt while watching the Great American Quilt Show. Penny was featuring EQ1, which Anita thought would solve her problems. Anita watched the show’s credits and called Penny, at home, to ask about the program. Previously, Anita had been making “quilting disasters” by  getting an idea and sewing without a plan. She is happy that EQ does the math for her and says that, EQ is why I can do what I do.”

When Anita began learning EQ she would pick a quilt out a magazine and attempt to reproduce it in EQ. (That’s a great idea and we sometimes have new hires at the office do it, too.) Anita said, When, as a beginning quilter, I wanted to set blocks on point, I had absolutely no idea what size triangles to cut for the border. I scoured books and magazines for cutting information. I searched for layouts of On-Point quilts made of the same size blocks as mine to guide me. Quite the crazy workaround. I’m no longer a beginning quilter but I turn to EQ to calculate the size of everything that goes into my designs. EQ allows me to visualize my quilts. Without it I’d be constructing my blocks and quilts by trial and error.  In a few clicks I resize my blocks, rotary cutting calculations and quilts.”

More recently, she’s participated in Jenny’s Sew Alongs which she enjoyed immensely. She paper-pieced those monthly blocks using EQ generated foundations.

(We don’t have a one going on right now but the previous Sew Alongs are still fun and helpful!)

She has been featured in many magazines. Anita, along with her Pineapple quilt, are featured in our ads in Quiltmaker and Love of Quilting May/June issues, Quilter’s Newsletter in June/July and McCalls in July/August! She says she adores  two color quilts. They  make great wedding presents or graduation gifts. For younger people a two-color quilt in their college colors makes a wonderful gift. And two color quilts are so timeless.”

Her original Pineapple quilt was made in Tomato Red and Cream. When Robert Kaufman asked her to make a 30th Anniversary quilt for them she used the Kona solids Coral and Indigo. The Kona colors are beautiful and available in Stash 2014 Download 04.

She teaches her half-drop set Pineapple in her Craftsy class. She says the quilt would never have come into being without EQ’s layout features.

Anita has also written 3 books. She used EQ to develop all the designs.

The cover quilt for her latest book, Rotary Cutting Revolution,  of Old Italian Blocks, was problematic. She had made 110 blocks, some with  light backgrounds and the others dark. She used EQ to reconcile the blocks into a windowpane setting.

She says, You don’t have to be a master to do what you need to do.”

Anita wants to “Make It Simpler” and her innovations make quiltmaking faster and easier. Her original techniques, efficient construction shortcuts and no-waste methods have been featured in many magazine and books. Now she’s teaching her techniques in her Craftsy class, Traditional Blocks Made Simple, which  comes with a free e-book of Rotary Cutting Revolution. She has also begun writing  a bi-weekly column on Craftsy.

She  teaches internationally which included a recent  cruise through the Panama Canal! Upcoming is a New England/Canada Fall Foliage cruise. You can see more information on her workshops here.

I’d like to thank Anita  for sharing with us. “Like” her on Facebook to stay informed on her quilting ventures!

May. 07, 2015

Quilted in Honor Challenge – Follow Up!

Last fall we ran a 3-month challenge featuring Island Batik’s “Quilted in Honor” fabric line. Participants were required to design a quilt using those fabrics. One of the three winners was Jo Moury for her combination (pieced and appliqué) design. Recently, Jo sent us a photo of her finished quilt – check out how well she followed her EQ7 design! Great job Jo :) .


Quilted in Honor EQ7 design by Jo Moury


Quilted in Honor quilt by Jo Moury

Want more? See the other 2 winning designs by Susan Polan and Darlene Gerber & all entries.

Free projects? Get Jo’s EQ7 project file as well as 32 other Quilted in Honor quilts!

Free fabrics? Download all the Quilted in Honor fabrics for your EQ7!

May. 05, 2015

EQ Staff Fun – Animal Blocks!

We’re back with another staff challenge! This time we all used Boutique Blocks from the Animal category. So much fun to get these blocks into EQ7 and see what you can do with them!

Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think! If you’re ever designing in EQ7, snap a quick pic and post it to social media with the hashtag #ShowMeYourScreen.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Heidi Noah’s Ark by Angie Padilla
“I wanted to make something with a bit of a folk-art touch. Even though you wouldn’t expect a block collection called Noah’s Ark (by Angie Padilla) to have it, it did! The cows are cute but I love the pigs too! I used the Auto Borders tool to make the borders, so they literally just took a few clicks of my mouse! The gold fabric by Need’l Love makes it, I think!” -Heidi


Christine Dress Up Bears by Sindy Rodenmayer
“As soon as I saw the Dress Up Bears collection by Sindy Rodenmayer, I instantly thought of a red white and blue color scheme. With summer just around the corner, I wanted to make up some patriotic teddies for Independence Day!” -Christine


Jenny Petrilla and Friends by Regina Grewe
“I have a little flock of chickens at home (we just added 6 new chicks a couple weeks ago!), so it made sense to choose some poultry blocks. I was actually surprised by how many different chickens blocks we have available! I love paper piecing so this new collection by Regina Grewe is right up my alley. I alternated the chicken blocks with the Cross and Crown block from the EQ7 Block Library because I think it has a rural/rustic feel that pairs well with the chicks.” -Jenny


Sara Silhouette Cats by Janeen van Niekerk
“This quilt is the perfect way to show some love for your feline friends. Simply add a sleeve on the back to make a nice wall hanging or banner for your door. I used Janeen van Niekerk’s Silhouette Cats collection and the May fabric of the month download — Cozy Cotton Flannels from Robert Kaufman.” -Sara