One color designs are my favorite to stitch at the machine. With no constant thread changes it can make for a quick design to stitch. But sometimes I am not happy with the results. If all of the design is stitched with one stitch type only it can look flat and uninteresting. When digitizing designs with your EQStitch program you can add more depth and interest by varying your stitch type. Remember to use the properties bar at the top of the screen to change the stitch width, density, and direction. Remove underlay stitches for a more open stitch look when possible. Mix up various stitches in one design so your eye moves from element to element when viewing. This is much more interesting than a single type of stitch through out the entire design. Since the one color design stitches continuously from segment to segment try to avoid jump
Another cover quilt designed in EQ7! This time it’s Jennifer Schifano Thomas’ quilt “Do-Si-Do” on the cover of Love of Quilting (May/June 2016). I’m sure you recognize it?! EQ: Congrats on making the cover of Love of Quilting! Your Do-Si-Do quilt is just beautiful! Is this your first time being in a magazine? How does it feel? Jennifer: Thank you so much! I have been designing quilt patterns for magazines for over a decade. My first design was Mulberry Square, published by Quiltmaker magazine in 2002. Quilt designing started out as a fun hobby, but eventually became my full time career. How does it feel to have a design published in a quilting magazine? It feels wonderful, every time! EQ: How does a designer get his/her quilt on the cover of a magazine? Jennifer: That is a good question. I’ve only been featured on a few covers. My quilts that
Kimberly Einmo has been an EQ user since EQ3 and we were thrilled to be able to work with her recently to create two EQ7 products from her popular books Jelly Quilts & More and Jelly Roll Quilt Magic (both published by AQS). The downloadable products contain EQ7 project files for each of Kimberly’s original quilts, along with 3-4 variations of each quilt. Many of Kimberly’s designs use half-square triangles that finish at 2”. Standard “quilter’s math” tells us that you should add 7/8” to the finished size of a half-square triangle to find your cut size. EQ7’s rotary cutting charts follow standard quilter’s math, so you’ll see that it tells you to cut all those half-square triangles at 2-7/8”: Jelly roll strips are only 2-1/2”, so how do we use jelly rolls for these HST units? Kimberly has a ruler for cutting HSTs from jelly rolls called the
Congratulations to our winner: Cheryl Buoni! This contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating! See our contest schedule for next month’s sponsor! Welcome to the fourth of ELEVEN giveaways we’re hosting on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. April Featured Sponsor: Riley Blake Designs! They’ve provided 21 yards of fabric from the 21-piece collection: Vintage Kitchen by Jolijou To enter, answer these questions by commenting below: What are your favorite quilting magazines? – AND – Do you have a subscription? Wait, there’s more! Win an EQ7 on Riley Blake’s blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the 25th of every month. Participation in each monthly EQ contest counts as one entry toward the grand prize giveaways thus allowing for up
Waiting for inspiration to hit me. So stressed over what to create in my software and what to write about it that it makes me really tired. Oh wait! That’s it! I’m tired. Might as well be inspired by that. Take what you are feeling at the moment and use it as your inspiration to design something. It doesn’t need to be something you will actually stitch out. Just practicing with the tools in the program trying to express how you feel at the moment will help you to better learn the program tools and options. Launch your program Set up the embroidery worktable to be 8 inches (200 x 200). I use this size a lot because it is a good size to design onto a quilt block and it is also a good size to create applique elements that are not too small to deal with effectively.
“Electric Quilt is an invaluable resource in my studio when creating and designing.” – Quiltmaker Magazine featured designer, Scott Flanagan (March/April 2016 issue) We love to find EQ-designed quilts in magazines!! Read about how EQ user, Scott Flanagan, created his Flying Geese quilt: “Flying Geese is one of my favorite blocks to make. However normally you find them in straight rows and I wanted to play with getting the geese to fly in circles. I looked through EQ7, BlockBase, and a couple of block books to find a basic Flying Geese block to start with. After much playing on EQ and on scratch paper I found out the 12” block I was working with wasn’t big enough and ended up working with an 18” block instead. From there I started playing with EasyDraw until I came up with a block that gave me the geese flying in a circle.
Every month, we send out several free project downloads to a certain group of people. Want in? Here’s what we’re sending out this month. You like? Get these project downloads! Join in on the fun with Barb Vlack and other EQ users who design quilts for Barb’s monthly challenge! If you submit a quilt that meets the guidelines, you’ll get everyone’s project files at the end! It’s called ClubEQ. What is ClubEQ? ClubEQ is a free club any EQ user can join, simply by using EQ to design a quilt. Club leader, Barb Vlack, presents monthly challenges. Those EQ users who join the challenge (and the fun) send in a project file. These projects are displayed together on the Web. Participants receive projects from all the other challenge participants that month. So send in one project file, and receive many more in return! No sewing necessary! How do you send