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

May. 05, 2015

20% off Animal Blocks!

Choose from hundreds of animal blocks from your favorite designers! Blocks link to your EQ7 Block Library, so you can start designing, printing patterns, and SEWING right away! Boutique Block Collections are available for both PC and Mac.

Use code ANIMALS at checkout. Offer ends Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.

May. 05, 2015

Close to Salt Lake City, Utah? Come see a demo of EQ7!

May. 02, 2015

Quilt Design Wizard Sale!


Not good with computers? EQ7 out of your price range? Want an easy, basic program to design your very own quilts in?

Quilt Design Wizard is perfect for you! Buy it today for a special discounted price of $23.96!

Watch a video to see how it works>>

Discount only applies to the Quilt Design Wizard software. This program is only available for Windows® operating systems. Offer ends Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59pm EDT.
Not valid with any other offers. Use code 4MOM at checkout.

May. 01, 2015

Do you know about Club EQ?

Every month we post a challenge from Barb Vlack. Maybe it’s to create a table runner, or maybe to design a quilt using only two blocks, but the challenges are great and it’s always something different. Our users (YOU!) create quilts and upload them to display on our website. At the end of the month you get all the EQ7 projects from everyone who entered.

Club EQ is a great way to practice using EQ7. It helps to sharpen your skills. You can also learn a lot from looking at other people’s projects and seeing how they did things.

May’s challenge is to Use the Photo Patchwork Layout. Read more about it (including some instructions)  here.

I love Barb’s Photo Patchwork quilts. Did you know you could do this in EQ7?

Are YOU up for the challenge? ;)

May. 01, 2015

Spring Cleaning Scrap Challenge!

[Challenge Closed] CLICK HERE to see the winners!


It’s spring, and you know what that means… cleaning! We’ve come up with a fun and easy way to help you use up those old scrap fabrics laying around: a sewing challenge using ONLY your scrap fabrics!

You have 1 month!

It’s very simple; here are the steps:

  1.  Choose a design from the EQ quilts below.
  2.  Download and open it in your EQ7.
  3.  Color it to match your scrap fabric stash.
  4.  Sew your quilt to match the layout.
  5.  Submit a photo of the sewn quilt.
  6.  Leave a comment to state which quilt design you chose.


  • You must follow the design exactly.
    (Do not make changes or add borders to the design.)
  • You must use ONLY scrap fabrics.
    (We know we can’t prove this, but we trust that we can rely on our users to comply. :-D )
  • Finished quilt photos must be submitted by the deadline: Sunday, May 31.
    (Quilts must be finished with binding to be eligible.)
  • One submission per person. EQ7 users only.
    (Need help submitting your photo? See below.)



Winners will be selected based on adherence to quilt design chosen, creativity and effectiveness of scrap fabric use.

Winners will receive:

  • An EQ tote bag
  • 1 EQ with Me: Quilt Design book
  • 1 sample pack of EQ Printables Inkjet fabric
  • 1 spool of Aurifil thread
  • 1 fabric bundle
  • 1 Moda mini charm pack
  • 1 special promo code for a free EQ Stash Online download

Here are your mini quilt choices:

Like this one best? Download and open it in EQ7. Then, click the “View Sketchbook” button to view this quilt. Remember: You can print the blocks, rotary cutting instructions, foundation patterns and templates right from EQ7!

Like this one best? Download and open it in EQ7. Then, click the “View Sketchbook” button to view this quilt. Remember: You can print the blocks, rotary cutting instructions, foundation patterns and templates right from EQ7!

Like this one best? Download and open it in EQ7. Then, click the “View Sketchbook” button to view this quilt. Remember: You can print the blocks, rotary cutting instructions, foundation patterns and templates right from EQ7!

You may submit your quilt any time before the deadline.
Good luck! If you have any questions, please comment below!

How to submit a photo of your quilt:

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).

linkup quilt

Apr. 28, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Swath Tool

 The Swath Tool

The Swath Tool draws a pre-defined, stylized stroke surrounding a segment. This segment or “spine” of the stroke can be edited and shaped like any curve or line segment. The stroke or “hull” surrounding the spine can have varying widths and end styles.

1. Click Worktable > Work on Block.
2. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif.

You may not see the the Swath tool on your screen.
If not, here is how to get it:

  • Click the Customize Toolbar    tool on the left side of your screen.
  • Click Add/Remove Buttons…
  • Choose Swath tool from the list.

3. Click the Swath Tool

4. Position your mouse cursor on the worktable where you want the line to begin.

5. Click, hold and drag to draw your stroke. The “spine” of your patch will draw in blue.

6. Release the mouse to finish your line. Two lines appear surrounding the spine with the selected style shapes within the two lines.

7. Use the Shape tool to edit the spine of the stroke.

8. Click the Convert to Patch button on the Precision Bar to complete the patch.

Before clicking Convert to Patch only the spine is editable.

After clicking Convert to Patch everything is editable.

Use the Precision Bar (View > Precision Bar) to select different contours.

You can also use the  Precision Bar to select different styles.

Other Helpful Tips

  • This is the only tool on the PatchDraw toolbar that is NOT part of the Stitching worktable as well.
  • The Swath tool works best with smooth, gentle curves. It is not intended for use with sharp curves. If your design requires a sharp curve, it is best achieved by creating separate swaths.

  • You can select the contour, style, width and boldness BEFORE you draw, or you can draw the stroke with the current settings and then adjust the settings AFTER you draw.
  • Remember to always use Convert to patch when you’re done editing the stroke. If you forget, EQ will automatically convert it to a patch.

• 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 Swath Tool) and then print as normal.