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Sep. 07, 2015


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Carmen was nice enough to offer a free EQ7 project for everyone AND a copy of her new book to one lucky person! Details are at the bottom of the post.

Carmen Geddes

As much as we like to find beautiful quilts that were designed with EQ7, we really like to find whole books of quilts designed with EQ7! We heard about EQ user, Carmen Geddes’s new book “Ten Quilts for Ten Sisters” and just had to interview her about these quilts.

Read below to find out about Carmen’s TEN sisters, her design process and how she got hooked on EQ!

EQ: Congratulations on the release of your new book, Ten Quilts for Ten Sisters! Tell us about it!

Carmen: Thanks so much! I’m very excited about my first book– we self published, so I have really learned a lot! There are actually ten girls in my family! (only seven brothers, but that is for the next book!) Each quilt is named for one of my sisters. I think the quilts and the sisters are just beautiful! The book is based on the technique of piecing the quilt on top of Tensisters Easy Piecing Grid –a lightweight iron-on interfacing panel with the grid printed on it. It comes in three finished sizes; 1″, 1 1/2″, and 2″ squares. Easy assembly with amazing results!

Ten Quilts for Ten SistersEQ: Before we discuss your experience with EQ7, tell us about yourself!

Carmen: I am number 12 in my big family- the first seven were girls, so I grew up surrounded by brothers! I did get pretty good at arm wrestling! My mother’s talents were many! Gardener, violinist, seamstress, knitter, and quilter. She instilled a love and a bit of reverence for quilts in me– they took a lot of work! I’ve always loved sewing and creating. I have 5 children of my own- I loved sewing for them, so of course, I decided to make a business out of it. I had a home based kids’ clothes company for five years while my kids were growing up. When my oldest was in high school, I became a free lance educator for Husqvarna Viking sewing machines. I learned so much and got to meet so many amazing, talented people in that job! I taught all sorts of things, but realized in those years that my real love was quilting. I began to focus my teaching and designing exclusively to quilting. I’ve taught at many shops, quilt groups, and shows around the country. It’s just like being around all my sisters! Developing my own products has just been a natural step in this fun adventure! My family helps me a lot, but my husband of 35 years, Patrick is my biggest helper and fan! We are so lucky to have our kids and our nine beautiful grandkids live nearby!

EQ: So, how did you first find out about EQ quilt design software and what made you decide to try it?

Carmen: When I became an educator for Husqvarna Viking, I was at a training week at the company headquarters, and an Electric Quilt representative came to teach us about this amazing quilt designing software! It was EQ5 and I was completely hooked! I’ve kept current on each of the versions, though I consider myself a complete beginner!

Mosaic in EQ7EQ: Did you teach yourself to use the program or did you use tutorials, lessons etc.?

Carmen: After the one day training I had- I practiced with the lesson books that came with the software. They were beautifully illustrated and easy to follow. I also watched the tutorials and followed them step by step. What I loved is that I didn’t need to know much about the computer to work the program. And I didn’t need to know everything about EQ before I could use it to help with my quilting projects! At first, I mainly used it just to resize blocks– just that one thing changed my quilting world!

EQ: How did you design quilts before you had EQ?

Carmen: I’m laughing out loud— I used a blank piece of paper and drew crazy sketches and had mathematical equations written all over the page that I could hardly make sense of! Didn’t everyone do that?

EQ: What role did EQ7 play in the making of quilts for your book?

Carmen: EQ7 was a huge part of my quilt designing for the quilts in my book! All the quilts are based on squares! EQ7 let me go back to designing quilts like many of the quilt makers of days gone by– one square at a time. It allowed me to see how big the quilt was going to be, with or without borders.  I could change sizes quickly and easily from a 1″, 1 1/2″, or a 2″ finished square, which is what the quilt patterns in the book are designed with. Using EQ7 helped me think out of my comfort zone– I changed fabrics, colors, and design elements of quilts really quickly and easily.

EQ: So when you get an idea for a quilt, what’s the first thing you do and how do you use EQ7 to complete it?

Carmen: Since all my quilts are based on squares, I wasn’t thinking in terms of piecing block by block, so I go into the layout and select the amount of squares I want my quilt top to have, horizontally and vertically. For example, 45 X 45 squares. I choose the block size to be 1″, 1 1/2″, or 2″ finished. And then I click on layer one, choose the paintbrush and start to design. Anything that is pixilated; floor tile designs, cross-stitch designs, photos, the sky is the limit! The quilts in this first book are really about the old, vintage quilt patterns that most of us just wished we could make! I also exported the graphics from EQ7 for my pattern layouts and quilt pictures. It was great! I love to do things that look like they were difficult, but actually were really easy!

MosaicEQ: Do you have any favorite tools or features of the program?

Carmen: These are very simple things, but like I said, I’m a beginner! When I first began using the program years ago, my favorite was the ability to change the block size. I would take a block like the Log Cabin for instance, and make one block large enough for a lap size quilt! One Block Wonders, I called them! They were my go-to quick quilts.  Now, I really like the ‘draw patches in a straight line’  feature. I can draw a whole chain of color really quickly. I also really like ‘swap all colors’. I can change the whole look of a quilt in a click!

EQ: Well congratulations again, Carmen! Tell us, after attaining such a great accomplishment, what advice do you have for others who are looking to reach similar achievements?

Carmen: Thanks so much! I would say, if I can do it, anyone can! I meet so many talented quilters every day– they inspire me and share their love of all aspects of quilting. So my advice would be to share what you do with others! Attend your local quilt group, share your work by putting your quilts in local shows, teach a class! Write a quilting book! Everyone has something to share. That’s the essence of quilting, I think– sharing.

EQ: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me and providing a giveaway! Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your book or your design process?

Carmen: Well, I do like gardening and dutch oven cooking! The family reunion is every fourth of July at my house, so if you show up, everyone will think you are related somehow!  I’d love for people to check out my website and YouTube channel. I am available to come and teach for quilt groups, shows, and retreats. Thanks for having me as your blog guest!

A big thank you to Carmen for doing this interview and providing a book giveaway!

Enter to win “Ten Quilts for Ten Sisters” by Carmen Geddes!

Leave a comment on this post to answer this question:

Which of Carmen’s videos is your favorite?

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Winner will be chosen at random. Contest closes Wednesday, September 9th at 9am ET.

Free Project from Carmen Geddes

Click here to download a free Mosaic quilt from Carmen.

Sep. 06, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #6

I really don’t like to think of Christmas before the month of December.  Everyone seems to start preparing for Christmas earlier and earlier every year.  I was in one of my local stores in July and they were all ready placing out their Christmas items.  By the time Christmas actually arrives I am really tired of it all.  I don’t like the commercial aspect of it.  But, as a machine embroiderer/quilter, I know it takes a good deal of time to create projects that you want to give away as Christmas gifts.  This is a quick and easy design to stitch with a Christmas theme.

1.  Open your EQStitch program and then click on the ‘stitch worktable icon’ and set up the machine applique worktable.

2.  On the artwork tab, click on the ‘oval drawing tool’ (heart shaped) and hold the icon down for a few seconds to get the fly out menu.

3.  Click on the tear drop shape that is the last one in the row to the right to select it.

4.  Working on one half of the drawing board area only, move the cursor over to the area and click/hold/drag/release the cursor to place a shape on the area.

Repeat this same step several times to fill one side of the design page area only.  Do not make the shapes too close together.  Vary the size of the shapes as you build the design.

5.  Click on EDIT>Select All.  Once the entire area is selected, click on the ‘clone selected images’ icon on the properties bar to get an identical second copy.

Once the second copy of the design appears, click on ‘flip left/right’ icon on the properties bar at the top of the screen.

6.  Move your cursor over to the center crosshairs and click/hold/drag/release the cloned copy of the design to the opposite side of the drawing board.

7.  Select other shape tools (I used the polygon tool) to create a tree base and a star for the top of the tree.

Add the design to the sketchbook before leaving the artwork tab to make sure you don’t loose the drawing.

8.  Click on the fabric tab at the bottom of the screen to add the applique fabrics.  NOTE:  You may want to leave the smaller areas to be filled with stitches instead of fabric because the edge stitch will make them too bulky.

9.  Click on the ‘stitch tab’ at the bottom of the screen.  If your edge stitches are too thick, change the properties width to be 1mm on the properties bar and then click on each of the elements to set the new width of the stitches.  

Click on the ‘set thread’ icon on the toolbar and select colors for your stitches and apply the color by clicking on each of the stitch areas.

NOTE:  I used a 200 x 200 mm design page to accommodate all the small applique bits.  If you make this in a smaller hoop, your applique pieces will be too small!!  You may choose to do the entire design as a embroidery stitch instead of an applique.

Below is a sample of the design used as an embroidery only design.

Continue editing and reshaping your elements to get the look just right for you.  By starting with the shape tools, it is easy to just edit them instead of freehand drawing them yourself.  

Sep. 01, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Set Thread Tool

The Set Thread Tool

The Set Thread tool allows you to add thread to blocks, motifs, stencils and your entire quilt. This feature makes your finished quilts and blocks look more realistic.

Using the Set Thread Tool
1. Click on a thread in the palette to select it.
2. Choose from any of the thread properties to make the thread more realistic.

3. Click on the stencil, motif, or block to color the patch.

4. Click Add to Sketchbook to save the new block coloring in the Sketchbook.

Please note:

  • If you choose to modify your thread using the thread properties, be sure to put a check in the white box to select the property first. If you change the thread style or weight without checking the white box, the property will not be implemented.
  • To color the same patch in all the blocks of your quilt at once, hold the keyboard Ctrl key while clicking with the Set Thread tool. To color the same patch in alternating blocks of your quilt at once, hold the keyboard Alt key while clicking with the Set Thread tool.
  • The Set Thread tool is available on all layers.

Using the Set Thread Flyout Tools
You can use either the Graph Pad or the toolbar to access these tools.

Graph Pad
The Set Thread options will display on the Graph Pad when you have the Set Thread tool selected.

(Be sure the Graph Pad is turned on by clicking VIEW on the top menu and making sure there is a check mark next to Graph Pad. These tools will display on the Graph Pad on any layer of the Quilt worktable.)

The Set Thread tool that you see on your Quilt toolbar (right side of the worktable) has a small black triangle next to the thread image. This indicates that the tool is a flyout, which means there are more options available for this tool.

To view these tools on the toolbar:
1. Click and hold the Set Thread tool that is currently visible on the toolbar.

2. The flyout will appear showing all the available tools.
3. Release the mouse and move it to the tool you want to use. Click the tool.
4. The flyout will disappear and the new tool will be selected and ready for use.

Using the Brush Thread Tool- The Brush Thread tool sets thread one patch at a time.

Using the Spray Thread  Tool- The Spray Thread tool sets thread in all identical patches in a block at once.

Using the Swap Thread Tool- The Swap Thread tool sets thread in all patches on the quilt at once.

• 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 Set Thread Tool) and then print as normal.

Sep. 01, 2015

Marian Pena’s EQ7 Row-A-Long: The First Day!

Marian Pena is hosting a Row-A-Long!

20 great quilt designers are creating quilt rows and, not only will the designers provide a pattern for you, but they will also be featuring Electric Quilt tutorials! And, there are TONS of great prizes including an EQ7!  (See a list of all the prizes here.)

Today is the first day!  (See the whole schedule here.)



Here’s who is posting today!

Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring

Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter

Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online - Summer

Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall

Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row

Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row

Here are the prizes that start today!

Northcott Fabrics: 6-8 yards of fabric in 1 yard lengths
Fat Quarter Shop
:  $25.00 gift certificate from each blog
You Can Quilt Book
: from Kissed Quilts
InkLingo: $20.00 gift certificate from Be A Quilter
DreamWorthy Quilts
: 1 Pattern of Your Choice at ThimbleMouse
: Kit Indelible Large Spools by Katarina Rocella – 40 wt / 12, 1094 yd spools at The Quilting Queen Online
Quilt Art
: 1 pattern of your choice
: 1 class of your choice – 3 chances to win
Nancy’s Notions
: $10.00 of gift certificate – 2 chances to win

Please visit the designer’s blogs to enter!

Visit Marian’s site for more details and to see the rules and guidelines.

And don’t forget, later this month we’ll be giving away an EQ7!

Aug. 31, 2015

Big Cat, Little Cats by Susan Hilsenbeck

This weekend a new submission popped into our Quilt Gallery that I had to share here on the blog too. Susan Hilsenbeck is a frequent contributor to our gallery. She shared her Big Cat, Little Cats quilt with us and it’s pretty amazing!

The blocks are from Janeen van Niekerk’s Silhouette Cats collection and Susan combined them in this interesting study of scale. Click over to Susan’s blog to see how she combined these intricate paper pieced blocks.

Have you submitted a design to our Quilt Gallery yet? We’d love to see your EQ designs in fabric! Just use the entry form on the side bar to add your quilt to this inspiring gallery!

Aug. 30, 2015

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #5

What are ‘add-on’s’ and what will they do for us?  An add-on is an additional feature that when added to a program it will expand it’s capabilities.  This is what we have with EQStitch because it was added on to the EQ7 program.  EQStitch can not stand alone and operate.  It must be added to EQ7 to work.  There are also add-on products that can be added to the EQ7 quilt design software.  The big advantage of having an add-on program is that you can use items from the core program in the new add-on program without having to purchase new features.  We can use the blocks and images from EQ7 as the basis of a new stitched design in EQStitch.  This is a great feature for me because I can not draw.  I am really good at tracing something that is all ready there or  editing something that is all ready provided.  But, ask me to create something from scratch, especially using freehand drawing methods, and I am stopped cold.  I am not an artist!  I am a sewer who likes to create artistic items with the aid of my computer software programs and the computerized embroidery machine.  Is this true for you also?

At this time there are 4 add-on EQStitch design packs available.  I have digitized each of them to follow a theme.  You can find them at the EQ website.  These are more than just the designs.  The entire project file is a part of the package.  Because you have the project file they were created with, you will be able to edit them any way you wish.  You can resize, take apart, recolor, merge with other designs, or whatever you wish when you have the project file along with the designs ready to stitch.

I am challenging myself to create at least two new add-on stitch file packages each year for you.  I do have a few ideas about what I would like to consider producing, but I would always prefer to hear from the users what they want to have.  There is no sense in me producing things that have a very limited amount of people wanting to use them.  So, I am asking for your help.  Please respond to this blog and let me know what you would like to see next.  The sky is the limit in what we can do with our EQStitch program.  Inspiration is what I need.

Aug. 25, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Spraycan Tool

The Spraycan Tool

The Spraycan tool paints matching patches in a block using fabrics or colors.

The Spraycan tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2.

1. Click  on a fabric in the palette to select it.

2. Click  a patch in the quilt. All similarly colored fabric in that block will color with the new fabric.

CTRL + click colors the same patch of that same color in all matching blocks (Layers 1 or 2).

ALT + click colors the same patch of that color in alternate blocks (Layer 1 only).

• 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 Spraycan Tool) and then print as normal.