Oct. 08, 2014

Quilted in Honor Quilt Design Challenge: Winners!

We are happy to announce the winners of the Quilted in Honor Design challenge! To see all the beautiful entries, click here.

Pieced: Susan R. Polan

Judges’ comments: I love the intricacies of the pieced checkerboards in the borders and how they tie the various elements of the quilt together. I’d love to see this quilt made up!

Combination (pieced and appliqué): Jo Moury

Judges’ comments: Fantastic quilt and I especially enjoyed reading your plans for appliquéing and quilting it. The words in the border will be wonderful. I’ll look forward to seeing the “real” quilt in a show some day! It is sure to be a winner. The appliqué eagle is a wonderful tribute.

Because there were no entries for the Appliqué category, we asked the judges to choose their favorite quilt from the remaining entries.
Judges’ Choice: Darlene Gerber

Judges’ comments: Thank you for honoring  the men and women that protect us every day. This was one of my favorite quilts. I love the clean, crisp feel of the quilt and the lovely classic color scheme. The repetition of the same block in a smaller size for the border really turned out beautifully! I love this design as it’s one everyone can do.

A very big THANK YOU to our special guest judges Annie Unrein and Pat Sloan!

Annie-Unrein Pat-Sloan

And a special thank you to Island Batik for working with us on this wonderful design challenge.

Attention all Challenge Entrants!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who entered the challenge. If you entered a quilt in the challenge, please send your EQ7 project file (.pj7) to Christine (christinekohler@electricquilt.com). We will gather all the Quilted in Honor projects and provide them as a free download on DoYouEQ.com.

Oct. 07, 2014

Close to Louisville, KY? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Oct. 05, 2014

Quilt Show in Austria!

The Patchworkshop will have EQ7 at the Patchwork Gilde Austriashow!The show is October 10-12.

Please check the Patchwork Gilde Austria website for more information.

Oct. 01, 2014

Quilted in Honor Quilt Design Challenge: Design Entries

Link up your Quilted in Honor Quilt Design Challenge entries here!

We’ve partnered with Island Batik to bring you a quilt design challenge featuring the Quilted in Honor fabric collection by Kathy Engle for Island Batik. The Quilted in Honor fabric collection was created to benefit Operation Homefront. You can read more about the Quilted in Honor project by clicking here.

Here’s a quick recap of the rules:

  • You must design your quilt using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) design software.
  • The quilt design must be colored with Quilted in Honor fabrics ONLY! (Download the fabrics here. The QIH fabrics are part of the October – July 2014 fabric library.)
  • Three design categories to choose from: Pieced, Appliqué, or Combination (pieced + appliqué)
  • Any size!
  • No sewing required. The “virtual” EQ7 quilt design is all that’s needed to enter.
  • One entry per person

Submission Guidelines

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 image of your quilt). The link up will be open until Friday, October 3 at 5pm EST. Winner will be announced shortly after.


Winners will be chosen by special guest judges Annie Unrein and Pat Sloan.

Annie-Unrein Pat-Sloan


One winner will be chosen from each of the three categories (Pieced, Appliqué, and Combination)

If your quilt makes the top 50 best designs, we will ask you to send us the project file. These will be available for all users as free EQ7 project downloads on DoYouEQ.com!

Each winner will receive:

An Island Batik fabric bundle consisting of 5 yards of their bright and colorful new batiks!


An EQ with Me book of the winner’s choice

And an EQ Stash Online download of their choice

Good luck!

Oct. 01, 2014

Peel and Stick Inkjet Fabric 40% off! Plus two free projects! And a lesson!

Our Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric is on sale right now! It is 40% off! (Use the code CRAFTY) The sale is today only!
There are so many fun projects you can do with Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric but one of my favorites is onsie stickers. You may have seen these in baby photos. There is a sticker for each month. You put the sticker on the baby’s onsie and take a photo on the monthly “birthday”.

Here are some I made in EQ7! You can download the EQ7 file here.

(With EQ you can change the color, size, font, and there are 6 more blocks to choose from.)

Or you can download the PDF versions of these too!

Get the Grey PDF version here
or the Pink PDF version here.
As previously mentioned, there are more blocks to choose from in the EQ7 project.
And of course, you can recolor, change the font, edit the blocks, add more months, and more

And now, in case you’d like to know, here is how I did this in EQ7.

First, I drew the blocks.

Click Worktable > Work on Block

Block > New Block > EasyDraw + PatchDraw > click the Applique tab at the bottom of your screen

Use the Oval  and Polygon tool to draw your shapes. Click on the black triangles to see that they both have fly out menus that contain more shapes.

Also helpful are the Send to Back and Bring to Front buttons (pink)  and the Center button (purple).

With a block like “2 months” below, I used another tool – The Wreathmaker (orange).

First I drew my circle and one small heart.

Then, I clicked the Wreathmaker tool. You can adjust all the sliders and the preview will show how it effects the block. If you don’t like your results, hit undo and try again (and again and again, if you’d like).

Each time you are done with a block, don’t forget to click Add to Sketchbook to save it.

Ok, so now let’s start on the “quilt”.

Click Worktable > Work on Quilt

Quilt > New Quilt > Horizontal

Click your Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Make your quilt 3 x 4 (=12 for 12 months)

Click the Borders tab at the bottom of your screen.
Delete any borders.
Click the Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Make the finished size of your blocks 2.75 x 2.75 (This makes your quilt 8.25 x 11. This is important because you want to print the “quilt” on a piece of Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric which is 8.5 x 11)

Click the Layout tab at the bottom of your screen.

Click the Set Block  tool and click in a square on the quilt.

Click the Layer 2 tab at the bottom of your screen.

Click the Set Applique Text  tool.

Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and drag out a text box.
You can use the Paintbrush tool to change the color or fabric.
Use the Adjust tool to change the size and location on the text.

Don’t forget to Add to Sketchbook when you’re done.

Click File > Print > Quilt

Uncheck all the boxes under Options.

If you are printing on Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric change your printer settings to thick paper, if possible.

Then, just cut out the circles, and you’re done! They make a great baby shower gift :)

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! You can also download these cute Halloween Peel & Stick Inkjet Fabric printouts too! Of course, with EQ7 you can recolor, resize, move, layer, etc.

You can download this EQ7 project here.

They would work for onsies but would be great for lots of other fun things too!

If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com.

Sep. 30, 2014

Close to Fredericksburg, VA? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Sep. 29, 2014

Get your stencils onto your quilt without tracing!

One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea.

Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt.

Here is what she did:

Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt.

Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil?

  (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.)

After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she printed it on the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy. The Solvy runs right through your printer, just like a piece of regular paper would.

Jodie peeled the back of the Solvy off and stuck the adhesive side onto her quilt.

Jodie had the eagle quilted by Debra Staley and then gave her quilt a wash.

Jodie did a wonderful job! The quilt is named, “Time on Whidbey Island” and it was a gift for Jodie’s neighbors, Tom and Jean. Lucky them!

If you are interested in the Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy, here is a video explaining a little more about it (starting at the 5:50 point).

And thanks to Jodie for sharing, what a great idea!