Do You EQ?
Designer, Krystina Hopkins does!
Krystina Hopkins got her first sewing machine in 2015 when she was 25 years old, intending to use it for anything BUT quilting. That lasted for about six months, and then she made her first mini quilt. In the 2.5 years since, she has completed numerous quilts, started testing for other designers, and finally, began designing her own. She draws on countless sources of inspiration for her minimal patterns, playing with color and tonality to add movement and visual interest to her simple, modern designs.
Krystina released her first pattern, a mug rug, at the end of 2017. She switched from graph paper to EQ8 after receiving it for Christmas, and it fueled her design creativity and efficiency. Since the beginning of 2018, she has released four quilting patterns in mini to king-size under her independent label, KH Quilts. She has also had designs featured in Modern Patchwork and Love Patchwork & Quilting, and has several others already pending for 2019. She credits EQ8 with allowing her to balance her quilting and designing with her full-time day job. By day, Krystina is a health researcher in Minnesota with her husband and two cats, who frequently wind up in her quilt pictures (or behind the quilts, holding them up!).
“EQ8 is an invaluable part of my quilt design process! I use it almost every day and love having a quick way to test out ideas when inspiration strikes or experiment with different color combinations to see what I like best before committing to using actual fabric. Finding EQ8 was also a pivotal point in being able to produce professionally looking patterns as it provides me with high quality images and figures.”
Catch up with Krystina:
Etsy: KH Quilts Studio
Check out some of Krystina’s quilts: