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Material Mart Uses EQ8 to Share Fabric Inventory with Customers

Posted 04-14-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ Retailers EQ8

EQ8 teacher Marguerite Shrader recently shared with us how Material Mart in Midland, Michigan uses EQ8 in their store. It’s quite innovative and we wanted to share it with you! Marguerite writes:

“We want to let you know how we, as a local quilt store that also sells EQ8, are making it easier for our customers to design quilts with the fabrics we carry. About 2 years ago, we started selling EQ8 after one of our customers agreed to teach classes and support the product. We have a series of 7 classes developed so far, and they have been a big hit with the EQ8 user community in the area.”

Material Mart, Midland, MI

“Our latest endeavor has been to develop an EQ8 Fabric Library of the fabric inventory we have in the store, so that when our users design a quilt in EQ8, they can design with fabrics they know we have in stock.”

Material Mart’s Fabric Library in EQ8

“When they bring in the yardage chart, there is enough information in the printout that we can find their fabrics of choice. There are currently 2700 fabrics in this library. The EQ8 Library is distributed on a flash drive with installation and use instructions and is updated monthly to add and delete fabrics based on our inventory. The library is searchable by color by choosing Material Mart Fabric Inventory in the search. It is also searchable by notecard using the keyword system we developed, which is included in the instructions. We rolled out this library in our latest class, and the response was unanimous – all the students wanted a copy!”

Material Mart adds keywords to the Notecard for each fabric that make it easy to search their inventory.

Marguerite goes on to say, “The development of the Material Mart EQ8 Fabric Library started as a joke in the Fabric Management class last summer. As I thought about it later, I decided it would be a good way to tie the shop’s support of EQ8 and their extensive fabric inventory together… While we have to keep class sizes small right now, the response from the students present was overwhelming excitement at getting this inventory. Now that the initial library has been built, the monthly work to keep it up to date is fairly small.”

Marguerite teaching an EQ8 Fabric Management class.

She also has a great way to approach teaching EQ8!

“I have a Hub and Spokes method of structuring the class. The Hub is EQ8 Basics, which is usually a 5-hour class covering everything the student needs to get started. The Hub class is a prerequisite to any of the Spoke classes. The Spoke classes are 3-hour classes which are more focused on one topic (Advanced EasyDraw, PolyDraw, Managing Fabrics, Advanced Layouts, Foundation Piecing, Applique). I am still developing classes as students make requests. Once a student has taken the EQ8 Basics class, they can jump into any of the Spoke classes.”

Thanks for sharing your EQ8 story with us, Marguerite! To find out more about Material Mart, you can visit their website, or stop by the shop:

Material Mart
Quilt Shop

86 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640

Is your quilt shop using EQ8 in a new or interesting way? Tell us your story! Email

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 2

Posted 04-12-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 2 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

It’s time for Block 2 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! I loved seeing everyone’s sewn blocks in the link up on Friday. If you haven’t added your first block to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 1 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Find the BlockBase+ software here > In this post, we’ll practice navigating through the categories and subcategories again to find the block. Then we’ll take a look at the Display settings and go through the steps of printing the templates for our next block. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software. If you see the Getting Started window, click the Close button. (If you’d like to turn off the tour, check the box next to “Don’t show again” and then click Close.) In the Navigation

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tulip from North Carolina

Posted 04-10-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want you to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Tulip from North Carolina Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Flowers Design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I set the Tulip block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a block from the Cross Variations section of the Block Library (under the 02 Contemporary Pieced category). For my second quilt I edited the block drawing a bit. On the Block Worktable, I split the background patch down the center so I could color one side of the background dark, and the other side light. I also needed to

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 1 Link Up

Posted 04-09-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 1 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

Is everyone ready to show off their first block for the sew along? I’m so excited to see everyone’s fabric choices! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used both the rotary cutting chart and the foundation pattern printouts to make my block. I use the dimensions from the rotary cutting chart to cut my patches, then I piece them together using the foundation pattern. I’m a *bit* of a perfectionist and using the foundation pattern is how I keep myself from ripping apart the block multiple times until I’m happy with my piecing! When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then

Chinoiserie Garden Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 04-01-2021 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations

We’re so impressed by what EQ users did with these fabrics! Check out the creative entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected by P&B Textiles! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Scott Woxman “I like the blue and white with just a pop of color from the butterflies.” – Scott Woxman And… Winner 2: Linda Evans “Black tea is my favorite beverage, hot or cold, year round. These beautiful prints are perfect for a sweet little tea set.” – Linda Evans Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out April’s design challenge!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Decostitch Elements

Posted 04-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

April’s Fabric of the Month is Decostitch Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics! This collection of blenders are accented by decorative stitches and include a wide range of colors! A bundle of select Decostitch Elements will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Decostitch Elements below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Decostitch Elements fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on April 30, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Decostitch Elements fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Decostitch Elements collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit an incomplete quilt, or the wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you

Design & Discover – Drawing a Pieced & Applique Block

Posted 04-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

If you would like to draw a combination, or overlaid, block with a pieced bottom layer and an applique layer on top, you have two choices. The difference is the drawing tools that are used for the pieced layer. EasyDraw + Applique lets you use the EasyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. PolyDraw + Applique lets you use the PolyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. First we’ll try EasyDraw + Applique. Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Make your block 6 x 6 Use the Grid tool to make a 6 x 6 grid Click the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen. Click the Shape tool and use the PoiseMaker to create some flower shapes. Use the other Shape tools to draw flower centers, stems

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