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EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Anita Grossman Solomon

Posted 06-22-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30!

The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began

We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  :-D

This week’s featured friend: Anita Grossman Solomon!

Tell us a bit about yourself Anita!

Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, I live in midtown Manhattan where I was a painter and then an art curator before I took up quiltmaking in 1990. I had stumbled upon scrap bags of beautiful French fabric. My plan had been to assemble the scraps into a quilt but first I needed to learn how to quilt. Very late one evening eleven years later my life took a new direction. I got up from my desk and walked away from a simple block I had quickly drawn in EQ. I wondered how I might piece it. Falling asleep, I saw the answer in my head and then thought I could write a block technique book about it and that I could travel internationally to teach. It was the beginning of a new career.

Two-Color Pineapple designed by Anita in EQ

When did you start using Electric Quilt and how has it changed your quilting life?

During the past 28 years I have not worked out a quilt idea without using Electric Quilt. From day one it has saved me from potential disasters. I used it to create innovative foundation patterns for my first book. My Make It Simpler® quilt patterns, products, quilts, and methods wouldn’t exist without EQ. Simply put, I wouldn’t be where I am or the artist I became without the Electric Quilt Company.

Anita Grossman Solomon

What is your EQ “Pearl of Wisdom” for EQ users?

I make EQ templates durable by laminating them front and back inexpensively with layers of shipping tape, before cutting them from the printout. Using colored paper makes them easier to spot. Write the pattern name and rotary cutting information on the template before laminating.

Example of Anita’s Pearl of Wisdom

What are you up to now and what do you have coming up?

I’ll be teaching a week at the at the John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC in the summer for 2021 and 2022, and leading a Quilting and Textile tour in Japan in May 2022.

Key West Beauty, Times Square 2009

Giveaway

My giveaway is my Splash project file, and, courtesy of Robert Kaufman Fabrics, the pattern for the Splish Splash quilt. Check out the pattern because you might not expect the simplicity of my piecing technique.

Splish Splash Pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Download the EQ project here!

Splash designed by Anita in EQ

Hope you enjoyed this “pearl” of wisdom. Feel free to share your EQ story or a “pearl” of your own in the comments! Stay tuned for our next post!

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BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 7

Posted 06-21-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 7 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

It’s time for Block 7 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! If you haven’t added your Block 6 to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 6 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? Find the BlockBase+ software here > Here on the blog, click Categories > Sew Alongs > BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 to find all the posts for the sew along. In this post, we’re going to use the Save as PDF option available in the print preview window. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software (close the Getting Started window, if you still see it when you open BB+). We’ll be working with block 2564 from the 14 Square in a Square > 11 Like The Radio Windmill section. Find the block however you’d like! The Save as PDF option is available in all the

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 6 Link Up

Posted 06-18-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 6 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

Time to share our 2734 blocks for the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used the foundation printout to make the block. To Link Up Your Photo 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! Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse to include the image of your sewn block. *Please only post a photo of your sewn 2734 block.* Come back to the blog on Monday, June 21st to find out which block we’ll be sewing next! EQ8 Project for Sew Along Quilt A few people have asked for the EQ8 project for my sew along quilt that I shared in the Block 4 post. Click here

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Amy Friend

Posted 06-15-2021 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Amy Friend! Tell us a bit about yourself Amy! I am a former museum curator turned pattern designer, author, and teacher. I specialize in paper piecing and modern quilt design and I’ve authored

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Split Sunflower-3 Petals

Posted 06-10-2021 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: Split Sunflower-3 Petals Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > New York Beauties Design ideas to get you started The quilt below is a 4 x 4 on-point layout. The fabric collection is Lady Bird by Crystal Manning for Moda. I downloaded the fabric collection from Moda’s website. If you’d like to use fabrics from a manufacturer’s website, you can find the steps on our support site. The next quilt uses a layout from the library. This is Hexagonal-3 from the Layouts by Style > Hexagonal section. The Split Sunflower block is set in

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Karen Ackva

Posted 06-08-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Karen Ackva! A bit about Karen! Karen is a small business owner and the friendly face behind easypatchwork – her quilting and training company. She teaches patchwork techniques such as binding & foundation piecing, writes

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 6

Posted 06-07-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 6 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

It’s time for Block 6 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Thanks again to everyone who shared their blocks on Friday. If you haven’t added your block to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 5 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Here on the blog, click Categories > Sew Alongs > BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 to find all the posts and catch up. Find the BlockBase+ software here > Now that we’ve made it through all the print and export options, I can finally show you my favorite new feature in BlockBase+! In this post, we’re going to take a look at the Quilt Layout option in the Block Toolbar. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software (close the Getting Started window, if you still see it when you

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