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Printable Fabric Survives Hurricane!

Posted 10-17-2018 by Christine | Posted in: Uncategorized

Our good friends, Mike and Vicki Shetter of Soft Scrap, LLC, brought this quilt to us and we just had to share its story. You might recognize Mike and Vicki from quilt shows all over the U.S. as they have spent many years travelling the country selling EQ products at shows. They give awesome demonstrations of EQ8 and create so many incredible things with EQ Inkjet Fabric.

If you’re going to Houston Quilt Festival, stop by their booth #801!

Back to the quilt…

Living in New Bern, NC, Mike and Vicki were one of the many people affected by Hurricane Florence in September. See below for some photos of the damage after the SIX-FEET of water had moved out.

One of the many things left damaged was a plastic tub containing a quilt.

This particular quilt was made in 2007 featuring photos printed on EQ Inkjet Fabric (the 283-thread count “Satin”, to be exact!). Vicki says the photos were printed using an Epson Workforce 635 printer with Durabright Ink. For 5 years, the quilt was used to show off the fabric’s photo quality in dozens of quilt shows all around the United States. In 2012, it was placed in storage.

Sadly, during the hurricane, water had gotten inside the plastic tub. The quilt was immersed in floodwaters for SIX DAYS! 

In an effort to salvage the keepsake, Vicki washed the damaged quilt with other clothes in a normal wash cycle using warm water, detergent and a little Pine-Sol to hopefully remove the mold. Believe it or not, it worked! The quilt came out looking (almost) as good as new! Check out the photos below to see how great it looks.

Mike and Vicki are taking the quilt to the Houston Quilt Festival. If you’re going, ask to see it in their booth #801!

Again, if you’re attending Houston Quilt Festival, stop by the Soft Scrap booth #801. This will be Mike and Vicki’s last show as vendors. They hope to continue to travel and teach about the use of printable fabric and EQ but have announced their retirement from vending. The Electric Quilt Company would like to express our sincerest THANK YOU for their support at so many quilt shows over the years. We wish them a long and happy retirement!…………………(with no more hurricanes!)

Mike and Vicki Shetter of Soft Scrap, LLC.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Crossing Branches

Posted 10-10-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! 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! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Crossing Branches Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Crossing Designs A few design ideas to get you started I was inspired by the greens and teals in the original block–they feel so calming to me. I used those colors as my jumping off point and paired the applique block with a star block from the 01 Classic Pieced > Stars section. For this tablerunner design I added a flower motif to the center of the Crossing Branches block. I love a good pop of color in a black and white quilt! What would you design with the Crossing Branches block? Post a quilt or two

Marcus Brothers Design Challenge

Posted 10-01-2018 by Christine | Posted in: Contests

We’ve got another EQ design challenge for you! This challenge features the Ki-Coo Gardens collection by Laura Berringer for Marcus Brothers! Here’s what the fabrics look like: EQ Design Challenge featuring Ki-Coo Gardens Put your creative hat on and design a quilt in EQ software using these new fabrics! We will choose 2 winners at random and they will win a Ki-Coo Gardens fabric bundle from Marcus Brothers! To Enter Submit a picture of your EQ quilt design below using the Ki-Coo Gardens fabrics by October 31, 2018. Download the free Ki-Coo Gardens fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ quilt design must use fabrics from the Ki-Coo Gardens collection. (Up to 2 other solid colors may be used if desired.) 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

Design & Discover – Drawing Foundation Blocks

Posted 10-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the blocks or quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we will be learning about drawing foundation blocks. We’ll start with a pretty simple acorn… …then also create one that is more advanced. Let’s get started! 1. Click Block Worktable 2. Click Pieced 3. Click EasyDraw 4. Click the Grid tool 5. Make the grid 5 Columns and 5 Rows 6. Since we’re dealing with a block on a

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–Bargello All The Way

Posted 09-16-2018 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I absolutely love Bargello Quilts.  I love the colors, the movement, and the ability to create them so very easily in EQ8.  I can choose to use an EQ8 quick quilt layout option or I can design my own strips.  The options to create these are endless.  These designs look complicated but they are so easy to design and stitch that even a beginner can create these beautiful masterpieces. Bargello Quilts are simply, vertical strip quilts.  On each vertical strip, you define the number of blocks and the sizes of the blocks.  You also decide on the number of strips and the width of the strips.  Of course, you can easily insert a strip with no blocks to section off your quilt layout.  The design is entirely up to you. Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click on the Start With A Quick Quilt project icon.  In the Project

EQ Academy Fall 2018 Recap

Posted 09-12-2018 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

Once again, we only have great things to say about our EQ Academy workshop. This was our first time hosting a fall workshop in Ohio, and we did so at the request of the students who came in the Spring. We had 61 students in total and what a fun bunch they were! The Getting Started classes were maxed out and, boy, did those students learn A LOT! It’s always exciting to see how much the beginner students improve during the time they’re here. The intermediate classes got to dive into extensive block design and custom quilts which is always fascinating. And the rest of the classes focused on specific things, like importing fabrics and drawing custom blocks and creating modern designs. Our students are SO creative and we love to see that shine through during class. As always, we saw some familiar faces and met lots of new EQ

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Metalwork

Posted 09-10-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the next post in the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we’ll 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! Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Metalwork Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Royal Crowns A few design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I used a simple 4 x4 horizontal layout. I jazzed it up a bit by adding 3″ sashing and a block from the 10 Sashing > Star Sashing library. For this next quilt, I used the Stars – 19 layout from Layouts by Style > Stars. If you haven’t played with the layouts in this library yet, you’re missing out! What would you design with the Metalwork block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be

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