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Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Linda!

Posted 06-15-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: Just Because Sew Alongs Stitch & Share

EQ is making a quilt! We’ve added some new employees recently, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows how to sew and quilt. Each month, we’re featuring one staff member and their block in the quilt. (Perfect since we have 12 staff members!) If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here.

This month we’re featuring Linda!

Linda does a lot of different things related to serving our customers. From assembling and shipping our products to EQ customers, quilt shops, and distributors, to problem solving over the phone, through emails, or live chat. She says she likes working here because, “Each day (of my 14 years here) has been different! I enjoy the people. Both my coworkers and our customers!

 

Linda is a quilter! She says, “My mom taught me to sew as a young girl, starting with easy to sew garments for myself and stuffed animals. Then I did a lot of sewing of home furnishings for my own home and also commercially. Sewing for my children was a highlight. Christmas and Easter dresses and then even high school choral performance gowns. Now it’s so special to see my granddaughters wearing the holiday dresses and knowing my daughters still find them adorable enough to dress their daughters in!” In the photos below you can see Linda’s daughters in the dresses Linda made (left) and her grandchildren on the right with her granddaughters in the same dresses!

“In using EQ, the design process is so far above any type of quilt design and fabric yardage estimating I would have done before. The ability to switch colors to try out different colorways in my projects is fantastic and the ease of printing patterns was a game changer for me. I’m not sure I would have jumped into foundation pieced projects without EQ.”

 

Here is Linda’s quilt, Merry Mike-mas, (which was a gift for her husband, Mike!) and we posted about when she made it in 2018.

Linda also made this beauty! She says, “I wanted to try my hand at EPP and thought that the Rose Star block was different than anything I had done and was so pretty. I would sew the blocks while traveling, taking bits and pieces of scrap fabrics with me. It was a project that I didn’t have to think about. Just have fun and sew.”

Here’s Linda’s Catnipped quilt, along with its adorable label (printed on EQ Printables, of course).

 

 

For our Sew-Along Linda chose the Cross and Crown block. She printed out templates to use to cut the fabric patches and then used the Foundation printout for paper piecing the block. Linda says, “Using the pattern printouts from EQ made it a snap! And I could relax and sew at work, which was a treat! Printing the templates to pre-cut fabric for paper piecing made it a much easier process than guessing if I had cut the fabric at the right size and shape.

 

Every month we’re also asking a random icebreaker question, just for fun. Linda’s question was, What’s one family tradition you want to pass down to your kids?

One of my favorite family traditions is taking the grandkids birthday shopping and out for lunch. So fun to spend one-on-one time with each of them! I hope my children will have this same rewarding opportunity with their own grands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s six blocks, six months, and six employees done!

Stay tuned for our next post on July 15th. We’ll feature another staff member and block!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Crazy Fan

Posted 06-10-2024 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: Crazy Fan Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Crazy Blocks – Misc. Design ideas to spark your creativity I used the featured block in the border of my first quilt. I decided to fully embrace the “crazy”  and choose blocks from the Crazy Blocks – Simple section for the center of the quilt. My second quilt uses the On-Point Medallions – 2 design from the Layout Library. I used the Search >> By Color option in the Fabric Library to add a selection of blues to my project. What would you design with

Live Boldly – Winners Announced!

Posted 06-05-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

May’s design challenge was full of so many creative and beautiful quilts! Be sure to see all the entries we received here. Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were randomly selected. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Bethany Brandtman Winner 2: Anja Clyke Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the amazing submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! More Chances to Win At Day’s End by Sarah Maxwell for Andover is June’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – At Day’s End

Posted 06-01-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

Summer is almost here, so let’s celebrate with another EQ Design Challenge! June’s Fabric of the Month is At Day’s End by Sarah Maxwell for Andover. At Day’s End is Sarah’s story of the perfect sunset interpreted onto fabric! You can find these beautiful fabrics at your favorite quilt shop this September. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring At Day’s End below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before the contest ends. Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–CALM DOWN BUSY PATTERNS

Posted 05-19-2024 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Using up scraps when creating new blocks is a great way to try something new.  When scrappy quilts are made, you can easily use more than one block style and mix and match them with similar-sized blocks.  Since it is all scraps everything will work.   But sometimes, I find they can be very ‘busy’ looking.  A good way to mix multiple blocks without all the scrappy colors is to make the blocks monochromatic in color.  This calms the business of the design. Open your EQ8 program, create a new project, and name it ‘Calm Down Busy Patterns’.  Click the OK at the bottom of the project helper box. Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen. Browse through the Block Library categories and choose a few blocks that have lots of little pieces to them.  Add them to the sketchbook.   Click on the quilt worktable icon on

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Courtney!

Posted 05-15-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: Stitch & Share

This year the EQ staff is making a quilt! We’ve added some new employees, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows how to sew and quilt. Each month, we’re featuring one staff member and their block in the quilt. (It just so happens we have 12 staff members!) If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here. This month we’re featuring Courtney! Courtney started at EQ with an internship in the beginning of 2020 and was officially hired as a full-time employee shortly after, so she has been at EQ for 4 years. She works as a software developer and is part of the team that develops software for both Windows and Mac platforms, as well as helps to find and fix bugs, and tests software. Courtney says, “I really enjoy being part of a small team working together to produce

EQ8 Block Spotlight: June Autograph

Posted 05-10-2024 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: June Autograph Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced >Signature Block Variations Design ideas to spark your creativity Don’t count these blocks out, just because they have a signature space in the middle! There’s still lots of potential, whether you use the block as-is, or edit on the Block Worktable to remove or change the signature space. My first quilt is a 4 x 4 horizontal layout. There are four full June Autograph blocks in the center. For the blocks along the outside of the quilt, I removed some patches so I could create the

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