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EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Market Street

Posted 10-01-2023 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Contests

Happy fall! As we get ready for chilly days and comfy sweaters, we also find more time for designing and sewing! October’s Fabric of the Month is Market Street by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures for Riley Blake.

“I started working on this line in the fall when here in Minnesota all the colors are saturated and washed by the sun. The lakes turn to their bluest hues making the golds, oranges and reds of the nature around them even more vibrant – and providing the inspiration for this color palette. I kept being drawn to the images I had collected from street markets with all of their pretty patterns and colors. Street markets have everything – from geometric prints to repeating patterns, and of course all the florals.” – Heather Peterson

A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Market Street 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 of this post. Download this month’s Fabric of the Month: Market Street for Riley Blake.


  • Your EQ Quilt must be your original design and only use fabrics from this month’s Fabric of the Month.
  • One quilt submission 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 can correct it and submit again within 24 hours.)
  • Participants must use EQ8, EQ7, or EQStitch to design their original quilt.
  • Your quilt design and your comment on someone else’s quilt must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on last day of month.
  • By submitting your quilt design to this challenge, you also grant the Electric Quilt Company and Moda permission to share your image on social media.


One lucky winner will receive an exciting prize bundle that includes the Market Street fabrics! The winner will be selected by Heather Peterson and the Riley Blake Designs team. Good luck to all participants, we can’t wait to see your entries!

Note: Entries are welcomed from all. Prize will only be shipped to U.S. and Canada.

We often get requests for the EQ project files or patterns submitted to these design challenges. If you are open to sharing/selling your design, include your email address or website link in your comment so others can contact you!
Note: Replying to someone’s comment below does not alert them in any way so they’d have to know to come back to this blog post to look at other comments. Since not everyone does that, we hope some EQ users will provide their contact information if they are open to sharing/selling their designs. We will not share anyone’s information.

How to submit an image of your quilt design from EQ8:

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)
  5. We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. Quilt and patch lines are optional.
  6. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design. Then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.
  7. Select your quilt, then click Submit Comment.

Need inspiration?

Check out this month’s Design & Discover and Block Spotlight!

Design & Discover – The Swath Tool!

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Posted 09-29-2023 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ News and Press More for EQers New Products

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Posted 09-17-2023 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

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Posted 09-10-2023 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: Plaid Knots Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Knots Design ideas to get you started The first quilt is a 4 x 4 horizontal layout. The Plaid Knots block is in the center four block spaces. I edited the block to remove some lines for the blocks in the surrounding spaces. The quilt is colored with Quilter’s Linen fabrics, which come installed with EQ8. You can find them in the Fabric Library in the Manufacturer Basics > Robert Kaufman-Quilter’s Linen section. The second quilt is a 3 x 3 on-point layout, and the

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Posted 09-05-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

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