Mary recently had her quilt featured it Modern Quilts Unlimited’s Summer Issue. It was designed in EQ7! Mary says, “I used the crazy quilt blocks to get some idea of what it would look like, but then the actual piecing was totally improvised. I did get some idea from my EQ design that I wanted to use tiny pieces rather than larger ones. I drew the little star in EQ7 using the regular block draw, then printed paper piecing templates. That’s the only way I’d ever get anything that little pieced accurately!”
Mary has also recently used EQ7 to design an award winning quilt for The Quilt Alliance. (The Quilt Alliance‘s goal is to ” document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities”. A wonderful idea.)
Mary says, “I’ve been quilting for many years. I started out by just drafting patterns on graph paper for anything I thought I wanted to make.
I’m now on my 3rd or 4th version of EQ–not sure which. I love it! I use EQ for drawing blocks, designing quilts, and trying out various fabrics for quilts. Sometimes I scan in my fabric and sometimes I go to fabric manufacturers’ sites and grab their pictures of fabric for my designs. Both work pretty well.
Lately I’ve been challenging myself to learn new uses for EQ by designing a new block every day and finding different ways to set them into quilts. (In that regard, I was happy to get 3 books on how to use EQ in my prize package from the Quilt Alliance.) Using EQ, I can try out multiple alternatives for my designs in FAR less time than if I had to do it all by hand.
I’ve also used the “export image” function to send jpeg images for use in my blog. I’m using it some in my series on designing quilts, which I run the first Sunday of each month. The images look quite nice when exported to my blog!”
Congratulations to Mary! We’re glad you love your EQ!