The Electric Quilt Company is 30!
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: Brett Lewis!
Tell us a bit about yourself Brett!
I became interested in quilting after being gifted a beautiful baby quilt in 2016, and signed up for a beginners quilting class. I discovered quilting to be an amazing artistic outlet, and I had the nickname “Natural Born Quilter” bestowed upon me by my sister early in my quilting journey. Fast forward 5 years, I am a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics, have completed over 50 quilts, have taught numerous quilting classes focusing on foundation paper piecing, curves, and fussy cutting and have been given the title “Quilter Dad” by my son.
When did you start using Electric Quilt and how has it changed your quilting life?
I purchased Electric Quilt software in 2018 to dabble in pattern design, but I really dove in once I became a Fabric Designer and had to create quilt pattern designs to launch with the release of my fabric collections. It has made the pattern design process effortless, as I can create unique and interesting simple or complex patterns with the click of the mouse.
What is your EQ “Pearl of Wisdom” for EQ users?
By far my favorite feature is being able to upload fabric images into your EQ8 Library and Sketchbook and plug them into pre-existing quilt blocks. It is a great feature, as you can reference fabrics in your stash and plan out a quilt pattern based on fabrics you already have. Some fabric companies have digital downloads of collections, if they are not present in the extensive EQ8 library.
What are you up to now and what do you have coming up?
My second fabric collection for Northcott Fabrics, “Prairie Meadow”, ships to quilt stores in September 2021, and I have been busy writing my quilt patterns to accompany its launch. You can also find me on Instagram or Facebook @naturalbornquilter to see what I have going on in my sewing studio. I am excited to get back to in person teaching in 2022, and continue to work on future fabric collections.
Visit my website for a free digital download of a small project I designed in EQ8 called “Prairie Reflections.” I will also provide a free digital download of my pattern “Meadow Valley” that was released with my first fabric collection “Stag and Thistle” in 2020 to one lucky winner.
Question to enter: What is your favorite part of being a quilter?
Comment below to enter. Contest closes Sunday, August 8 at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.
Want a chance to win Brett’s “Prairie Meadow” fabrics?! Check out this month’s Fabric of the Month Design Challenge!
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!