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: Melissa Corry!
A bit about Melissa!
Melissa started quilting as a hobby in 2005 but since starting her blog, Happy Quilting, in 2010 her hobby has turned into a passion. Her passion for quilting has lead to creating her own designs that she shares as tutorials, published works, a pattern line, and even her own books, Irish Chain Quilts and Charming Baby Quilts. Melissa loves designing and finds inspiration in just about everything and anything. Melissa, her husband and their five children live in Cedar City, Utah. To see more of her daily quilting adventures check out her blog Happy Quilting.
When did you start using Electric Quilt and how has it changed your quilting life?
I have been using EQ for over 10 years and can’t imagine designing quilts without it!!! I absolutely love the ability to take a sketch on a napkin, and draft up a quilt, complete with my fabric choice. I am truly able to see how the quilt will turn out before cutting the first square. I love this software and use it for every quilt I make, which is a whole lot of quilts.
What is your EQ “Pearl of Wisdom” for EQ users?
A Pearl of Wisdom I would share is to take advantage of the ability to import fabric lines. I love being able to see exactly what a certain fabric line will look like in the quilt design. And I often use it to decide on the layout of my print blocks, so I don’t have to do that with the actual blocks all over the floor. EQ8 has lots of Basic fabrics already imported, like Moda Grunge, and Kona Cottons, and Bella Solids which is super handy. But if you want to see a specific fabric line in your design, you can always import image files. And most fabric companies have a place where you can directly import the jpeg’s of a fabric line, so you don’t have to copy and paste each one into a jpeg. It’s super slick, super convenient, and truly the best way to really get the idea of what your quilt will look like when it is all done!!
What are you up to now and what do you have coming up?
I am always working on something new, it just wouldn’t be fun without a whole bunch of projects being jumbled around. I am currently working on a new book proposal, a few new patterns, some in-person teaching opportunities, including one on a cruise in 2022!!! It should be a great new year. To make sure you catch all that I am up to, be sure and follow me on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram @happyquiltingmc.
This contest is closed. Winners: Judy, Elaine in North Texas, and Debra L Reber! Winners will be contacted via email.
Melissa is giving away a Happy Quilting PDF pattern to 3 lucky winners! Each winner can pick from any of the 28 Happy Quilting Patterns.
Question to enter: What about quilting makes you the happiest?
Comment below to enter. Contest closes Sunday, September 19 at 11:59pm ET. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email.
Melissa is also giving away a free project for EQ! You can also view a step by step tutorial for making the project in EQ here.
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!