This month we are spotlighting Claire Marks! We recently saw Claire’s beautiful quilts featured at AQS Quilt Week – Grand Rapids and knew we had to share them with you! Claire designs, competes, and sells her own patterns that are designed using EQ7 and EQ8.
“I started quilting in 2012 and in 2015, my husband gifted me EQ7 and it changed my life radically,” says Claire. “Before EQ7 I struggled with finding patterns and color schemes that really spoke to me. My first quilt I made using EQ7 was called Breathless Beauty because it really did take my breath away. I had finally made the quilt that had only been in my imagination. Over time I have developed a distinct style and I don’t think anyone would accuse me of playing safe in design and color, but it is what makes my soul sing.”
“Since then, I have designed many quilts and won many awards. If you were to ask me the most important quilting tool I own, it would be my EQ software. I love that you can audition the colors and manipulate the blocks, but the best part for me, is that almost all the blocks can be printed in Foundation Paper Piecing form. That is my favorite technique for quilt construction.”
“Right now, I have two quilts that have been making the quilt show circuit. One is named Nana’s Garden and the other is called Mardi Gras at Midnight. Both quilts were designed on EQ8. I probably changed the center of Nana’s Garden 15 times. I change the center then save it, then change it again. This allows me to switch back and forth between saved designs to make sure I have chosen the best design. I have the same method when it comes to color schemes.”
Thank you Claire for sharing your wonderful quilts and story with us! You can follow Claire at:
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