Today is our day to post in the Villa Rosa Blog Hop!

Villa Rosa Designs creates “Fast & Fun” quilt patterns featuring pre-cuts like 1/2 yards, fat quarters, 10′′ squares, 5′′ squares, 2 1/2′′ strips, fat eighths, and fat sixths, as well as other fabric cuts like panels.

Tricia Maloney, who formats all of the Villa Rosa Designs, uses EQ8 for each one, and designs her own patterns in EQ8, too!

EQ8 Giveaway!

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As part of this amazing Blog Hop, we’re giving away one EQ8!  Please leave a comment below letting us know why you want your own EQ8 to be eligible for the giveaway. We will select one winner at random from all of the submissions on January 27 and announce it the same day.

Special Offer

For those of you who don’t win, or already have EQ8 and want other fabulous EQ products, you can use this promotional code to discount your order by 25%: VRD25
When you’ve added everything to the Cart, click on the Apply Promo Code button, enter the code, and click the button again to see the discount applied. The code is good from Jan. 19 – 31, 2023.

Blog Hop Schedule

Here is the Blog Hop schedule, so make sure to check out all the awesome bloggers to see what they’ve created!

From Bolt to Beauty

Kathleen McMusing
Jaftex Companies

Pieceful Thoughts

Little Penguin Quilts

Quilt with a View


Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Devoted Quilter
Quilts of Valor Foundation

Needle and Foot
Am I Shouting Yet?
Electric Quilt

The Crafty Quilter

Jo’s Country Junction
Keepsake Quilting
Stitchin At Home

Villa Rosa Quilts

Let’s get started!

First we have the Hillside Charm quilt. Tricia imported a panel into EQ8 and used it in her quilt. Panels are so easy to swap out that she also included a second version. Check out a lesson on how to use panels in EQ8.

I imported the Whale Song Panel from Villa Rosa Designs, (as a photo because it’s a panel) popped that into the quilt and recolored the border.

You could import the other fabrics in the line too!
(The images on Villa Rosa’s website are webp files, please read more about using webp files in EQ8.)

Next let’s take a look at the original S’Witched Quilt.

In EQ8 you can add Halloween fabrics by opening the Fabric Library and opening the Holiday-Fall style.

Then use the Randomize tool with Map to fabrics selected to automatically change the solids to fabrics.

Or use the Randomize tool with Randomize selected and click on the quilt to see all sorts of color variations.

Each click in EQ8 shows more variations!

You can also manually recolor the quilt anyway you would like with various coloring tools.

Including changing it to a Valentine’s Day quilt!

Here is Running Doe Quilts’ Baby Zip Tease quilt!

In EQ8 it just takes a few seconds to create a totally different look for the quilt by auditioning and using different fabrics!

Then you can print out a list of the real fabrics you’ll need to purchase to make the quilt!

In EQ8 there is sometimes more than one way to design the same quilt.

When Tricia formatted the Baby Zip Tease quilt, she used a Custom Set layout with with half-square triangles and plain blocks, like in the first quilt above.  When designed like that the printouts (templates, foundation, or rotary cutting) would be for one HST or one rectangular block.

However, as shown in the second quilt, you could also draw a block as shown below and set it into a Vertical Strip Quilt. In this case, if you print the foundation, rotary cutting directions, or templates, it would be for the block selected.

So, the foundation would look similar to this…

The quilt could also be drawn as one block, like in the last example, though they all look the same! Now, if you print out the rotary cutting chart, it would be for the whole quilt (since we drew it all as 1 block). As far as foundations, EQ8 would print out nine strips like the one above.

It just depends on your preferences and how you plan on cutting and sewing the quilt!

Here is the original Snow Goose quilt…

and some random variations…

Here is the original Nantucket quilt…

and a few variations…

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop!
Be sure to visit all the other blogs, as well as Villa Rosa Designs, and come back to our site on Friday, January 27, 2023 to find out who wins an EQ8!!