Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here.

This month we are spotlighting Sue Halter! Sue has used EQ from the very beginning when the program was DOS based! Now, she uses EQ8 to design quilts, pillows, and wall hangings for her family and friends.

Sue Halter

“It is wonderful that EQ has progressed so far and became the best in the field, in my opinion,” says Sue. “Even though I may have a pattern, I will usually recreate it in EQ8 to play with fabric or to make it fit my needs. As much as I use EQ8, there is still so much I haven’t learned about the program. Always learning something!”

Take a look at Sue’s lovely designs below!

“Beach Blanket” finished quilt

“I had made a beach bag for my 7 yr old granddaughter for her birthday. For Christmas I made this Beach Blanket…SHARK!! quilt. Found a shark applique in 05 Contemporary Applique > Fish & Sea Critters. Set up a one block layout of 61″x 40″ and designed the waves, then inserted the shark applique and made it really big! The shark was printed out and taped together. The waves were simply made with scalloped rulers going by the measurements I’d taken in EQ8. Label created in my embroidery software. This was such a fun quilt to make.”

“Reading Pillow” EQ design and finished pillow. 25”x25”

“I used embedded blocks from EQ8 as well as drawing my own to make this reading pillow for my granddaughter. I also do machine embroidery. Using my Bernina Embroidery software, I created the embroidery design for the pocket across the front. The pocket stores her current favorite book. I think it turned out really cute!”

“Longhorn Roundup” EQ design and finished quilt. 65”x65”. Quilted with a longhorn pantograph.

“I wanted to make a quilt for my step-nephew and his wife in appreciation for not only making sure my Sister-in-Law (who is no longer mobile), but also my brother, are well fed. I live far away from my brother and so appreciate them doing what I would do if I were there. I had seen a similar quilt on social media and knew something like that would be perfect for nephew and wife. They live on a small ranch in Western Arkansas and raise longhorns.”

“Hoffman Dream Big Lilac” EQ design and finished quilt. 58”x58”. Quilted on longarm using free motion and ruler work.

“I used EQ8 to create the border for the panel. EQ makes it so easy to bring in a picture and size to actual size. Creating the border was a breeze.”

“Sewing Wall Hanging” EQ design and finished project with embroidered center. 27”x27”.

“Some of these blocks were from embedded EQ8 designs and other’s I created in EQ8. The appliqué is fused, but not sewn around the edges. Instead, this quilt was quilted horizontally and vertically using a wavy swirl stitch on the sewing machine. This wall hanging incorporates an orphaned embroidered block with surrounding flying geese. The embroidery was created by me in Bernina Embroidery software from what was supposed to be an appliqué project.”

“Shadowed Stars” EQ design and finished quilt. 37”x39”. Quilting by me using free motion on longarm.

“Stars are my favorite quilt block and when I saw a shadowed star, I had to make a quilt. We do not use our fireplace and I dislike that big black hole, so I make fireplace covers to cover it up. This is one of those.”

“Countdown to Christmas” EQ design and finished quilt with embroidery. 57”x81”

“This was from an embroidery class at a local quilt shop. I chose not to do Christmas nor use the plain layout given to the class. Using EQ8, I design the quilt layout and then cut the embroidered blocks to fit. I love the wonky effect I got from EQ’s embedded block and it shows off the embroidery very nicely. This top has not been quilted yet and will be given a new name eventually.”

Thank you Sue for sharing your wonderful quilts and story with us!

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