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Do You EQ Too? – Sue Halter

Posted 04-10-2023 by | Posted in: Do You EQ Too  

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!

Tell us your story!

To be considered for our next spotlight, write a brief comment below and attach an image of an EQ-designed quilt or project you’re proud of! You can also tag us @theelectricquiltcompany on Instagram or @ElectricQuilt on Facebook, or use our hashtags #EQ8 and #DoYouEQ.

Each month we will select a quilter from all the submissions we’ve received. So if you weren’t picked this month, you can still be featured in future months!

Join us next month as we spotlight another quilter! View all Do You EQ Too? posts >>

How to submit an image of your quilt:

  1. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your quilt or story. Then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.
  2. Select your quilt, then click Submit Comment.

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Breezeway

Posted 04-01-2023 by | Posted in: Contests  

This contest is now closed. Winners announced here. April’s Fabric of the Month is Breezeway by Maywood Studio! This collection calls to mind those casual and relaxing afternoons spent grilling summertime favorites and chilling with friends. The sun-bleached colors and rhythmic geometric prints are the soothing weekend vibes we crave for summery projects and picnic quilts! Plus, a selection of 6 Shadow Play coordinates (pictured below) are included in the download to complete your design. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Breezeway below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment

Blog hop with Villa Rosa Designs!

Posted 01-24-2023 by | Posted in: Contests   EQ Designers   EQ Software Tips   Just Because   More for EQers   Related Blogs  

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! This giveaway is now closed. See the winner! 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

Q&A with Barbara Brackman

Posted 11-22-2020 by | Posted in: New Products   Q&A  

“Are you nuts?” Among lots of thank yous and compliments, that’s the most common question Barbara Brackman gets in regard to her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book. I suppose that’s a fair question considering all the research and organization that went into compiling over 4,000 quilt block patterns. Read our Q&A with her to hear about how it all came together, plus some insight on using BlockBase+, Barbara’s online lectures, cocktail parties, and Cary Grant. When and how did your interest in quilt blocks come about? Barbara: I’ve always loved pattern. When I was enrolled in an art history class at the University of Kansas I came across Carrie Hall’s 800+ quilt blocks that she donated to the museum there in the 1930s. I was hooked. Carrie Hall’s blocks at the Spencer Museum of Art How did you go from casually collecting a few patterns to creating a full

Photos from our Kid Giddy Photo Shoot!

Posted 09-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists  

This last week, Kid Giddy aka Kerry Goulder sent us a few quilts and tons of blocks to photograph. They were all designed in EQ7! Her blocks are all super intricate! Look for all of the fussy cutting she did in her blocks. She even painted the star in Santa’s eye. Hot Skates – Designed by Kerry Goulder Queen Bee – Designed by Kerry Goulder Land of Magic – Designed by Kerry Goulder Mug Club & Winking Santa Mug – Designed by Kerry Goulder Totem Bear & Totem Wolf – Designed by Kerry Goulder French Bulldog Block – Designed by Kerry Goulder Daddy’s Quilt Blocks – Designed by Kerry Goulder Which of these blocks or quilts are your favorite? Let us know! Watch for more of Kid Giddy’s work in future social media posts!

Photos of Hoop Sisters Quilts!

Posted 08-02-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists   Photographing Quilts  

HoopSisters‘ quilts are some of the most amazing quilts I have seen. Each square has such complexity and together they form a stunning quilt! Take a look at some of the close ups to see how intricate each square is! Summer Dreams by HoopSisters Feathered Star by HoopSisters Jacobean Journey by HoopSisters Do you like these quilts as much as we do? Let us know what you think!

Amy Friend Quilt Photos

Posted 07-26-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Artists   Photographing Quilts  

Amy Friend, one of the EQ Ambassadors, sent us a few of the quilts from her new book Improv Paper Piecing. I was excited when they came in because they are all super colorful! I also really like the names of her quilts. I never knew that catawampus was an actual word; I always thought it was just something that a couple people in my family came up with to say that something was a little off kilter.  Amy’s quilts are incredibly unique, which makes them even more amazing! Photographing Amy’s quilts was a lot of fun. We went to two different parks in the area. One of the parks was where we photographed Lori Miller’s quilts. It was amazing to see all the different flowers that were blooming this time around. Take a look at a few of the pictures we took! Peacock Crossing – Amy Friend of During