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I love sharing photos of EQ-designed quilts and info about the designer! EQ users are always encouraged to send us photos of their projects so we can show our readers. I also like to follow our EQ Artists and share what they’re currently up to. Whether it’s a new book, free patterns or EQ tutorials, they’ve always got something worth sharing!

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Q&A with Nancy Mahoney

Posted 12-07-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Artists   Q&A  

By now, you’ve probably seen many of Nancy Mahoney’s beautiful quilts in magazines. (If you haven’t, check out some photos we took here.) Her designs are just stunning. Did you know they were all created with Electric Quilt software? (At least the ones dating back to the mid-90s!) Below, Nancy tells us about her first quilt she ever made and how EQ came into play a few years later.

First, a little about Nancy:

Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 200 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002; her most recent book is Learn to Paper Piece. She has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections.
When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.

EQ: Can you remember your first quilt? Tell us about it.
Nancy: I took some quilting classes and made a few small projects in the late 1970s, but I made my first “quilt” in 1987. After moving to Seattle, I signed up for a scrap quilt class from Marsha McCloskey. After the 2-day class, I put the unfinished blocks away and didn’t work on them again until I received a call from Marsha. She was working on a book with Nancy Martin and asked if they could include my quilt in the book. The quilt appeared in their book “A Dozen Variables.” Not only was Road to Oklahoma my first quilt, it was also my first published quilt.

Nancy’s first quilt, Road to Oklahoma.

EQ: When and why did you first start using EQ? How has it affected your quilting life?
Nancy: I started using EQ in the mid-90s. I was working for Clothworks and met Penny McMorris at Quilt Market. Penny offered to send me EQ3, which was the newest version of EQ. EQ has dramatically changed my quilting life. I went from designing quilts using graph paper and colored pencils to using Electric Quilt and never looked back. I use EQ to design all of my quilts and would be lost without it.

EQ: Many quilters say they’ve heard of Electric Quilt, but don’t know what it is. How would you explain it to them?
Nancy: I tell people who haven’t heard of Electric Quilt that it is a software program used to design quilts and blocks. I then go on to explain that you can audition fabrics, borders, different layouts, and quilting stencils. It’s hard to grasp everything you can do in EQ, until you see it in action.

EQ: How often do you use EQ? And how many EQ project files are on your computer right now?
Nancy: I use EQ almost every day for one reason or another. Occasionally, I want to look at a design or import a block from an earlier version, so I still have EQ6 and EQ7 on my computer. All together I have about 320 EQ project files, but some are duplicates since I opened and saved the files from an older version in EQ8. I also have EQ5 files on a thumb drive. Honestly, I wish I’d put all of my earlier versions on a disc or memory stick.

Nancy’s Twilight Zone quilt shown in EQ7 and EQ8.

(Nancy’s Twilight Zone project was part of our 2014 EQ Christmas Countdown of free downloads. You can download Twilight Zone here.)

EQ: You’ve been able to experience several versions of EQ. What do you think about EQ8?
: I love EQ8. Having all the buttons visible makes the features so much easier to use. I especially like some of the new (to me) features on the image worktable. Scaling and straightening fabric scans is super easy in EQ8.

EQ: Tell us, what are you inspired by, and who are some of your favorite designers?
Nancy: I find inspiration everywhere, from garden gates to tile floors to vintage quilts. As a traditional quilter, I’m particularly fond of recreating vintage quilts using contemporary fabrics. My favorite designers hearken back to when I started quilting, especially Nancy Martin, Marsha McCloskey, and Roberta Horton. Each one played an important part in my quilting journey.

EQ: I know you’ve done a lot of teaching this year. What was your favorite event and why?
Nancy: It’s hard to pick a favorite event because so many stand out for different reasons. If I was to pick just one, it would be my visit to the Kitsap Quilters Guild, in Poulsbo, Washington. I hadn’t been back to the Seattle area since the fall of 2001. I really enjoyed riding the ferries again and seeing Mt. Rainier. Everyone at the guild was so nice and welcoming. As an added bonus, I was able to visit the Martingale offices in Bothell, and have lunch with friends.

EQ: What else are you working on now?
Nancy: At present I’m working on a new quilt for an upcoming magazine. I’m also getting ready for two quilting cruises in January and March 2020, as well as preparing new classes and lecture for AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach in February 2020. Most of my activities in the next few months are quilting related, which makes me happy.

EQ: Where can people see more of your work?
Nancy: My quilts can be found in magazines, on my website, and on my Facebook page, Nancy Mahoney Designs.

Peanut Butter Kisses by Nancy Mahoney (featured in McCall’s Quilting)

Spring Trails by Nancy Mahoney (feature in Love of Quilting)

A big thanks to Nancy for taking time out of her busy teaching schedule to do this Q&A! If you have a favorite Nancy Mahoney quilt, tell us about it below!

A book giveaway with Alyce Blyth!

Posted 11-28-2019 by | Posted in: Contests   EQ Artists   Q&A  

EQ Ambassador, Alyce Blyth has a brand new book out called Mini Masterpieces which would make a great gift (even for yourself!!). Read all about it below and enter to win a copy! EQ: Hi and welcome back to the EQ blog! Earlier this year, you told us you were headed to Bali – tell us how that was!! Alyce: Thank you! It was such a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and the longest my husband and I have been away just us two since we’ve had kids. And seeing as my eldest just turned 10, it’s been a long time coming. While we aren’t the most touristy of tourists (preferring to check out what a local supermarket is like over a busy tourist hot spot), we did hit up a few places, including one very fancy fabric store we happened across, before jumping in the pool each

EQ Academy Recap – Fall 2019

Posted 10-01-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Academy  

Scroll down for photos! Would you believe we hosted 20 EQ8 classes in just 3 days?! We sure packed a lot of information into a beautiful fall weekend. A special thanks to our amazing teachers who always do such a great job! Thank you to all the students for coming! We hope to see you all back for our Spring EQ Academy starting on Thursday, April 2, 2020! Spring EQ Academy will have beginner classes as always, and intermediate topic-based classes too. We hope to open enrollment in January. Sign up for our e-mails to be notified of enrollment. Spread the word to your EQ friends!! If you’d recommend EQ Academy to other EQ8 users, please leave a review in the comments below so we can share your feedback with others.  A huge thanks to the companies who sent items for the welcome bags and awesome prizes at our Social Night! The

Icicle Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 08-02-2019 by | Posted in: Congratulations   Contests  

The quilts designed for this challenge were SO neat! Even though everyone used the same fabric collection, the quilts were all so unique! (See all entries in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winners Two winners were chosen at random and here they are…… Pat A and Nancy Gormezano! Both winners will each receive an Icicle Stack and a FQ bundle of the Icicle fabric collection! Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants and to Island Batik for providing the giveaway!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Icicle

Posted 07-01-2019 by | Posted in: Contests  

This challenge is closed. Winners announced here. We’re back with another EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway with a new collection from Island Batik! This Signature Collection is called Icicle by Kathy Engle for Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. Here are the fabrics: EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway Design a quilt in EQ using fabrics from Icicle, a Signature Collection designed by Kathy Engle from Island Batik for Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. You could win some fabulous Island Batik precuts! To Enter Design a quilt in EQ using the Island Batik Icicle fabrics and submit an image of it by July 31, 2019. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Icicle fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ quilt must use fabrics from the Icicle collection. If desired, you may use up to 3 other fabrics from the Island Batik collections in the Manufacturer

Aura Challenge – Winner Announced

Posted 06-03-2019 by | Posted in: Congratulations   Contests  

Have you seen the gorgeous entries submitted to the Aura challenge?! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winner Aura designer, Mathew Boudreaux, chose his favorite entry and it is………… Jenn B! UPDATE: Jenn was kind enough to share her EQ8 project file! You can download it for EQ8 here. Jenn will receive fat quarters of the Aura collection from Art Gallery Fabrics! Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants and congrats to Jenn B!!

Q&A with Alyce Blyth

Posted 05-20-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Artists   Q&A  

EQ Ambassador, Alyce Blyth is such a talented designer. View some of her beautiful quilts below and read about how EQ gave her confidence to submit designs to magazines! A little about Alyce: Alyce Blyth began her quilting journey when her two children were just babies. It took a few years until they each had a quilt and in the process, she became hooked on her passion and purpose. When her family moved from Australia to Chiba, Japan, it was there that she became truly passionate about turning her hobby into her career. With a primary school teaching background, Alyce discovered that the quilting industry was the perfect blend of the things she loved most – creativity, puzzles and teaching. Now living back in Melbourne, Australia, she has had patterns published in magazines around the world, writes columns and articles, self-published her first book, DIY Block Design, and continues to remain passionate