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Christine

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!

Recent Posts by Christine

Start Your Jane Journey!

Posted 11-17-2021 by | Posted in: Dear Jane   New Products  

Calling all Janiacs!

Quilt by Trish Harrison

With an updated software and book available now, it has never been easier to make your own Dear Jane! Plus, during our 25 days of 25% off sale, you can save on any purchase at ElectricQuilt.com with code 25DAYS through November 30, 2021. Shop Now >

Dear Jane Book

Everyone comes to Jane in their own time,” says author, Brenda Manges Papadakis. Your time is now! Connect with the global community of Janiacs and get started on your own Dear Jane masterpiece today!

Join the celebration of the 25th Anniversary edition of the Dear Jane book published by Martingale! Before the first edition of this book, a reproduction of the Dear Jane quilt had never been completed. Today, a plethora of information exists to help you make your own. Use this book as a guide to starting your Jane Journey using author, Brenda Papadakis’s “bag of tricks” and get inspired by browsing all 5,602 historic pieces of the iconic quilt.

Whether you have made a Dear Jane quilt or are ready to start your first block, there’s something new in this book for you! This new edition has updated designs, full-size illustrations of the blocks, and features 18 unique quilts—all influenced by Jane’s 1863 geometric wonder. The author delves into history, women’s rights, and the Civil War through her emotional letters to Jane A. Stickle. You’re sure to draw inspiration from and have admiration for the collection Brenda has put together. Sewing instructions are not included.

Dear Jane Add-on for EQ8

If you’d like to print templates, rotary-cutting charts, or foundation patterns for the Dear Jane blocks, check out the Dear Jane add-on for EQ! With this EQ8 add-on, you can design your very own Dear Jane!

Print your own Dear Jane blocks in any size, as templates, foundation patterns, or rotary cutting charts. You can even print the blocks just as they appear in Brenda’s Dear Jane book! (Did we mention that you can print them in any size? Just because Jane’s blocks were all 4.50″ by 4.50″, doesn’t mean your blocks need to be that size too.)

This EQ add-on also includes 12 helpful lessons for making the blocks, sewing techniques, and tips for making each block.

“The ability to audition my fabric combinations before cutting is easily my favorite feature. I’ve already uploaded several different fabric lines and will be able to see projected yardage requirements before starting. If a Dear Jane quilt has been on your to-do list, this software will help you make that dream a reality.” – Sarah Maxwell

What do you get with this EQ8 Add-on?

About Jane

In 1863 during the Civil War, a woman named Jane A. Stickle decided to make a sampler quilt. 169 blocks, 52 triangles, 4 corner kites, and 5,602 pieces later… she had a quilt that, to this day, still leaves quilters in aweRead more about Jane A. Stickle >

Jane’s quilt center was 13 rows by 13 columns. The Dear Jane blocks are known by letters (A-M) and numbers (1-13). Below is a close up of one of the corners. Notice Jane’s signature in the bottom-right!

Get inspired! See beautiful Dear Jane quilts like Trish’s above in our Dear Jane Gallery >

If you made a Dear Jane quilt, how would yours look? A traditional replica? Modernized with new colors and a different layout? A mini? Tell us!

Dream – Winners Announced

Posted 07-01-2021 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

If you haven’t looked, go see all the cool entries we received for June’s design challenge here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were chosen… one by Riley Blake Designs and one by the designer, Kristy Lea. Riley Blake’s Winner: Sarah Chimblo! “This 60″X72″ quilt features the “left and right” and “Washington’s Puzzle” block alternated to create movement. Using two different shades of the pink/red creates shading with the rainbow blocks. I think the light purple/purple and light blue/blue would be good choices too.” - Sarah Chimblo Kristy Lea’s Winner: Claire K.! “I wanted to come up with a design that took advantage of the range of colors in this fabric line.” – Claire K. Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out July’s design challenge!

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Amy Friend

Posted 06-15-2021 by | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom  

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Amy Friend! Tell us a bit about yourself Amy! I am a former museum curator turned pattern designer, author, and teacher. I specialize in paper piecing and modern quilt design and I’ve authored

Celebrating 30 Years with EQ Pearls of Wisdom

Posted 05-25-2021 by | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom  

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends starting June 1! Check back each week for a new “pearl!” Plus, each post includes a free project download or giveaway!  We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more! See all posts so far > How it all began… The Electric Quilt Company started as Dean Neumann, then a math professor at Bowling Green State University, married Penny McMorris, a corporate

Chinoiserie Garden Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 04-01-2021 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

We’re so impressed by what EQ users did with these fabrics! Check out the creative entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected by P&B Textiles! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Scott Woxman “I like the blue and white with just a pop of color from the butterflies.” – Scott Woxman And… Winner 2: Linda Evans “Black tea is my favorite beverage, hot or cold, year round. These beautiful prints are perfect for a sweet little tea set.” – Linda Evans Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out April’s design challenge!

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #1 Available Now!

Posted 03-15-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten   BlockBase+   New Products  

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) We’re breaking down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #1 – BlockBase+ is available now! The wait is over! Our favorite thing about BlockBase+ is that it’s finally here! Shop now > Use BlockBase+ on its own on your Mac and/or PC computer or link it to your EQ8 so you can design quilts with the 4,264 blocks! Check system requirements here > Linking BlockBase+ to your EQ8 If you have the newest version of EQ8, BlockBase+ should automatically appear in your EQ8 Block Library as long as both programs are properly installed and activated. All BlockBase+ blocks

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #2 Exporting SVG Files

Posted 03-13-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten   BlockBase+   New Products  

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) BlockBase+ is available! Buy it now >> We’re breaking down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #2 – Export SVG Files Okay, so you’re either thinking, “Yay! SVG files!!” or… “What are SVG files?!” Let me explain… SVG (scalable vector graphic) is a unique type of image format. This file type is popular among quilters because it can be imported into many different software applications including digital cutting machines, embroidery machines, longarm software, and more. Over the years, we’ve received many requests for this SVG feature, and you’ll find it in BlockBase+! Export SVG Options Export the block at