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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!

Recent Posts by Christine

Lori Baker talks about her Brackman!

Posted 01-14-2021 by | Posted in: New Products  

Did you buy your “Brackman” yet? Acquisitions Editor at Golden Peak Media, Lori Baker, gives a “peek” into Barbara Brackman’s new Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Play the video below to hear all about it (and BlockBase+ software too!).

We’re restocking the book this month so place your order now and we’ll ship ASAP! Or better yet, call your favorite quilt shop and ask if they have it! U.S. shops, Canadian shops, and retailers overseas are selling it!

And if you’re waiting for BlockBase+ to be released, sit tight! We are in the testing phases… and as someone who has gotten to take part in that testing, I must say that this new version is so cool! Whether you had an older version of BlockBase or are brand new to it, you’re going to love the new interface, ease of use, enhanced printing options, and fun new features. In just a couple clicks, you can have printouts of rotary-cutting charts, templates, or foundation patterns for the 4,000+ blocks from the Encyclopedia IN ANY SIZE! You enter a size, and BOOM, it’s ready to print! Also, if you were wondering if there are any big new features in this new version… SPOILER ALERT… you can export to SVG! :-o Yes, you read that correctly. This new version allows you to get SVG files of EVERY SINGLE BLOCK! I’ll just let that sink in while you check out this screen shot of the new software (click to view larger).

Watch for more updates on the blog and in our newsletters! We plan to release BlockBase+ in the next couple months! Find answers to your questions about both products here and get even more info in these blog posts.

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Coco Chic

Posted 01-01-2021 by | Posted in: Contests  

Kicking off the new year with two chances to win fabric! January’s Fabric of the Month is Coco Chic by EQ user, Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts for QT Fabrics. Inspired by the Roaring 20′s, QT Fabrics reimagined fabrics from their 1920s archive for a fresh collection!  Coco Chic offers hints of Art Deco design and on-trend color for then and now!  Arriving at shops in February! Two bundles of these new fabrics will be given away to QT Fabrics’ top picks! Submit your EQ design featuring Coco Chic below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Coco Chic fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on January 31, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Coco Chic fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ Quilt must only

Have you received your Encyclopedia?!

Posted 12-06-2020 by | Posted in: New Products  

If you purchased the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns during our pre-order period, you’ve probably gotten it by now (or it’s on the way!!). As soon as we received the books from the printer, it was all-hands-on-deck to get them packaged and shipped out! Due to the overwhelming demand, we sold out of the first printing! We placed another order right away, so you can still buy a copy and we’ll ship it as soon as we have them in early January. If you want to buy this book as a Christmas gift, you could place the order and print this to give the recipient. Now that things have settled down a little bit, we can take the time to actually enjoy a copy! Take a look!! The colored blocks are just so fun to look at!! Not to mention the gorgeous pictures of sewn blocks! It’s really the only Encyclopedia

PURE SOLIDS Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 12-01-2020 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

The entries submitted to this challenge may be some of the coolest ones we’ve gotten in any challenge! Check them out here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were randomly selected and will each receive a bundle of PURE SOLIDS from Art Gallery Fabrics! Congratulations to… Deborah Scanlon “I’m still not all that great at designing things in EQ but I keep plugging away at it. Solids are my favorite to quilt with. Even old classics look fresh and modern when quilted with solids and AGF has always been my favorite and first choice in fabrics. Thanks for the nice giveaway too.” Love that mix of colors! Congrats Deborah! Jackie Rigert “I’ve been seeing so many beautiful wool applique quilts. When I saw these beautiful colors, I couldn’t help but try to recreate them in clear crisp solids. This where I ended up…” That colorful applique is stunning!

What do Judy Martin, Tula Pink, and Alex Anderson have in common?

Posted 11-14-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   New Products   New to EQ  

These women are all fantastic designers, authors, and quilters we look to for fabulous creations. They are among many pioneers who have shaped the quilting industry into the wonderful world that it is today. We are so honored that these women, among many others, have expressed their shared love for the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman (speaking of pioneers!). Tula puts it perfectly when she says, “No matter how much we evolve as quilters, our foundation will always remain rooted in the traditional building blocks of patchwork.” Judy says, “Barbara’s research is invaluable, and her system for organizing blocks by their construction basis is genius. It allows you to easily find a pattern and learn its name, based on what it looks like.” Learn how to use the book here. In case you’re not familiar with previous editions of Barbara’s Encyclopedia, take it from Alex Anderson, “When

Good Vibes Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 11-03-2020 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

We always love to see the beautiful entries that are submitted to a design challenge! The Good Vibes quilts are awesome!! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winners There are two winners for this challenge; one selected by Benartex, and one by Christa!  Each will receive a bundle of the Good Vibes fabrics!! Congratulations to….. Benartex’s Choice: Karen Kehl “This was so much fun! I love the playfulness of these fabrics and I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s quilts. I decided to modernize a traditional block. I love the range of colors and how this quilt pops!” Christa’s Choice: Elizabeth Wickes “I call this the Color Maze and it is meant to showcase the low volume/high volume and contrasting colorways of Good Vibes! The high volume prints are on the outside with the longest lines and the low volume are on the inside. Fun patterns when you

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – PURE SOLIDS

Posted 11-01-2020 by | Posted in: Contests  

Another fabric giveaway!! November’s Fabric of the Month is PURE SOLIDS by Art Gallery Fabrics! The purest hues meet Art Gallery Fabrics’ soft hand and superior quality. Now all the solid fabrics you have been looking for to match your collections are here. Ranging in a vibrant assortment of colors, PURE SOLIDS have new characteristics you’ll love while maintaining the virtues that made them famous. The unique and improved dip-dye technique leads to the most brilliant colors ever. Now all PURE SOLIDS are internationally OEKO-TEX certified, so you can rest assured the dyes are the most environmentally safe to use for the sewing industry. The premium cottons have the softest hand and the lowest shrinkage percentage (1% – 2%). They almost don’t fray, making them ideal for all kinds of projects. Art Gallery Fabrics’ goal is always to offer you fabrics that will make you “FEEL THE DIFFERENCE” Two fat-quarter bundles of