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Jenny

I started working at Electric Quilt as a graphic design intern back in 2001 and stayed on after I graduated from college. I’ve caught the quilting bug while working here at EQ–you can only see so many beautiful quilts before you want to try making one yourself! I blog about everything from sewing to EQ tutorials. My favorite posts are the sew alongs I get to host with all of you!

Recent Posts by Jenny

Label Those Quilts!

Posted 11-20-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because  

Do you plan to gift some quilts to family and friends this holiday season? Don’t forget to put a label on the quilt before you wrap it up! It’s important to document your quilts for future generations. And you worked hard on that quilt! You should “sign” your work, just like any other artist.

Did you know you can design your own personalized labels in EQ8? Print the labels on EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets and you’ll have the perfect label for quilt. Save 25% on EQ Printables (and everything else at ElectricQuilt.com!) using code 25DAYS through November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

Create Your Own Quilt Label in EQ8

Below is a simple option that won’t use much ink, but still has a holiday flair!

  1. Download the free Lightbulb Border project from DoYouEQ.com. If you are given the option to open or save, choose to save the project. Most browsers will save the project file to the Downloads folder.
  2. Open the project file (Lightbulbs.PJ8) in EQ8.
  3. View the Project Sketchbook, select the Quilts section and Edit the Lightbulb Border quilt to the Quilt Worktable.
  4. (Optional) I wanted to add a bit more variety to the lights, so I selected Fabric Tools on the ribbon and then used the Paintbrush tool to color the lights with some different solid colors.
  5. Now we can add the text for the label. Below the quilt, click the Layer 2 tab.
  6. Click Fabric Tools on the ribbon (if you’re not already there from coloring the lights) and select a solid color in the palette you’d like to use for the text of the label.
  7. On the main toolbar, click the Hide/Show Quilt Patch Lines button to turn off the lines showing in the center of the quilt.
  8. Click Text Tools on the ribbon and choose a Typeface you’d like to use in the palette.
  9. Move your mouse over to the quilt. SHIFT+click and drag diagonally across the quilt to create a text box. When you release your mouse button and the Shift key, you’ll see a flashing cursor in the box. (Don’t worry about the location of the text on the quilt. We’ll adjust the size and placement of the text in a few steps.)
  10. Type the text for your label. The text box will expand as you type. So, when you want the text to break to a new line, press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard to move the cursor to the next line.
  11. While the text box is still selected, you can adjust the size and formatting of the text using the options in the palette.
  12. The settings apply to all text within a text box. If you’d like the text to be different sizes or styles, create a different text box for each style.
  13. You can use the Adjust tool in the palette if you need to move the text boxes on the quilt.
  14. When you are happy with the label, click the Add to Project Sketchbook button to save it.
  15. We also need to save a version of this quilt design as a “photo” so we can easily print it on inkjet fabric sheets. On the top menu bar, click QUILT > Add to Sketchbook as Photo.
  16. On the top menu bar, click FILE > Print > Photo Layout.
  17. You’ll see a print preview page. All the photos in the Sketchbook are displayed in the panel on the right. You can drag the label photo from the panel onto the page. You’ll get a message warning you that the image is too big. Click Yes to scale it to fit on the page.
  18. Once the label is on the preview page, you can adjust the size of the label. Click the Resize button on the top menu bar, then type a new size in the dialog box and click OK.
  19. You can move the label around on the preview page. If you have several labels you’d like to print, you can combine them all on one page using this Photo Layout print option.
  20. I suggest printing a test label on regular paper first. Once you confirm that your label is all ready for fabric (Double-check for typos! Ask me how I know ;-) ), load your printer with a fabric sheet and hit Print.
  21. Follow the after-printing directions for the fabric sheets you are using. If you are using EQ Printables, you can view the care sheet here.
  22. Stitch that label to the back of your quilt and be proud that you are being a responsible quilt-labeler!

Tips:

  • If you have lots of gifts that need labels, design something more generic and print a full sheet of the labels. Leave a space where you can write the recipient’s name with a fabric pen.
  • Consider printing washing instructions on the label so the recipient knows how to properly care for their new quilt.
  • Looking for more quilt label inspiration? Here are two more lessons on designing quilt labels in EQ8:
    Design & Discover – Quilt Labels Lesson
    Editing the Quilt Labels Quick Quilt Project

How many quilts are you gifting this year? Tell us what you’re working on in the comments!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Log Cabin 2

Posted 11-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Log Cabin 2 Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Houses Design ideas to get you started I used this house block in the border of my first quilt. My initial thought was to keep it a two-color design, but I couldn’t help but throw the navy blue in there for a little extra pop! I wanted to try something more modern for my second quilt. All the fabrics in this one are from Tula Pink collections. Even though the blocks are in rows, I used a custom set layout so I could space the houses and trees just where I wanted them. It takes a

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Stripes Bordered Inside 4

Posted 10-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Stripes Bordered Inside 4 Where to find it: 10 Sashing > Stripes – Bordered The blocks in this section of the library are designed with sashing in mind, but don’t let that stop you from using these versatile blocks in other ways! Design ideas to get you started Wouldn’t this design make an adorable baby quilt? This first quilt is a simple 5 x 5 horizontal layout with the Stripes block set in every space. I used the Symmetry tool to rotate the blocks in this arrangement. The fabrics are from the Harmony collection by Melissa Lee for Riley Blake, which can be found the in the

EQ Academy Recap – Fall 2021

Posted 09-21-2021 by | Posted in: EQ Academy  

After a year-and-a-half away, it was so fantastic to get back to in-person classes at EQ Academy! We have missed seeing these wonderful faces and loved getting to share new EQ skills with you all. Thank you to our amazing teachers who always do such a great job! And a special thanks to all our students for coming! We hope to see you all back for our Spring EQ Academy! We’ll have beginner classes as always, and some fun, topical classes too. If you enjoyed your time at EQ Academy, tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in coming to a future EQ Academy, sign up for our e-mails to be notified of enrollment. Spring EQ Academy is scheduled for late April 2022 and we hope to open enrollment sometime in January 2022. Watch for details via email and the EQ Classes website. Spread the word to your EQ friends,

Make a Puzzle Using Your EQ Quilt Designs

Posted 09-16-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8   More for EQers  

Quilters and puzzle enthusiasts have a lot in common—they both like to fit little pieces together! Why not combine both interests and make a puzzle from your favorite EQ quilt design? Puzzles are great for gift-giving (or just something fun to make for yourself!). Export an image of your finished quilt design in EQ8 and turn it into a puzzle using your favorite photo service. I used one of our free project downloads for this puzzle. Click here to download the Outstanding Orchard project for EQ8. First, check out the puzzle options available at your favorite photo site. There are lots of different photo services available online, and many of them offer a product for turning a photo into a puzzle. I choose the 10” x 14” 252-piece puzzle available on the Snapfish site. Most of the photo puzzles I found were in a rectangular format. Since the original quilt

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Six Blades

Posted 09-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Six Blades Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Wheels Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses a layout from the library, with a few changes. It’s Block Turned Quilt – 3  (Old Maid’s Puzzle) from the Layouts by Style > Block Turned Quilt section. I liked the purple and lime green coloring of the original block, so I used the Randomize > Map to Fabrics option to switch the solid colors to fabrics. Learn more about Randomize on our Support site. For my second quilt, I used a Vertical Strip layout. The strips alternate between Pieced Blocks and Half Drop Blocks style

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Quilt Link Up Winner!

Posted 08-23-2021 by | Posted in: BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Finished Quilts   Sew Alongs  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! If you have not seen the quilts posted in the Quilt Link Up, check them out! It’s awesome to see all the different quilts created with the sew along blocks. Winner The winner of the $50 American Express Gift Card and a pack of EQ Printables: Quilter’s Newsprint is Mary and her beautiful red & black quilt! If you’d like to read all the posts in the BlockBase+ Sew Along, you can find them here: BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021