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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

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 8 Link Up

Posted 07-16-2021 by | Posted in: Block 8   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

Time to share our 3222 blocks for the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Here’s mine:

My block finishes at 6″ and I used the foundation printout to make the block.

BlockBase+ Sew Along Review

Let’s take a few minutes to look at how much we’re learned and accomplished together through this sew along!

BLOCK 1
We learned how to navigate around the BlockBase+ screen and how to print a rotary cutting chart with Block 1273.


BLOCK 2
With Block 2898, we tried out the different display options and printed the templates.


BLOCK 3
We used all the fantastic Search options and printed the foundation pattern for Block 1638.


BLOCK 4
For Block 785.7, we used Zoom in the Block Toolbar and learned about the Block print option.


BLOCK 5
We explored the export options and Help buttons with Block 1915b and reviewed how to use the SVG export with a digital cutter.


BLOCK 6
Using Block 2734, we were inspired by the Quilt Layout options and previewed the block in seven different quilts.


BLOCK 7
We learned how to use the Save as PDF option with Block 2564.


BLOCK 8
And with Block 3222 we used the new options available in the BlockBase+ Update to print the Favorites blocks and export them for EQ8!


We sewed blocks from eight different categories in BlockBase+!

05 Realistic  •  08 Four Patch  •  09 Equal Nine Patch  •  10 Unequal 9 Patch Small Center  •  14 Square in a Square  •  15 Maltese Cross  •  16 Nine X  •  18 Three Patch Patterns

I think most of us sewed a block or two that was a little out of our “comfort zone” which is a fantastic way to improve your sewing skills and boost your creativity! GREAT job everyone! :-D


BlockBase+ Sew Along Sampler Quilt

I made all of the sew along blocks at the default sizes listed in BB+. If you’d like to make the same sampler quilt that I made, you can download the piecing instructions here. If you own EQ8, click here to download the EQ8 project file for the sampler quilt. Remember, you don’t have to make the same quilt as me! The idea behind this sew along is that we all make the same blocks, but the size of the blocks and the finished quilt can be different for everyone. Feel free to add more blocks to your sew along quilt. There are 4000+ blocks in BlockBase+, so I’m sure you’ve seen some other blocks while working in the software that you’d love to make!

Giveaway!

Just a little reminder that we’ll have a giveaway at the end of the sew along! The Quilt Link Up post will be published on Monday, August 16th. If you add your BB+ Sew Along Quilt to the link up by Sunday, August 22nd, you’ll be entered in the giveaway! Here are the details:

  • To be eligible to win, your quilt must include all eight blocks from the sew along. You can add as many additional blocks as you’d like, but the quilt top must include all the blocks from the sew along too.
  • Finished quilts and quilt tops (not yet quilted) are both acceptable.
  • Quilt photo must be added to the Quilt Link Up post by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
  • One entry per person.
Prize: One lucky winner will win a $50 American Express Gift Card and a pack of EQ Printables: Quilter’s Newsprint! The winner will be randomly chosen by the Electric Quilt Company.

To Link Up Your Photo

When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block!

Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse to include the image of your sewn block.

*Please only post a photo of your sewn 3222 block.*

Come back to the blog on Monday, August 16 to share a photo of your sew along quilt!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Mosaic, No. 19

Posted 07-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Mosaic, No. 19 Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Antique Mosaics Design ideas to get you started I made a quick video on how I built the first quilt. This is just for fun and inspiration! No need to follow the same steps as I did to make your quilt. The best part of Block Spotlight posts are seeing everyone’s creative use of the same block! NOTE: This video does not have any audio. For my second quilt, I edited the block to the Block Worktable and drew a diagonal line from the

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 8

Posted 07-05-2021 by | Posted in: Block 8   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

It’s time for Block 8 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! We’ve made it to the last block post. Thanks to all who have sewed along with me the last few months! I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the new BlockBase+ software through this sew along. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? Find the BlockBase+ software here > Here on the blog, click Categories > Sew Alongs > BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 to find all the sew along posts. The features we go over in this lesson are included in the BlockBase+ update. This is a free update for BB+ owners to add some new features and fix a few bugs. If you have not updated to the newest version of BB+ yet, please visit the Updates page and follow the directions to download and install. Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software (close the Getting Started window, if

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 7 Link Up

Posted 07-02-2021 by | Posted in: Block 7   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

Time to share our 2564 blocks for the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 12″ and I used the foundation printout to make the block. To Link Up Your Photo When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse to include the image of your sewn block. *Please only post a photo of your sewn 2564 block.* Come back to the blog on Monday, July 5 to find out which block we’ll be sewing next!

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 7

Posted 06-21-2021 by | Posted in: Block 7   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

It’s time for Block 7 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! If you haven’t added your Block 6 to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 6 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? Find the BlockBase+ software here > Here on the blog, click Categories > Sew Alongs > BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 to find all the posts for the sew along. In this post, we’re going to use the Save as PDF option available in the print preview window. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software (close the Getting Started window, if you still see it when you open BB+). We’ll be working with block 2564 from the 14 Square in a Square > 11 Like The Radio Windmill section. Find the block however you’d like! The Save as PDF option is available in all the

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 6 Link Up

Posted 06-18-2021 by | Posted in: Block 6   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

Time to share our 2734 blocks for the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used the foundation printout to make the block. To Link Up Your Photo When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse to include the image of your sewn block. *Please only post a photo of your sewn 2734 block.* Come back to the blog on Monday, June 21st to find out which block we’ll be sewing next! EQ8 Project for Sew Along Quilt A few people have asked for the EQ8 project for my sew along quilt that I shared in the Block 4 post. Click here

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Split Sunflower-3 Petals

Posted 06-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Split Sunflower-3 Petals Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > New York Beauties Design ideas to get you started The quilt below is a 4 x 4 on-point layout. The fabric collection is Lady Bird by Crystal Manning for Moda. I downloaded the fabric collection from Moda’s website. If you’d like to use fabrics from a manufacturer’s website, you can find the steps on our support site. The next quilt uses a layout from the library. This is Hexagonal-3 from the Layouts by Style > Hexagonal section. The Split Sunflower block is set in