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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

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Thin Leaf

Posted 10-10-2019 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: Thin Leaf

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Leaves

A few design ideas to get you started

This unassuming little block may look a little plain, but I think that means it has tons of potential for creativity! In my two quilts below, I think it’s difficult to pick out the individual block. But both of these designs use only the featured block!

For the quilt above, I created two Shrink & Flip versions of the Thin Leaf block using Create Serendipity. These two blocks are simply alternated in a horizontal layout. I could have set the original block in the quilt layout and done all the rotating on the Quilt Worktable, but creating these two versions first makes the job easier on the quilt.

The second quilt uses a star layout from the Layout Library (it’s always fun to play with those star layouts!) and I used this month’s free fabric download, Valley by Sherri & Chelsi, to color the quilt. The simple leaf block is set in all spaces of the quilt and look at the fun effect!

What would you design with the Thin Leaf block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Diamond Ring

Posted 09-11-2019 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: Diamond Ring Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Kaleidoscopes A few design ideas to get you started Fall is in the air! So I used what I like to call a “harvest palette.” The large square in the middle of this block was calling out for something special, so I set flower motifs on Layer 2 in the space. I also added quilting stencils on Layer 3. For my second design, I wanted to accentuate the star created in the corners where these blocks meet. This is an on-point layout (the second style) with the Number of Blocks set to 2 for both Horizontal and

EQ Printables Project Feature: Model Ships

Posted 08-22-2019 by | Posted in: From Our Users   Just Because   Look What I Did  

You all know that quilting is our first love here at Electric Quilt. But when we saw how Shaun from San Jose, California is using our EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets, we couldn’t help but share his projects with you! Shaun makes amazing model ships and uses EQ Printables for the sails. Here’s what Shaun says about his process: “I used to buy oil painting canvas and Goodwill shirts to use for my sails, but they just don’t look right. Having the option to design graphics on the sail is a huge plus. The other huge plus [of using EQ Printables] is the plastic backing which can keep the sails stiff, flat and smooth so I can add leech lines (the rope wraps around the entire sail). Once I’m done with all the things I need to do before rigging, I can remove the plastic backing without getting the sails

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Flowering Snowball

Posted 08-10-2019 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: Flowering Snowball Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Orange Peels A few design ideas to get you started My first quilt uses an on-point layout. It alternates the original Flowering Snowball block with a variation I created with flying geese in the diagonals. Below is the original block (left) and the flying geese variation (right). The second quilt uses a vertical strip quilt layout. I drew a simple rectangular block with a triangle patch to set next to the snowball blocks. What would you design with the Flowering Snowball block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or

Back to School Projects

Posted 08-01-2019 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ8  

The new school year is right around the corner. Here’s a round up of our favorite Back to School-inspired projects! Please note: You must have EQ8, EQ7, or EQ Mini software to use these project downloads. Awesome Academics Click here to download the project file for Awesome Academics. Back to School Click here to download the project file for Back to School. Welcome Back Click here to download the project file for Welcome Back. Schoolhouse Quilt Click here to download the project file for Schoolhouse Quilt. Outstanding Orchard Click here to download the project file for Outstanding Orchard.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Sun Compass – 4 Points

Posted 07-10-2019 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: Sun Compass – 4 Points Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Sun Compasses A few design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses a simple 6 x 6 horizontal layout and I had some fun with the Rotate tool! I started with a layout from the library for this quilt. It’s Hexagonal – 1 from the Layouts by Style > Hexagonal section. This layout is rectangular, and I wanted my quilt to be more square, so I added borders to just the top and bottom of the layout. I also made a simplified version of the featured block by deleting all the compass

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Peacock Feathers

Posted 06-10-2019 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: Peacock Feathers Where to find it: 05 Contemporary Applique > Tile and Celtic Designs A few design ideas to get you started My first quilt is a simple 6 x 8 horizontal layout with a 1″ sashing. Using the Symmetry tool on this asymmetric block creates some fun designs! My second quilt uses a layout from the library (On-Point Medallions – 3). I set the Peacock Feathers block in the four center spaces. Then I used the Hour Glass block (01 Classic Pieced > Chains) in the surrounding block spaces. What would you design with the Peacock Feathers block? Post a quilt or two in the comments