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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: Butterfly 17

Posted 04-10-2019 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 we’re using a motif from the Block Library. Motifs work just a little differently than blocks. Motifs do not have a background patch, so they can’t be set on Layer 1 of a standard quilt layout. Visit our Support site for more info on setting motifs in a quilt layout.

This month’s block: Butterfly 17

Where to find it: 06 Motifs > Butterflies

A few design ideas to get you started

I was thinking of a baby shower gift for this first design. You can never go wrong with a classic Variable Star quilt, and the butterfly motif adds just a touch of whimsy. I love when I can personalize a baby quilt with the recipient’s name! I’ve added the name in the border on Layer 2 using the Applique Text tool.

For this spring wallhanging, I combined the featured motif with two other butterfly motifs from the library. Then I used the WreathMaker feature on the group of butterflies.

What would you design with the Butterfly 17 motif? 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.

Share your Quilt on Facebook!

If you have a Facebook account, why not share your design on the Do You EQ page too?

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Facebook.
  4. Follow the prompts to log into your Facebook account.
  5. Type a message to go along with your post.
  6. Check the box to post your quilt design to our Do You EQ Facebook page too!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Double Windmill

Posted 03-10-2019 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: Double Windmill Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Old Favorites A few design ideas to get you started I wanted to use the light blue triangles at the top and bottom center of this block as “connectors” to surrounding blocks. So I drew a couple of blocks with rectangles the same width as the triangles and created a winding path across the quilt. Reminds of that old computer game Pipe Dream! If you set these blocks in an on-point layout, those triangles make a subtle diagonal stripe across the layout. Fun! What would you design with the Double Windmill block? Post a quilt or two

EQ8 Block Spotlight: On-Point Heart 3

Posted 02-10-2019 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. Since it’s February, I couldn’t help but choose a heart block for this month! This month’s block: On-Point Heart 3 Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Holidays – Other A few design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I used a selection of reproduction fabrics from the Themes section of the EQ8 Fabric Library. I also used Create Serendipity > Tilt Block to add setting triangles around the on-point block so I could use it in a horizontal layout. For more info on the Tilt Block feature, visit our Support site. My second quilt uses the Square in a Square – 6 layout from the Layout Library (Layouts by

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Star and Chains

Posted 01-11-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

It’s the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2019! I look forward to a fun and inspiring year of designing with you all! Whether you’ve been using EQ for years or you are brand new to the software, I hope you’ll join us each month for these design challenges. What is 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: Star and Chains Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Ladies Art Company A few design ideas to get you started This block is just begging to be the focal block for a medallion quilt! I love these pastels against the dark gray background. Since my first quilt was so dark, I thought I’d lighten it up

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Amaryllis Bulb

Posted 12-10-2018 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: Amaryllis Bulb Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Flora A few design ideas to get you started For this quilt, I’ve set the block in a 2 x 2 on-point layout (the second on-point option). Playing with the coloring makes this look more complex than it really is! Even though it’s a little late to start a quilt for this Christmas, I’ve still got holiday colors on the brain! Here’s a little wallhanging using this month’s block. What would you design with the Amaryllis Bulb block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d

Holiday Sunbonnet Sue is Back!

Posted 11-30-2018 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ News and Press   EQ8  

If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have noticed that each year around this time, we have a cute little visitor to our site: It’s our friend, Sunbonnet Sue, and she has the very important job of decorating the tree each year! She holds a special place in our hearts here at EQ and we’d like to share her story today. Penny McMorris & Dean Neumann, EQ founders The Sunbonnet Sue animation was created by Dean Neumann, EQ co-founder and programmer. She made her first appearance on our site back in 1996, shortly after our first website was launched. EQ3 was our current version of the software at that time. EQ3 could only export PCX files (PiCture eXchange) for images. Dean made the animation by drawing individual blocks on the Block Worktable for each of the movements. He exported a PCX for each block and then “stitched”

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Double Wheel – 9 Spokes

Posted 11-10-2018 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: Double Wheel – 9 Spokes Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Wheels A few design ideas to get you started I took a modern approach with this first quilt. It’s a simple 4 x4 horizontal layout, but I drew a “blocky” version of the wheel to pair with the original. The wheel block reminded me of wreaths, so I used it in the border of this holiday-inspired quilt. What would you design with the Double Wheel – 9 Spokes 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