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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: Goose Frame

Posted 11-10-2022 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! :-)

This month’s block: Goose Frame

Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Frames

Design ideas to get you started

The blocks in the Frames section of the library all have a larger center square. This square can be used for something special like a photo, fussy cutting a special fabric, or merging with another block (Create Serendipity > Merge Block). I choose to edit the Goose Frame block to the Block Worktable and draw some new lines in the center square.

I alternated this variation block with another block from the Frames section (which I also added lines to on the Block Worktable) in a simple horizontal layout. This is not a color scheme I would normally gravitate to, but it’s the result of playing with the Randomize tool and I like it!

For my second quilt, I used a custom set layout. Along with the five Goose Frame blocks in the center, I used several blocks from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Flying Geese section of the library. You could say I flew with the geese theme of the featured block . ;-)

In the comments, Nancy asked to see the layout for this custom set quilt. Below is a line drawing of the quilt, so you can see the block placement a little easier.

What would you design with the Goose Frame 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!).

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: Hearts & Sunflowers

Posted 10-10-2022 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: Hearts & Sunflowers Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Eight Elements Design ideas to get you started My first quilt uses a simple on-point layout. I made a wider sashing and used a block from the 10 Sashing > Star Sashing section of the library to create the stars at the cornerstones. I also copied one of the hearts from the Hearts & Sunflowers block to make a single-heart block to set in the cornerstones. This next design was created by using the WreathMaker feature multiple times on different elements of the

EQ Academy Recap – Fall 2022

Posted 10-05-2022 by | Posted in: EQ Academy  

Three days. Twelve classes. And lots of EQ FUN! This past weekend we had a blast with students from all over the US and Canada at EQ Academy in Perrysburg, Ohio. Thank you to all our students for spending this beautiful fall weekend learning with us. We love sharing new EQ skills with everyone and seeing the creative designs you all make with the software. We hope you returned home feeling inspired to try out all those quilt ideas that have been bouncing around in your heads! A big thank you to our amazing teachers too who always do such a great job! Along with the EQ staff teachers, it was wonderful to have Lori Miller and Cheryl Brickey back with us to share their EQ expertise! 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

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Flower Basket

Posted 09-10-2022 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. I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! This month’s block: Flower Basket Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Baskets (Traditional) Design ideas to get you started I used the Frame Block feature available in Create Serendipity to rotate and frame the block. Then I could set it in a horizontal layout and the basket would be pointing “up,” instead of angled to the side. If you’d like to simply add setting triangles to the four sides of a block (rather than a fancy frame), you could use the Tilt Block feature to rotate the block 45 degrees. My second quilt uses the On-Point Medallions-2 quilt from the

EQ Academy: Meet Cheryl Brickey

Posted 09-10-2022 by | Posted in: EQ Academy   EQ Company News   EQ8  

Our next EQ Academy is Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Perrysburg, Ohio and enrollment is open now! View the full class catalog here > In this post, we’d like to introduce you to one of our teachers, Cheryl Brickey! Cheryl was part of our EQ Academy faculty a few years ago, and we’re so excited to have her back in Ohio this fall. Keep reading to learn more about Cheryl! Cheryl’s Classes at EQ Academy Cheryl is teaching three different classes this fall. Join Cheryl for one of these fun EQ8 classes! Click on a class below for more info. Tell us a bit about yourself Cheryl! Hi, I’m Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. I am a chemical engineer and live in South Carolina with my husband, two kids, and three crazy cats. I enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math. I created

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Around the World

Posted 08-10-2022 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. If you’re a brand new EQ8 user, I hope you’ll join in the fun! This monthly series is great motivation to dig into the software and practice your new EQ8 skills. And if you’ve been using EQ8 for a while, I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! This month’s block: Around the World Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Drunkard’s Path Design ideas to get you started I used quilts from the Layout Library for both of my designs this month. This first quilt is the On-Point Medallions – 18 layout. I used the Around the World block and the first simple Drunkard’s Path block in the

EQ Academy: What to Expect

Posted 08-07-2022 by | Posted in: EQ Academy   EQ Company News   EQ8  

Our next EQ Academy is Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Perrysburg, Ohio and enrollment is open now! View the full class catalog here > What can you expect at an EQ Academy workshop? Let’s take a peek at what you’ll experience when you attend an EQ Academy class! EQ8 Expertise EQ Academy classes are taught by experienced teachers who know and love EQ8! You’ll learn from the best in a comfortable, encouraging environment surrounded by quilters. What could be better? Not only will you have an excellent teacher leading the class. The classroom helpers (who happen to be EQ staff members!) are top-notch! The helpers are there to assist with any questions and make sure no one falls behind. You’ll leave these classes empowered to design your own beautiful quilts in EQ8! Friendship After the last couple of years, we don’t need to tell you how important connection is