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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: Fan Dance 3

Posted 06-10-2022 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: Fan Dance 3

Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Fans

Design ideas to get you started

This first design uses a Horizontal Strip quilt layout. The fan blocks are set in alternating Pieced Blocks and Half Drop Blocks strips. The fabric used in this quilt is the Floradora collection by Jen Hewett for Ruby Star Society and Moda. I downloaded the fabric images from Moda’s website. Visit our support site to learn how to import fabrics from a manufacturer’s website.

For my second quilt, I edited the block on the Block Worktable to add triangles to the wedges. One version with triangles in the outside wedges; another version with triangles in the center wedge.

Then I set them in a horizontal layout in groups of four and rotated the blocks to make full wheels. I must be in the mood for dark navy backgrounds this month. ;)

What would you design with the Fan Dance 3 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.

Don’t forget to comment on other quilter’s designs too. Let’s build each other up!

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Sixteen Points

Posted 05-10-2022 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: Sixteen Points Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Four Patch Design ideas to get you started The large center square in this block is calling out for something special—fussy cut fabric, a quilting stencil, or another block! I used the Serendipity-Merge Blocks feature to put the Turnstile block in the center square of the Sixteen Points block.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Twisted Log Cabin 2

Posted 04-10-2022 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: Twisted Log Cabin 2 Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Twists Design ideas to get you started This first quilt design is an on-point layout with sashing. I colored the outer patches in the Twist blocks with the background fabric to soften the hard edges of the block. For my second quilt, I used the Hexagonal –

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Shamrock

Posted 03-10-2022 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: Shamrock Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Holidays-Other Design ideas to get you started You don’t have to be a St. Patty’s Day fan to enjoy designing with this block! In my first quilt, I ignored the default green coloring and used a totally different color palette for the block. I used the Symmetry Tool to find

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Star Wheel

Posted 02-10-2022 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: Star Wheel Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Compasses Design ideas to get you started My first quilt started with a medallion layout created with the Custom Set layout. It uses the Star Wheel block and a block from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Wheels section . A red and white quilt seemed appropriate for a post

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Birds and Star

Posted 01-10-2022 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2022! 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! Don’t forget to comment on other quilter’s designs too. Let’s build each other up! This month’s block: Birds and Star Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eight-Pointed Stars Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses an on-point layout. I alternated the Birds and Star block with a block called Cross with a Cross. All

New to EQ8?

Posted 12-23-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8  

Did you recently get EQ8? Welcome to the EQ family! Or maybe you just want to sharpen your EQ8 skills? You came to the right place! We’ve put together a list of resources to help you get started with your new software. A great place to start is built right into your EQ8 software. When you open EQ8 you’ll see the Home screen. Under the big EQ8 logo on the left, click LEARN. Reference Manual and Quick Start Guide On the Learn screen, you’ll see links to our EQ8 learning resources. The Reference Manual and Quick Start Guide are available as PDFs. You can download them by clicking the appropriate links. These downloads can also be found here: EQ8 Documentation The Quick Start Guide has a beginner lesson starting on page 15. It’s a great way to become familiar with EQ8′s tools and controls, plus you’ll design this fun quilt