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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: 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 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: Graves

Posted 05-10-2019 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: Graves Fun Fact! All the blocks in the Prairie Style listing are named after architects and designers. This block is named after Michael Graves. Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Prairie Style A few design ideas to get you started For this first quilt, I set the block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a simpler version of the block by editing the original on the Block Worktable. This quilt is colored with fabrics from the Hedge Rose collection by Kelly Panacci for Penny Rose Fabrics. You can find these fabrics in the newest EQ Stash Online download. Below you’ll see the original

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

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