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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

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. :-D 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 frayed, wrinkled, stained, etc.”

“The model (top photo, above) started with a British Caldercraft kit called Chatham. The kit is an un-rigged model which means no sails, a simplified presentation of the actual ship. So I decided to add sails for more detail and realism.”

“I went to an online ship modeling forum for help and someone suggested looking up printable canvas on Amazon and EQ sheets came up. So I bought a set of letter size (didn’t even know there’s larger sizes) to try out. I was really happy after a test print. The texture, weight and off-white color feels just right for the scale. To add a bit more realism, I used a 0.5mm pencil to scribe the sail hash lines on the back side of the sails. There are hash lines on both side of the sails no matter which way you look at the model.”

As quilters, we can all appreciate that hand stitching! ;-)

“The Viking ship sail (photo below) was very simple in comparison. The kit provided a roll of loose cloth which I didn’t use. They’re all white, no design. Since the sail is a very prominent feature on a Viking longship, I wanted a more colorful design.”

“The model is actually a scale replica of a historical ship wreck from Denmark, called Skuldelev 2. The Viking Ship museum built a full-size replica based on the wreck, called Sea Stallion. The color of the sail was taken from that replica. I just added an Odin’s knot to give it more character.”

A big THANK YOU to Shaun for sharing his models with us and allowing us to share his words and photos with our readers!

For more information about our EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets, please click here.

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

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