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Olivia

I started working at Electric Quilt in 2020 for a co-op and am so excited to now be a full-time staff member! I love sharing our monthly Design Challenges with you all, as well as our 30th Anniversary Pearls of Wisdom! It’s very inspiring to see all the wonderful quilts our users create!

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Do You EQ Too? – Caroline Hadley

Posted 12-02-2022 by | Posted in: Do You EQ Too  

Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here.

This month we are spotlighting Caroline Hadley! We came across Caroline on Instagram, where she shares her weekly “Sunday sketches” series. Each week she shares a new quilt design, as well as the variations she discovered along the way, to her blog and discusses the design process. Every quilt is beautifully dynamic and modern, and we look forward to seeing what ideas she comes up with each week! Read more about Caroline’s design journey below:

Cloudburst

“I’ve been using Electric Quilt 8 since 2018,” says Caroline. “I used to design on a dot pad or graph paper, but playing with block rotation or placement was very time-consuming – I’d have to redraw the whole design each time I wanted to make a minor change. And I never designed with curves back then, because I can’t draw a decent curve and the wonkiness annoyed me too much. Also, exploring colour wasn’t really an option. EQ8 has helped me to expand my quilt design and making.”

Zester

“I post a quilt design every week on my blog and on Instagram – I call them my Sunday sketches. They started as a way for me to make creativity a habit and to improve my design skills. I’ve used the sketches to create quilt patterns for magazines, to make quilts for exhibitions, and even to work with other quilters. Paperdrop is a collaboration with Latifah Saafir, which we did as part of the launch for her new HuRTy 1 ruler.

Paperdrop

“If you scroll back on my blog or Instagram feed over the years, you can see that I switched from pen and paper sketches to EQ8 designs in the middle of 2018 – a few months after I got the software and learned how to use it. I still use my dot pad and other methods to explore new ideas quickly, but I create most of my Sunday sketches in EQ8.”

Magmatic

“The software makes it much easier to iterate designs, too – I can make minor tweaks, like rotating or flipping blocks, alternating blocks, changing the colours. Often I’ll start with one idea in my head and end up with something very different – and much better – on the screen. I post all the iterations on my blog, so people can see how a small change can make a big difference when it comes to quilt design.”

Thank you Caroline for sharing your wonderful quilts and story with us! You can follow Caroline at:

Website

Instagram

Tell us your story!

To be considered for our next spotlight, write a brief comment below and attach an image of an EQ-designed quilt or project you’re proud of! You can also tag us @theelectricquiltcompany on Instagram or @ElectricQuilt on Facebook, or use our hashtags #EQ8 and #DoYouEQ.

Each month we will select a quilter from all the submissions we’ve received. So if you weren’t picked this month, you can still be featured in future months!

Join us next month as we spotlight another quilter! View all Do You EQ Too? posts >>

How to submit an image of your quilt:

  1. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your quilt or story. Then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.
  2. Select your quilt, then click Submit Comment.

Stars and Stripes 10th Anniversary – Winners Announced!

Posted 12-01-2022 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

Thank you to everyone who participated in November’s design challenge! We say it often, but we love to see how you each take the same fabrics and create so many different designs! Winners Two winners were selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Beth M “My husband is a veteran, serving in both the USMC and Army between 1975 and 1984. I was especially touched when he saw me working on this quilt and commented on it. I was staring at it, thinking it needed something ‘tweaked’ when he walked over and said ‘wow, that’s awesome, you should make that’. I figured if he liked it enough to comment then it must be done.” - Beth M Winner 2: Brittany Fisher “Went for a patriotic burst this round!” - Brittany Fisher Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win the Stars and Stripes fabric, check out EQ’s collaboration

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Forest Chatter

Posted 12-01-2022 by | Posted in: Contests  

Can you believe it’s already December?! As the year comes to an end, December’s Fabric of the Month is Forest Chatter by Maywood Studio! This stunning collection was created with care specially by the Maywood Studio team: “Every image and shape used in Forest Chatter was drawn, carved, and printed by hand. A forest filled with activity emerged as we filled the wall in our design studio with prints We collaborated as a team to sketch, stamp, and get our hands dirty. Our creativity came together to bring you Forest Chatter, the newest Workshop collection.” A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Forest Chatter below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by

Leather and Lace and Amazing Grace – Winners Announced!

Posted 11-08-2022 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s design challenge. Leather and Lace and Amazing Grace is a very special collection, and we were so moved to see all your designs and read the stories you so graciously shared. Designer Cathe Holden also expressed her sincere appreciation: “My sincerest thanks to all who participated in the EQ Design Challenge featuring my ‘Leather & Lace and Amazing Grace’ collection. The entries were beautiful and touching and quite difficult to choose only 3. Reading through the descriptions and responses, I was so moved. My condolences to all who lost a precious one to cancer, and my hope for healing for all going through treatment and to those living with the difficult effects that follow.”  – Cathe Holden Winners Three winners were selected, each chosen by Cathe Holden. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Amberlie Beenfield “As I spent time viewing all the very beautiful submissions,

Do You EQ Too? – Ann Doty

Posted 11-02-2022 by | Posted in: Do You EQ Too  

Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here. This month we are spotlighting Ann Doty! Ann shared one of her photo quilts with us, and we were so blown away we knew we had to see more! She has designed countless quilts featuring photos of family, nature, road trip adventures, and more! To incorporate her photos into her quilts, she used EQ Inkjet Fabric Sheets to print the photos onto fabric. “Until I found EQ I designed these on graph paper, says Ann. “Didn’t even realize my wonderful photo paper came from you! Now I am loving this method! I have made many photo quilts starting with this Blueberry Quilt (fabric and appliqué) with photos of who eats them (including our granddaughter).” By incorporating photos into her quilts, Ann is able

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Stars and Stripes 10th Anniversary

Posted 11-01-2022 by | Posted in: Contests  

November’s Fabric of the Month is Stars and Stripes 10th Anniversary by Linda Ludovico & Deborah Edwards for Northcott! As Veteran’s Day is this month, it is only right to feature this wonderful collection, which was originally created in support of Quilts of Valor. You’ll have endless fun designing with this classic palette of red, cream, and blue, which is complimented by American stamps, icons, flags, and more! A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Stars and Stripes 10th Anniversary below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before

Color Play – Winners Announced!

Posted 10-04-2022 by | Posted in: Congratulations  

Thank you to everyone who submitted to September’s design challenge! This was such a fun challenge and you all shared some amazing designs! Check out all the wonderful entries we received here. Winners Two winners were selected, one by Patti Carey and the other was selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1 (Patti Carey’s Pick): LaTawnia Porter “I so enjoyed seeing the submissions. There are some very clever designs, making this a tough choice. I finally settled on LaTawnia Porter’s design – it’s a terrific use of the fabric and an eye-catching design.” – Patti Carey Winner 2 (Random Pick): K Davis Congrats to our winners! If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out October’s design challenge!