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Have You Downloaded the New Dear Jane Yet?

Posted 04-29-2020 by | Posted in: New Products   New to EQ  

The new Dear Jane Add-on for EQ was released earlier this month and we’ve offered a great introductory discount all month long! This 35% deal ends Thursday, April 30th! If you haven’t purchased your Dear Jane Add-on for EQ yet, you better act fast! You don’t want to miss these savings. No code required! Get it now! >

Undecided? Check out what others are saying!

Barb Vlack says…

“For anyone seeking a user friendly add-on for EQ8, you’ll be delighted with this one. It’s easy to navigate and offers tips and tricks that will help anyone taking on this project. The design tools in EQ8 make it simple to create your own variation if you desire. The blocks can be used as is or edited to create a variation. Fabrics can be added from the vast EQ8 fabric library, EQ8 Stash add-ons, or scanned fabrics from your own collection. I love the printable journal pages, stationery, progress chart, and certificates to reward milestones in your progress. Of course, all the features of EQ8 are available as you use this add-on, which adds to the versatility for designing with the Dear Jane blocks. Owners of the original Dear Jane program will find this Dear Jane add-on easier to use, because it fits right into EQ8.” 

Diane Harris says…

As a Mac user, I am loving the re-release of Dear Jane™ by The Electric Quilt Company. It was a quick, trouble-free download and I started playing with it right away. I appreciate having the option of different techniques for many of the blocks and I especially love the “Quilt and Block Resources” list that is included. In this pdf you can quickly see the technique options for any block. And there’s even some humor. On page 65, of Block K-6, Ann’s Folly, Brenda says, “Foundation piece. Do not pass go; do not collect $200.” Making a Dear Jane is more attainable than ever before. While still not a quilt for the faint of heart, it’s no longer a Mount Everest. Or maybe it is a Mount Everest but now you have a team of sherpas and guides and you have good weather! I recommend the EQ8 add-on Dear Jane™ from The Electric Quilt Company and Brenda Manges Papadakis. What a treasure!”

Karen Combs says…

“I love this new Dear Jane add-on for EQ8! This new version allows me to add in my own fabric scans and export high resolutions of images of my quilt designs. I can print colored foundation patterns and there are quilting suggestions for all 225 blocks! This is just a few of the additions to this new Dear Jane version for EQ8.

I found the software easy to use and immediately was designing and playing with the blocks. The new PDF addition has all kinds of additional information. I’m very impressed with this new version.”

Read more reviews here!

Still not sure?

Click the video below to learn about this add-on from Brenda Papadakis herself. If you want to learn more, watch our help videos to get a full, in-depth look into the add-on!

Time is running out!

Get your Dear Jane Add-on for EQ by April 30th to get the 35% savings! Buy now!

Offer only applies to the Dear Jane Add-on for EQ at Requires EQ8 software. This product is a downloadable add-on for EQ software. Downloads are not available for EU customers. No promo code required! Savings is automatically applied in the cart. Introductory deal ends April 30, 2020 at midnight, ET.

NEW! Dear Jane Add-on for EQ8!

Posted 04-03-2020 by | Posted in: New Products   New to EQ  

Get it now at the special introductory price! We have re-released Brenda Papadakis’ Dear Jane software as a download specifically for EQ8! For the entire month of April, the Dear Jane Add-on for EQ is 35% off the retail price of $49.95. This brings your price to $32.47! No code necessary, just get it before May 1st! Don’t miss out on this special offer! What’s Included? Click the video above to see the inside scoop of what’s included! Requires EQ8 software. Works with EQ8 for Windows or Mac. Quick download from your EQ Account. Installs 5 EQ project files, 5 block libraries, and several PDF resources. Includes updated blocks (from the original version) for better foundation piecing, where applicable. Can print templates, foundation patterns, and rotary cutting charts. Includes 225 quilting designs that mimic Jane A. Stickle’s quilting on her 1863 Civil War quilt. Includes 12 sewing lessons (PDF) from

EQ Academy Winner Announced!

Posted 01-10-2020 by | Posted in: Contests   EQ Academy   EQ Company News  

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! We are so grateful for all of your responses. They will truly help us when planning future EQ Academy events! (See all entries in the original post here.) Our team collected all of the wonderful submissions from the blog, Facebook, and Instagram and randomly choose one winner. The winner of the Spring EQ Academy free enrollment is… Scarlet Rogers of Covington, GA! Congratulations to Scarlet! Reminder! Enrollment for EQ Academy opens on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 11:00am EST. View the whole class catalog now!

It’s time to SEW!

Posted 01-06-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   Just Because   New Products  

We are excited to announce the re-release of Barbara Brackman’s BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac!) and the third edition of her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book! Projected release date for both products is fall 2020. We want you to be part of these products! We are looking for quilters to sew their favorite block from either of these products and send it to us so we can use it in the products and/or for promotional purposes! Use any fabrics you want! Make it modern, make it fun, make it classy, make it patriotic — it’s completely up to you! You can find all the information you need about this on our website. Click here to view the details. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020. We look forward to seeing your blocks! (Blocks shown above were submitted by Karen Martin and Tony Schoen.) If you’d like to participate,

Dove of Peace Quilt by Jo Moury

Posted 12-13-2018 by | Posted in: Downloads   From Our Users  

Longtime EQ user, Jo Moury, designed and made this gorgeous quilt a few years ago. She posted it to the EQ Quilt Gallery and over the years more and more folks continued to ask Jo for the pattern! (Check out all the comments on her post!) Well… here it is! Jo was kind enough to write up her instructions for sewing this quilt. The construction method Jo used for the background block was more of an improv approach than a typical foundation-pieced block so you’ll really want to read about her method in the PDF instructions. Download the EQ project and the PDF instructions. Thank you for sharing, Jo!

EQ Linda’s Christmas BOM Quilt

Posted 12-06-2018 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ8   From Our Users   Uncategorized  

If you’ve ever called our office, chances are you’ve heard Linda’s friendly voice on the other end of the line. Linda has worked at EQ for several years, but at the time of this original blog post (2014), she had just recently designed her first quilt in EQ software! Linda thought she was just sharing her quilt with those of us in the office, but we all loved it so much we wanted to share it on the blog too! Linda designed the quilt to use with a Block of the Month program she did. She followed this tutorial (written for EQ7, but similar steps work for EQ8!) on the blog to import photos of her finished blocks and design a quilt around them. Here’s her EQ design: It’s called “Merry Mike-mas” — a gift for her husband, Mike. Look at this cute label that Christine, another EQ employee, designed

EQ8 Top 10: #1 Enhanced User Interface!

Posted 11-28-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10   Favorite Posts  

Today’s post ends our Top 10 Favorite Features list! Click here to see all 10 features. #1 – Enhanced User Interface! A Look Back Electric Quilt software, developed by EQ President Dean Neumann, was first released as a DOS program back in 1991. The quilting world quickly took to this new way of designing quilts. The software was first introduced on The Great American Quilt, a PBS television show hosted by Dean’s wife and co-owner of Electric Quilt, Penny McMorris. Here’s a clip from the episode introducing Electric Quilt 1. Keep in mind…everything was done on the keyboard, as computers did not use mice yet! Can you imagine? Evolving Technology Over the years, Dr. Neumann continued to add features to the software based on the needs of our customers. The software became more and more full-featured and brilliant with each release; and more people started using EQ for casual and