Carol Steely of FunThreads Designs was recently featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts Magazine. Carol says, “Several times a year I like to shrink my scrap bins by creating quilts that will be donated to charity. Specifically our guild’s Bright Hopes and the online Hands2Help charities. When I dig into my scrap bins I always seem to end up creating rainbow or heart themed quilts. Rainbow colors make such happy quilts and hearts are just a wonderful image. For this quilt I was playing with the EQ7 wreath maker tool. I’ve posted a wreath maker tutorial on my blog. photo by McCall’s Quick Quilts Magazine My original idea was to make each heart ring a color wheel. But, I had so much fun auditioning color choices that I ended up going in a totally different direction. I decided to make each block in a different color way instead. Then I tried
The Canadian Quilter has recently done four part series of lessons that started in the Summer 2014 issue. In the lessons you are making a mystery quilt, while learning, of course. Part 1 (Summer 2014) The first installment talks about fabrics – including importing your own fabrics, downloading them from manufacturers websites (Northcott has a button right on their site!) and installing our free fabric downloads, amongst other things. Part 2 (Autumn 2014) covers lots of topics including saving, opening and renaming projects and quilts. The Author, Lauren MacDonald, talks about icons and the different worktables. She also covers saving personal fabric libraries, and more! Part 3 (Winter 2014 – starting on page 54) introduces steps on how to make a layout design with a border in preparation for the creative block drawn in Part 4. Now, the Spring 2015 issue is out and it includes Part
In late September Al Navas bought EQ7. By the end of the week he was designing his own quilts. In less than a month he was writing his own EQ lesson! We were intrigued and asked him a little about himself, included how he started quilting. Al said, “This was pure serendipity! My wife Sandy had been working with embroidery designs for several years, using a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond machine. I helped her digitize designs using 5D™ Design Creator, a part of the 5D™ Embroidery Extra suite. She also started quilting a few years ago, first using the Desingner Diamond, and also a home sewing machine; she incorporated embroidered blocks in her quilt designs. Meanwhile I kept learning the digitizing process, until I developed a good work flow; I am now confident I can tackle substantial embroidery digitizing projects. A while back Sandy and her sister pooled money and bought
In the Fall 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, I have an article about making one piece quilts in EQ7. Do you know how easy it is? (It’s really easy.) Be sure the check out the magazine! There is also a free lesson that accompanies the article on Modern Quilts Unlimited’s website! And a free EQ7 project that includes all of the quilts shown below. Enjoy
One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea. Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt. Here is what she did: Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt. Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil? (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.) After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she
The Canadian Quilterhas written a great multi-part series, making a Mystery Quilt with EQ7. In May they published the first installment. It talks about fabrics – including importing your own fabrics, downloading them from manufacturers websites (Northcott has a button right on their site!) and installing our free fabric downloads, amongst other things. You can read more about it here. Now, the Autumn 2014 issue is out. It covers lots of topics including saving, opening and renaming projects and quilts. The Author, Lauren MacDonald, talks about icons and the different worktables. She also covers saving personal fabric libraries, and more!