Carol Steeley of funthreads.blogspot.com is having a blog hop! The theme is EQ Photo Fun. There are prizes you can win too! (see posts for details) Here is the line up for the photo fun blog hop. Make sure you check out all these sites! April 14th FunThreads Beaquilter Seams to be Sew April 15th SewCalGal Patchwork Breeze April 16th Sew Incredibly Crazy FunThreads and us! Stayed tuned for more!
You can do all kinds of things with EQ, besides quilting. Here are some Easter eggs with silhouettes. You can learn how to draw silhouettes in EQ7 here. There are also many free printable on the internet. You can print any of these onto EQ Printable Fabric and make fun fabric Easter projects. Make a fabric bag that you can use year after year. Or a pillow, fabric mask, fabric place cards…even greeting cards can be made out of fabric! Or, you could use our EQ Peel and Stick, it’s fabric on one side and sticky like a sticker on the other. You can run it through your printer just like any of our EQ Printables! If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com. Happy crafting!
Kimmy Brunner at afabricplayground.blogspot.com has been chosen to make raffle quilt for the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Kimmy says her first thought was “Oh my gosh, I have got to make this quilt a showstopper! and the first tool I turned to was EQ7. The software has allowed me to draft a difficult and elaborate pattern that I think will turn out very well indeed. Thank you so much for making this tool available to me!” You can read more about her quilt making here and here and watch her blog for more updates, too! Kimmie continues on her blog, “I have found [EQ7] to be utterly invaluable when creating quilts that are out of the ordinary. I’m not exactly what you might call a math whiz and, unfortunately, a lot of math is required when drafting funky quilt patterns. Using this software frees me from the math part and
You don’t need to know how to draw in EQ7 to create new blocks—you just need to know how to delete! “Un-drawing” is just my funny way of referring to deleting lines in a block to create new variations. Edit your block to the Block Worktable and start experimenting. Click the Pick tool , click on the line to select it, then hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Here are a few simple examples of the block variations you can create in just minutes with your Delete key! Here I started with the Electric Fan block (which you can find in the EQ7 Block Library in 02 Contemporary Pieced > Kaleidoscopes). I deleted all of the lines in the four blades: Here you can see the difference between a quilt using all the same block and one that has been alternated with the new variation: Here’s the Greek Cross
Here is a Valentine’s Day bouquet quilt! You can download the EQ7 file here. Here is how I made it: I clicked Libraries > Block Libraries > Search > by Category > I selected “Applique” and “Flowers”. I added the following blocks to my sketchbook. I like “Rose in Bloom” but I wanted to use it without the leaves. So, I clicked Worktable > Work on Block > View Sketchbook > click on Rose in Bloom > Edit. Make sure you are on the applique tab. Use the Pick tool to select the leaves and then hit the delete key on your keyboard. Select the whole rose and copy. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook Besides deleting leaves, I did the same steps with the pink Zinnia block. The red carnation is already a motif so I didn’t edit that one. Then