SewCalGal is hosting a Blog Hop! It’s kicking off her Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges. We hope to inspire you to use EQ and enter SewCalGal’s upcoming Design It! Quilt Challenge. It kicks off on February 10th and goes thru March 23rd. Designs of any size can be entered in this challenge, but they need to be your own design and have a red and white theme to them. (You do not need to use EQ to enter your design.) There is also a Make It! Challenge for those that want to make their design (or a project from any purchased design or tutorial). The more you enter the more chances you’ll have to win prizes! We hope you’ll find many inspirational projects shared in this EQ Blog Hop as well as tips and tutorials. Monday, January 27th -SewCalGal Tuesday, January 28th -Marlene at Kissed Quilts Wednesday, January
2014 is almost upon us! Last year at this time I posted about Quilting Resolutions. The focus of that post was using EQ to help you finish up UFOs that may be laying around your sewing room. You could have quilt tops that need borders, or you completed a block of the month for 2013 and now you have no idea what to do with all those finished blocks! This post shows you how to use photos of those sewn elements to design with in EQ7. Maybe your goal for 2014 is a bit more broad and you’d just like to use your EQ7 more. We’ve got plenty of resources to help you learn! Click here to check out the Lessons section on Do You EQ. You’ll find free lessons on a wide variety of topics. You can still access all the sew along lessons for the EQ7 Summer Drawing
Much of the US was covered with snow and ice this weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to show off the snow themed blocks in the EQ7 Block Library. Finding these blocks is easy! In the Block Library, click the Search button > By Notecard. Type “snow” in the Search box. Check all the boxes underneath and click the Search button. Here are just a few of my favorite snow blocks! If you need a warm-up after looking at all the snow blocks, do another search for the word “hot” and you’ll find this yummy Hot Latte block!
Bea Lee is hosting another Blog Hop. Last time was a lot of fun, so I decided to do it again. Everyone is posting tutorials and project downloads. Bea is doing an EQ7 giveaway too! Here are the participants: October 21st Bea Beaquilter Jane’s quilting October 22nd Connie Freemotion by the river October 23rd Amy sew incredibly crazy SewCalgal October 24th Nancy Patchworkbreeze Marian seams to be sew October 25th Carol Funthreads and me! Here are my blocks I drew. You can download the EQ7 project here. And now for the tutorial. We’ll start with the pie block. To make the outside crust, I started with the Polygon tool.I drew an octagon and clicked Add Nodes .I clicked Converted Lines to Curves .I used the blue handles to adjust the curves. Once I had a outside crust shape I liked, I used the Oval tool to draw the top crust.
Bea Lee is hosting another Blog Hop. The last one was so fun, we decided to do this one too. Everyone will post a tutorial and project download. Bea will be giving away an EQ7, too! Here is the schedule: October 21st (today) Bea Beaquilter Jane’s quilting October 22nd Connie Freemotion by the river October 23rd Amy sew incredibly crazy SewCalgal October 24th Nancy Patchworkbreeze Marian seams to be sew October 25th Carol Funthreads “EQ Mouse” Electric Quilt For more details you can check out Bea’s site. Enjoy the hop!
One of our users, Lynda DeTray, says,“I’ve just returned from the Sauder Village Quilt Show here in Ohio and was thrilled to see that my quilt, Diamonds & Rust, won third place in the Large Wall Quilt/Machine Quilted division. I originally created the quilt in EQ7 as a finalist in the 2012 McCall’s Quilt Design Star contest. I love using EQ7 to design; it’s so versatile and allows me to manipulate different elements of the quilt until I’m satisfied with both the design and the ease with which I can piece the design. (I had written a blog post about my design process here and check out here for a photo of my winning quilt. I also want to share a tip for using EQ. I’ve created a lot of designs in EQ, some that I’ve made and many that I haven’t gotten to yet. I had enough designs where
Bea Lee is hosting a Blog Hop! I drew some blocks to be included in the hop. Download here. The theme is Appliqued Animals and she also has three sub-themes which are, Summer Animals, Critters and Bugs, and Summer garden “stuff”. Lots of other EQ users are also participating in the hop. Seamstobesew Freemotionbytheriver Sewincrediblycrazy Kissedquilts Funthreads Patchworkbreeze Janesquilting SewCalGal Beaquilter Be sure to check out their blogs and collect the free blocks! You could also win some EQ software! (See the above blogs for details.) Another aspect of the blog hop is trying to learn tips and techniques from other users. So, here is how I drew my blocks. First the shiba inu (Aevi) block…I searched the internet for a picture of a shiba inu. I decided on this one. Open EQ7. Click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif. Click the Tracing Image tab at