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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
Have you seen the new issue of Quiltmaker yet? It features designs from several wonderful EQ users, including EQ Artist Elizabeth Dackson! Elizabeth’s quilt, Light Waves, is also the focus of the EQ7 Creative Spark article for the issue. Light Waves by Elizabeth Dackson, photo ©Quiltmaker On page 31 you’ll see how changing the size and proportion of the blocks affects the look of the zigzags. And with EQ7 it’s as easy as typing in a few numbers to see the results! Check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: Playing with Block Size & Proportion in EQ7
Deb Karasik is a quiltmaker, designer, teacher and author. She’s also an EQ user! In this issue of Quilter’s World, Deb talks tips (including some from her husband, “Mr. Deb”), recommendations, personal stories, influences much more…not to mention all the photos of beautiful quilts! Be sure to check it out! Illuminata Crown of Isis Eave
Look at that cutie in the new issue of Quiltmaker! That’s my son and he’s making an appearance in the Creative Spark article in the November/December 2014 issue! We’re talking about using EQ7 to design pieced Christmas stockings. Click over to Quiltmaker’s site to read the accompanying EQ7 lesson. You can apply the same idea to lots of different irregular shaped patchwork projects- like purse panels and clothing patterns.
We are happy to announce the winners of the Quilted in Honor Design challenge! To see all the beautiful entries, click here. Pieced: Susan R. Polan Judges’ comments: I love the intricacies of the pieced checkerboards in the borders and how they tie the various elements of the quilt together. I’d love to see this quilt made up! Combination (pieced and appliqué): Jo Moury Judges’ comments: Fantastic quilt and I especially enjoyed reading your plans for appliquéing and quilting it. The words in the border will be wonderful. I’ll look forward to seeing the “real” quilt in a show some day! It is sure to be a winner. The appliqué eagle is a wonderful tribute. Because there were no entries for the Appliqué category, we asked the judges to choose their favorite quilt from the remaining entries. Judges’ Choice: Darlene Gerber Judges’ comments: Thank you for honoring the men and