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!
In the September/October issue of Quiltmaker you’ll find Janice Averill’s gorgeous Magic Stars quilt. When you look at this quilt, you wouldn’t believe that the individual block looks like this: On Quiltmaker’s blog, Janice shares how she drew the block in EQ7 and gives a peek into her design process. It’s quite interesting to read about diagonal designs and see her work evolve from grayscale to color. The Magic Stars quilt is also the focus for this month’s Scrap Squad and you should see the beautiful variations this month’s crew is sewing up! Margaret Kennedy used EQ7 to play with color and layout: And Beth Kerr Helfter re-drafted to a size she was more comfortable working with and combined four blocks into one larger block like this: Click here to check out all the Scrap Squad posts for Magic Stars! Images in this post courtesy of Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.
Have you ever used the Set Auto Borders tool in EQ7? It’s a great way to explore more border options for your designs. The newest issue of Quiltmaker has some great Auto Borders examples for Nancy Mahoney’s Apple Cider quilt (see page 61). Apple Cider by Nancy Mahoney, photo ©Quiltmaker And don’t forget to check out the Auto Borders online lesson available on Quiltmaker’s site! You can read all the EQ7 Creative Spark lessons here. Lots of great EQ7 info!
The summer issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is now available! It’s chocked full of Electric Quilt goodies, designers and information! Patio by Jennifer Schifano Thomas of Curlicue Creations is included. The quilt is so cute! She designed it in EQ7. Jennifer says, “My design process usually starts the old fashioned way, with pencil and paper. After that, I take it to the EQ design program and that’s where my ideas really bloom! Patio started out as just some simple blocks with yellow rectangles. It was ALL yellow in the beginning. I changed the block design, until I was happy with that (I especially like the look this quilt has where the corners of the blocks come together). Then I got to do my favorite part, play with the color! As a child I always wanted to have “all the colors”. All the crayons, all the magic markers, all the paint,
Mary Puckett has been designing in EQ7 for years. Her “Zippy Quilts” are fun, colorful and modern. And they’ve been getting a lot of attention lately! Mary recently had her quilt featured it Modern Quilts Unlimited’s Summer Issue. It was designed in EQ7! Mary says, “I used the crazy quilt blocks to get some idea of what it would look like, but then the actual piecing was totally improvised. I did get some idea from my EQ design that I wanted to use tiny pieces rather than larger ones. I drew the little star in EQ7 using the regular block draw, then printed paper piecing templates. That’s the only way I’d ever get anything that little pieced accurately!” Mary has also recently used EQ7 to design an award winning quilt for The Quilt Alliance. (The Quilt Alliance‘s goal is to ” document, preserve,
Link up your Tonga Cabana Block Challenge entries here! We’ve partnered with Timeless Treasures Fabrics to bring you a fun challenge featuring their Tonga Cabana by Daniela Stout collection! Here’s a quick recap of the rules: You must design your block using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) design software. The block design must be colored with Tonga Cabana fabrics (you may add ONE solid color/fabric to the design). The block design can be pieced, appliqué, or both! Block must be at least 6” x 6”. Block designs do not need to be square. The block design can be an original drawing, or a block from the Block Library that you’ve colored your own way using the Tonga Cabana fabrics. No sewing required. The “virtual” EQ7 block design is all that’s needed to enter. One entry per person If you need help creating an image of your block design, please click here
Your favorite designer patterns will soon be found at ElectricQuilt.com! EQ7 users love add-on libraries. Now find them all in one place! Here are a few notes about the upcoming move. Purchases will no longer be available at MyEQBoutique.com beginning on August 1. All designer patterns will be available as EQ7 add-on downloads, hopefully by the end of August. All downloads are available for PC and Mac. All downloads will install directly into your EQ7 Block Library for immediate use in EQ7. Any supplemental PDFs will install into your My EQ7 folder. Any purchases made prior to August 1, 2014, will still be available to you on ElectricQuilt.com.