I had a lot of fun using EQStitch and my embroidery machine to quilt my most recent project – a baby quilt. I saw a similar baby quilt on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect project for quilting, block by block in the hoop, using my embroidery machine. I’m not totally sure why I thought this…because I thought it would be easy to find the center of a 4-inch square because it’s plain? Because I figured it would be a lot easier to handle the size of a baby quilt than something larger? Whatever the original thought, it turned out to be super easy AND super fun. If you like, you can download the EQStitch project or the EQ7 project and check it out. I assembled the top and the back and sprayed and pinned my quilt sandwich together. I was ready to start the quilting. Since I
Elizabeth Phillips of Island Batik recently sent us a great EQ story. Elizabeth says, “About 7 years ago I took a mystery quilt class. You only needed 3 fabrics. I was fairly new to quilting and really excited about the class. You can imagine my disappointment after making 20 blocks in class when the project was revealed. I almost died because I thought it was it was so plain and so boring. I had spent all that money on fabric and the class. I must say EQ really came to my rescue. I used the symmetry tool. It’s the same block design, the same number of blocks and the same layout, they are just alternately rotated. This is top of mind with me lately as recently I have been going through UFOs and finishing them. This project was one of those UFOs. You can see the miraculous transformation.” Reworked using the Symmetry Tool
EQ7 can be used for more than quilt design! Cindi of Seamstobeyouandme.com emailed us to share the new sewing room she designed using EQ7. I think I would shed a few tears if I had to leave behind Cindi’s previous sewing room, but she’s got a great plan for her new space! Cindi says, ” …I’m loving being able to easily design things other than quilts in EQ! We’re getting ready to move, which means a new sewing room. Decided to try EQ rather than graph paper. LOVE.IT.” Check out all the details of her new sewing room plans on her blog!
There are so many different inspirations for quilting. Creating a keepsake for someone special is probably at the top of the list. Last August, my oldest son was getting married and, as a parent, you always want to do something special as a wedding gift – create a keepsake. Since I had worked for Electric Quilt for over 20 years, wasn’t the obvious gift a wedding quilt? For an avid quilter, the answer would be an easy yes. For me, well, the answer was not so obvious. Yes, I know how to quilt, but I certainly would not call myself an avid quilter. My inspiration, or should I say, my “feeling of pressure” to make a quilt started in early 2013. I’m in product development here at EQ and was knee-deep in the release of EQStitch in early 2013. All I had time for at that point was to “think”
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,
If you’ve ever called our customer service line, chances are you’ve heard Linda’s friendly voice on the other end of the line. Linda has worked at EQ for several years, but she just recently designed her first quilt in EQ7! “She’s just now using EQ7?!?” you ask…. Well, Linda has a Mac at home so, along with many other people, she’s been patiently waiting for the Mac release of EQ7. And now that she’s had a chance to work with the software a bit, she has a finished quilt to show off. Linda thought she was just sharing her quilt with those of us in the office, but we all loved it so much I wanted to share it on the blog too! Linda designed the quilt to use with a Block of the Month program she did. She followed this tutorial on the blog to import photos of her
It’s not just for quilt design! John Pietkiewicz uses EQ software for his gorgeous stained glass designs. John says: “I got into stained glass design in 2010 and was directed to EQ by a local quilt shop in Henniker NH whom I had shown some of my stained glass design work which mimicked quilt patterns. At the time I was drawing designs by hand and using colored pencils.” All designs/photos are copyrighted John K Pietkiewicz 2010-2014 Great work, John! We’ve seen EQ used for tile design, room planning, and even for beautifying traffic signal boxes. Do you have an alternative use for EQ7? Tell us about it!