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EQ Quilt from Linda Erickson

Posted 03-08-2013 by | Posted in: User Spotlight

One of our long time EQ users, Linda Erickson, emailed us a photo of an EQ designed quilt she entered in a contest and took 2nd place! Linda originally won a set of AccuQuilt GO! heart appliqués from Marjorie Busby’s blog that initially started the creation of this quilt. We just love the fresh colors and mix of brights and pastels here. Thanks for sharing your work with us, Linda and congrats on the award! To learn more about how to design quilts in EQ using AccuQuilt GO! shapes click here.

Desert Daze: Prize Winning Quilt by Debra Crine

Posted 02-07-2013 by | Posted in: EQ News and Press User Spotlight

Road to California 2013 Quilters’ Conference and Showcase contests have come to a close. And we found at least one EQ user in the bunch! Debra Crine takes the award for Best Quilt from First Time Entrant. Congratulations Debra! (See all the winners here. ) I asked Debra to tell me more about her quilts. She says: Although I am an east coast girl I love the colors, motifs and designs used in southwestern art. This quilt (Desert Daze) was designed in EQ. Majority of the fabrics used are my own hand dyes. I’ve been using EQ since version 5 and design all of my “traditional” quilts using your software. You can see more of my work on my website. Desert Daze, Kiwi, A Splash of Lime and Star Light (soon to be posted) were all designed using EQ.  Star Light is a finalist in this years New Quilts from Old Favorites

User Spotlight: Caroline Press

Posted 01-29-2013 by | Posted in: User Spotlight

I’m Caroline and I live in Corvallis, Oregon with my husband of 20+ years and our two children. By day I’m a scientist, I work full-time in the field of Plant Pathology. When I’m not working, or shuttling a child to a soccer game,  I’m sewing, designing or knitting. The creative process is an important part of my daily life and I really need to outlet my design ideas through the art of sewing, quilting and crafting in general. Surf’s Up Woody! I just started quilting a few years ago but I have been sewing all my life. My mother was a professional tailor before she retired and I remember using her scraps to make tiny purses for myself when I was a child. I spent many hours in her sewing room watching and later helping her and started sewing clothes for myself when I was in high school. I

User Spotlight: Simonetta Marini

Posted 01-11-2013 by | Posted in: User Spotlight

Simonetta Marini: Designer, Teacher and Quiltmaker I am Italian and I live with my husband, two teenagers and two cats in Bologna, home of the oldest University in the world and mother of tortellini and mortadella. Here in Bolonga I work with my husband in our Studio as Engineer and Architect: we project houses and calculate them to resist to earthquakes. I have been quilting for 15 years. I saw “How to Make an American Quilt” with Winona Ryder and then, after some time, I began to read magazines where I saw wonderful quilts and thought: thatʼs my destiny! I bought a sewing machine and I began to try to quilt. It was love with the very first quilt. So I began to take classes, read books, created and then taught others. A real passion was born. I am a member of the Italian National Guild Quilt Italia and it wasn’t long before I became its regional Coordinator with the

Selecting Fabric for Virtual Quilts from Judy Butcher

Posted 01-08-2013 by | Posted in: Lesson Spotlight

In my first blog post as one of the EQ Gurus (The EQ Dozen) I selected some blocks, almost at random, to use in a series of virtual quilt designs. Think they might look a little more unified if I take all the colour away. Without the distraction of the colours from the block library I can see that the blocks don’t need a huge selection of fabrics … probably six will be enough. Next step is to actually choose some fabrics. For this series I feel an urge to use purple as the main colour, yellow as the background, with some green … and maybe a splash of pink or orange. I have never limited my choice of fabrics in real quilts to one range of fabrics. It is fun to see what goes with what. There are often many ranges in the more popular colours of the season, which

Changing the Default Fabric Palette by Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces

Posted 12-18-2012 by | Posted in: Lesson Spotlight

Hi Everyone!  I’m Angela and I blog over at  I’m here today to share with you a tutorial for Electric Quilt users. I’m an avid EQ user and I’m a “modern” quilter, so I’m always looking for ways to use the software to suit my needs in the best way.  One of the things that I have found about the default settings in EQ is the fabric selections are not to my taste. They are plenty of people’s taste but we all have fabrics we know and love. And I’m going to show you how to take those fabrics and turn them into your default fabric palette, so they are there every time you go to color in a quilt or block. I have favorite fabrics that I use as blenders and basics in my stash. And I would love to design in EQ with them.  Perhaps you have a

Importing and Tracing Images From Sindy Rodenmayer

Posted 12-04-2012 by | Posted in: Lesson Spotlight

My name is Sindy Rodenmayer of I’m a long time EQ user and a self proclaimed “chronic EQ doodler”. When I began dreaming up the Funky Chicken collection on, I was sitting in the high school parking lot waiting on my daughter. Here is the paper I doodled on. The chickens were just rough drafts, but they gave the basic idea of how I wanted them to look. Now I needed to import the doodle into EQ7 and draw them as appliqué. Have you tried that feature yet? It is so cool! Your image goes directly onto the “Tracing Image” tab. You can then view it on the applique tab and trace over it. It is very easy to toggle the image on and off, allowing you to freely work on the design at hand. This is so much more enjoyable than taping my drawings up next to the monitor like

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