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!
Then check out the Quilt Gallery on DoYouEQ.com! We’re always amazed by what our talented users can do with the software. And in the Quilt Gallery you can see the actual sewn version of the virtual design. It was difficult to choose just a few to feature in this post! Nebula by Sue Duffy Circling Geese in a Summer Wind by Libby Phillips Star within a Star by Diane McGregor Monkey Quilt by Evelyn Townsend Truck #1 by Claire Kerr Take a look around the gallery and get those creative juices flowing! If you’ve designed and sewn a quilt using EQ7, submit your photos using the form on the right side of the Quilt Gallery page– remember, we want to see both the virtual EQ design and the finished quilt!
I’m so excited to share our User Spotlight with you today! You’ve seen her teaching the wildly popular Craftsy Block of the Month 2012, and now Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock is sharing with us how much she loves EQ7! I’ve been quilting for 20 years, but once I discovered EQ7 in 2011, it had a profound affect on my design ability. I have so fallen in love with it, that I now use EQ7 in nearly every quilt I design. My favorite features are the ability to import swatches of actual fabric I plan to use (ie, auditioning fabrics), being able to easily print foundation paper piecing templates (love it!), and being able to quickly adjust measurements (anything that takes the brain damage out of quilt math for me is a godsend!). EQ7 was an integral part of designing and creating templates for my 2012 Craftsy Block of