Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! is the focus of our User Spotlight today. You can find Elizabeth’s beautiful designs everywhere (Quiltmaker, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and Quilty- just to name a few!) and she recently released her first book called Becoming a Confident Quilter. She’s quite the busy quilter, so I’d like to thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with us! Showstopper (EQ design left, finished quilt right) by Elizabeth Dackson How long have you been quilting? I’ve been quilting pretty much as long as I’ve been sewing, almost four years. I didn’t start sewing until I became a stay-at-home mom and wandered into Jo-Ann’s one Sunday morning in search of a hobby. I bought my first sewing machine, and haven’t stopped sewing since! I devoured library books, teaching myself everything I could about sewing, and then I stumbled upon blogs and made
Christa Watson is longtime quilter and EQ user. She is as enthusiastic about designing quilts as she is about quilting them herself, and she loves to share many of her original designs for free on her blog. When Christa recently discovered that she could share her actual design sketches with other EQ7 users she jumped right on board with it! Modern Trees download page Christa hosts a series of very popular quilt alongs on her blog where she guides you step-by-step through the entire process of making a quilt. Just recently she’s made four of her quilt along designs available for EQ7 download, and she’s in the process of making the rest of them available, soon. Hugs N Kisses download page Sea of Squares download page Baby Bricks download page When asked about what she likes best about EQ7, Christa said: “I love that I can see exactly what the
Today I’m happy to share with you the work of Rita Hodge! Rita has been quilting for more than 10 years, but just recently started using EQ7. She was encouraged by quilting friends to start a blog back in 2009, and if you cruise the quilt blogging world at all I’m sure you’ve seen her gorgeous quilts at Red Pepper Quilts! Here’s what Rita has to say about EQ7: “I purchased EQ7 in January 2012 and have spent some time becoming familiar with the software. I didn’t start actively designing and using EQ7 to make a quilt until 2013 and now that I am more familiar with the software I am amazed by the possibilities and love the design freedom that is now available to me. What I like best about designing with EQ7 is the endless possibilities of blocks and quilt designs. I also really love the support available
EQ user Evelyn Townsend recently emailed us with a project to share. Evelyn says, “I designed the table runner project for the Friendship Circle chapter of the Richmond Quilt Guild. We were in the third and final month of a three month “Purge and Splurge” challenge in which members were challenged to use fabrics from their stash that had a fall theme. Since I am the program director, I thought a simple table runner would be a good project to use the fall fabrics. I taught the class using the paper piecing technique since both log cabin and flying geese blocks can be challenging to piece accurately. I did some fabric painting on my when I finished the quilting.” Here is the finished quilt. It looks great! You can download the project here, (for EQ7) if you’d like. She has also offered other projects over
Denise Russart has been quilting for over 25 years. Most recently, her adorable crayon quilt is in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker! Denise also designs for EQBoutique. (She has many more designs than this! Check them out!) And, you can see some of her wonderful work in the EQ Quilt Gallery. Great job, Denise! I’m sure we’ll see much more of your fantastic work in the future!
Laura Conowitch wanted a project to do with her 6 year old granddaughter, Alyssa. Laura says, “So we drew a project in Electric Quilt, and printed out templates. Alyssa used Crayola crayons to color her fabric butterfly and flower. Then she cut out and fused the parts to a simple background that we had sewed together (Grandma applied fusible web to the fabric before Alyssa cut into the fabric) .” Read more about this great project on Laura’s website. So cute!