One of users, Marie Trimmer is a long time EQ fan. Marie says, “I have been a user of your software since it was an old DOS program and I wanted to say that I love your design programs. I don’t claim to be a computer wiz but even I can use it. I was doing a block of the month program for our guild and it had been years since we did an applique quilt so I decided to plan the entire quilt as applique. Once again I turned to my EQ6 for patterns and found what I was looking for. There was a few blocks I was looking for that I couldn’t find so ended up drawing a few myself. When the quilt was finished I took it to the guild and the response was amazing. All of a sudden the people who didn’t want to attempt
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby says, “I love EQ–use it almost every day!…I would be completely lost designing quilts without using EQ!” She certainly is doing a great job! Here are some of Corey’s EQ7 quilts. There are tutorials available for all of them too! Corey also had a block featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and she even made the cover! Of course the block was designed in EQ7! Then she made different quilt variations in EQ7 with her block. It’s so fun (and helpful) to see so many options. Corey has also had quilts published in Easy Quilts, Stitch Craft Create, Quilt, Stitch, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Pillow Pop, Sew to Swap and Fat Quarterly. She also has a lot of great work on her site, including a new quilt block and free pattern that were just posted today. She also
Jo Moury is a longtime user. In fact, she says, “I’ve been quilting since the early 1990’s and have been happily addicted to EQ since the first release.” She has been nice enough to offer two free EQ7 projects! “It’s a Picnic is a table topper I really want to make.. and the design has been in my head for quite some time. Picnics such light heated fun and I wanted to do a table topper that would just make you smile. The little happy ants are just a fun reminder about who all gets invited to our parties.” Download here. “Sunflowers are just about my favorite flower and I wanted to do something with Hoffman’s new Tuscan Sunflower fabric, I love he addition of the teal to the usual golds, rusts and greens. Now all I have to do is buy the fabric and make it.Download here.
Laura Conowitch, from the northeastern corner of Washington State, is a long-time quilter and EQ user. She has taught many local quilting classes and is a past president of a local quilt guild. She no longer teaches, but does have a small online fabric and thread shop- LC’s Cottage. Laura is currently challenging herself to design quilts in Electric Quilt from one block. For practice, she draws the block, and a few alternate blocks, and then creates several quilt designs. She shows the blocks, and the virtual quilts, on her blog. Here are a few of her quilt designs using the Triangle Weave block (see her original blog post for more designs using this block): You can see many more of Laura’s block & quilt design examples by clicking here. By doing these exercises, Laura has increased her Electric Quilt skills, as well as her designing skills, and is having
Werner was the founder/editor of the Patchwork Magazine in Germany, and spent 12 years of PR, Marketing and Design at Westfalenstoffe, after “early retirement” from GE. He published his first Foundation Piecing Patterns in 1995, using Publisher. EQ5 was a breakthrough for him and he used it with growing interest. He writes, “with EQ6 and EQ7 I discover new design techniques with every new pattern. I like it so much that I decided to write down my experience and share it with users. See my lessons and I hope you may also learn more.” Not only does he have EQ lessons he is also offering a free project you can download here. It’s adorable! I especially love the flowers! Thanks, Werner!
Judy Butcher (aka the Virtual Quilter) continues her series on the Do You EQ Blog! Part 1: Click here to see how I carefully, rather randomly, selected the blocks. Part 2: Click here to see how I selected the fabrics and added them to the blocks. Here, and now, you can see how I start designing quilts with the blocks. I start with a simple, straight setting with minimal spaces for blocks… usually 3 x 3. I add simple, basic borders, just solid strips of fabrics used in the blocks. This is one of the many things I love about Electric Quilt. As soon as I add blocks the design looks finished. I may want to change the blocks, and make the borders much more elaborate, but I start to get a feel for the finished design as soon as the first blocks are added. If it looks like a