“Electric Quilt is an invaluable resource in my studio when creating and designing.” – Quiltmaker Magazine featured designer, Scott Flanagan (March/April 2016 issue) We love to find EQ-designed quilts in magazines!! Read about how EQ user, Scott Flanagan, created his Flying Geese quilt: “Flying Geese is one of my favorite blocks to make. However normally you find them in straight rows and I wanted to play with getting the geese to fly in circles. I looked through EQ7, BlockBase, and a couple of block books to find a basic Flying Geese block to start with. After much playing on EQ and on scratch paper I found out the 12” block I was working with wasn’t big enough and ended up working with an 18” block instead. From there I started playing with EasyDraw until I came up with a block that gave me the geese flying in a circle.
Recently, I came across some really astonishing quilts and just had to find out if they were designed in EQ! I contacted Amy Krasnansky, the designer of these quilts, and as it turns out, she IS an EQ user! Amy Krasnansky began quilting in five minute increments snatched while tending her toddler son fifteen years ago. After covering her household, friends, and family with quilts, she began entering them in shows and contests. She has designed quilts for Quilter’s World magazine and the book Quilts Made With Rulers. Her quilt Time Flies But We Take the Train won grand prize in the Grand Central Terminal Centennial contest, and her quilt Do You See What I See? was recently declared a finalist in the National Quilt Museum’s 25th Anniversary contest. She works part-time as a software engineer and lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children. For more of her
EQ user, Penny Barnes is currently featured in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine for her Amethyst Stars quilt (left). She designed it using EQ7 and machine quilted it herself. I just LOVE the Kona colors she chose from Robert Kaufman and her combination of Grandma’s Star and Summer Winds blocks! As it turns out, this isn’t her first time being feature in McCall’s. I just had to pick her brain about her design process… read through our Q&A below! EQ: Congratulations on being featured in McCall’s! How does it feel to have thousands of people seeing your design? Penny: Thank you so much! It’s such a thrill to see a quilt that I’ve designed and quilted featured in McCall’s magazine! It’s still a bit surreal. It’s been fun to post on Facebook and blog about it and get great responses and encouragement from friends! My Mom was an
In the September/October issue of Quiltmaker you’ll find Janice Averill’s gorgeous Magic Stars quilt. When you look at this quilt, you wouldn’t believe that the individual block looks like this: On Quiltmaker’s blog, Janice shares how she drew the block in EQ7 and gives a peek into her design process. It’s quite interesting to read about diagonal designs and see her work evolve from grayscale to color. The Magic Stars quilt is also the focus for this month’s Scrap Squad and you should see the beautiful variations this month’s crew is sewing up! Margaret Kennedy used EQ7 to play with color and layout: And Beth Kerr Helfter re-drafted to a size she was more comfortable working with and combined four blocks into one larger block like this: Click here to check out all the Scrap Squad posts for Magic Stars! Images in this post courtesy of Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.
Anne Underhill recently sent us a photo of her quilt to post in the Quilt Gallery, but it was so cute I just had to share it here on the blog too! Anne used blocks from Angie Padilla’s Ship Ahoy! collection to make this adorable quilt for her new grandson.What a perfect use for these appliqué blocks! Anne says: “This was my first attempt at an EQ7 quilt. Custom Set quilt layout made it easy to swap the appliqué blocks around and then add ‘fillers’ until I had a sensible and pleasing layout. I really enjoyed the process and learned my way around the software at the same time.” Anne’s design in EQ7: “My grandson lives by the sea so I was delighted to find Angie’s wonderful ‘Ship Ahoy!’ designs which I could use within my EQ7 software. The appliqué is fused raw edge and machined using blanket stitch. I’m
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
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