Our good friends, Mike and Vicki Shetter of Soft Scrap, LLC, brought this quilt to us and we just had to share its story. You might recognize Mike and Vicki from quilt shows all over the U.S. as they have spent many years travelling the country selling EQ products at shows. They give awesome demonstrations of EQ8 and create so many incredible things with EQ Inkjet Fabric. If you’re going to Houston Quilt Festival, stop by their booth #801! Back to the quilt… Living in New Bern, NC, Mike and Vicki were one of the many people affected by Hurricane Florence in September. See below for some photos of the damage after the SIX-FEET of water had moved out. One of the many things left damaged was a plastic tub containing a quilt. This particular quilt was made in 2007 featuring photos printed on EQ Inkjet Fabric (the 283-thread count “Satin”, to be
Our EQStitch guru, Yvonne Menear, recently let us know about a quilt raffle in which she used EQ (of course). Yvonne says, “The design was created in EQ7 by myself and I worked with another member, Debra Sanderson, to promote the quilt with the members. The members took the paper pieced patterns I created in EQ7 and stitched the blocks with the fabrics chosen by Debra and myself. We then took the blocks the members constructed and made the quilts. Of course, we knew exactly how it would turn out because it was designed in EQ7. The members had a great time trying to figure out what we were going to do with the blocks! The quilting was done by Barbara Bettles and bound by Pat Lundgren, also members of our guild. The guild was really happy to see the completed quilts presented at the November guild meeting. This is
There’s a quick and easy way to create your own nested block designs in EQ7. Once you learn to create these fun designs, you won’t be able to stop! The best candidates for nested blocks are those with large plain squares in the center, like these: We’ll be using the Serendipity feature called Merge Blocks to create these designs. You must have blocks saved in your Sketchbook in order to use the Serendipity tools. Follow the steps below to create your first nested block! Open EQ7 and create a new project called Nested Blocks. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library. Scroll down and click the Variable Stars style on the left (under 01 Classic Pieced). Click on the second block to select it. Click the Add to Sketchbook button. Then click the Close button. Click the Work on Block button . Click BLOCK >Serendipity > Merge Blocks. Because the Variable Star
It’s the last week of Marian Pena’s EQ Row-A-Long! Don’t forget you can download the rows and the EQ7 block library HERE. Also, be sure to check out what people have been making in the Flickr group, and the Facebook group is also great for more info and pictures, too! This week we have Show and Tell! Check out what all these talented quilters have made from these rows! Doris Rice from Quilting Queen Online Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked Reeze Hanson from Morning Glory Designs Loreen Bogdan from School House Quilts Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt Carla Henton from Creatin In The Sticks Marlene Baerg Oddie from Kissed Quilts Amy Warner from Sew Incredibly Crazy Nancy Myers from Patchwork Breeze Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew Darlene Quilshop Gal – and she also has another row available as well as a tutorial on creating rows
Coloring books for adults have become super popular recently. It’s a great way to relax! Did you know that you can easily create your own coloring pages with EQ7? You can make your own coloring pages from both the Block and Quilt Worktables. Grab some blocks from the Block Library that you’d like to color, then edit one of the blocks to the Block Worktable: Click Print > Block. In the Print Block dialog box, type in a size for your coloring block (8″ x 8″ usually works well for 8.5″ x 11″ letter size paper, depending on your printer’s allowable margins). Then, under Printing Style, choose Outline drawing. Click the Preview button to see what your coloring page will look like. And there’s the coloring page! Click the Print button. It’s just as easy from the Quilt Worktable! With the quilt displayed on the worktable: Click Print > Quilt.
It’s our turn to post for Marian Pena’s Row-A-Long! I have written a tutorial on how to combine rows from different EQ7 projects. So, you can have fun mixing all the rows in EQ7! Also, be sure to check out what people have been making in the Flickr group, and the Facebook group is also great for more info and pictures. CHECK OUT HOW TO WIN AN EQ7 (and lots of other great prizes)! Sorry the contests are over. First download the EQ7 Row-A-Long Block Library. Put the “EQ Seasons.BLK” file into your My EQ7 > User folder and access them through your My Library. The block library will only be available until 10/31/15 so please make sure you download it beforehand. Now download all the EQ7 project. Sorry the projects are no longer available. Please check the designer’s website’s for more information on the projects/patterns. I found the easiest way
Have you stitched up any of our free monthly downloads in fabrics? I finally finished up my Prismatic Plants quilt last week–just in time to hang it up and enjoy it this fall! The wonderful thing about being able to open these free projects in EQ7 is that I can easily make changes to the design to make it fit exactly what I want to make. I knew I wanted to make a quilt that would hang in the wall space above our fireplace. The original design finished at 34″ x 34″, which was a few inches too big for the space. So I opened the quilt project in EQ7, clicked the Layout tab and changed the finished block size from 8″ to 7″. I also knew I didn’t want a border on this quilt, so I switched to the Borders tab and clicked the Delete button to get rid