Barbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author. She has written books on quilting during the Civil War including Facts and Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery and Quilts From the Civil War. Her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns contains more than 4000 pieced quilt patterns, gathered from printed sources published between 1830 and 1970. (EQ’s BlockBase is based on Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.) She has many other books, including her newest, Emporia Rose: Applique Quilts. Barbara also has a free block weekly on her blog along with historical information and stories. Barbara says, “I have been reading Jane Austen biographies for several years, trying to figure out what it was like to live in England about 1800. I realized how much Austen’s life and her family influenced her novels so I thought I’d do a block of the week in 2014 with a
I had a lot of fun using EQStitch and my embroidery machine to quilt my most recent project – a baby quilt. I saw a similar baby quilt on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect project for quilting, block by block in the hoop, using my embroidery machine. I’m not totally sure why I thought this…because I thought it would be easy to find the center of a 4-inch square because it’s plain? Because I figured it would be a lot easier to handle the size of a baby quilt than something larger? Whatever the original thought, it turned out to be super easy AND super fun. If you like, you can download the EQStitch project or the EQ7 project and check it out. I assembled the top and the back and sprayed and pinned my quilt sandwich together. I was ready to start the quilting. Since I
One nice thing about EQ is trying out different options before deciding on a quilt! Here are 3 EQ versions and a real fabric version of the quilt. Which is your favorite? Either way, you can download the EQ7 project here, or the EQ8 project here. We have hundreds of free projects available as a way to thanks our users for buying our programs and as a way to show and teach what is possible with EQ products. *****There isn’t a non-EQ version available for this project. No PDFs are available. EQ7 or EQ8 are required to get this pattern.***** If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com.
One of our very smart users, Jodie Witherell, recently emailed us with a great idea. Jodie used Sulky Soluble Stabilizer Fabri-Solvy to get her quilting stencil onto her quilt. Here is what she did: Jodie designed her quilt in EQ7. She used an eagle block from EQ7 as a stencil, simply by putting it on Layer 3 of the quilt. Did you know any block you place on Layer 3 of your quilt will show up as a stencil? (Sometimes it’s better to turn the block into a motif for Layer 2 or 3. To do this you would open the block to the block worktable. Next, Select All > Copy. Then click Block > New Block > PatchDraw Motif > Paste > Add to Sketchbook. It will be on the Motifs tab of the Block palette.) After Jodie had her eagle just the way just wanted it, she
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”
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