Kimberly Einmo has published a new book! Modern Quilts and More includes moderns quilts with traditional construction methods. Over a dozen of Kimberly’s original designs are included along with sections devoted to increasing your skills. The book also has quick and easy projects to use leftover fabrics in creative new ways. And we are giving one away! (keep reading for details) Kimberly is a longtime EQ user. She says, “I’ve used EQ since version 3, and was hooked from the first time I tried it. I found it so easy to use and very intuitive to the user. Using the software helped my creativity take flight because I found that if I could dream up a design or a design idea in my head, I could make it come to life using EQ. I have loved using – and growing – with each version of the software and am now
You can do all kinds of things with EQ, besides quilting. Here are some Easter eggs with silhouettes. You can learn how to draw silhouettes in EQ7 here. There are also many free printable on the internet. You can print any of these onto EQ Printable Fabric and make fun fabric Easter projects. Make a fabric bag that you can use year after year. Or a pillow, fabric mask, fabric place cards…even greeting cards can be made out of fabric! Or, you could use our EQ Peel and Stick, it’s fabric on one side and sticky like a sticker on the other. You can run it through your printer just like any of our EQ Printables! If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com. Happy crafting!
It’s not just for quilt design! John Pietkiewicz uses EQ software for his gorgeous stained glass designs. John says: “I got into stained glass design in 2010 and was directed to EQ by a local quilt shop in Henniker NH whom I had shown some of my stained glass design work which mimicked quilt patterns. At the time I was drawing designs by hand and using colored pencils.” All designs/photos are copyrighted John K Pietkiewicz 2010-2014 Great work, John! We’ve seen EQ used for tile design, room planning, and even for beautifying traffic signal boxes. Do you have an alternative use for EQ7? Tell us about it!
You don’t need to know how to draw in EQ7 to create new blocks—you just need to know how to delete! “Un-drawing” is just my funny way of referring to deleting lines in a block to create new variations. Edit your block to the Block Worktable and start experimenting. Click the Pick tool , click on the line to select it, then hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Here are a few simple examples of the block variations you can create in just minutes with your Delete key! Here I started with the Electric Fan block (which you can find in the EQ7 Block Library in 02 Contemporary Pieced > Kaleidoscopes). I deleted all of the lines in the four blades: Here you can see the difference between a quilt using all the same block and one that has been alternated with the new variation: Here’s the Greek Cross
I’m sure you are aware that the Olympic patchwork quilt is the official look of Russia’s first Winter Games. Pretty exciting if you are a quilt lover! And they are definitely beautiful quilts! But, do you know that ClubEQ is having an Olympic patchwork inspired challenge? And, in case you don’t know what ClubEQ is…it is a free club any EQ user can join, simply by using EQ to design a quilt. Club leader, Barb Vlack, presents monthly challenges. Those EQ users who join the challenge (and the fun) send in a project file. These projects are displayed together on the web. Participants receive projects from all the other challenge participants that month. So send in one project file, and receive many more in return! No sewing necessary! (There are a few rules, read them here.) For February’s challenge Barb Vlack says, “The banners for the 2014 Winter Olympics in