Then check out the Quilt Gallery on DoYouEQ.com! We’re always amazed by what our talented users can do with the software. And in the Quilt Gallery you can see the actual sewn version of the virtual design. It was difficult to choose just a few to feature in this post! Nebula by Sue Duffy Circling Geese in a Summer Wind by Libby Phillips Star within a Star by Diane McGregor Monkey Quilt by Evelyn Townsend Truck #1 by Claire Kerr Take a look around the gallery and get those creative juices flowing! If you’ve designed and sewn a quilt using EQ7, submit your photos using the form on the right side of the Quilt Gallery page– remember, we want to see both the virtual EQ design and the finished quilt!
Yvonne Menear is the author of our EQ with Me: Learning EQStitch book. (EQStitch is an EQ7 plug-in for designing and digitizing embroidery & machine appliqué.) Yvonne did a great job with the book. She also teaches classes (including Electric Quilt lessons, but so much more) she leads seminars and retreats and runs the EQStitch group and now…she’s teaching (a FREE) embroidery class on craftsy.com. We had the chance to finally meet Yvonne in person at Quilt Festival a couple weeks ago. She’s a pleasure to work with and a great person to know in the embroidery world!
Of course you can use EQ7 to make jack o’ lanterns! Print out patterns and use them as stencils to either cut out or paint. Here are a few (of many) blocks in EQ7 that would work well. (And, here is some info on drawing your own silhouettes in EQ7.) But, traditional blocks look great too! If this inspires you to make something, let us know! Email photos to Heidi@electricquilt.com.
For those who may not know, Club EQ is a monthly club run by Barb Vlack. Every month Barb makes up a new challenge. If you submit a EQ project (no sewing required) then you get ALL the projects from everyone that participated that month. September’s challenge is Words on your quilt! You can check out the entries so far this month. We thought we had to share Judith Best’s entry with you. So cute! And, I think, true!
A few years ago fiction author, Lynn Thompson, wrote The Guild in the Granary. The main character, Caroline Clarkson, has a daughter named Jamie who works at The Electric Quilt! Now Lynn has written a new sequel, Timeless Star. Jamie is still working at Electric Quilt. In the series Caroline Clarkson leaves the world of bank security for what she assumes will be a tamer world of quilt fabric retailing. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not!) The books are full of quilting symposiums, quilt shop owners, stars of quilting shows…and of course quilters! If you read the books let us know what you think!