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
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
We try to make learning and using our software as easy and enjoyable as we can. That includes offering as much help as possible! We have a help section of our website… There are help, videos and lessons included in EQ7. We have lessons listed on our site including videos and lessons from our users.We also have a youtube channel with more videos. You can search for an EQ class close to you. And, our tech support is happy to help. You can contact them online or call at 419-352-1134. A real person answers the phone! We are here 9-5 EST time Monday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to get help if you need it
The summer issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited is now available! It’s chocked full of Electric Quilt goodies, designers and information! Patio by Jennifer Schifano Thomas of Curlicue Creations is included. The quilt is so cute! She designed it in EQ7. Jennifer says, “My design process usually starts the old fashioned way, with pencil and paper. After that, I take it to the EQ design program and that’s where my ideas really bloom! Patio started out as just some simple blocks with yellow rectangles. It was ALL yellow in the beginning. I changed the block design, until I was happy with that (I especially like the look this quilt has where the corners of the blocks come together). Then I got to do my favorite part, play with the color! As a child I always wanted to have “all the colors”. All the crayons, all the magic markers, all the paint,
REGISTRATION STARTS MONDAY, AUGUST 4th AT 11:00am EDT! Use this link to register. Spots are first come, first serve. A waiting list will be available once classes are filled. The Electric Quilt Company is offering a 3 day workshop event! WHAT: 3 day workshop on EQ7 or EQStitch WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Saturday, April 11, 2015 WHERE: BGSU at Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH COST: $300 (full amount due at registration) For detailed information, check out our original blog post about EQ Academy 2015. Be sure to set an alarm for registration tomorrow! Seats will go fast! **************IMPORTANT!************** You will need to have an account at ElectricQuilt.com to register for the class. Please create an account prior to Monday. If you already have an account on our website, try logging in to make sure you have no login issues when the time comes to register.