Deb Karasik is a quiltmaker, designer, teacher and author. She’s also an EQ user! In this issue of Quilter’s World, Deb talks tips (including some from her husband, “Mr. Deb”), recommendations, personal stories, influences much more…not to mention all the photos of beautiful quilts! Be sure to check it out! Illuminata Crown of Isis Eave
In late September Al Navas bought EQ7. By the end of the week he was designing his own quilts. In less than a month he was writing his own EQ lesson! We were intrigued and asked him a little about himself, included how he started quilting. Al said, “This was pure serendipity! My wife Sandy had been working with embroidery designs for several years, using a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond machine. I helped her digitize designs using 5D™ Design Creator, a part of the 5D™ Embroidery Extra suite. She also started quilting a few years ago, first using the Desingner Diamond, and also a home sewing machine; she incorporated embroidered blocks in her quilt designs. Meanwhile I kept learning the digitizing process, until I developed a good work flow; I am now confident I can tackle substantial embroidery digitizing projects. A while back Sandy and her sister pooled money and bought
If you have EQ7, EQ6 or Quilt Design Wizard why aren’t you checking out our free monthly projects? You are missing out! In September I posted Prismatic Plants. Jenny said she was going to make it. And she did! It turned out great! You can read more about Jenny making the quilt on her blog, Jenny Makes Stuff. This is just one of over 100 free projects available. What are you waiting for? Check them out
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
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,
Mary Puckett has been designing in EQ7 for years. Her “Zippy Quilts” are fun, colorful and modern. And they’ve been getting a lot of attention lately! Mary recently had her quilt featured it Modern Quilts Unlimited’s Summer Issue. It was designed in EQ7! Mary says, “I used the crazy quilt blocks to get some idea of what it would look like, but then the actual piecing was totally improvised. I did get some idea from my EQ design that I wanted to use tiny pieces rather than larger ones. I drew the little star in EQ7 using the regular block draw, then printed paper piecing templates. That’s the only way I’d ever get anything that little pieced accurately!” Mary has also recently used EQ7 to design an award winning quilt for The Quilt Alliance. (The Quilt Alliance‘s goal is to ” document, preserve,
The HoopSisters are doing a Mystery Quilt! The Mystery Quilt went on sale on June 1st and the 100th person to purchase won an EQ7. The lucky person was Ann Hibbs! She won an EQ7! Here is a little info about the HoopSisters Mystery Quilt: The Mystery Quilt is only available as a set in the month of June. You can purchase the Mystery Quilt and you’ll receive a new set of files each week for the next six weeks. You’ll have no idea what the final layout looks like until the final week! HoopSisters will give you Electric Quilt files in their weekly downloads so you can see more of the quilt revealed each week! You can fill out a “Be A Mystery Quilter” form to start receiving special Mystery Quilt news and offers. You can download the FAQ document that will help answer questions about how Mystery Quilt works.