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Electric Quilt and Quilts of Valor – Sharon W.

Posted 12-04-2022 by Diane | Posted in: Electric Quilt & Quilts of Valor®

Last month we announced the exciting news that we’ve teamed up with the Quilts of Valor Foundation® (QOVF) for a special 8-month collaboration! We’re requesting both an image of your EQ-software-QOV design and a photo of the accompanying finished Quilt of Valor®. Scroll down below to read more details about this amazing event!

Sharon Wasteney

Soon after reaching out to Sharon Wasteney, of Something Stitched, she replied with a resounding “Count me in” to be part of this wonderful event! Following are 3 of Sharon’s Quilts of Valor.

Sharon’s “Remembered” quilt was published in the July/August issue of Love of Quilting magazine. The 10 stars across the top of the quilt represent and commemorate the ten members of Sharon’s family who have served our country, both past and present. The block was identified as the Alamo block, designed by a Texas woman in the 1800s. Sharon used EQ8 to reproduce the block and then arrange it into the quilt design, alternating it with a traditional star block.

“Remembered” EQ design and finished quilt

The “Patriots Star” quilt was made for Sharon’s book, Hand Me Down Quilts, in the chapter on Family Celebrations! Sharon’s family has celebrated patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July with family picnics, and this quilt is perfect for that occasion, as well as commemorating a cherished veteran!

“Patriots Star” EQ design and finished quilt

Finally, “Heroes Star” is Sharon’s favorite quilt because it was made for her husband, Craig W., who served in the Air Force from 1967-1971. While Sharon designed all 3 of these amazing quilts in EQ8, this stunning quilt was actually the first quilt she designed in EQ8! And, if that isn’t special enough, it was featured on the cover of the July 2021 issue of Quick and Easy Quilts! Here are pictures of this lovely quilt, including a close-up so you can see the detail, and one with Craig and his and Sharon’s daughter. We thank Craig for his service, and all of these memorable quilts Sharon has made and shared!

“Heroes Star” EQ design and finished quilt

“Heroes Star” details

Craig W. and his daughter with “Heroes Star”

Recap

We included some stunning examples in the first post and have received several great submissions! If you haven’t submitted images, we hope that the inspirational pictures and stories that are included in these posts will encourage you to submit your own photos and reasons for making the quilt!

Since Veteran’s Day was also last month, we hope you were able to pay tribute to these heroes! Did you present a QOV that you designed in EQ to a veteran on the noteworthy day? If yes, we’d love to see!

Special offer

Even if you haven’t designed and made a QOV, there’s still plenty of time to join in this fulfilling project. If you don’t have EQ8, you can save 25% by applying code VALOR25 to your order (expires July 4, 2023).

Or, if you’re more comfortable simply viewing, enjoying, and commenting on any of the beautiful quilts in the posts, please do so!

Submissions and Prizes

You can submit as many different quilts as you want, as long as they meet the requirements. Remember, at the end of this event, all submissions are eligible to win 1 of 3 amazing prize packs, including:

  • a bundle of Northcott’s Stars and Stripes fabric
  • an American Express gift card
  • a copy of the recently released QOV book, All-Star Quilts of Valor!!

(See the Rules and Prizes sections in the first post.)

Now, please show us your designs and quilts!

How to submit an image of your quilt design from EQ and the photo of your sewn QOV:

  1. On the EQ Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type, and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)
  5. We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. Quilt and patch lines are optional.
  6. Click Browse by the “Upload an Image of your EQ Design” box to upload the image.
  7. Take a picture of your sewn QOV and save it to your computer. (Again, make sure you know where you’re saving the picture on your computer.)
  8. Click Browse by the “Upload a Photo of the Finished Quilt” box to upload the photo.
  9. Enter why you made the quilt in the Comments field.
  10. Click Submit.

Do You EQ Too? – Caroline Hadley

Posted 12-02-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Do You EQ Too

Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here. This month we are spotlighting Caroline Hadley! We came across Caroline on Instagram, where she shares her weekly “Sunday sketches” series. Each week she shares a new quilt design, as well as the variations she discovered along the way, to her blog and discusses the design process. Every quilt is beautifully dynamic and modern, and we look forward to seeing what ideas she comes up with each week! Read more about Caroline’s design journey below: “I’ve been using Electric Quilt 8 since 2018,” says Caroline. “I used to design on a dot pad or graph paper, but playing with block rotation or placement was very time-consuming – I’d have to redraw the whole design each time I wanted to make a minor

Stars and Stripes 10th Anniversary – Winners Announced!

Posted 12-01-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who participated in November’s design challenge! We say it often, but we love to see how you each take the same fabrics and create so many different designs! Winners Two winners were selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Beth M “My husband is a veteran, serving in both the USMC and Army between 1975 and 1984. I was especially touched when he saw me working on this quilt and commented on it. I was staring at it, thinking it needed something ‘tweaked’ when he walked over and said ‘wow, that’s awesome, you should make that’. I figured if he liked it enough to comment then it must be done.” - Beth M Winner 2: Brittany Fisher “Went for a patriotic burst this round!” - Brittany Fisher Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win the Stars and Stripes fabric, check out EQ’s collaboration

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Forest Chatter

Posted 12-01-2022 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

Can you believe it’s already December?! As the year comes to an end, December’s Fabric of the Month is Forest Chatter by Maywood Studio! This stunning collection was created with care specially by the Maywood Studio team: “Every image and shape used in Forest Chatter was drawn, carved, and printed by hand. A forest filled with activity emerged as we filled the wall in our design studio with prints We collaborated as a team to sketch, stamp, and get our hands dirty. Our creativity came together to bring you Forest Chatter, the newest Workshop collection.” A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Forest Chatter below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by

Design & Discover – Wreaths!

Posted 12-01-2022 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we’re playing with different ways to make wreaths in EQ8! EQ8 comes with some wreath blocks already installed. Let’s check those out first. Open EQ8 and click Search for block patterns Click Search > By Notecard Type in wreath Check all 3 boxes. Make sure it reads Find at most 300 items. Click Search Click on a wreath you like and click Edit to Block Worktable This is a Polydraw + Applique block, with everything drawn on the Applique tab. If you want to edit here is a lesson about applique blocks. Otherwise, click the COLOR tab and recolor the block, if you’d like. (We’ll be changing the block and recoloring it again in a few steps, if you want to wait.) But, even a spring wreath can look more wintery with some new colors or fabric! One option is to use fabrics from the Fabric Library > Themes

November 2022–Lessons with Yvonne–My Favorite Colors

Posted 11-20-2022 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

My favorite colors are Blue, Purple, and Fuschia.  Most of my fabric stash is in these colors.  When I design a quilt or block in EQ8 I often start with grayscale colors and add my favorite colors later.  I prefer to have all my favorite colors in one project that I can return to with future projects and import the fabric library I created with my favorite colors. Open your EQ8 program and create a new project named ‘My Favorite Colors’. I start making my favorite color project by removing all the blocks and fabrics in the EQ program by default.  This way I can create a clean sketchbook with only the blocks and fabric colors I like. In the sketchbook under the blocks heading, click on the three little dots on the upper right side.  Click on the option to ‘clear all unused blocks.   In the pop-up box, click

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Goose Frame

Posted 11-10-2022 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want you to show us what you can do with the block. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: Goose Frame Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Frames Design ideas to get you started The blocks in the Frames section of the library all have a larger center square. This square can be used for something special like a photo, fussy cutting a special fabric, or merging with another block (Create Serendipity > Merge Block). I choose to edit the Goose Frame block to the Block Worktable and draw some new lines in the center square. I alternated this variation block with another block from the Frames section (which I also

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