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EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Lori Miller

Posted 10-19-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30!

The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began

We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  :-D

This week’s featured friend: Lori Miller!

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello, I’m Lori Miller from Lori Miller Designs.  I am a Quilter, Pattern Designer, Educator and EQ8 superfan!   I live in Oxford, Michigan with my husband , Chas and my son, Colin.  When I am not quilting, you can find me in the garden, at the up north cottage or bike riding on the PollyAnne Trail.  I have a lovely studio in my walk out basement, it is my happy place.

Lori’s studio

When did you start using Electric Quilt and how has it changed your quilting life?

I have been quilting for over 20 years and dreaming up quilt designs long before that.  When pencil and paper would just not do, I decided to try a copy of EQ7 to design quilts.  I attended the first EQ Academy in Ohio and was hooked.  I started to use it to submit quilts to magazines and to design patterns.  I have been lucky to be published in several national magazines and I sell my patterns in my Lori Miller Designs Etsy Shop.  I have shown my creations in National Quilt Shows.  I also happen to write the EQ8 Lessons with Lori on the EQ Blog sharing fun educational lessons to help you build your EQ skills.  Electric Quilt helped me start a second creative career that is so fun and rewarding.

Lori attending the first EQ Academy in 2015

Lori teaching at EQ Academy in 2021

Quilt designed by Lori in EQ

Swallow Fire designed by Lori in EQ

What is your EQ “Pearl of Wisdom” for EQ users?

My Pearl of Wisdom is to explore the MAGIC of Layer 2. Layer 2 is for blocks, motifs and text that are sewn on top of the quilt top.  You drag your blocks or motifs from the palette over to drop on the quilt. Even more exciting, Layer 2 can also help you create effects that you cannot design any other way.  You can easily create an irregular border or quilt shape by taking advantage of Layer 2.

You can set up the layout to have a single block for anchoring but drop in an irregular shape from layer 2 to make a one block quilt that is not square.  You can also set up a border with blocks for spacing, then use layer 2 to drop in scalloped borders, points , triangles or other irregular shapes and get them arranged and spaced evenly.  When you are all done with setting up layer 2, you can remove the border guidelines but your layer 2 blocks stay in place.

I hope you explore Layer 2 Magic. There are lots of great examples in the Quick Quilts section called Table Runners.

There are also two EQ8 Lessons with Lori that explore Layer 2 Magic:

Stardrop Table Topper Part 1 & 2

Prairie Points Dimensions in Quilting

Infinity designed by Lori in EQ

Concentric designed by Lori in EQ

What are you up to now and what do you have coming up?

I always have a project or quilt design in process.  I recently became an Accuquilt Go Getter! So I get to combine my love of EQ8 Quilt design and then cut the quilt out with the Accuquilt GO Cutters.  I even created a series of Add-on EQ8 Block libraries for Accuquilt Qubes and BOB’s where you can design in EQ8 with blocks that are conveniently sized to match Accuquilt dies.  I am working on several patterns that are long overdue and I am starting to book EQ8 teaching gigs again.  You can follow my quilting adventures at my website.  I offer my digital patterns and Add-on EQ8 block libraries in my Etsy Shop.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook at Lori Miller Designs.

Quilt designed by Lori in EQ

TWO GIVEAWAYS!

This contest is closed. Winner: Molly Madison!

For her first giveaway, Lori will give away a set of her digital Add-on EQ8 libraries for Accuquilt to one lucky winner.

To enter, answer the question below by leaving your answer in a comment on one of the following:

Click here to enter on Lori’s Instagram page.

Click here to enter on Lori’s Facebook page.

For a third chance to enter, comment on this post below.

Question to enter: Which quilt block is your favorite?

Contest closes Sunday, October 24 at 11:59pm ET. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

EQ8 Block Library File – Accuquilt 8″ Qube Nine Patch Party

For the second giveaway, Lori will give away her project, Cherry Basket Table Topper using the Layer 2 Magic for the scallop borders.

Download the project here!

Cherry Basket designed by Lori for EQ

Hope you enjoyed this “pearl” of wisdom. Feel free to share your EQ story or a “pearl” of your own in the comments! Stay tuned for our next post!

View all Pearls of Wisdom posts >>

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Color Splash

Posted 10-13-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

October’s Fabric of the Month is Color Splash by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works from Suite B Fabrics by Island Batik! With so many vibrant colors and playful patterns, this digitally printed collection will inspire endless creativity! A bundle of Color Splash fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Color Splash below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! If you’d like to purchase the fabrics after the contest ends, visit Jackie’s website! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Color Splash fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on October 31, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Color Splash fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Color Splash collection. If desired, you may only use up to 3 other fabrics from the Island Batik collections in the

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Linda Franz

Posted 10-12-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Linda Franz! A bit about Linda! Starting in 2001, Linda has been on the leading edge with her self-published books, downloadable books, CDs and DVDs. Inklingo (US Patent 7,814,832) is her proudest achievement. Her love

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Stripes Bordered Inside 4

Posted 10-10-2021 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. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Stripes Bordered Inside 4 Where to find it: 10 Sashing > Stripes – Bordered The blocks in this section of the library are designed with sashing in mind, but don’t let that stop you from using these versatile blocks in other ways! Design ideas to get you started Wouldn’t this design make an adorable baby quilt? This first quilt is a simple 5 x 5 horizontal layout with the Stripes block set in every space. I used the Symmetry tool to rotate the blocks in this arrangement. The fabrics are from the Harmony collection by Melissa Lee for Riley Blake, which can be found the in the

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Jackie Kunkel

Posted 10-05-2021 by coop | Posted in: EQ Pearls of Wisdom

The Electric Quilt Company is 30! The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  This week’s featured friend: Jackie Kunkel! Tell us a bit about yourself Jackie! I am an avid quilter, teacher, fabric and pattern designer, online class instructor, Quiltworx Certified Instructor, and author who has been quilting for 27 years and

Sew Floral – Winners Announced!

Posted 10-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Congratulations

So many beautiful quilts were submitted to last month’s design challenge! Check out all the amazing entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected randomly! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Janean L I love this fabric. The fussy cut feature in the design tab made pulling things out of this beautiful fabric a breeze! – Janean L Winner 2: Julia Schweri I thought this fabric would look really neat in a foundation paper pattern I am currently writing. It doesn’t disappoint! – Julia Schweri Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you want another chance to win fabric, look out for October’s design challenge - COMING SOON!

Design & Discover – EasyDraw

Posted 10-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

You may think you know EasyDraw but this month we’re going to talk about some tricks that you may not be aware of! First, the main rule of EasyDraw is that all the lines must touch each other or the edges of the block. In the first block the lines do not touch the edges. In the second block lines are added. In EasyDraw think of your lines as pieced seams. You couldn’t piece the first block, so you can’t draw it that way in EasyDraw either! For our first block we’ll draw a Mariner’s Compass block.  Let’s start with a circle. Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK > Pieced > EasyDraw On the Graph Pad make your block Width and Height: 10 x 10 Make your Snaps Horizontal and Snaps Vertical: 50 x 50 Under Snapping Options turn Snap to Grid Points on Worktable ON Click the Arc tool

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