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EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter

Posted 08-03-2021 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: Brett Lewis!

Tell us a bit about yourself Brett!

I became interested in quilting after being gifted a beautiful baby quilt in 2016, and signed up for a beginners quilting class. I discovered quilting to be an amazing artistic outlet, and I had the nickname “Natural Born Quilter” bestowed upon me by my sister early in my quilting journey. Fast forward 5 years, I am a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics, have completed over 50 quilts, have taught numerous quilting classes focusing on foundation paper piecing, curves, and fussy cutting and have been given the title “Quilter Dad” by my son.

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

I purchased Electric Quilt software in 2018 to dabble in pattern design, but I really dove in once I became a Fabric Designer and had to create quilt pattern designs to launch with the release of my fabric collections. It has made the pattern design process effortless, as I can create unique and interesting simple or complex patterns with the click of the mouse.

Grassland Gala designed by Brett in EQ

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

By far my favorite feature is being able to upload fabric images into your EQ8 Library and Sketchbook and plug them into pre-existing quilt blocks. It is a great feature, as you can reference fabrics in your stash and plan out a quilt pattern based on fabrics you already have. Some fabric companies have digital downloads of collections, if they are not present in the extensive EQ8 library.

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

My second fabric collection for Northcott Fabrics, “Prairie Meadow”, ships to quilt stores in September 2021, and I have been busy writing my quilt patterns to accompany its launch. You can also find me on Instagram or Facebook @naturalbornquilter to see what I have going on in my sewing studio. I am excited to get back to in person teaching in 2022, and continue to work on future fabric collections.

Giveaway

Visit my website for a free digital download of a small project I designed in EQ8 called “Prairie Reflections.” I will also provide a free digital download of my pattern “Meadow Valley” that was released with my first fabric collection “Stag and Thistle” in 2020 to one lucky winner.

Question to enter:  What is your favorite part of being a quilter? 

Comment below to enter. Contest closes Sunday, August 8 at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Meadow Valley designed by Brett in EQ

Want a chance to win Brett’s “Prairie Meadow” fabrics?! Check out this month’s Fabric of the Month Design Challenge!

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!

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Choose to Be – Winners Announced!

Posted 08-02-2021 by coop | Posted in: Congratulations

EQ users created so many amazing designs using these fabrics! We were so inspired! Check out the beautiful entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Four winners were randomly selected! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Kristi Schmits! “Modern, asymmetrical, and full of happy hearts.” - Kristi Schmits Winner 2: Dawn Stricklin! “I’m a country quilter and all of my quilts are made out of old sheets, curtains, and worn out clothing, so being able to design a quilt using the brand new Choose to Be fabric was exciting. With my patchwork, I always use traditional quilt blocks and quilt on my home sewing machine. As you can tell, there’s nothing fancy about my designs, but I do sure enjoy it and it keeps everybody on the farm warm!” - Dawn Stricklin Winner 3: Patricia Becker! “I really enjoy these monthly challenges and playing around with the different colors and prints.” - Patricia Becker Winner

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Prairie Meadow

Posted 08-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

August’s Fabric of the Month is Prairie Meadow by Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter for Northcott Fabrics! This collection is inspired by the vast grasslands and beautiful wildlife of the Great Plains, and will add a rustic feel to any quilt! A bundle of select Prairie Meadow fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Prairie Meadow below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Prairie Meadow fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on August 31, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Prairie Meadow fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Prairie Meadow collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit

Design & Discover – Sashing!

Posted 08-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we’ll be learning a few different ways to design with sashing! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch. Click Horizontal Click LAYOUT Use the sliders to choose the width and height of the sashing (for this example, mine are 1.5). You can also choose to check or uncheck Include sash border and Keep width and height equal. Click the DESIGN tab Click Open Library Any block can be placed in sashing but there are specific blocks designed to fit well. Click the plus sign + next to 10 Sashing to see some block options. Choose a few blocks and click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Click the Set Block tool to place the blocks. Click the Rotate tool to rotate the vertical sash blocks. Click Fabric Tools and recolor as desired. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Kari Schell

Posted 07-27-2021 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: Kari Schell! Tell us a bit about yourself Kari! I am an Electric Quilt junkie who loves not only designing in Electric Quilt, but teaching others about this amazing program. I have a newsletter and

EQ Pearls of Wisdom – Cheryl Brickey

Posted 07-20-2021 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: Cheryl Brickey! Tell us a bit about yourself Cheryl! Hi, I’m Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs.  I am a chemical engineer and live in South Carolina with my husband, two kids, and three crazy

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne-Create Your Quilt Stencil to Match Your Block

Posted 07-18-2021 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Once you create a block and quilt layout, the next step is to quilt the layout.  Sometimes you have no idea what would look good for a quilting stitch.  EQ8 can help us decide how to quilt a design by matching a block layout pattern with a quilt stencil. EQ has loads of stencils built into the library but they may not match exactly what you have designed for a quilt block.  You can use your block drawing as a start for creating the stencil. Open your EQ8 by double-clicking onto the logo on the desktop.  When the program opens name a new project file “PRACTICE STENCILS”. Click on the block worktable icon and select NEW BLOCK>Pieced>EasyDraw for the block worktable. On the properties bar for the block worktable, use the default size of 6 x 6 inches and snaps at 12 x 12. Click on the grid tool to

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