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Electric Quilt and Quilts of Valor – Robin H.

Posted 02-04-2023 by Diane | Posted in: Electric Quilt & Quilts of Valor®

In November we announced 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 picture of the accompanying finished Quilt of Valor®Scroll down below to read more details about this fabulous event!

Robin Harris

Robin Harris

On this QOV National Sew Day, how special to be highlighting another designer (who I’m sure is working on a QOV as you read this)! While Robin Harris is the featured quilter, she gives equal credit to her Stars & Stripes QOV group in Florida (group #75703)! The group gets together to work on and award over 50 QOV every year! As Robin says, the group’s principle is “many hands make light work!”

Robin has been quilting since the late 1980s, and after moving from New York to Florida with her husband in 2015, has been a member of the Stars & Stripes group for 5 years, and group leader for 2 1/2 years. When she started using EQ8 in 2020, that not only opened a whole new world for her, but also for her QOV group! No more wasted fabric, no more sore joints from having to rearrange blocks on the floor or a design wall, and no more questions about what the finished quilt will look like! Instead, Robin designs all of the group’s QOV in EQ8 with many variations that they can choose from, and the options are almost endless!

Let’s see some of her and the group’s gorgeous quilts!

The group likes to use the QOV National Block Drive Block as the focus of their designs, so for this first quilt they used the 2021 Strippy Star block. Robin says, “designing in solid colors lends itself to multiple interpretations in fabric later on.” (Here’s information on QOVF’s 2023 National Block Drive block.)

EQ design and finished quilt

Robin and the group discovered that “with a few keystrokes, blocks can be exchanged in EQ8 for a new look.” Here are the 2 subtly different EQ designs, followed by Robin with the finished products. Both are lovely!

EQ designs with exchanged blocks

Robin with the finished quilt

Here are a couple On-Point variations designed in EQ8, followed by the finished quilt that combines the 2 designs.

On-Point EQ designs

Finished On-Point design

QOV had a Spring 2022 mystery using a simple block. Using EQ8′s Symmetry tool, Robin and the group were able to create several different-looking quilts, even though they’re all using the same block!

QOV Spring 2022 Mystery Block and Symmetry printouts

Finished Symmetry quilts

Here is a quilt featuring the Strippy Star block awarded to Roy A.  by group member, Carolyn S. The group started adding designs to the back of the quilts, so they are more visually appealing. Here’s an example with Roy looking at the well-deserved quilt!

Strippy Star EQ design

Strippy Star quilt back, awarded to Roy A.

Another example of them making the back a bit more interesting is seen with this heart-flag block being presented to Richard P. (Robin is the one holding the quilt – you can spy her feet!)

EQ Heart N Flag block

Heart N Flag quilt, awarded to Richard P.

Recap

We included some brilliant examples in the first post and continue to receive incredible submissions with each subsequent post! If you’ve already posted some of your quilts, thank you, and be sure to check back to see comments about your amazing quilts. In each additional post, we’ll include more heartwarming pictures and stories, hoping they will encourage you to submit your own pictures and reasons for making the quilt.

If you’re sewing today (or were, by the time you read this), please share your finished QOV, along with a picture of the EQ-design inspiration, and why or who you made it for so everyone can see what great work you’re doing!

2023

Last month we told you that this is the Quilts of Valor Foundation’s® 20th anniversary! We also let you know they will be heading to Paducah in September to celebrate! As it turns out, we’ll be there, too, so if you’re in Paducah, you can stop by and say “hi” to both teams!

Special offer

There’s still 5 months 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.

Flourish – Winners Announced!

Posted 02-03-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who participated in January’s design challenge! What a gorgeous group of quilts you all designed! Winners Two winners were selected, one by the QT Fabrics team and the other was chosen randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner 1 (QT Fabrics’ Pick): Peg Saunders “Peg did a great job incorporating the different values of blues and greens in the quilt.  The gold is the perfect foil to those cooler colors, adding sparkle and movement to the design. The offset borders are a very nice touch, framing the quilt center perfectly.” – QT Fabrics Winner 2 (Random Pick): Patty Low A Note from QT Fabrics “So many wonderful options were submitted.” – QT Fabrics Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the amazing submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! More Chances to Win Watercolor Geometry by Benartex is February’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter in our design

Do You EQ Too? – Karen Kuske

Posted 02-03-2023 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 Karen Kuske! Karen is a pattern designer, instructor, and longtime EQ user. Having lived in Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, and more, Karen often finds inspiration from the surroundings of where she’s lived and traveled. “I learned to sew at a very young age, made most of my own clothes, some home decor items and more,” says Karen. “So, I really enjoy working with fabrics and colors. In 2000, I took a beginner quilting class and loved it. After making my 1st quilt in the class, I started buying quilting books and learned how to design my own quilts. Within a short time, I started designing and making patterns to sell on a website I created. At a

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Watercolor Geometry

Posted 02-01-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

February’s Fabric of the Month, is Watercolor Geometry by Marta Cortese for Benartex! This collection is a paradoxical blend of flowing colors and classic shapes! Triangles, circles, and rectangles all twisting and dancing in vibrant hues. These splendid fabrics bring art and function together in the most fascinating way – use them in your modern quilt designs, or as an unexpected pop of color in your neutral home decor! A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Watercolor Geometry 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 the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s

Design & Discover – Easy Quilt Changes

Posted 02-01-2023 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Let’s discover some easy and quick ways to change existing projects. For example, I’m going to use this month’s free project of the month, Scrappy Sweetheart. You can download the project here. It also includes 50 fabrics! This is just one of over 320 free project downloads for EQ8. Check them all out! Download the project and double-click on the project to open it in EQ8. If you’re having trouble finding the project, please read this. Click the Quilts section Click on the quilt Click Edit This quilt it a little quirky and pretty bright. Let’s try it with some lighter colors. Click DESIGN > Fabric Tools > Randomize > Map to Colors Choose Brightness and click on the quilt to see the brightness level change. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If the project is unnamed EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs

What EQ8 Classes are Best for You?

Posted 01-29-2023 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

The best way to learn EQ8 software is to take a class, and there’s nothing like a hands-on experience (especially when there are giveaways, freebies, and fabric discounts included! ) Come experience EQ Academy this spring and learn your EQ8 from the best teachers! Make friends, meet EQ staff, visit local quilt shops, and have a great time! Not sure what classes are best for you? Take our quiz! (Quiz not displaying correctly? Try this link.) For scores 0-5, this is the class you should start with: For scores 6-9, this is the class you should start with: After completing either of the above classes, take any of these! Hope to see you at EQ Academy! Thursday March 30-April 1 If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. View All EQ Academy Classes > Read EQ Academy FAQs > See photos of our last EQ Academy >  Notes

Blog Hop with Villa Rosa Designs – Winner Announced

Posted 01-27-2023 by Diane | Posted in: Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who read and commented on our blog post! We’re thrilled that our different versions and colorways of the 5 beautiful Villa Rosa Designs were able to illustrate a few of the simple and fun tools in EQ8! To see more, watch the EQ8-demo video! Winner One winner of EQ8 was selected at random. Congratulations to… JOY PAULL Here’s Joy’s comment: Oh my, no graph paper, no calculations in Excel, no horrible lines crossed out because I can never find a pencil and made a mistake drawing out an idea in pen. I would LOVE to win EQ8. Special Offer For those of you who didn’t win, you can use the promo code VRD25 through January 31, 2023 to save 25% on your order on our site. When you’ve added everything to the Cart, click on the Apply Promo Code button, enter the code, and click the button

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