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EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Breezeway

Posted 04-01-2023 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Contests

April’s Fabric of the Month is Breezeway by Maywood Studio! This collection calls to mind those casual and relaxing afternoons spent grilling summertime favorites and chilling with friends. The sun-bleached colors and rhythmic geometric prints are the soothing weekend vibes we crave for summery projects and picnic quilts! Plus, a selection of 6 Shadow Play coordinates (pictured below) are included in the download to complete your design.

A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Breezeway 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 quilt before the contest ends. Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post. Download this month’s Fabric of the Month: Breezeway by Maywood Studio.


  • Your EQ Quilt must be your original design and only use fabrics from this month’s Fabric of the Month.
  • One quilt submission 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 an incomplete quilt, or the wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you can correct it and submit again within 24 hours.)
  • Participants must use EQ8, EQ7, or EQStitch to design their original quilt.
  • Your quilt design and your comment on someone else’s quilt must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on last day of month.


Two lucky winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the Breezeway fabrics! One winner will be selected by Maywood Studio, while the other will be selected randomly. Prizes will be shipped worldwide! Good luck to all participants, we can’t wait to see your entries!

We often get requests for the EQ project files or patterns submitted to these design challenges. If you are open to sharing/selling your design, include your email address or website link in your comment so others can contact you!
Note: Replying to someone’s comment below does not alert them in any way so they’d have to know to come back to this blog post to look at other comments. Since not everyone does that, we hope some EQ users will provide their contact information if they are open to sharing/selling their designs. We will not share anyone’s information.

How to submit an image of your quilt design from EQ8:

  1. On the 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. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design. Then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.
  7. Select your quilt, then click Submit Comment.

Need inspiration?

Check out this month’s Design & Discover and Block Spotlight!

Design & Discover – Lone Star Quilts

Posted 04-01-2023 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover Favorite Posts

Making a Lone Star quilt in EQ8 is easy! There are a few different options. A Lone Star Block First try checking in the Block Library. Click Libraries > Block Library > 01 Classic Pieced > Lone Stars. There are 29 block options. You can also edit any of these blocks. If you would like to use one of these blocks click on the block and click Add to Sketchbook. Click NEW QUILT > Layout > Horizontal Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make the quilt 1 x 1 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make the block the size you want your finished quilt to be (minus any border). Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block Click on the block and click on the quilt to set it. Click the Fabric Tools an use the coloring tools to recolor the quilt. Click Add to Project Sketchbook    for any

QuiltCon 2023 Winners

Posted 03-22-2023 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Designers Tradeshow News User Spotlight

We LOVE to see what EQ users create whether it be in a magazine, blog post, social media, anything! One of our favorite places to see EQ users featured is at trade shows. We couldn’t be happier for these EQ users who won awards at QuiltCon 2023!  Nikki Woolsey: Fibonacci’s Cabin for APQ Log Cabin Quilting Challenge “When the design challenge for the modern log cabin was announced for QuiltCon 2023, I went straight to EQ8 to start working with designs. I already had a modified log cabin block that I had been playing with, and EQ8 allowed me to layout over 25 quilts to test ideas and colorways. For the final design, I used the custom layout option so that I could incorporate blocks from 3 to 39 inches in the final design. I even printed foundation patterns directly for the smaller blocks. EQ8 was the design tool that

Lessons with Yvonne–March 19, 2023 Easter Design

Posted 03-19-2023 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I love having a quick and easy Easter design handy for the grandkids.  I don’t always have time to make a quilt, but my EQ8 program will produce an easy outline to help the kids be creative with paints or crayons to color a design I create. Open your EQ8 program and name a new project ‘Easter’ on the opening page. At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library In the bottom of the library box, click on the word ‘search’ > “by notecard”. When the notecard box opens, type in the word ‘bunny’ and then click on the word ‘search’ at the bottom of the box. The results box will list how many items you have in EQ8 that fit this word.  Click on the OK at the bottom of the box to see the results. Scroll through the search results and click on any one of

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Uneven Cross X

Posted 03-10-2023 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: Uneven Cross X Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Good Alternate Blocks Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses a vertical strip quilt layout. The strip styles alternate between Pieced Blocks and Half Drop Blocks and the Uneven Cross X block is set in all the spaces. My second quilt uses the Hexagonal – 1 layout from the Layout Library (Layouts by Style > Hexagonal). The featured block is used in the six center block spaces. What would you design with the Uneven Cross X block? Post a quilt

Last Call for EQ Academy

Posted 03-09-2023 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

EQ Academy is three weeks away and we can’t wait! We’ve got lots of fun goodies to give away and the local quilt shops are ready for a surge of shoppers! Classes are filling, but there are seats left! Enroll now > Leave room in your suitcase for the trip home. These are just some of the items that will be in student welcome bags or daily giveaways! Local Quilt Shop Fun After a great day of learning, go have some fun at local shops and save! These fantastic shops are offering special discounts just for EQ Academy students! The Quilt Foundry in Maumee (10 minutes from class) Special discount and extended hours for EQ Academy students! Busy Thimble in Bowling Green (17 minutes from class) Special discount for EQ Academy students! Perfectly Pink Quilt Studio in Elmore (30 minutes from class) Special discount and extended hours for EQ Academy

Electric Quilt and Quilts of Valor – Michele M-W.

Posted 03-04-2023 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 fantastic event! Michele McCusker-Whiting A few days after we announced this amazing collaboration, we received several spectacular submissions from Michele McCusker-Whiting! Reaching out to her to check if she’d like to be the focus of a future blog post, she wasn’t sure if she was “worthy.” Indeed, she is worthy, as are all those who make quilts for this caring organization! Thankfully, she agreed to be the featured designer and we’re so happy to introduce and talk about Michele! The seeds of Michele’s story start when she was very young, and her mother taught her to sew. Her interest first turned to quilts when her mother-in-law, EQ-user Juanita Whiting

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