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Custom Barn Quilts!

Posted 04-12-2024 by Christine | Posted in: More for EQers

Don’t you love passing by a farm and spotting a barn quilt? Have you ever thought of using your EQ8 to design one? We all know we can design an actual quilt in EQ8, but did you know you can design your very own barn quilt in EQ8 too? It’s easy!

Our friends at Quiltfolk have just announced their Barn Quilt Breakthrough that makes owning a beautiful barn quilt less time-consuming and more accessible: For the first time, Quiltfolk is offering custom Barn Quilts in a proprietary way—no painting required, with infinite colors and designs available!

Two ways to order!

Choose from pre-designed options or upload your own from EQ8!

1.) Pre-designed barn quilt: Choose from a selection of 30 pre-made options plucked straight from the EQ8 Block Library. You’ll recognize popular blocks like Mariner’s Star, Bear’s Paw, Monkey Wrench, Log Cabin, and lots more that are perfect for your home!

2.) Custom barn quilt: Want to create your own, unique barn quilt? Open your EQ8 and pick any block from the library. You can edit the block in EQ8 any way you’d like or even design a whole quilt. Color it with your favorite solids (no fabrics since those are copyrighted by the manufacturers) then save your design and upload it to Quiltfolk’s website. Easy instructions for saving and uploading are right on the product page.

Quality products!

Quiltfolk will print your design onto their marine-grade plywood and ship it to you ready to hang! Their process uses UV-cured ink, AND a final coat of varnish to add longevity. This unique combination of machinery, craftsmanship, and custom design leads to a stunning result: A long-lasting barn quilt that is a precise, vibrant, durable—and an infinitely creative extension of your barn, shed, fence, home, studio, and more!

Order now!

Quiltfolk barn quilts are 24″x 24″ and available now. Orders will be taken until Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day—hint, hint!) then they’ll start production and ship by the end of May.

The next production date has not yet been determined, so place your order soon to ensure that you can enjoy your one-of-a-kind Barn Quilt this spring and summer! Quiltfolk is offering a $20 Barn Quilt Breakthrough Discount to anyone who places an order to be printed in their very first batch. Don’t miss your chance!

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EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tangled Stars

Posted 04-10-2024 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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: Tangled Stars Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eccentrics Design ideas to spark your creativity My first quilt is a 3 x 3 horizontal layout. I alternated the Tangled Stars block with a pinwheel block I drew on the Block Worktable. I colored the pinwheel block to highlight the large star in the layout. For my second quilt, I edited the featured block to add more piecing in the diagonal points of the design. This gave me more patches in the block so I could color in a rainbow palette. I set my

EQA is Four Weeks Away!

Posted 04-05-2024 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

   Join us at EQ Academy! In just 4 short weeks from today, we’ll be wrapping up our 3-day EQ Academy workshop. We are so excited for this year’s Academy because we have more students enrolled than ever before! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up lots of fabulous goodies from our generous sponsors—you should see the mountain of giveaways in our office! (Items pictured above barely scratch the surface.) Thank You Sponsors!   We cannot wait for students to arrive! We have quilters coming from all over the U.S. (26 states to be exact, indicated in blue). Enrollment is open for a couple more weeks and there are seats left in the following classes so sign up today, we’d love to have you! For more information about EQ Academy, check out these links or contact us! 3 Thinks to Expect at EQ Academy > Enroll in EQ Academy Classes > Hotel,

Ebony Suite – Winner Announced!

Posted 04-02-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

If you haven’t looked, go see all the amazing entries we received for March’s design challenge here! Thanks to all who participated! Winner One winner was selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner: Linda Christianson Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the beautiful submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! More Chances to Win Sea Breeze by Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra for Northcott is April’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter in our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Sea Breeze

Posted 04-01-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

April’s Fabric of the Month is Sea Breeze by Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra for Northcott! Created by design duo Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra in their classic alcohol ink style, Sea Breeze takes you away to another world where tranquility ensues in sunshine, warm sands, blue skies, and a gentle breeze. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Sea Breeze below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck!   Note: The Sea Breeze collection contains two panels (not included in the download). It is NOT required that you use the panels in your design, but if you’d like to, you can save the panel images below to your computer here. After saving and extracting the images to your computer, import them into EQ. We have a sample lesson for doing this in EQ8 here.  To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you

Villa Rosa Designs Fast and More Fun Blog Hop – Winner Announced

Posted 03-25-2024 by Diane | Posted in: Congratulations Contests

Thank you to everyone who read and commented on our blog post! We’re so happy we could be part of such an inspirational and fun blog hop, including introducing some of you to EQ8 and how it can help you visualize your quilts! To see more of EQ8 in action, watch the EQ8-demo video! We had 332 people enter to win a copy of EQ8! One person was selected at random, and without further ado, congratulations goes to… PATIENCE B. After reading our post, here’s Patience’s comment, “Wow, this software is so cool. Being able to mock up the different fabrics and colors is so cool! Thank you for sharing!” Congrats again, Patience, now let your design adventure begin!! Seven other names were drawn at random and sent to Villa Rosa Designs to be entered into more giveaways. Check VRD’s page for a list of those winners. To enter the

Villa Rosa Designs – Fast and More Fun Blog Hop!

Posted 03-20-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: Contests

Hello Villa Rosa Designs followers! You’re here because today is our day to post in the Villa Rosa Blog Hop! Villa Rosa Designs creates “Fast & Fun” quilt patterns featuring pre-cuts like 1/2 yards, fat quarters, 10′′ squares, 5′′ squares, 2 1/2′′ strips, fat eighths, and fat sixths, as well as other fabric cuts, including panels. Tricia Maloney, known as the Orphan Quilter, who formats all of the Villa Rosa Designs, uses EQ8 for each one, and designs her own patterns in EQ8, too! EQ8 Giveaway AND other fabulous prizes! There are wonderful prizes available from the various sponsors for this blog hop, including a set of cards, fabric, patterns, notions, and other goodies! For our part, we’re giving away one EQ8! To be eligible for any of the prizes, please click on the Enter Giveaway button, fill out, and submit the form by Sunday, March 24, 2024. We will

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