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 we’re using a motif from the Block Library. Motifs work just a little differently than blocks. Motifs do not have a background patch, so they can’t be set on Layer 1 of a standard quilt layout. Visit our Support site for more info on setting motifs in a quilt layout. This month’s block: Butterfly 17 Where to find it: 06 Motifs > Butterflies A few design ideas to get you started I was thinking of a baby shower gift for this first design. You can never go wrong with a classic Variable Star quilt, and the butterfly motif adds just a touch of whimsy. I love when I
Do you know about EQ Boutique? Or how EQ Boutique works? EQ Boutique products install a variety of designer-created quilt blocks to use in your EQ software. Some products include complete quilt project files, too! Print templates, foundations and/or rotary cutting directions, then start sewing! Boutique add-ons are compatible with Electric Quilt 8, Electric Quilt 7, and EQStitch software. Select Boutique add-ons are also compatible with EQ Mini software. All of our Star Collections are 20% off 4/10/19-4/11/19. Use code STARS20 to receive the discount. Install these patterns right into your EQ block library. But, there’s much more than star blocks! You can also search EQ Boutique patterns by designer… Amy Heaton Angie Padilla Annika Kornelis Christine Wipplinger Denise Russart Erin McMorris Janeen van Niekerk Jenny Novinsky Judy Martin Marsha McCloskey Mickey Depre Pearl Pereira Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Regina Grewe Sindy Rodenmayer
Scroll down for photos! Another EQ Academy in the books… and this one may have been our favorite! Students learned SO much from the awesome teachers and we loved seeing the quilts they designed! We had about 80 students at this EQ Academy and many were “EQA alum!” Thank you to all the students for coming! We hope to see you all back for our Fall EQ Academy! We’ll have beginner classes as always, and some fun, topical classes too. If you enjoyed your time at EQ Academy, tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in coming to a future EQ Academy, sign up for our e-mails to be notified of enrollment. Fall EQ Academy is scheduled for September 26-28, 2019 and we hope to open enrollment in July. Watch for details via email and the EQ Classes website. Spread the word to your EQ friends, family, and guild members!
The quilts designed for this challenge were SO beautiful! (See all entries in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! If you want to jump in on another challenge, we’ve got an April one going here! Winners Two winners were chosen at random and here they are…… Dan Perkins Laura Bailey Both winners will receive a Twilight Chic Stack (10” squares) and a Twilight Chic Strip (2.5” strips) Precuts! Both winners are also eligible for the bonus prize because they identified which of the Studio 180 tools would be used for which units in their design. The additional prize is a $30 gift certificate to be used on Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design website: www.Studio180Design.net. Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants! If you’re looking for something else to keep you designing, check out our new design challenge and giveaway featuring Solid-ish by Kimberly Einmo!
This month we are exploring the possibilities with the Baby Block layout in EQ8! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! When you come across the Baby Block layout you may just imagine that you can use that for making Tumbling Blocks style quilts. Which, of course you can! But, you can do a lot more too! Click NEW QUILT > LAYOUT > Baby Blocks Make your quilt 6 x 6 with a finished size of 9 inches. To color the quilt click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and color the quilt as you desire. With the same layout, just colored differently, you can have 6 pointed stars! But, you can also
Here we go again, another EQ design challenge! This one features a fabulous collection called Solid-ish by our friend, Kimberly Einmo for Timeless Treasures Fabrics. You may have heard of this collection in the past, but Kimberly has just added 30 new colors to it! Here’s a peek at the full collection: EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway Design a quilt in EQ using fabrics from Kimberly’s Solid-ish collection. You could be a lucky winner of the fabric! To Enter Design a quilt in EQ using Solid-ish fabrics and submit an image of it by April 30, 2019. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Solid-ish fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ quilt must use fabrics from the Solid-ish collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent
Spring is coming up fast. It makes me think of new beginnings with new fresh flowers and the leaves budding on the trees. This inspires me to start a new quilt celebrating the flowers sprouting up from the cold winter ground. Open your EQ8 program and click on the ‘design a block from scratch’ heading on the opening page. On the block worktable, click on the new block tab>applique>motif. On the block properties bar at the top of the worktable, set the block size to 8 x 8 inches. In the drawing tools box at the left click on the shapes icon and then click on the stencil maker icon. In the dialogue box, use the slider bars to change the shape of the elements to create a flower like design then click OK to place it onto the worktable. Once the design is on the worktable and still selected,