We, here at the Electric Quilt Company, are nothing without our AMAZING community of users! If we’ve learned anything these past 30 years, it’s that our customers are some of the most creative and talented quilters around! Each month, we want to take the time to spotlight an amazing EQ user we’ve noticed. Share your EQ story in the comments below for a chance to be considered! Tell us your story! Maybe you used EQ8 to lay out a Block of the Month for your quilt group! Or maybe you used it to design a special quilt for a graduate in your life, new mother, or memory quilt. Whatever your story is, we’d love to hear it! We will select a different quilter each month that we’ve seen either here on the blog or on social media. How can I participate? To be considered, write a brief comment below and attach an
This year’s QuiltCon 2023 Community Outreach Challenge is to create quilts that show a color shift, or gradient, in the piecing. This is a fun challenge to play with in EQ8 because it’s easy to add gradated colors, and of course, play with lots of different design ideas! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Colors tab Click the three dots and choose Add Colors… Click Define Custom Colors >>> The dark-teal RGB value is: R: 24 G: 78 B: 119 Enter those numbers as shown. Click Add to Custom Colors. Click OK Repeat for these other three colors. The lime-green RGB value is: R: 217 G: 237 B: 146 The eggplant-purple RGB value is: R: 70 G: 17 B: 106 The pink RGB value is: R: 234 G: 105 B: 139 Scroll to the end of all your colors
Let’s celebrate Spring! I am trying to be positive, it is still snowing where I live. I really want Spring. 1. Double Click on the EQ8 Icon on your desktop and launch the program. When the program opens, click on the New Project icon and name the new project ‘Spring Is In The Air’. Click on the OK at the bottom of the box. 2. Click on the block worktable icon on the upper right side of the screen. Click on NEW BLOCK>Pieced and Applique>Easy + Applique at the top of the screen. 3. At the top of the screen, click on LIBRARIES>Block Library. 4. In the block library box, click on search>by notecard. Type in the search word ‘tulips’. Click on the word ‘search’ at the bottom of the box. Click on the OK in the search results box. 5. Scroll over in the box until you find the
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. If you’re a brand new EQ8 user, I hope you’ll join in the fun! This monthly series is great motivation to dig into the software and practice your new EQ8 skills. And if you’ve been using EQ8 for a while, I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! This month’s block: Sixteen Points Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Four Patch Design ideas to get you started The large center square in this block is calling out for something special—fussy cut fabric, a quilting stencil, or another block! I used the Serendipity-Merge Blocks feature to put the Turnstile block in the center square of the Sixteen Points block.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to April’s design challenge! As always, we love seeing all the gorgeous quilts EQ users create! Be sure to see all the entries we received here! Winners Two winners were selected by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design!. Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Jill Peek “This is a Morning Star patch and I designed this with all the cooler tones in this fabric line. I’m very excited to make this quilt!” - Jill Peak Winner 2: Lee Peterson “I am fond of compass quilts and this collection of fabrics works well with that design.” - Lee Peterson Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out May’s design challenge!
Scroll down for pictures! Spring was certainly blossoming last week in Perrysburg, Ohio as we witnessed a new group of students (and some returnees) growing in their understanding of EQ8 during our 3-day EQ Academy! There were 62 students in attendance from all over the United States and even Canada! Some students were taught the beginning skills of using EQ8, while others honed their block-drawing and quilt-design talents! In different classes students also learned how to import their fabric stash, were taught the best practices for designing t-shirt quilts, and expanded their ideas for how to use borders! Overall, lots was learned, fun was had, and great relationships were formed! We can’t thank everyone enough who attended, including our awesome teachers! A special shout out and thanks to our incredible sponsors who provided us with goodies to create amazing welcome bags and daily giveaways! Our next EQ Academy is scheduled
Quilt artist Margaret Fleisher created a 100 day challenge for herself of making quilt blocks to match books, and the results were amazing! Here are just a few examples… I think that is a good way to stretch your EQ8 design muscles and learn to think about how to design elements you may not include otherwise. The first example we’re going to do is this book cover of A Wrinkle in Time. Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click the NEW QUILT tab > Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter: Horizontal: 6 Vertical: 7 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCK enter: Width: 9 Height: 11.5 Click the BORDERS tab Click the Delete button Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Motif Next, we’ll be importing an image to trace. In the example I’m using the cover to A Wrinkle in Time. If