EQ8 has lots of add-ons available. Some include blocks, some include quilts, and some include fabrics! Here’s how to download and install add-ons and if you have any trouble, you can always contact us. Once your add-on is installed, depending on the specific add-on, there are different ways to access it. If the add-on includes quilts… Click Open an existing project then choose a project from the list and click OK. The quilt above is from Heather Valentine Four Seasons Spring Quilts. If your add-on includes blocks… Click Libraries > Block Library Then you can click either Edit to Block Worktable, Select All Blocks, or Add to Sketchbook. If you don’t see any blocks make sure your Block Library is fully open. The blocks above are from Heather Valentine Four Seasons Spring Quilts. If your add-on includes fabrics… Click Libraries > Fabric Library If you don’t see any fabrics make sure your
This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced soon! This November, we’re thankful for this exciting Fabric of the Month! Our featured collection this month is Rooville, designed by Kimberly Einmo for Benartex. A year spent living in the remote Australian outback — complete with daily kangaroo visitors — was the inspiration for this bright, whimsical fabric collection. Cute kangaroos, native foliage, feathers and other amazing creatures, including koalas and brilliantly colored birds, star in these cheerful fabric prints which are sure to be part of many beautiful quilts, home decor items and apparel! A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Rooville 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
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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Pineapple (2 Strips) Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Pineapples (Hint: It’s the very last block in the section.) Design ideas to get you started This first quilt uses a Vertical Strip layout so that I could stagger the columns of blocks. The strip styles alternate between Pieced Blocks and Half Drop Blocks. I accentuated the “squircles” in the blocks by coloring those patches turquoise. The second quilt uses a standard horizontal layout. I colored the blocks in a more traditional pineapple style for this design. The large square patch in the center
So many beautiful quilts were entered into last month’s design challenge, we loved seeing them all! Be sure to check them out here. Winner One winner was selected by fabric designer Laurie Simpson! Congratulations to…. Winner: Cath L 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 Market Street by Heather Peterson for Riley Blake is October’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter in our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!
This contest is now closed. Winner is announced here! Happy fall! As we get ready for chilly days and comfy sweaters, we also find more time for designing and sewing! October’s Fabric of the Month is Market Street by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures for Riley Blake. “I started working on this line in the fall when here in Minnesota all the colors are saturated and washed by the sun. The lakes turn to their bluest hues making the golds, oranges and reds of the nature around them even more vibrant – and providing the inspiration for this color palette. I kept being drawn to the images I had collected from street markets with all of their pretty patterns and colors. Street markets have everything – from geometric prints to repeating patterns, and of course all the florals.” – Heather Peterson A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ
The Swath tool is fun to experiment with but can also make some awesome blocks! The Swath tool draws a stylized stroke surrounding a line. The line or “spine” of the stroke can be edited and shaped like any curve or line segment. The stroke or “hull” surrounding the spine can have varying widths and end styles. So, it’s great for making blocks with Flying Geese! First let’s find the Swath tool. Open EQ8 and click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Block (you could also choose Motif but in this example we’re using Block). Click the DRAW tab > Drawing Tools > Draw > Swath Position the cursor where you want to begin. Press and hold the left mouse button. Still holding the left mouse button, drag in any direction. (To make the “flying geese” fly right, draw your stroke from left to right. To make
Something new is coming! This contest is now closed. Congrats to winner, Caroline L Winfrey! Caroline, watch for an email from EQ staff! Thank you to all participated! Watch for the official email announcing the availability of the new Four Seasons add-on very soon! As mentioned in our mid-month newsletter, we have been trying to stay chill, but are springing with excitement because you’re going to fall in love with our next product. We teased a special announcement for this hot new product and giveaway on the blog so here it is! For the past couple of months, we’ve been working hard to create something new for EQ users and now we can finally tell you about it! With the holiday season just around the corner, we thought it’d be the perfect product for this time of year. You’re going to love the versatility of this product and the applications