I’ve been drawing nothing but stencils for the last few weeks. The designs in Volume 6 are sure to be a hit. The majority of them are continuous line! Look for “Quilting Designs: Quiltmaker Volume 6″ this summer.
We got a great question on the EQ forum from Carolyn about how to design an Argyle quilt. Between Penny and other forum readers she was able to achieve the design she wanted. To the left is her final design. Here’s how Penny explains how to start your own Argyle quilt: “You can create Diamond blocks by using the quilt style Variable Point, and making the block size any proportion of 1: 1.75. So click QUILT > New Quilt > Variable Point > click the layout tab > choose the number of diamonds you want > make the size any proportion of 1:1.75. Here are some examples: 3″ Width x 5.25″ Height 4″ x 7″ 5″ x 8.75″ 6″ x 10.5″ Once you have an empty layout, you can color with the Paintbrush to create an argyle-like overall plaid.” Carolyn then worked on creating a specific block to achieve the look she
Longtime EQ friend Jean Boyd has been published again! The April issue of Quilter’s World magazine has just published Jean’s project called “Words of Wisdom” so look out for that. “This (Words of Wisdon) is a 3-fold fabric booklet that can hold photographs in little picture pockets. The “words of wisdom” are printed on inkjet printable fabric (I used EQ printables) and then added to the project.” As an EQ Printables expert, she of course used EQ’s fabrics in her project. Jean has been a wonderful supporter of the EQ printable fabrics line and uses them in nearly all her photo projects, teaches classes on how to use them, and of course always has great photo project ideas to share with us! We love hearing what she’s up to. See more photos and read more about “Words of Wisdom” and other great photo projects on her blog. Take a minute to check out her website too.
Creative Home Arts hosted a “Sew It” contest for their readers and the winners were just released in the March/April issue. Dr. Micki Wiersma, one of the contest winners, used the EQ software and mentioned it in her entry submission called “Over the Rainbow” Table Runner. How cool is that? We are so honored. Here is what Micki wrote about her entry: “I designed and made this for my daughter, who always looks on the bright side of things. I developed the block and overall design using an application called EQ6. Each of the five spirals has over 200 pieces. I sewed them precisely using foundation piecing techniques. The quilting was done to enhance the spiral design.” Dr. Micki Wiersma from Creative Home Arts Magazine, March/April Issue Here’s the page from the Creative Home Art issue with a photo of Micki’s projects. Beautiful Job, Micki and thank you for the
If you ever want two motifs to touch end to end on a diagonal line, try the following: 1) Draw a diagonal line and convert it to guides. 2) Move your motif close to the guide, then zoom in on the end of your motif that’s supposed to touch it. Change the X & Y settings in the Precision Bar until it does touch the guide. Make note of X and Y. 3) Clone the motif and use either Flip D or Flip O to get the opposite. (I never remember which is which, so I hold up my hands in front of me in the shape of a “V” or bottom of a heart. That tells me that “D” flips on this axis: and “O” flips on this axis: /.) 4) Switch X and Y on this new one. Works every time. (This tip also works when positioning blocks