Looking through some fellow EQ users’ blogs, I came across a beautiful Mariner’s Compass quilt design in EQ6 by Bobbinhead. She’s experimented with several design but began working on a wall hanging and it’s turning out nicely! Mariner’s Compass Quilt from Bobbinhead’s Quilting Hideout. Now she’s down to the center piece and wasn’t sure how she was going to approach it but had a few good ideas. We wanted to pass on some suggestions as well! The center can be pieced or appliquéd as Bobbinhead has mentioned. We recommend an appliqué approach by using a top stitch. If you want to avoid having to deal with a circular center, you can also do a Mariner’s Compass star that simplifies into a 4-Patch where the spikes go all the way to the center (which would also help you when piecing). Congrats on starting with such a complex quilt, Bobbinhead! If you
We got an email from Roberta Campbell from State College who shared with us her creative EQ6 designed projects that are worth sharing! Roberta designed a shower curtain and matching window valence and a fitted bed quilt with matching window valence for her home. She says’, “Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed EQ. I like the idea that I can plan a quilt and then take the blocks and print out in different sizes for valences, dresser “doilies” etc”. Look at some of her coordinating home fashions Shower Curtain Window Valence Fitted Quilt Window Valence It just goes to show you the versatility of the EQ6 program! It’s not just for making your traditional quilt but also decorating your home. Very cool ideas, Roberta! Thank you for sharing.
We’ve had a lot of questions about Lone Star quilts in techsupport recently. For those of you who have not seen this technique yet, pay attention to the fastest Lone Star you’ll ever make (virtually). In the LIBRARIES > Layout Library > Basics by Style, get the first layout in “Stars” and add it to your Sketchbook. Get some blocks from the Block Library or draw them yourself. (Four Patch, Nine Patch, Sixteen Patch, etc.) Edit the quilt from the Sketchbook, set the blocks in the diamond spaces. If you’re chicken like me when it comes to partial seams and Y-seams, set Half Square Triangles in the setting triangles, so each part simplifies down to triangles in squares. This works for all sorts of blocks. Remember, if it was foundation-pieceable as one unit (like a Diamond in the Square) when it was square… it will still be foundation-pieceable as one
We started another contest! This one ends August 31, 2008. EQ the Mouse hid himself all over the www.electricquilt.com web site. Go find as many as you can and send in your answer. Those with the highest correct answer will have their names put in a hat for the prize drawing. Everyone who enters will receive a free EQ5 or EQ6 project with some cool new blocks, quilts, and fabrics. View the complete contest rules and how to enter Enjoy!
In this month’s issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting you will find Sue Spargo’s Aimee Rabbit Pin Keeper project from the software program, Sue Spargo’s Folk Art Dreams. Such a cute project! Sue completed this special pin keeper especially for Love of Quilting in these beautiful springy colors! We just love Sue’s work and are overjoyed to see them published so beautifully. Get connected with Sue on her blog to hear more about her work and her life.
Vanessa Wedding wrote to say: EQ6 is the best mother’s day gift I’ve had in eons! I use it to post and sell the quilt patterns I’ve designed on my blog. Check out two of Vanessa’s cool ideas on her blog: Golden Glow Block – how color can change a design Cherry Blossom – making a 5-petal pieced flower If you use EQ for your blog, email me at email@example.com and tell me about it.
Recently, a few projects completed by our own Andrea Bishop were published in Fabric Trends magazine using our printable fabrics! Here are her adorable photo purse and pillow as they appeared in the magazine: From the June/July issue of Fabric Trends. Andrea printed 25-30 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares of assorted, tightly cropped images onto our printable fabrics. She then cut them apart using a rotary cutter and re-arranged them to be sewn together into her pillow or purse! So cute. If the thought of sewing together tiny squares scares you away from a project like this, try arranging your photo squares, as you want them, side-by-side in a photo editing software such as Photoshop. Then print the solid image onto EQ printable fabric. Trim away the surrounding fabric and sew your single finished photo collage right into your pillow or purse! Talk about easy! This is a really fun project