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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
So, I’ve always wanted to draw a tessellation. They are so cool the way they interlock and look like animals sometimes. I never thought I was creative enough to figure it out and draw it. Then I had an “Aha!” moment. I’m still not anywhere close to M.C. Escher artwork, but, I’ve figured out something fun in EQ6 I thought I’d share. A tessellation is easy if you start with a square and what you subtract from one side you add to the other. This is a silly way to do it, but start a new PatchDraw Block. On the Pieced tab, fill the block with half-square triangles. (My block is 10×10 and I kept only 6×6 in the center.) With the Pick tool, move a triangle from one side of the block to the other. Keep going until you’ve moved as much as you want. Stop if you think
M. Mercedes Silva wrote in to show one of her virtual ClubEQ designs that made it into fabric reality. Check out Mercedes’ original ClubEQ quilt “Firework”: Mercedes wrote: “Our guild had a fabric challenge (Robert Kaufman,”The fire within II’ D#6040), so I made the quilt from ClubEQ January 2007 #28. I did strip piecing, but it was not easy. I wish that I had done paper piecing instead. Well it is done now and my husband likes it very much, so much that he wanted in his office. Thanks for this wonderful program! Happy Quilting!” Finished quilt by Mercedes: You can see how the two have totally different effects when you flip-flop the lights and darks. I really like the way it turned out. So much piecing! Great job Mercedes!
Each month on the EQ website we have a free download … new fabrics for EQ5 and EQ6 users. The downloads are archived (all the way back to December 2003) so don’t worry, you can still get the downloads from the past 5 years. We want the download to be fabrics you want: So don’t forget to vote for the fabrics here We also take suggestions for future fabric choices. Just email email@example.com.
In the latest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Gloria Hansen’s article “Digital Design Principles Part 1″ is a real eye opener for the digitally disabled. In this article, you’ll find guidance for resizing your images, working with Photoshop Elements layers, learn to use Photoshop Elements tools, get digitally organized, and how to manipulate your photos along with a few tips and tricks along the way. Her expertise will really give you a head start in designing using digital-aid. But, if you like what you learn from Gloria in Quilting Arts, you are going to LOVE her new book! “Digital Essentials – The quilt maker’s must-have guide to digital images, files and more” is a learning guide for designing in programs like Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro. It’s loaded with digital designing instructions, tips, photo tricks, and more! Written by Gloria for both PC and MAC users, this book covers
Longtime EQ-er Sherry Herringshaw, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wrote in to tell us of a recent chance she had to use her EQ6 software to design a quilt for her guild. Here’s what Sherry says: “This is a picture of an opportunity quilt I designed in EQ6 for Cajun Country Quilters of Gonzales Louisiana. My guild asked me to help design a opportunity quilt and I jokingly turned a similar design into it and they immediately said that one!! So, I fine-tuned it and this is the result. I had to come up with blocks various skilled members felt comfortable with. EQ6 made it easy to create patterns to distribute to members. Members of the guild made the log cabin diamond, the Dutchman puzzle and the gold triangle border blocks. I then made the center and completed the set. A guild member Judy Holley quilted it. We have named it