When I found this quilter/artist, I just HAD to share with all of you. There are no EQ6 tips or flashy show-and-tells. Just what I found to be a much appreciated reminder… Dena Crain is a Mixed Media Artist from Kenya. She as advanced degrees in in design, anthropology, and textiles and has studied art quilting in both the USA and South Africa. I came across her name on a Mixed Media Class schedule after Spring Market in Portland. When I found her website, I was nearly mesmerized by her hand painted quilts and techniques. In reading her descriptions it became apparent that Dena’s quilts were in no way traditional or typical. She uses a very organic creation process that moved me. In combination with appliqué, embroidery, beading, and hand painted patterns, Dena quilts with little to no plan or intention. She simply begins with plain white fabric and black
We got this email from Rhonda Dayton a few days ago about a ClubEQ quilt she had done in 2004. Here’s the picture of the original EQ project: Rhonda writes: “I attached a picture of “Sewing Lesson” completed. This design was one I submitted for April 2004 Challenge. Several quilters from all over the world have email me about it, and asked to see it when it was completed. My mom (Jan) finished it about 2 years ago and it is now in my possession. Good things come to those who wait.” Wow. I remember this quilt back in 2004 when we did the Black Appliqué challenge. Kudos to both you and your mom for the design and actually finishing it! Do you have a ClubEQ design that has made it into fabric? Email me at email@example.com and I might just put it on the blog too!
Barb’s newest challenge is: “Create a label for a quilt. You may use the Appliqué Text tool to write a generic greeting or description on the label.” It’s been 5 years since we had a labels challenge, and it was pretty popular then. Don’t forget to create your quilt label and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org before the July deadline. All participants will receive a secret link where they can download all the quilt label projects from the other participants at the end of the month.
Brenda Miller is a quilter and artist Penny met on her way home from Spring Market in Portland, OR. Lucky for us, Brenda recognized Penny’s voice from the help videos in the EQ program! Over the years, Brenda has sorted through her many creative talents over and over again but has always found her way back to quilting. Now, Brenda quilts the days away making quilts and shoulder bags that are just adorable! Fortunately, she does a fantastic job of documenting her projects on her website. Brenda often uses EQ5 for her many designs and my favorite is this Pears Helene Set that includes a table runner, place mats, and wall hanging for the kitchen. The stylish arrangement of pears and branches was originally drawn by Brenda by hand but then taken into EQ5 for refinement. Here also, are some examples of the cute shoulder bags she designs. You can
This is just too cute… Ann Smith is the very proud grandmother of 5 year old Addie Smith. Ann has passed on her passion for quilting to Addie and the two often spend a good portion of their day quilting and designing with EQ6. EQ6 has even become a bit of a learning tool for Addie’s home-schooled art lessons. Her grandmother teaches her the basics of color matching and contrasting of which Addie is now quite the pro! In fact, designing quilts in EQ6 is one of Addie’s favorite things to do. “She is 5 and she absolutely loves EQ6. We home school and if she is dawdling around I tell her that we won’t be able to do EQ6… she picks up the pace instantly.” We just thought this was a great story and we’re happy to hear we’ve got quilters of all ages. Thanks for sharing Ann and
Here’s a fun way to draw a perfect half-circle as a PatchDraw Motif. WORKTABLE > Work on Block. BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Motif. (If your worktable isn’t square, go to BLOCK > Drawing Board Setup and change the Block size to be 5×5 and snaps to be 5×5.) Right-click the Appliqué toolbar and left-click Add/Remove buttons. Make sure the Ellipse tool has a check next to it. Click away from the list to close it. Click on the Ellipse tool on the toolbar. Make sure your Precision Bar is turned on (VIEW > Precision Bar needs to have a check next to it). Drag out a circle in the middle of the workspace… doesn’t matter what size. In the Precision Bar, for the first set of numbers click the left-facing arrow until both read 0.000. For the second set of numbers set them to be the size of
How cool is this? Apparently Tricia Sherman from QnnTV.com also does video spots on her own website about “The Great Canadian Shop Hop.” It’s a virtual shop hop from store to store. Jean Boyd uses our EQ Printables in her samples, classes and demos. Check out the little presentation Jean did with the EQ fabric sheets when the Great Canadian Shop Hop came to visit her local store, The Country Quilter. 1) Go to The Great Canadian Shop Hop website. 2) In the right section, click on the words “Video Player”. 3) Scroll down in the list until you find “Show #7 (The Country Quilter)”. 4) Click on the picture of the video camera where it says “Play”. What a neat idea! If you’d like to see more of how Jean uses printed photos on fabric, visit her website: Patterns by Jean Boyd