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Quick Paper Piecing Tip

Posted 06-12-2009 by Sarah | Posted in: Uncategorized

If you are drawing a block in EQ and would like to paper piece it, here’s a quick note that may help that came from an EQ user’s question this morning. When you click File > Print Foundation Pattern, you may see the message “This block has a patch with an inside corner, so it cannot be automatically numbered for paper piecing.” This means there’s some spot in the block where foundation piecing it would be impossible. If you’d still like to paper piece it, find these spots in your drawing. Then extend lines from those spots to the edge of the block, or the next section and you’ll be ready to sew!

Another In-Progress Kaleidoscope Mystery Quilt

Posted 06-11-2009 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

Can I just say, “I am sooooo EXCITED!” This mystery quilt has been a blast and I love seeing the pictures you’re sending. Pat Huston just sent in this beauty: She writes: “What a great surprise! I love it! When the project was introduced it sounded like a good opportunity to not only add to my EQ skills, but also to use up some of the batik fabrics in my stash. Andrea kept warning that the project could get busy, and I should have listened to her advice. At first attempt to lay out my pieces I kept saying “too busy, too busy”. But, playing with the pieces was great fun – just like playing with a kaleidoscope as a kid. The center block from month one did not end up in the center at all. For June I chose a block called “Shoe String” which was much quieter and

Amy Butler Softwares Review by FabTalk

Posted 06-10-2009 by Sarah | Posted in: Uncategorized

We received an email from Sarah Moon of FabTalk who told us about an Amy Butler Softwares review she had written. We were flattered and blown away by how well she knew the program. She does a great job of explaining some of the different features and advantages to using the program and so we thought we’d share the review with you Read the full review on the FabTalk blog! But here’s a little excerpt: All-in-all, Softwares is a great value, even if you just make the projects as the come on the CD. For less than $30, you get more than 20 beautiful Amy Butler patterns. However, it’s really the added features that intrigue me the most–the ability to design and plan a project with a light-weight version of Electric Quilt 6, using inspiring Amy Butler fabrics. In order to get the most out of Softwares, you would be well-served to

Send us your Kaleidoscope Mystery Quilt Pictures

Posted 06-09-2009 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

At the beginning of this month we revealed the Mystery Quilt we started with the Kaleidoscope Collection. Instead of just sewing blocks, we actually used all the triangles in an interlocking larger kaleidoscope pattern. It was a lot of sewing, but sooo worth it. Here is my quilt top: Made by Andrea Bishop We want pictures! We’ll do the “befores” and then in a few months after the border lessons, we’ll do the “afters”. The quilt top below is made by Judy Best. She says: “I spent the weekend sewing up a storm and have my “wedges” done for the mystery quilt, I’ve attached a picture of the wedges laid out on the floor. You suggested using fun fabric so I did, starting with a pink, white and black stripe fabric that caught my eye and added to it a check, small stripe, pink print, tone on tone purple, dark

Contest Reminder – June 19th deadline

Posted 06-09-2009 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

Write an EQ-Haiku – you may win a prize. We’ll choose our favorite 5 haiku. Each of the 5 winners will receive a free Quilting Designs CD of their choice. And we’ll print all the haiku in our next newsletter. What is a haiku? It’s an unrhymed verse most commonly with three short lines: Line 1 – 5 syllables Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables The challenge of Haiku is to convey meaning and imagery in such a short form. Possible subjects of EQ-Haiku: quilts, EQ, software, computers, sewing. A sample EQ-Haiku from EQ the Mouse: Penny’s desk my home Her monitor my window EQ quilts await Enter as many EQ-Haiku as you’d like. Send your EQ-Haiku to: Entry deadline: June 19th. So do it now!

Patterns & Business cards – check, Excused Absence form – check

Posted 06-08-2009 by Electric Quilt | Posted in: Uncategorized

If only we could all have been this organized at 16. Let me introduce you to Ashley Malinowski. We first met Ashley at Pittsburgh Quilt Market when she stopped by our booth. She totally charmed us all with her personality and initiative. I think her first words to us were something like “I love EQ”, so that might have had something to do with it too. When we asked Ashley how she used Electric Quilt, she said it enabled her to start her own pattern line. This 16-year-old go-getter already works at a quilt shop and got an excused absence form to skip a few days of school to go promote her pattern line. Now that school’s out for the summer, I asked Ashley to tell us a little more about her story: “I am Ashley Malinowski, a 16 year old, junior in High School, using EQ6. I think the

An EQ6 Design – "Tile Style" by Cheryl Malkowski

Posted 06-08-2009 by Sarah | Posted in: Uncategorized

Browsing through the August ’09 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting we came across instructions for a quilt called Tile Style by Cheryl Malkowski. The quilt caught our eye so we got in touch with Cheryl to learn more about her design. Turns out, she had designed it in EQ6! Cheryl writes: “Yes, I used EQ6, as always! I’d seen the tiles downstairs in the auditorium at Sisters Middle School and ran upstairs to our classroom/dorm room to draw it out in EQ a few years ago during Quilters Affair week in Sisters. The tiles on the floor were just ¼ of that block, so they were in effect, a 16 patch, but I was intrigued by the way the little ‘chain’ ran through it, and wondered what would happen if I put 4 of them together. Once I put them together, I took out the unnecessary seams and there was the

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