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Aura Challenge – Winner Announced

Posted 06-03-2019 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations Contests

Have you seen the gorgeous entries submitted to the Aura challenge?! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winner Aura designer, Mathew Boudreaux, chose his favorite entry and it is………… Jenn B! UPDATE: Jenn was kind enough to share her EQ8 project file! You can download it for EQ8 here. Jenn will receive fat quarters of the Aura collection from Art Gallery Fabrics! Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants and congrats to Jenn B!!

Design & Discover – Borders!

Posted 06-01-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the borders in EQ8! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! There are a few different ways to work with borders in EQ8. First let’s work with what is encompassed under the Border’s tab. Let’s set up our layout. Click the NEW QUILT tab Click Horizontal In the LAYOUT tab for Number of Blocks make it 1 x 1 Set your Width and Height to 20 x 20 Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library Find an interesting block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook Click Close Click Set Block Click on your newly added block Click to place the block Click

Everything is 25% off!

Posted 05-24-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Just Because

We are having a sitewide sale! Everything is 25% off! This includes EQ8 and EQ8 Upgrades! The sale also includes the newest book! If you want to draw your own blocks in EQ8, this is the book for you! Experienced EQ educator, Kari Schell, takes you step-by-step through each of the drawing styles available in EQ8. You’ll learn skills for both pieced and applique drawing while filling your Sketchbook with beautiful blocks! From drawing a simple nine patch to creating a beautiful floral applique wreath, this book will take your drawing skills to the next level!       The sale also includes the newest Stash! This download of EQ Stash Online features an array of new fabrics from top manufacturers. The 1,200+ digital fabrics will download right into your EQ Fabric Library for immediate use for designing your EQ projects. See all the manufacturers, designers, and collections that make

Q&A with Alyce Blyth

Posted 05-20-2019 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Artists Q&A

EQ Ambassador, Alyce Blyth is such a talented designer. View some of her beautiful quilts below and read about how EQ gave her confidence to submit designs to magazines! A little about Alyce: Alyce Blyth began her quilting journey when her two children were just babies. It took a few years until they each had a quilt and in the process, she became hooked on her passion and purpose. When her family moved from Australia to Chiba, Japan, it was there that she became truly passionate about turning her hobby into her career. With a primary school teaching background, Alyce discovered that the quilting industry was the perfect blend of the things she loved most – creativity, puzzles and teaching. Now living back in Melbourne, Australia, she has had patterns published in magazines around the world, writes columns and articles, self-published her first book, DIY Block Design, and continues to remain passionate

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–PAPER PIECING PIT FALLS

Posted 05-19-2019 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I absolutely love doing paper piecing because of the accuracy.  My points always match and my material is always stable with the paper pattern.  But, just because you can draw a pieced design does not necessarily mean it can be easily paper pieced. Two of the biggest issues I see when teaching paper piecing drafting is that the images people want to paper piece can’t really be sewn with a paper piecing method, or they are so complex the beginner designer may just give up.    The other concern is when you design a paper pieced block that has multiple seams coming together at one place and it creates an impossible bulk in the seams that are difficult to make it lie flat with pressing.  These issues can be prevented when thinking ahead during the pattern drafting process. Take a look at the image below.  It is very intricate and

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Graves

Posted 05-10-2019 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Let’s get creative! This month’s block: Graves Fun Fact! All the blocks in the Prairie Style listing are named after architects and designers. This block is named after Michael Graves. Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Prairie Style A few design ideas to get you started For this first quilt, I set the block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a simpler version of the block by editing the original on the Block Worktable. This quilt is colored with fabrics from the Hedge Rose collection by Kelly Panacci for Penny Rose Fabrics. You can find these fabrics in the newest EQ Stash Online download. Below you’ll see the original

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Update Insider Block Worktable

Posted 05-03-2019 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

Hello!  Have you been following along with the EQ8 Update Insider?  Here is the last insider post of the new EQ8 Updates for the Block Worktable.   As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! If you missed my previous two posts, check out the General Updates including how to download the update HERE and get the scoop on the Quilt Worktable updates  HERE. Lets explore the Block Worktable Updates. Thicker lines when drawing on the Block Worktable You now have the option to make the drawing segments thicker on the DRAW tab only.  This may help you to see your drawn blocks with more clarity since the lines will be easier to see. To turn thick lines ON, click the gear button on the main toolbar of the Block

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