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Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Sara!

Posted 04-15-2024 by Heidi | Posted in: EQ8 Just Because Sew Alongs Stitch & Share

This year we’re doing a Sew-Along!  If you’d like to sew along with us and get more details about the project, check them out here. One reason we decided to do the sew-along was to make sure everyone on staff knows how to quilt (since we’ve hired some new people recently). But, we also thought it’d be fun to post about so you can get to know us a little better! Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. This month we’re featuring Sara! Sara started working for EQ as a graphic design intern in 2003, then moved to full-time in May of 2004. So, quick (and easy) math puts her at 20 years! In those 20 years she’s gone from intern to Director of Business Operations which means she handles a lot of the “business” duties of the company, including HR-type responsibilities. Additionally, Sara

Custom Barn Quilts!

Posted 04-12-2024 by Christine | Posted in: More for EQers

Don’t you love passing by a farm and spotting a barn quilt? Have you ever thought of using your EQ8 to design one? We all know we can design an actual quilt in EQ8, but did you know you can design your very own barn quilt in EQ8 too? It’s easy! Our friends at Quiltfolk have just announced their Barn Quilt Breakthrough that makes owning a beautiful barn quilt less time-consuming and more accessible: For the first time, Quiltfolk is offering custom Barn Quilts in a proprietary way—no painting required, with infinite colors and designs available! Two ways to order! Choose from pre-designed options or upload your own from EQ8! 1.) Pre-designed barn quilt: Choose from a selection of 30 pre-made options plucked straight from the EQ8 Block Library. You’ll recognize popular blocks like Mariner’s Star, Bear’s Paw, Monkey Wrench, Log Cabin, and lots more that are perfect for your home! 2.) Custom

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tangled Stars

Posted 04-10-2024 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: Tangled Stars Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eccentrics Design ideas to spark your creativity My first quilt is a 3 x 3 horizontal layout. I alternated the Tangled Stars block with a pinwheel block I drew on the Block Worktable. I colored the pinwheel block to highlight the large star in the layout. For my second quilt, I edited the featured block to add more piecing in the diagonal points of the design. This gave me more patches in the block so I could color in a rainbow palette. I set my

EQA is Four Weeks Away!

Posted 04-05-2024 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

   Join us at EQ Academy! In just 4 short weeks from today, we’ll be wrapping up our 3-day EQ Academy workshop. We are so excited for this year’s Academy because we have more students enrolled than ever before! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up lots of fabulous goodies from our generous sponsors—you should see the mountain of giveaways in our office! (Items pictured above barely scratch the surface.) Thank You Sponsors!   We cannot wait for students to arrive! We have quilters coming from all over the U.S. (26 states to be exact, indicated in blue). Enrollment is open for a couple more weeks and there are seats left in the following classes so sign up today, we’d love to have you! For more information about EQ Academy, check out these links or contact us! 3 Thinks to Expect at EQ Academy > Enroll in EQ Academy Classes > Hotel,

Ebony Suite – Winner Announced!

Posted 04-02-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

If you haven’t looked, go see all the amazing entries we received for March’s design challenge here! Thanks to all who participated! Winner One winner was selected randomly. Congratulations to…. Winner: Linda Christianson Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the beautiful submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions! More Chances to Win Sea Breeze by Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra for Northcott is April’s Fabric of the Month! Download the collection and enter in our design challenge for another chance to win some fabric!

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Sea Breeze

Posted 04-01-2024 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

This contest is now closed. Winners announced here! April’s Fabric of the Month is Sea Breeze by Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra for Northcott! Created by design duo Deborah Edwards and Melanie Samra in their classic alcohol ink style, Sea Breeze takes you away to another world where tranquility ensues in sunshine, warm sands, blue skies, and a gentle breeze. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Sea Breeze below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck!   Note: The Sea Breeze collection contains two panels (not included in the download). It is NOT required that you use the panels in your design, but if you’d like to, you can save the panel images below to your computer here. After saving and extracting the images to your computer, import them into EQ. We have a sample lesson for doing this in EQ8 here.  To enter

Villa Rosa Designs Fast and More Fun Blog Hop – Winner Announced

Posted 03-25-2024 by Diane | Posted in: Uncategorized

Thank you to everyone who read and commented on our blog post! We’re so happy we could be part of such an inspirational and fun blog hop, including introducing some of you to EQ8 and how it can help you visualize your quilts! To see more of EQ8 in action, watch the EQ8-demo video! We had 332 people enter to win a copy of EQ8! One person was selected at random, and without further ado, congratulations goes to… PATIENCE B. After reading our post, here’s Patience’s comment, “Wow, this software is so cool. Being able to mock up the different fabrics and colors is so cool! Thank you for sharing!” Congrats again, Patience, now let your design adventure begin!! Seven other names were drawn at random and sent to Villa Rosa Designs to be entered into more giveaways. Check VRD’s page for a list of those winners. To enter the

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