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EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Abstract Garden

Posted 02-01-2019 by Christine | Posted in: Contests

This contest is now closed. Winners were announced here. We’re going to have some fun with Christa Watson‘s new fabric collection, Abstract Garden! You’ve got the whole month of February to play around with these fabrics in EQ, find a design you like, and submit an image of your quilt. Two lucky winners will each receive a fat-quarter bundle of the fabric from Benartex! Contest details below. EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway Design a quilt in EQ using Christa’s new fabrics and you might win fabric! Here are the details: To enter Design a quilt in EQ using the Abstract Garden fabrics and submit an image of it by February 28, 2019. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Abstract Garden fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ quilt must use fabrics from Christa’s Abstract Garden collection. (Up to 2 other solid colors

Design & Discover – Coloring and Recoloring

Posted 02-01-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Even if you think you know how to color your quilts, you will probably learn something new from this lesson! You can follow along and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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! (Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.) We are going to start with a very basic quilt. Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab. For this lesson it doesn’t really matter what your layout is, but you can see what I have below. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block Use Alt+click/Option+click to set the blocks shown in alternating positions. (These are both default blocks and don’t need to be added

Erin McMorris Block Collections

Posted 01-23-2019 by Heidi | Posted in: Downloads EQ Designers EQ8 More for EQers

Erin McMorris has lots of adorable block in our EQ Boutique! You can add these cute blocks to your EQ right now! Erin studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati and then textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has doodled, drawn, and designed in London, San Francisco, and New York, and currently rests her laptop in Portland, Oregon. (She’s also Penny’s daughter!) Check out Erin’s website. Erin has designs blocks that are fun, colorful and adorable! Her blocks from Poppies & Posies are great for Spring projects! Erin’s blocks are also 20% off! Sale ends 1/24/19. Use code 20ERIN for discount. See all of Erin’s blocks here!

LESSONS WITH YVONNE–QUILT TOO INTRICATE TO PIECE TOGETHER?

Posted 01-20-2019 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

I was at an EQ8 class not too long ago and we were all making quilt layouts.  I was laughed at because my layout was so intricate that one observer said “You would never make that!”.  It had so many details to the piecing pattern in multiple sizes that it would indeed have been a challenge.  I often play with my EQ8 program to see what I can create.  But, I may not necessarily have the time to make it in fabrics.  No problem!  EQ8 lets me still be creative and use the most intricate of patterns I can think up. I find designs very interesting if they are one block only made in multiple sizes and all sewn together.  This can be accomplished easily using the custom set quilt layout options in the EQ8 program. Open your EQ8 program.  On the opening page, click on the work on quilt

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Star and Chains

Posted 01-11-2019 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

It’s the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2019! I look forward to a fun and inspiring year of designing with you all! Whether you’ve been using EQ for years or you are brand new to the software, I hope you’ll join us each month for these design challenges. What is 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: Star and Chains Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Ladies Art Company A few design ideas to get you started This block is just begging to be the focal block for a medallion quilt! I love these pastels against the dark gray background. Since my first quilt was so dark, I thought I’d lighten it up

2019 EQ Ambassadors

Posted 01-09-2019 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Artists EQ Designers

We’re so excited to announce our 2019 EQ Ambassadors: Nancy Mahoney and Alyce Blyth! They are both such talented designers, and create amazing things with EQ8. Watch for them to be featured in our newsletters, websites, ads and social media posts throughout the year. You might even hear them on your favorite podcast! Nancy Mahoney Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 200 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers. Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002; her most recent book is Learn to Paper Piece. Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections. When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens. “I’ve been using EQ

Design and Discover – Designing with Block Photos

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

Do you have blocks that you’ve already sewn but aren’t sure what to do with? Did you know you can import photos or scans of the blocks into EQ and play with them to help you decide what to do? Follow along with the lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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! (Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.) The first step is to get images of all the blocks. If you are scanning your blocks try to use 72 or 75 dpi. If you are taking photos of your blocks try to make sure the blocks are laying flat, so there are no shadows on the

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