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Decostitch Elements – Winner Announced!

Posted 05-03-2021 by coop | Posted in: Congratulations

We were blown away by how many amazing designs were created with these fabrics! Check out the creative entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winner One winner was randomly selected! Congratulations to…. Winner: Annie Rego “My very first challenge. I had a lot of fun using these fabrics.” – Annie Rego Thanks again to all who participated in this challenge. If you’re looking for another chance to win fabric, check out May’s design challenge!

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Exploring Nine Patch Blocks for Accuquilt GO! Qubes

Posted 05-01-2021 by Lori | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori

I love how versatile EQ8 Quilt Design software is no matter what kind of quilt you are making or how you want to cut it out.  In this lesson, we are going to explore nine patch blocks that you can cut out with your Accuquilt GO! Cutters using the Qube die sets. Accuquilt GO! Qube dies contain 8 basic die shapes that you can mix and match to make Four Patch blocks in a 2 x 2 grid. However, you can also use those same shapes to make Nine Patch Blocks in a 3 x 3 grid.  Here is how: When you know what size Nine patch block can be created with your Qube, you can easily size your nine patch blocks to match in EQ8. For example, an 8” GO! Qube makes 12” nine patch blocks.  Since the Qube is based upon a four patch block, when we use

Design & Discover – EasyDraw vs. PolyDraw

Posted 05-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

As far as pieced blocks go, you can draw any block with EasyDraw. Sometimes though, it is easier to draw certain types of blocks in PolyDraw, particularly those that can be aided by using one of the grids. PolyDraw has automatic snapping based on the grid on which you are working. The PolyDraw tools are your only sources for drawing this type of block. With the PolyDraw tools, you’ll notice that with each click, your line will snap to the closest grid point or arc. Click here to learn more about the PolyDraw tools. You may also notice two layer tabs at the bottom of the drawing board: PolyDraw and Applique. The PolyDraw tab is for drawing pieced blocks using the PolyDraw tools, and therefore the patches cannot overlap. The Applique tab is for adding applique patches on top of your piecing. You do not need to do anything on this tab

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Dance in Paris

Posted 05-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

This contest is now closed. Winner announced here! May’s Fabric of the Month is Dance in Paris by Zen Chic for Moda! Full of elegant patterns and beautiful colors, this collection will leave you dreaming of France! A bundle of select Dance in Paris fabrics will be given away to one lucky winner! Submit your EQ design featuring Dance in Paris below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Dance in Paris fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on May 31, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Dance in Paris fabrics for EQ here. Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Dance in Paris collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 3

Posted 04-26-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 3 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

It’s time for Block 3 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! Thanks again to everyone who shared their blocks on Friday. If you haven’t added your second block to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 2 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Here on the blog, click Categories > Sew Alongs > BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 to find all the posts and catch up. Find the BlockBase+ software here > In this post, we’ll take a look at the Search features available in BlockBase+. Then we’ll go through the steps of printing the Foundation Pattern. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software. If you see the Getting Started window, click the Close button. (If you’d like to turn off the tour, check the box next to “Don’t show again”

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 2 Link Up

Posted 04-23-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: Block 2 BlockBase+ BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021 Sew Alongs

Everyone did such a great job with block 1! I love seeing the different fabric choices. Ready to show off your 2898 blocks? Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used the foundation pattern to make my block. Foundations are my go-to for just about every block. When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse to include the image of your sewn block. *Please only post a photo of your sewn 2898 block.* Come back to the blog on Monday, April 26th to find out which block we’ll be sewing next!

Material Mart Uses EQ8 to Share Fabric Inventory with Customers

Posted 04-14-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ Retailers EQ8

EQ8 teacher Marguerite Shrader recently shared with us how Material Mart in Midland, Michigan uses EQ8 in their store. It’s quite innovative and we wanted to share it with you! Marguerite writes: “We want to let you know how we, as a local quilt store that also sells EQ8, are making it easier for our customers to design quilts with the fabrics we carry. About 2 years ago, we started selling EQ8 after one of our customers agreed to teach classes and support the product. We have a series of 7 classes developed so far, and they have been a big hit with the EQ8 user community in the area.” “Our latest endeavor has been to develop an EQ8 Fabric Library of the fabric inventory we have in the store, so that when our users design a quilt in EQ8, they can design with fabrics they know we have in

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