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Lessons with Yvonne–May 21, 2023–Quick and Easy Disappearing 9-Patch

Posted 05-21-2023 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Disappearing 9-patch blocks are extremely popular to use in quilts.  They are easy to make in EQ8 using the Serendipity tools.  With just a few clicks you can see all the different variations of a 9-patch block using EQ8. Open your EQ8 program and create a new project called Disappearing 9 Patch.   Be sure to click the OK at the bottom of the box. Open the view sketchbook and locate the built-in EQ8 9-patch design. Select the 9-patch and then click on EDIT at the bottom of the box.  This will place the design on the block worktable. The block worktable opens up on the DRAW tab of the block worktable. Click on the COLOR tab at the top of the screen and recolor the block as below. Add to sketchbook  At the top of the screen, click on the BLOCK heading and select Serendipity>Clip and Flip. The Clip and

Do You EQ Too? – Chris Behme

Posted 05-16-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Do You EQ Too

Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here. This month we are spotlighting Chris Behme! “I was a quilter from 1994-2000, when I dropped sewing for knitting,” says Chris. “I have since returned to quilting after building a new house in 2017 and covering 13 windows with Roman Shades and valances. The search for window treatments and home decor led me down a rabbit’s hole into a return to quilting. I quilt with the Mudsock Quilters Guild in Fishers, Indiana and have started tutoring guild members in my EQ8 knowledge. I try to submit challenges each month, but a busy schedule of quilting, grand-kids, and life have prevented my attempts this year. But I do enjoy looking at what others have created and have saved projects from past challenges!” Check

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Nine Patch Art Square

Posted 05-10-2023 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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! This month’s block: Nine Patch Art Square Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Diamond in a Square Design ideas to get you started I used a standard 4×4 horizontal layout for my first quilt. I alternated the Nine Patch Art Square block with the default Mosaic, No. 2(2) block. Coloring this way gives the illusion of an on-point setting. For my second quilt, I used the Stars-19 layout from the library. The featured block is set in the center star point spaces and the default Nine Patch is set in the outer diamond spaces. I

Breezeway – Winners Announced!

Posted 05-10-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Congratulations

Thank you to everyone who participated in April’s design challenge! Such a fun variety of quilts were submitted and we loved seeing them all! Winners Two winners were selected by the Maywood Studio team! Congratulations to…. Winner 1: Cynthia Concha “Love the use of all the fabrics in the interlocking diamond blocks. We could see this design used for many collections. Well done!” – Maywood Studio Winner 2: Julie Johnston “Her use of traditional blocks and color play really caught our eye!” – Maywood Studio Honorable Mentions Don’t forget to look at all the amazing submissions to this challenge. Here are a few honorable mentions from Maywood Studio! Honorable Mention 1: Deni Dickler “We loved the inspiration behind her design and learned something new.” – Maywood Studio Honorable Mention 2: Cynthia K Ryan “Her first submission and very impressive. Can’t wait to see what her next designs are.” – Maywood Studio More Chances to

Electric Quilt and Quilts of Valor – Kimberly E., Wendy S., and QOV Design Tips

Posted 05-04-2023 by Diane | Posted in: Electric Quilt & Quilts of Valor®

In November we announced that we’ve teamed up with the Quilts of Valor Foundation® (QOVF) for a special 8-month collaboration! We’re requesting both an image of your EQ-software-QOV design and a picture of the accompanying finished Quilt of Valor®. Scroll down below to read more details about this heartwarming event! Kimberly E. Last month we featured 4 of the amazing designers who are in the All-Star Quilts of Valor book. This month, one of the designers we’re highlighting is Kimberly Einmo, who not only has a beautiful quilt in the book, but also wrote the Foreward! She sums up this incredible organization perfectly by saying, “I can think of no greater way to honor these modern-day heroes who have faithfully served our country than with the gift of a Quilt of Valor to show them their service was – and is – appreciated by a grateful nation and will be remembered in a tangible way.” We couldn’t agree

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Color Club

Posted 05-01-2023 by Olivia | Posted in: Contests

This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced soon! May’s Fabric of the Month is Color Club by Heather Valentine for Windham Fabrics! The range of shades and simple prints make Color Club a foundational staple! The tonal prints blend with and highlight those hard to match prints in your stash. The collection is the perfect color assortment to create patchwork pieces, rainbow quilts bags and more. A bundle of these fabrics will be given away to two lucky winners! Submit your EQ design featuring Color Club below…all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter In order to enter for the giveaway you must submit a quilt using the current Fabric of the Month AND comment on at least one other person’s quilt you like by the end of the month. If you’re the first person to submit a quilt, make sure to come back and comment on someone else’s quilt before the

Design & Discover – Coloring Scrappy Quilts

Posted 05-01-2023 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover Favorite Posts

First of all, you definitely don’t have to manually color each individual patch to make a quilt look scrappy! Lots of times if you are planning on sewing a scrappy quilt you wouldn’t be using the specific red fabric you’re coloring your quilt with, you would just be using a red from your stash anyways. So, the first step is just to not overthink it!  But, here are a few different ways to make this job a little faster. In this Wedding Ring Quilt I used the Ctrl/Cmd to color the blocks with the Paintbrush tool, which colors the same patch in all matching blocks on the current layer.   And ended up with this quilt… Once you have a quilt designed and colored like in Step 1, click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools Use the Rotate and Flip tools to break up the repetitive fabrics. For example, here

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