#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

Today I want to recognize Pamela Gavin, of Bakersfield, California, for her stunning quilt “Modern Glacier”, which was displayed  at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February.



This quilt drew me in to look and admire.




The variety of quilting motifs, as well as shapes and their respective fills, created interest.



Total #CreativeGoodness.



I hope you enjoy seeing Pamela’s quilt as much as I did.P1140640


Great job Pamela.  Total #CreativeGoodness.

You can find Pamela at:



You can find the QuiltCon at:






Need A Good Chuckle? Check Out All The Entries in the Pets On Quilts Show and Vote For Your Favorites

Voting for your favorite entries in the Annual Pets On Quilts Show, hosted by Lily Pad Quilting is currently open.  I hope you’ll click thru, enjoy seeing all the entries, which I think many will quack you up, and take time to vote for your favorite.  You might even win a prize simply for voting!

Are you wondering how one or more entries in this event might quack you up?

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There are plenty of entries that are purr-fect, some that will touch your heart and you’ll probably go AHH!  And, then some that just simply quack you up.  For example:

Kathy’s Quilting Blog entered this photo in the 2016 Pets On Quilts Show:


When you visit her blog post entry, she introduces you to her ducks and chickens, each with great names.   “Pepperoni” definitely made me laugh and I was already laughing after just seeing her photo entry.  I also had no idea Ducks and Chickens enjoyed watermelon.  

I hope you’ll click thru to get a chuckle at Kathy’s blog. And, while you are visiting, check out her blog. She shares her projects, insights about raising ducks, chickens, her quilts, her longarm quilting of customer quilts, and more.  You may find more posts that quack you up.  I certainly did.

But don’t forget you can click thru to Lily Pad Quilting, where you can view all the entries and vote for your favorite this week.  To clarify, please vote for your favorites. I’m not soliciting votes for my entry and have already advised Snoodles, of Lily Pad Quilting, I don’t want to win any prizes.  I just enjoy this event and hope others do too!  

EQ Mini

Have you heard about the new software from the Electric Quilt Company called EQ Mini?  I’ve had a chance to play with this exceptional software package and I’m delighted to share insights with you today.

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EQ Mini is designed for quilters are are just getting started using software for quilting.  It is a scaled down simpler version of EQ7. 


Design Elements

  • 300 copyright-free blocks
  • 3,500 scanned fabrics
  • 4 layout styles, unlimited possibilities
  • 8 border styles at any size
  • Complete layout and border editing capabilities

Print & Export

  • Print template patterns
  • Print foundation patterns
  • Print rotary cutting charts
  • Print yardage estimates
  • Share quilt designs to Facebook
  • Export quilt designs as JPEG files

Help & Tutorials

  • Tip of the Day help screen
  • Interface help screens for each tab
  • Online video tutorials
  • Online fully-illustrated lessons
  • Online help with search feature

EQ Mini has the option of purchasing creative Add-Ons and also to upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7.

For those that want to better understand the differences of EQ Mini vs EQ7, the EQ team has created a downloadable PDF that provides an excellent comparison of these two software packages.


EQ Mini is a great entry level software package for quilters interested in using software to design, audition fabrics, draft patterns, and determine fabric requirements.  It is super easy to use and comes with an excellent online help, as well as robust tutorials.  For those that might later outgrow the functionality of EQ Mini, there is also an upgrade path to EQ7.

I personally have used EQ Mini and believe it has an exception value and would even be a good tool for many kids that have good understanding of computers and are interested in designing quilts.  But as I so often hear from quilters that are interested in EQ7, but might be concerned about the expense, EQ Mini is a good segway to test the waters and learn how easy it is to use and how much fun they can have designing projects, with the thought that they could later upgrade to EQ7.

You can easily create your own quilt designs.

I don’t think I can emphasize how easy this software is to use, but it really is!

And there are over 160 projects you can download and use for free in EQ Mini (or EQ7).  I think many quilters that have not pursued EQ7 are going to fall in love with EQ Mini.


{above} Heart Swirl design is a free downloadable design by Linda Poole.

Bottom line:  If you don’t yet have EQ7, I hope you’ll check out EQ Mini.

You can find Electric Quilt at:


I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts From An All-Time Favorite Block – Win a copy

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale:

“I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block” is definitely a book with #CreativeGoodness.


The timeless Nine Patch block has been reimagined by today’s top designers. Discover what you can do with a classic block–this perennial favorite is more versatile than you’ve ever imagined! Scrappy, traditional, or modern, you’ll find a Nine Patch design that’s perfect for your next project.


  • Whether you love working with fat quarters, precut strips, or fabric from your stash, you’ll find designs that are ideal showcases for your favorite solids, brights, florals, reproduction prints, and more
  • Featuring basic to intricate Nine Patch designs, in sizes ranging from lap sized to bed sized
  • Put your own spin on tradition with fresh Nine Patch patterns created by favorite designers, including Lynne Hagmeier, Carrie Nelson, Sherri Falls, Kimberly Jolly, and many more



This book is definitely  a “must have” for any quilter that enjoys scrap quilts as well as nine-patch quilts.  All of the projects come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  Plus, for beginners there is a Nine Patch Basics section that will teach you a variety of tips and techniques, including strip piecing, neat seams,  and so much more.  


Quilts range in size from 25 1/2 x 29 3/4 to  78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.


I hope you get a chance to check out this fun new book at your favorite quilt shop.  As always, if you don’t see it let them know that you’d like to have them carry this book.  It is so new they may not yet be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.


You can find Martingale at:


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Here are three ways you can win a copy of this new book:

Moda Fabrics has a giveaway where three lucky winners will receive a copy.  You just need to visit their blog and enter by Sunday, August 21st:  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2016/08/old-nine-i-love-nine-patches/

Martingale has a giveaway where 15 lucky winners could receive a copy.  You just need to visit their blog and enter by Tuesday, August 23rd: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/youve-never-seen-nine-patch-quilt-blocks-quite-like-this/

Join the Ultimate Quilting Challenge and enter by doodling/sketching, or free-motion quilting using the Ultimate Quilting Stencils, by Cindy Needham.  One lucky participant in this challenge will win a copy of this book.  For more info on how to enter: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-quilting-challenge-2016/ 

Overall, there are going to be 22 lucky winners.

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #3 – Learn/Improve Your Free-Motion Quilting Skills This Summer

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Welcome to the 3rd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This parties is all about learning/improving your FMQ skills by using any/all of the Ultimate Stencil Collections on any project, including a practice quilt sandwich, this summer.  To clarify, you get to make the decision to use a UFO that needs quilting, a pieced, applique’, or whole cloth quilt.  You can even create a new project specific for this challenge, or do something simple on a practice quilt sandwich.  Your entry can be simple, with minimal quilting or dense, with plenty of stitching.  Again, totally up to you as I simply want everyone to practice, learn, have fun and inspire. 

Sponsors for this event include:



ultimate quilt challenge linky party #3 supplies

Let the Party begin!  Please be sure to read the rules before you add an entry to this Linky Party #3.  This event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, all around the world.


  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • For this linky party, you need to share any project, any style, any size that you quilted this summer using any of the Ultimate Stencil collections by Cindy Needham.  You can even do FMQ on a practice piece and enter.  And projects need not be completed, but should have enough quilted to clearly show you have used any of the Ultimate Stencils.
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. Of course, you can also incorporate other FMQ motifs, as desired.

Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

For a complete list of prizes for this event, visit the Main Page which you can find underneath the blog header labeled “The Ultimate Quilting Challenge 2016“.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

If you have any questions, please email me. I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Don’t forget there are three linky parties, three ways you can enter the 2016 Ultimate Quilting Challenge to win one or more prizes, but you have to enter by September 15th.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Pets on Quilts Show 2016 – Who Loves Pets?

Today’s post is all about pets, as Lily Pad Quilting has kicked off the Pets on Quilts Show.  I hope you’ll have as much as I do learning about all the pets, as well as enjoy the beautiful quilts, that are shared in this super fun virtual show.  

I’ll confess I could easily become the Crazy Old Pet Lady, as I love almost every type of pet, in every shade and every color.  I’m just not home enough to be a good pet parent, so I need to get my “pet fix, aka pet love” by being around pets of family, friends, and neighbors.  I’ve seriously thought about posting “FREE” pet sitting services, even willing to travel to do so!

Meet Lily, a 14 year old yellow Labrador.  She belongs to my brother-in-law and has the best temperament, with eyes that are so sweet and thoughtful.  Although, her eyes really looked guilty when I coached her up on the bed (my BIL had never let her on top of the bed before).    She liked a little snuggle time, before she’d go sleep in her own bed, for the night. And, I understand she’ll now do this with my BIL. To clarify, he is now letting her get a little snuggle time before they both go to sleep.  I’ll confess the quilt isn’t mine, but one that was on the guest bed at my BIL/SIL’s home this summer.  Note to self: I think I need to make them a quilt.

Lily absolutely loves fresh fruits and vegetables. I had a blast taking her on walks and picking blackberries for her. I think she thought it was great too. While she can eat them off the bush, she does it every so carefully to avoid the thorns.  I could pick a hole handful for her in less time, so she learned to wait for me to pick them for her.  But her favorite treats are watermelon, strawberries, or tomatoes.  It is amazing how her nose gets so excited when she smells them.

Sorry for the long post, but I also want to take time to heighten awareness of Pets living in shelters that need loving fur-ever homes.  And the shelters need help.

Here is a sweet video showing a shy shelter dog flipping out when he realized he’s found some a home:

If you have a problem viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhGBg_OnrIQ

Pet Shelters need all sorts of volunteers from helping to walk the dogs, play with the cats, singing to the birds, grooming horses, etc.  And shelters also appreciate donations of easy to make  pet beds, so animals don’t have to sleep on concrete floors and can get a better night sleep.  There are a variety of free patterns to make pet beds and many work well with scraps of batting:


Aurifil released the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year, as a fundraiser for the Petfinder Foundation.  This kit contains 10 spools of 50 wt thread, with 200 yards each.

Help Aurifil help TQPM care for homeless pets. Buy an Aurifil Small Kennel Thread Kit and a portion of each sale will be donated to Petfinder.  And, if you don’t find them in your favorite quilt shop I hope you can let them know you’d like them to help support this effort to help TQPM.

charity program with aurifil

Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. There overall Mission, is to increase awareness and ultimately the adoption of pets in need of forever homes.


This new charitable thread kit can be purchased wholesale through Checker.

I also want to give a shout out that you can find this kit at the Fat Quarter Shop

I hope you’ll visit Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy all the entries for the Pets on Quilts Show.  Of course, I’m hoping that you’ll share your pet (or borrowed pet) on your quilts, or maybe a animal theme quilt.  The more sharing the more fun.  Here is a link to this party:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/2016/08/pets-on-quilts-2016-its-here.html

Pets on Quilts 2016


You can find more info at:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/

#CreativeGoodness – Rangoli – an Indian Folk Art

Are you familiar with Rangoli – an Indian Folk Art ?  I find it to be an interesting art form that is inspirational.  Have you been lucky enough to visit India and see this Folk Art being made?

Wikipedia desribes: Rangoli as an art form from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali (Deepawali), Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.

I found this Youtube video to capture the beauty of this art, as well as share a little pespective on how it is made.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer and finding time to enjoy and create.

Pets on Quilts Show 2016 – Starts Sunday

The 2016 Pets on Quilts Show, hosted by Snoodles of Lily Pad Quilting kicks off this coming Monday. This is my favorite virtual show, as it incorporates inspirational quilts, sweet pets, animal themed quilts, and much more.  It is also open for bloggers and non-bloggers to participate.   Plus there are many ways to enter to win great prizes from very generous sponsors.
Pets on Quilts 2016
If you are not yet ready with your photos, you still have time this weekend.  I don’t want anyone to miss this super fun show, so please help let others know about it too!
To help inspire everyone, I asked Snoodles permission to use photos from her post showing 2015 Viewers’ Choice Award winners, but don’t forget there are many ways to win.
2015 Viewers’ Choice Awards
First place in the Other Animal on Quilt category: Trixie of Crafty Tokyo Mama II
First place in the Animal Themed Quilt category: Hank of Penny Dog Patchwork.DSCF9116-330x530
First place in the Cat(s) on Quilt category: Custard and Cupcake of Missy’s Homemaking Adventures
First place in the Dog on Quilt category: Molly of MacDonald’s Patch
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Don’t forget, the 2016 Pets on Quilts Show starts Sunday, August 14th.   You can find more info at:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a fabric bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics.  

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And, as I love all things EQ, to help with this celebration, I’ve created an EQ7 tutorial for using quilting stencils, which I want to share with you today.  Incorporating stencils into EQ can help to plan your projects, as well as create your own unique FMQ designs.  Of course, for those with EQStitch, you can also easily convert these designs to machine embroidery.  Plus, you could also easily use this technique to incorporate into quilt labels.


While this tutorial shows how to incorporate any stencil, I’m using a stencil from a design collection by Cindy Needham, called the Ultimate Stencil Collection.   You may be aware that I’m also hosting a challenge this summer, with three ways you can enter to win prizes. One is to sketch/doodle FMQ design ideas using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils.  And, while you can certainly sketch on paper, you can also use EQ SW to create your design ideas and share.  And, when you share, you’re automatically entered to win prizes.  Plus, you don’t have to purchase anything to sketch out your design ideas, as Cindy has free downloadable templates.  Of course, there are also ways to enter by using these stencils and doing free-motion quilting on your pieced, applique, or wholecloth quilts, of any size, where you can also win prizes.

It is really easy to use stencils in EQ7 to apply to your designs.  But, admittedly, the Ultimate Stencil collection, Ultimate Background Stencil collection and the new Ultimate Shape collection are all versatile stencils that are so much fun to pull into EQ7 and let your creativity have fun.  Possibilities are endless.

Here are a few auditioning ideas I came up with for some of my doodling using the Ultimate Stencil Collection.  If there is interest, I will happily create a video tutorial, but for now, I hope this will inspire you to play with these stencils in EQ7 to sketch out design ideas for blocks and/or projects.  And don’t forget you can do this for any stencil.


To use stencils in EQ7, here are the basic steps.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “2016 FMQ Challenge FMQ Design Ideas”).

On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW BLOCK

Click on the TRACING IMAGE tab


Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button.  Navigate (browse) to the folder where you have stored your image for the Ultimate Stencil – Circle.  A pop up will appear showing you the defaults for the image you scanned for your artwork, for you to crop it.  We do not want to crop, so simply click ok.  And then use your cursor to click anywhere on the Tracing Image tab for your image to appear.


The image appears the size that you saved your scanned image.  In the example I’m sharing, my image was approximately 6”x6”.  As we want this image to be fairly close to the actual size of the stencil, we will manually adjust the size while on the Tracing Image tab.

Use your mouse to click, hold, drag one of the corners of this image outward to enlarge (drag inward to make smaller).

Note:  If you want to create a design larger than the template, that is easy to do using only the stencil and paper, as well as within EQ7.  For EQ7, you simply extend out the lines, and the rings of the stencil to the size you want and add more circles, for the grids that you wish.

Likewise, when using this stencil to design FMQ motifs for blocks that are smaller than the stencil, you simply use only the portion of the stencil needed for your blocks, or the area you want your design to be.

The grids are 1” apart and the design area of the stencils are basically 16”x16”.  In EQ7 we are going to create a template for ¼ of the Ultimate Stencil, where our block will measure 8”x8”.  A ballpark scale in EQ7 is fine, as we’re creating stencil design ideas that will be marked on our projects using the actual stencil.

How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 do not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.


How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 does not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.

Click on the APPLIQUE tab.

Draw (doodle) within EQ7, saving your design ideas to your sketchbook, as you go.


Use your mouse to select all your design ideas and click COPY.


While in the Sketchbook View click on the STENCILS tab and click paste.

import an image of the Ultimate Stencil – Circle template

Set your block size for the desired size of your block design.

Enlarge/shrink your image to reflect the appropriate scale of the actual stencil.

Now, let’s create a folder for your Ultimate Stencil design ideas in MY LIBRARY, so that you can use these stencil designs for other projects, within other EQ7 project files.

Now, let’s play with these design motifs to see how they would look on your quilt projects.

For purposes of this lesson, I   will walk you thru how to apply on a whole cloth quilt vs quilt blocks of various sizes, but don’t forget you can use the stencil grids to create designs in 1” increments easily up to 16”, as well as manually extend to larger sizes.

On the applique tab

Save your design to your sketchbook

From within the sketchbook on the block tab copy your design, click on the stencil ta  and paste your design.

How about adding a smaller version of the same motif, not just on the sides, but inside of the two larger motifs?   With the Ultimate Stencils having a 1″ grid it is super easy to transfer these designs to your quilts in any size.  And very easy to do an echo line to any of those 1″ gridlines, creating a 1/2″ FMQ echo line.



Distortion ?

Within EQ7 if you do not adjust the size of the image of your stencil equally you will pick up some distortion in your FMQ motif which you design in EQ7.

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Don’t forget you’ll use your actual plastic Ultimate Stencil to mark your quilt top for FMQ.  Thus, when using EQ7 to plan out your design ideas for the Ultimate Stencil, you need not be 100% precise with your design.  But you do want to be close enough you can use the stencil to mark your fabric to FMQ as desire.


For those that have EQStitch software, it is also super easy to convert these FMQ designs to embroidery designs.  They also work well for creating quilt labels.  To clarify, you can use stencils to create borders for your quilt labels, as well as for adding FMQ motifs within your quilt label.

Again, let me know if you have any questions and/or if you are interested in seeing a video tutorial for creating stencils in EQ7 and/or how to take these stencil designs in EQ7 to convert to embroidery designs using EQStitch.  Today, this tutorial was simplified, not knowing what the interest of using stencils in EQ7/EQStitch might be.  For me, I find them easy to do and offer great fun when it comes to planning out my FMQ, as well as machine embroidery.

I hope this has inspired you to play with the Ultimate Stencils to create designs that you can stitch out on your projects and hopefully share in the Ultimate Quilting Challenge #2 Linky Party (aka Doodle/Sketch) to enter and win prizes.  Incorporating your stencils into EQ7 is easy peasy and so much fun.  Definitely faster and more versatile than using paper to sketch out ideas.


The EQ Team also recently released an EQStitch tutorial, for quilting in the hoop designs, which I want to recommend those with this software, or interested in it, to check out: http://doyoueq.com/lessons/quilting-in-the-hoop-with-eqstitch-and-quilting-designs/


EQ and Art Gallery Fabrics have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of fabric from AGF or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!


I’m also thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

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