Category: Electric Quilt

Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Electric Quilt Company

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Welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    I can honestly say I love all things EQ (Electric Quilt), thus I’m absolutely thrilled to have them as a sponsor for this event.  This year they’ve been celebrating their 25th Anniversary and QuiltShopGal, as well as several blogging friends, have been releasing posts on the 10th of every month, with tips, tutorials, inspiration and even giveaways along the way.  While I wasn’t able to release such a post on the 10th of this month, due to my website hijacking, I’m happy to being back in the saddle again.  And, today, I want to share insights with you about EQ, some freebies, my recommended approach to learning EQ Software, some great tutorials for learning and other opportunities, as well as a host a giveaway where anyone around the world can enter to win (website hijacker wackos will be disqualified as they take the fun out of creativity for all of us).

Who remembers when EQ#1 was released  in 1991?  I quickly fell in love with EQ software. And have happily used EQ#2, #3, #5, #6, #7 as well as EQStitch.  I missed EQ4 simply because life got in the way.

While I wasn’t good at keeping packages, or artwork, of my EQ journey, I was delighted that  Karen (Sew Karen-ly Created), who also began using EQ#1, had kept the packaging for most of the EQ software releases and gave me permission to share.

 

Who remembers the original install process for EQ software using multiple CDs?   Amazing  to think how we can now download software and quickly install vs loading multiple CDs.  Technology has certainly changed.

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Who remembers “The Floppy Gazette”?  The original EQ Newsletters came in the mail, and like the more modern email newsletters, they have always been packed with tips, tutorials, EQ News, inspiration, as well as insights on new products. 

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 Over the years, The Electric Quilt Company has released many amazing software packages that help quilters create.  I strongly feel had it not been for the EQ team, our world of quilting would not be as wonderful as it is today.  We certainly would not have as many designers and authors releasing sharing their designs, if they all had to design on paper vs computer.


EQ also partnered with Quiltmaker to releasing 8 different collections of Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs.  These can work as standalone software packages, or within EQ7, which allows you to audition quilting designs on your quilts, as well as print out in any size, to use to stitch out on your projects.

The Stash collections are some of my favorite EQ products, as each release of Stash contains the new fabric collections from top fabric manufacturers.  They are very reasonable and certainly would make a great gift for EQ software users.

EQ has a variety of bound books that are excellent resources to learn/improve your EQ skills.  They are easy to follow with great visuals, all at a reasonable price, making them another great gift idea for any EQ user.

EQ has a variety of printables, including inkjet fabric sheets and foundation quilting.  I’ll admit the EQ “Lawn” printable fabric has become my absolute favorite printable fabric.  I think any of these products would make for great gifts for any quilter, regardless if they use EQ software or not.

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foundation quilting sheets 

EQ University was launched in 2014 with new classes being offered all the time.  I can honestly recommend these classes to anyone interested in learning/improving your EQ skills.  They are well organized, taught my experts, include written and video tutorials, that you can repeat as often as you wish, plus during the official scheduled class you get access to an expert to help with your questions, all for a very reasonable price.  Yes, a EQ University Class would also make a great Christmas gift for any EQ software user.

DID I MENTION FREEBIES?

Free Fabric of the Month – While EQ7 comes with a fabric library, every month EQ releases a new set of digital fabrics that you can download and use in your software, for free.

Free Projects of the Month

Free Lessons / Tutorials – The EQ Team has a great list of lessons on their website and also share more tips and tutorials on their blog.  For newbies, I recommend the approach of “15 minutes of playtime per day in EQ”, where you can start, stop, repeat any lesson till you feel it is part of  your muscle memory.  Focus on one functionality in EQ at a time, so you don’t feel intimidated with this robust software package.  You’ll be amazed how much fun you’ll have and how much you will learn in a short time.

Club EQ is a great way to learn/improve your skills by participating in monthly challenges where all participants share their design files.

EQ University – has a free  “Quick Startclass, that is perfect for newbies, as well as those that may simply want to check out what EQ University is all about.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Actually, there are two different giveaways where you could win a prize from the Electric Quilt Company:

EQ sponsored our bloggers celebration of the #EQ25 Anniversary, with our final posts released on the 10th of December.  You can enter to win a copy of EQ Mini by visiting Marian @ Seams to be Sew.

Electric Quilt is also our sponsor today, for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event,  and will be giving a special Christmas Gift, to one lucky winner, any place in the world.

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Are you ready to learn what this gift is?

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EQ is giving a copy of their new EQ Mini software.  This is great software for those wanting to learn to design quilts, but not yet ready for the more robust EQ7 software.  Think of it as a scaled down version of EQ7, but owners of EQ Mini also have an optional upgrade path to EQ7, should they later want to upgrade. And, EQ Mini is available at a very reasonable price, making it also a perfect Christmas Gift,  While you may want Santa to bring you a copy of EQ Mini, or other EQ products, don’t overlook EQ Mini as a perfect gift for a kid, or grandkid that may want to become a future quilt designer!

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To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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 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:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, where many have extended deadlines to enter to win wonderful Christmas Gifts.  You just need to enter by December 20th.

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – November

The Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a bundle of HQ scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

Today, I want to share some recommendations for learning EQ software, as well as some tips and hopefully inspiration too!  EQ7 is a robust software package that I absolutely love, as I love all things EQ, but I still have loads to learn.  I’ve recommended my approach to learning this software many times, but I want to share it again today:

Pick a topic and “play” with it, until you are comfortable with it.  15 minutes a day of play time in the software can be a great way to learn.  There wonderful lessons and tutorials available on the EQ website, as well as on blogs and YouTube.  My favorite tutorial series for beginners is the Benni Harper Mystery series lessons.  You can start/stop/start again for what works for your schedule, as well as repeat as often as you wish.

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EQ University has a variety of wonderful online classes, with EQ Experts, that you can watch over and over again. One of the features within EQ7 is to create custom quilt designs (e.g. non-traditional block designs).  I often look at quilts and try to analyze how it might have been designed.  To clarify, I view there is always great value in purchasing a design, as you also get instructions to help you make the project, but I analyze to try to develop my skills of using the EQ software.

When I saw the original Octagon Table Toppers Class, by Kari Schell, at EQ University I knew that this would be a perfect class for me to expand my skills (and comfort) with creating custom quilt designs in EQ7.  The class provided step-by-step videos, as well as written instructions.  This class surpassed my expectations and at $25 I felt it was an exceptional value.  Thus, I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about creating designs for custom quilts.

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While the initial Fall class has already begin, I think you could still join in if that is the only date that works for you.  But there are also additional dates for this class in 2017 that I wanted to heighten awareness of:

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DID I MENTION INSPIRATION?

There is an Electric Quilt Users Group on Facebook where members are good about helping each other, as well as sharing inspirational projects.

Renee Chester shared a photo of a quilt design she recently created in EQ7. It caught my attention, and I was happy that she approved me sharing this inspirational design.  BTW, she purchased the software in August 2015 and enjoys playing with, often doing so daily.  And she shared that she loves the software too!

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You can find Renee at:

https://www.facebook.com/ReneeChesterQuiltDesings2016 

https://reneechester.wordpress.com/

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH:  Let’s Play With Creating A Custom Quilt in EQ7

In this lesson we are going to learn to create a custom quilt in EQ7, with a variety of block sizes.  You could apply this to designing Row Quilts, or blocks of any size, even adding sashing around blocks, as appropriate.  I simply hope to inspire you to play with the Custom Quilt functional in EQ7.

1) Create a new project in EQ7 called “Playing with Custom Quilt”

2) On the Main Menu Bar Click Quilt > New Quilt > Custom Set

3) Click on the Layout tab on the bottom.

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Set the layout size for 60″ wide and 72″ long.

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4) On the Main Menu bar, click Libraries > Block  and select a number of block designs that you would like to create with.  To select them, you simply click on them and click “Add to Sketchbook”.  For me, I’m using the following blocks which you can quickly find via the search feature in the library.

Broken Dishes
Birds in the Air
Corn and Beans
Picnic Bouquet
Lily Wreath
Hot Latte
Lucky Clover
Dutchmen’s Puzzle

5) Click on the Work on Block Icon.

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6) On the Main Menu click Block > New Block > Easy Draw Block

7) Click on View Sketchbook and select one of the blocks for your Custom Quilt design (found in the block tab). Click the “Edit” button in the lower part of this Sketchboook menu.

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8) The block will now appear on the EasyDraw menu table.  We will first change the size to be 12″x12″.  To do this, on the Drawing Setup bar, change the width and height to 12″.

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9) Click on the Color tab, on the bottom menu. And click on the Paintbrush tool, in the upper right hand menu bar.

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10) Click on the color or fabric of your choice, in the Sketchbook Fabrics and Color.  Then you can click on the various parts of your block design that you wish to set the color.

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11) Click the Save to Sketchbook icon, on the top menu bar.

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Repeat steps #7-11 for each block twice, as you’ll want to have each design saved as a 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ block, ideally with different colors.  Once you have all your blocks in the two sizes, colored and saved to your sketchbook, proceed with the steps below.

12)  Now the real fun begins as you can play and play, to layout your blocks to create your own custom quilts.

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It is fun to continue add blocks, as well as move them around to change the layout.  You can also continue to change colors/fabric selection, as you go, if desired. I just tend to do it when I create my blocks, then later, after I get the quilt layout defined, I may change colors.

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Please let me know if you have questions on this tutorial. I will try to help you, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to make it easier to follow.  

 

DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Timeless Treasures 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 yummy fabrics from Timeless Treasures or a copy of EQ7 from the Electric Quilt Company?  Just visit the blogs and leave a comment for these two businesses, to enter to win.  And don’t forget to use hashtag #EQ25 to also win prizes that the Electric Quilt Company is hosting for their 24th Celebration in 2016..

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

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

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

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:

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – October

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a bundle of HQ scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH: An exercise in Color and Design

The Orange Peel design is one that is fun as a traditional 2 color design, planned with 4-6 colors, or completely scrappy.  It is also a fun quilt to make using templates that can be created in EQ7, or acrylic rulers, die cutting machines, etc..    While it is fun to play with color in EQ software, you can also print coloring sheets to color your quilts with colored pens and pencils.

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I love using EQ software to help plan out the size of my quilts, audition fabrics/colors, and much more.  Possibilities are truly endless, but today, I’m going to share a very simple tutorial as I simply want to encourage you.  My motto has been “15 minutes per day” and you’ll be amazed how much you can learn.

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Many enjoy creating Orange Peel designs with gradient color changes, some with areas filled.  There is no right or wrong, just a matter of personal choice and creativity.  But, the power of EQ7 does make it easy to play and create a variety of design ideas.

While EQ7 comes with an extensive fabric collection, as well as colors, I’m also fond of EQ Stash downloadable fabrics.  And I’m absolutely thrilled that the most recent collection is 100% batiks.  I couldn’t resist purchasing it and creating with it.  Already looking forward to more “play time’ with this Stash collection.

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How about creating a Modern Orange Peel Quilt Design ?

Of course, you need to launch EQ7.

From the main menu, click LIBRARIES > BLOCK LIBRARY > EQ Libraries > EQ7 Libraries > 01 CLASSIC PIECED > ORANGE PEELS and click on the “Flower Petals” block.

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Click ADD TO SKETCHBOOK

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Click VIEW SKETCHBOOK

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The Sketchbook will appear and you’ll want to be on the BLOCKS tab.

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Click EDIT and you’ll be able to edit this block.

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Click on the Color Tab.

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Click on the Fabric Sketchbook to select the fabrics or colors that you wish to color your block.  I’m playing with some of the new Stash fabrics, for batiks. And I opted to use some Hoffman fabrics.   Did you know that the Hoffman “PFD”  fabric is a perfect white to use with their batiks?  Same fabric, just not died so your quilt will have a consistent feel to it.  It has become my “go to” white.

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Click on the Paintbrush tool and then click on the fabric or color chip that you want to use.  Then you can click on the parts of your block which you want colored, as desired.

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Once you have your block colored, the way you want, click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK button.

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How about changing the block design?  Simply click on the EASYDRAW tab.

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Click on the Pick Tool.

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Click on the arch of one of the petals and press your delete key.  Repeat for the other arch.

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Click Add to Sketchbook.

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Let’s do more editing to change up this block. Click back on the Easy Draw tab. Click the pick tool and click on another petal and click delete. (both sides of the curve)

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After editing this block, as desired, click on Work on Quilt button.

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Click on the Layout tab.

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I set my layout options as:

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Click on Layer 1 tab.

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Now we’ll set our blocks on to our quilt top design.

Click on the set block tool

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Your Sketchbooks Blocks will appear.

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Simply click on the block in this sketchbook that you want to add to your quilt.  Use your mouse to click on the block that you wish to place it onto.

There are many more options that what I’m sharing in this simple tutorial, but you may want to use the Rotate Block tool.  It is easy to use, as once you click to engage this tool you can then click on any block on your quilt layout to rotate it.    Can you guess which blocks I rotated?  If you guessed the corner blocks, you are correct. I only drew one version of these blocks, but using the rotation tool gave me four different versions.

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After you get the blocks in your quilt set the way your desired, remember to click the Add to Sketchbook button.  Easy Peasy.  I hope you’ll play with EQ7 and create your own version of the Orange Peel Design.  Again, you can make it a traditional two color design, multi-color, scrappy, or Modern.  Please share a picture of what you create on my Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/quiltshopgal   

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And, don’t overlook saving your project by clicking the SAVE icon.

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As mentioned, this is a super easy peasy design using EQ7 and a fun way to play with fabrics and colors.  I hope it inspires you to play with EQ7 software.  And don’t forget, you’ll be amazed how much you can learn and how much fun you can have, just spending 15 minutes per day playing.

 

DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and HandiQuilters 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 HQ Scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter 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/

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

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

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Marian of Seams to be Sew.

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:

25 Years with the Electric Quilt Company – An #EQ25 Celebration With Prizes and More – and an EQ Tutorial too!

This month, the Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary where you can win yummy fabric from Island Batik, as well as other prizes.

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And, to help with the celebration, I’m sharing an EQ tutorial which I hope and, I’m 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.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

DESIGNING FOR ENGLISH PAPER PIECING (EPP) IN EQ7

I love to continue to create when I’m traveling.  And, I’ve found EPP projects are great to take on a trip. While I could cut my own paper pieces, I’ve found great value and excellent customer service by ordering such templates from Paper Pieces.  I’ll also confess I’ve sometimes ended up on a trip and forgotten my paper pieces, or not brought enough.  But they are super good about shipping orders out quickly, I don’t hesitate to place an order with them while traveling.

As I’ve heard many quilters  mention that “they can’t design hexagons in EQ7”,  But that isn’t true. I do it all the time and love how easy it is to do, as well as how helpful it is to plan my fabrics and colors within EQ7 for such projects.  While I initially thought I’d share a tutorial on this, there are actually so many excellent EQ7 tutorials for creating hexagons, as well as showing different ways to do so, that I wanted to heighten awareness of a few of My Favorite EQ7 Tutorials for creating Hexagon designs:

As I’m currently planning a couple of EPP projects using the 60 degree diamond shape, sized for easy cutting of 2 1/2″ strips, I thought I’d share a tutorial for you, based on what I’m planning to create.

MY TUTORIAL:  DESIGNING PROJECTS IN EQ7 FOR 60 EPP 

NOTE:  As with life, there are many different ways to design in EQ7.  This is one of the ways I approach this type of design.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “EPP 60 degree diamond projects”).

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

 

 

Change the settings in the DRAWING SETUP menu for a 10″x10″ block.

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CLICK on the EASYDRAW table

CLICK BLOCK LIBRARY and CLICK the HEXAGON block and CLICK ADD TO SKETCHBOOK.  

CLICK on the VIEW SKETCHBOOK BUTTON  

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The Project Sketchbook will appear.  CLICK on the  HEXAGON BLOCK and CLICK the EDIT button.

Project Sketchbook

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Click FILE EXPORT IMAGE and browse to where you want this image to be created on your computer.  For me, I selected desktop.

Click NEW BLOCK PATCH DRAW MOTIF

Click on the TRACING IMAGE TAB, located at the bottom.

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Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button

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Browse to select your previously exported Hexagon block image.  You will not need to crop this image, so when the pop up window appears simply CLICK OK and then click anywhere on the TRACING IMAGE TABLE to have your image appear.

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Click on the APPLIQUE tab

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We will now trace this image to create an applique shape for our EPP project.

To do this we will use the LINE TOOL.  Left click on a point, drag release and the end point. Repeat to get all sides of each diamond.

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CLICK the HIDE/SHOW IMAGE button, to view your drawing independently of the image. This helps to see if you missed drawing any of the diamonds.

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Your Undo button is your friend as you can click it to undo steps you have created within the software that you may not want. It is located in the row underneath the file menu, towards the top of your screen.  

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EPP Six pointed star idea 1

As we have completed several steps, let’s be sure to take a few quick steps that are actually good habits to periodically during any EQ7 project, as well as at the end of your projects, before you close the software:

  • Click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK, to save a copy to your sketchbook.

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  • click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

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TURN THAT DIAMOND SHAPE INTO A TUMBLER BLOCK:

You simply take three of your 60 degree diamond shapes, rotating to create a block.

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Highlight your tumbler block, then Ctrl C and Ctrl V to copy paste to create more blocks.

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Very easy to nudge your blocks into place and continue to build your tumbling block design in EQ7.tumbling blocks 4

 

Have fun using the color/fabric selection tool to plan your project too!

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Easy peasy to design EPP projects in EQ7.  What do you think?  This was really a quick tutorial, which I hope to inspire you to play with EQ7 software to design and plan out your EPP projects.  If you have any questions, or feedback let me know.  You can leave a comment on this post, or email me.  I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can and help you, while also incorporating your feedback to make this tutorial easier to follow.

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Island Batik 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 Island Batik 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!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

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:

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:
You can find Paper Pieces 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:

#EQ25 – Tutorials to create more than quilts in EQ7

Today’s post is another in my series to dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Electric Quilt Company.  They are celebrating with monthly giveaways.  I’m honored to have blogging friends who also love EQ, help with this celebration by releasing EQ themed posts on the 10th of the month.  Along the way you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, learn about amazing designers that use EQ software to design, as well as giveaways all with an EQ theme.

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Don’t forget you can certainly design more in EQ7 than quilts.  Here are a few examples for what you can use this software for:

  • Organizing spices in a kitchen cupboard
  • furniture planning a room in your home
  • planning a garden
  • designing a wine bottle vest
  • Purses, bags, and totes
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • banners
  • greeting cards
  • glass etching
  • quilt labels
  • gift tags
  • book marks
  • circle, heart shape, hexie shape, even musical note shaped quilts! 

The possibilities for what you can design in EQ7 is endless.

Tutorial to dress up a dish towel

 First, measure the width of your dish towel.  Mine measures 16″.  Determine the height you want your fabric trim to be for this dish towel.  I’m using a max of 4″.  Thus, adding 2″ of buffer all around my design, I’m going to start by creating a block in EQ7 that will measure 20″ x 8″, giving me plenty of work space.  Steps for this are:

  1. open EQ7

2. start a new project design file called “Dish Towel Trim Design”

3. click on the BLOCK icon

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4. Using the main menu bar, click BLOCK > NEW BLOCK > EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW MOTIF

5. Click on the EASY DRAW TAB, located at the bottom of the screen.  In the DRAWING SETUP menu bar, towards the top, adjust the block size to be 20″ x 8″.  And, click on  GRAPH PAPER CELLS box and set the grid for HORIZONTAL at 20 and vertical to 8.  Also, uncheck snapping options.

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6. click on the APPLIQUE tab

7. use your LINE tool to draw three sides of a rectangle box that measures 16″ x 2″, where you draw both sides and the top of the sides of a rectangle.

 

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8.  Click on the ARC tool and draw an arch that is 1/4th the width of your towel (or the increment for the number of curves that you want).  For now, I recommend you draw this arc slighly under your 3 sided rectangle (your arc should not touch anything right now).

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9.  While on the Applique tab, click on the BEZIER tool and draw a half circle, below your three sided rectangle.  You’ll want this half circle to be 4″ wide (1/4 the width of your dish towel) and approximately 2″ deep.

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10. Click on the SHAPE tool and click on the half circle.  You’ll now see handles on each side that you can move and drag to change the shape of this circle.  Play with it to create the desired curve.

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11. Click on the PICK tool and then click on your half circle, followed by clicking on the center point (a black square).  Click Ctrl C (copy) and control V (paste).  Use your mouse to click and drag the half circle, by clicking on the center point.  You want to move it to where it is connected to the right of the lst half circle.

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12.   Click on the PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around the two half circles to highlight them.  Then click Ctcl C and Ctrl V.  Again, use your mouse to click on the center point of the 2nd set of half circles and drag them into position next to the lst pair.

IF your four half circles does not line up with your 3 sided triangle, use your PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around all four of the half circles to highlight them.  Then you can use your mouse to click/hold on one of the corner nodes to reduce the size, or enlarge your halfcircles to be the perfect width for your dish towel.

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13.  Once you are comfortable, using your PICK tool, click the center point of these half circles and slowly move them into position where the left and right sides touch the left and right side of your half square triangles.

14.  Use your ZOOM tool to check to make sure all points of your design are connected, to create an applique’ shape vs a disconnected set of lines and curves. I like to use the enlarge (+) tool by clicking on it and then using my mouse to draw a box around corners or points where I have connected lines or curves to find any area that may not have been connected.  Should you find a spot that is disconnected you can use your PICK tool to grab and drag a line to another one, to connect them.  And use your FIT TO WORKTABLE tool (4th tool on the right below).

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15.  Color your dish towel applique design within EQ7.  This step is also a good check to confirm that all of your line and curve drawings are connected, as if they are not, you’ll end up coloring the entire block vs the applique shape you wish to create.  To color your applique’ shape, click on the COLOR tab at the bottom.

Your SKETCHBOOK for fabrics should appear and you can click to select a fabric/color of your choice.  Use your PAINTBRUSH tool to click on (aka to paint) your applique shape.

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16.  While we now have an applique’ design motif that would work for the top side of our dish towel, we want to increase the top part of the strip, that will be able to wrap around the backside of the towel, be tucked, as well as stitched to secure. To modify this shape, what we need to do is increase the width of the “band” only, by 1″ on each side.  To do this we:

Click on the SHAPE tool and then RIGHT CLICK on the applique’ shape to get the EDIT NODE tool bar to appear.  We then click on the line, slightly above the left side of the left most half circle.  We can then click on the ADD button in the EDIT node menu bar.

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Now, click on the ADD button in the Edit Arc Menu.You will see a new node handle appear.  Using the PICK tool, click, hold and drag that node to the left, adding 1 – 1/2″.  

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Now grab the top corner node and drag it to the left the same distance.  Repeat those steps on the right side to create a 1 – 1/2″ tab on each side of your kitchen towel band.

 

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The design possibilities are endless.  How about reverse applique’ hearts?  Or text applique? Or Machine embroidery ?

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Remember when you print your templates, you do need to adjust the size of your template to align with your block, as well as adjust settings for 1/4″ seams (or how ever you prefer).

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For those that may struggle with visualize how this design can be stitched out on a dish towel, I do want to share that I will soon release a tutorial showing you thru those steps.  But today, I simply wanted to inspire ideas on how to use EQ7 for more than designing a quilt, as well as provide a basic tutorial to use EQ7 to help create designs to embellish dish towels.

As I was inspired for this tutorial and project, by way of a dish towel apron tutorial, from Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop, I wanted to share a link to her great video tutorial on Youtube. While her tutorial turns a dish towel into an apron, the same technique that she uses to tuck the fabric behind the dish towel, is what this EQ design tutorial incorporates with the tabs on each side of the circle design.  Here is a link to Kimberly’s tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNKDoWqnxA 

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Aurifil have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a some yummy Aurifil Thread or a copy of EQ7 this month?  While I wish I could let you know exactly what the prizes are this month, I’m writing this post before they are officially announced. But, you can visit the EQ site to find out more details about the specific prizes 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!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

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:

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

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:

#EQ25 – A Walk Down Memory Lane

Today, I’m hoping to heighten your awareness of why the 25th Anniversary celebration for the Electric Quilt Company is such a wonderful special.  While I have all sorts of reasons, which I plan to share every month this year, this month I want to simply share that without the Electric Quilt Company, I’m confident we would not have access to such fun patterns, books, DVDs, and tutorials to help newbies learn quilting, as well as access to so many amazing patterns from talented designers.
EQ 25 Celebration EQ logosTo clarify, I’m confident that most pattern designers, authors, even fabric designers built their design capabilities, somewhere along the way, by using various software and other products from the Electric Quilt Company.

Today I want to recognize and thank Karen of Sew-Karenly Created, as a quilter, designer, teacher and author, who has recognized the Electric Quilt Company for helping her on her quilt journey.

 Karen lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a quilter, pattern designer, award winning quilt maker and teacher.  since 1989 she has published over 300 quilting patterns in well known quilt magazines, as well as contributed patterns to published books.  Her most recent book, Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes and Sizes, was published by AQS in 2015.

Karen also has many patterns for sale on the Craftsy platform.  My highlights include:

To help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Electric Quilt Company, Karen kindly went through her library to share insights of her EQ Journey.

Karen started with EQ1 and been creating quilt designs with almost every release thru EQ7 since.  And, she has the original packaging and documentation for almost every software release, as well as many add-ons.  We have had great fun talking about our EQ Memory Lane, as we have both EQ1!

 

Who remembers the steps to install EQ3 and how EQ the Mouse helped walk us thru the installation?  Who remembers that all EQ releases were on “floppies”  until EQ4. In this note, where it tells you to type A at the DOS prompt and then CD, the CD means “Change Directory” not compact disc (not sure how old you are, that you would know DOS). When EQ4 came out on CD, it required Windows 95 to run.

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With 25 Years of EQ, quilters have been able  to design, plan fabrics, have fun and so much more.  There is also a vast range of quilting styles and techniques that are supported by EQ software.  Also, users range from beginner quilters to advanced quilters to professional quilters, many of which not only use EQ software to design their projects, but to help them write their patterns.
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Next month, I’ll share more insights about how many professional designers use EQ software, combined with other software, to write patterns.  And, I will include highlights from a variety of professional designers.

EQ 25 Celebration SOFTWARE PACKAGES BY kAREN

 

 

Here is a quote from one of EQ’s “older” documentation and I feel it sums up their software for all 25 years: The best thing about THE ELECTRIC QUILT is what you’ll discover about your own creativity once you have a tool that can turn your design ideas into reality!

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You can find Karen of Sew Karen-ly Created at:

sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/sewkarenlycreated

www.craftsy.com/sewkarenlycreated

Also, Carol from Fun Threads Designs has a special EQ themed post on her blog today.  I want to encourage you to click thru to visit her blog: http://www.funthreads.blogspot.com/

And, while you are visiting, be sure to check out her page with GREAT EQ7 tutorials that she has previously released:  http://www.funthreads.blogspot.com/p/eq7-tutorials.html

Don’t forget the EQ Blog, Do You EQ is releasing a post on the 10th of every month and, as part of their 25th Anniversary, they’ll be great PRIZES.  BE sure to visit their blog for more fun and enter to win: http://doyoueq.com/blog/2016/02/win-100-to-fat-quarter-shop/

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.

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:

#EQ25 – A Year of Celebrating The Electric Quilt Company 25th Anniversary

Our world of quilting has grown over the years.  How we dream, how we design, how we select colors and fabrics, how we create.  Indirectly, or directly, if you are a quilter, we all owe a great deal of our enjoyment to the Electric Quilt Company.

 


You may be a quilter that began your journey before quilt patterns were easily accessible.  Many of us began to quilt where we’d doodle a design on paper and manually estimate our fabric requirements, as well as plan our colors with colored pencils and graph paper.

 

When EQ Software was first introduced, I remember the excitement of being able to draft blocks, color them and rotate them digitally.  The software has continued to evolve, each release getting more sophisticated, to make quilters of all levels and creativity benefiting from using software to design vs paper.  It has also helped many turn their creativity into being able to publish their designs in magazines, books, patterns for sale, as well as free design tutorials on blogs.  While I’m not aware of any quantifiable data, I’m pretty confident to bet that over 90% of all award winning quilts, at major quilt shows, were designed using EQ software.

 

The reference of EQ Software for quilters is actually quite broad.  Eq has released over 45 software releases. And, they have published 20+ books, as well as sell digital quilt designs that can be easily sized for just about any size block or project, printables and more.   Plus, they offer world class customer support, technical support, tutorials, training and fun year round.

 

Whether you are an EQ user or not, I hope you realize how much the Electric Quilt Company has done to make our world of quilting so wonderful.  And, I hope you’ll join me to congratulation Penny and Dean, the creators of all things EQ, for having the dream and commitment to help provide quilter software and products, to provide us #CreativeGoodness for 25 years.  They have certainly changed the way many quilters design, create and have fun.  

 

 

Here is a video where Penny shares insights on EQ software, back in 1992.  I can remember using this SW and doing exactly what she is doing in this video.  Talk about a time warp moment.

For more info on the History of the Electric Quilt Company check out this page on their website: http://electricquilt.com/eq25/about-eq

To celebrate, the EQ Team has a variety of monthly activities planned all year.  And many wonderful sponsors have also donated great prizes.


Consider creating a video testimonial to thank and recognize EQ’s 25th Anniversary, which when you share your video you automatically get entered to win a grand prize: http://electricquilt.com/eq25/video-testimonials/
 
The first blog contest begins January 10th.  Be sure to follow Do You EQ to get the details and enter. And Subscribe to their email list for complete information on all our 25th festivities.

You may also want your own EQ 25th Anniversary tshirt: http://electricquilt.com/online-shop/25th-anniversary-t-shirt/

 

 
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!

 

QuiltShopGal will be celebrating by sharing some special tutorials, hosting EQ themed events, as well as promoting EQ 25th Anniversary celebration events this year. And, I hope you’ll join the fun.

 

I’m also interested in knowing if you are an EQ user or not and would love to have you leave a comment to let me know. Your feedback could help me refine some of my EQ related plans for this year, as I’d like to incorporate those interested in my plans, as well as create plans that will peak your interest.  Thus, your ideas for helping to EQ celebrate their 25th Anniversary would be appreciated.
 

 

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:

 

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – October Challenge with Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt

sToday we kick off the  October Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This month we showcase Lori Kennedy, of The Inbox Jaunt, an amazing free-motion quilter, Bernina Ambassador, Blogger, Author, Teacher, and more.  You may already know Lori by way of her delightful blog where she shares amazing FMQ tutorials and inspiration, Author of the American Quilter column “In Line With Lori Kennedy, or her class on Craftsy. 

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She has published an article called “7 Steps to Free-Motion Quilting” and many excellent tutorials on Free-Motion Quilting.

Here are a few of examples of Lori’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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First, I want to share that as Fall has arrived, I wanted to create a FMQ Challenge option for this season.  I was inspired by Lori’s post on “Build A Rock Solid Routine“, by not only the insights shared, but the inspirational quilted pumpkin.  

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Likewise, her post “The Pumpkin Quilt – A Work in Progress” was also inspirational.

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And when I mentioned this to Lori, she generously offered to provide a pumpkin tutorial for us today:  

 

PUMPKIN TUTORIAL, BY LORI KENNEDY (THE INBOX JAUNT)

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Pumpkins are the perfect way to create a sampler of stitches. Use this tutorial to create pillow or do what I do, bind these small quilts and use them as “vase quilts” on a table with a bowl of candy or a vase of flowers.

No matter what your skill level, this project can be created in an afternoon. Simply download the basic pumpkin (or draw your own!), doodle a few samples, and stitch away!

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Vary the look of the pumpkin by choosing YOUR favorite motifs to fill each of the pumpkin sections and the background.

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Begin by downloading the Basic Pumpkin.

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Make several copies of the pumpkin, and doodle your design.  Choose your favorite motifs from the Tuesday Tutorials.

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It is best to create contrast between the sections by choosing a combination of geometric designs and curvy motifs.

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Trace the pumpkin pattern in the center of your fabric.  I prefer white chalk as it erases by wiping it off with a microfiber cloth.  (Dritz chalk holder shown.)  If your fabric is darker, tape the pattern and fabric to a window to serve as a lightbox.  Or use your favorite method for pattern transfer.

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Trace a square around the pumpkin.

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Use any size square to fit your pillow.  In the samples shown here, the square is 12 x 12 inches.

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Choose a light and a dark decorative thread in a heavier weight such as 40 or 30 wt.

I like Sulky Rayon 30 or 40wt or Superior’s Magnifico polyester in 30 wt. Use your favorite!

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Create two bobbins to match the top thread.  My choice for bobbin threads is 50 wt cotton Aurifil.   NOTE-Try combining cotton in the bobbin with the more slippery threads like Rayon and polyester to create a better lockstitch.

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Set up your sewing machine for free motion quilting. (See Seven steps to FMQ)

Using the darker thread, outline stitch the Basic Pumpkin.

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Next fill in the pumpkin sections with  your doodled motifs.  To create Grid Pop   draw lines ½ inch apart, then draw perpendicular lines, also ½ inch apart.

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Use the lighter thread to stitch the pumpkin sections.  Stitch the grid and leave it plain as above.

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Or fill in every other square with straight lines to create Grid Pop.
Fill in the next sections with a motif like Starry Night.

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Fill in the final sections with the Twisted Variation  and add leaves if desired.

Use Pearls– stitch clockwise and counter clockwise circles  to create a ½ inch border in the lighter fabric.

Use the darker thread to fill in the background. Stitch straight lines throughout the entire background or use straight lines on the bottom and a swirl on top.

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Once you’ve made one—you won’t want to stop!

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Outline the Basic Pumpkin with light thread.  Add a leaf if desired.

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Create a ½ inch Rick Rack border.

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Then fill in the background.  This is enough to create a gorgeous pillow or vase quilt without adding anything else.  OR…

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Fill in the straight lines with rows of spirals and fill in the sections of the pumpkin as before.

 

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Another option is to leave a few of the sections, of the pumpkin, unquilted.

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Why stop at two? Stitch an entire Pumpkin Patch of gourds using the Basic Pumpkin and all your favorite motifs and threads!

Happy Halloween Stitching!
Lori Kennedy
The Inbox Jaunt

Here are links for tutorials to motifs that Lori used in the above pumpkins:

Tuesday Tutorials All Motifs
Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting
Grid Pop
Starry Night
Twist Variations
Pearls
Rick Rack

 

OCTOBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the Pumpkin tutorial, by Lori Kennedy, shared in the post above, to create a pillow.

 

OPTION #2

Lori is teaching free-motion quilting on the Craftsy platform, a new class called Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space.

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She has also provided a link that will allow you to purchase this Craftsy Class at 50% off. While I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy, I want to clarify this link provides special codes provided by Lori, but I felt the 50% off discount was such a deal, even though I do not get an affiliate benefit, I wanted you to get the best deal possible.  And, as I am also taking this class, I want you to also enjoy and learn from it too!

As an Affiliate, I want to let you know Craftsy has an amazing opportunity during October where you can purchase a Pass that will allow you to watch ANY and ALL classes during the month of October for very nominal price.  Of course, if you click thru and purchase from my site your price remains the same, but I may receive a small  % which I use to supplement postal expenses when I ship prizes directly to winners.

Create a FMQ Pillow using techniques and designs taught in this class.

 

OPTION #3

The Electric Quilt Company has wonderful Quiltmaker’s Quilting Design Collections that are fun to use on your quilts.  You can also easily use these designs  as a standalone program, or within EQ6 or EQ7, while planning your quilt designs, fabric selections, etc.  And they are easy to print out, sized to your required size (e.g. block, border, etc).  There are a variety of ways to transfer these designs to your projects.  If you need help, let me know, but you may also want to watch a video FMQ tutorial by Don Linn shared in our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

For this option, use the pumpkin motif in Quiltmakers Quilting Designs #3 to make your FMQ Pillow, along with background designs of your choice, as taught by Lori Kennedy by way of free tutorials on her blog, or her Craftsy Class.

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner –  Elizabeth H.

This prize bundle will be carried over to a Grand Prize and Elizabeth had previously one such a bundle and she opted for a fat quarter bundle of Hoffman Batik’s from QuiltShopGals stash

Gotcha Covered Quilting

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$25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting.  Prize #2 winner – Fiona of BubzRugz
Martingale Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings, by Donna Lynn Thomas

Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″ Strip Quilting Designs, by Kate Henderson

Easy Weekend Quilts

Quick Change Quilts: Refresh a Room Fast with Quilted Bed Runners

Simple Circles and Quick Curves Machine Applique’ the Easy Way, by Nancy Mahoney

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  Maximum of two such prizes may be shipped WW, with a minimum of three going to US winners.  This is due to my limited shipping budget at this time.

Prize #3 – tbd must be US based. If not awarded in this challenge it will be used as a Grand Prize and awarded at the end of this challenge.

4,  Strip Savvy winner –Brandy of Pampered Petit

5,Easy Weekend Quilts – winner:  Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Quilts

6 Quick Change Quilts winner:

Annette of In Stitches & Seams

& 7 Simple Circles winner:  Elizabeth H.

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And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

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Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:



Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:


Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).







You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.



Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/make-2015-the-year-of-the-art-quilt-sale/

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Projecthttp://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-recipe-blog-blitz.html

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)
http://doyoueq.com/blog

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) – http://b-quilts.com/blog/?p=5107

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) – http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb – www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) – www.beaquilter.com

Inchworm Fabrics – http://inchwormfabrics.blogspot.com

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas bloghttp://creativecanvass.blogspot.com/ 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.

 

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Summer Fun With Electric Quilt

Electric Quilt has many wonderful opportunities to help quilters, of all levels, have fun this summer, as well as opportunities for kids to also have fun too!  To clarify, here are some opportunities for those that may not have EQ software, those new to EQ7, as well as those that are experienced with EQ7:

EQ BLOCK CHALLENGE:
 
First, EQ and Timeless Treasures are hosting a super fun challenge – EQ Block Challenge which features Tonga Cabana, a new line of fabric designed by Daniela Stout.  EQ7 users can download a FREE fabric collection for the Tonga Cabana fabric line.  Simply use EQ7 and the digital fabrics for the Tonga Cabana fabric line to design a block (can be original or a block from the EQ7 library).  No sewing required, just submit your digital entry by Thursday, July 31st.  And there are all sorts of yummy prizes (fabric, EQ books, EQ Stash).   Who is going to join me in this summer fun?
CLUB EQ MONTHLY CHALLENGES:
 
Every month, Barb Vlack hosts a EQ Challenge that helps participants build on their EQ skills and get inspired by seeing designs from all of the participants.  The July Challenge is to create a unique block and build a quilt design from that block.  All EQ users that join this challenge (and fun) will also receive project files from all the other challenge participants. Click here for more info on the monthly challenges.
GREAT SUMMER ACTIVITY FOR KIDS!
 
Kids love to create and of course, we quilters hope that all children will grow up learning how to quilt and appreciate the creativity process.  Quilt Design Wizard and Blockbase are two of many EQ software packages that are very reasonably priced (and on sale this weekend) that are easy to use and a good tool for kids to start learning the design process with EQ software.
Don’t be surprised if you too want to sit and draw with your kids, using this software.  It really is fun for kids of all ages and a great way to enjoy the creative process.  Heck, I think this could even be a good resource for a Quilt Guild, or Quilt Shop to create a kids’ based summer challenge!  Wouldn’t that be a fun way to inspire the next generation?
DOODLE/SKETCHING:
 
EQ software also offers the opportunity for quilters interested in free-motion quilting (FMQ) to doodle/sketch out FMQ designs on paper, to plan how you might top stitch your quilt.  Simply create your quilt design in EQ7 (or other EQ Design packages).  Print out your quilt, or block design, to use to doodle your FMQ designs on  and plan your project.  While SewCalGal loves using fabrics to plan my quilt projects in EQ7, I recommend printing black/white quilt designs to use for planning FMQ on your projects.  These print outs make excellent templates for doodle/sketching!
And, Quiltmaker Quilting Designs can also be used within EQ7 to plan how you will top stitch your designs, as well as use these designs to mark your projects for your stitching!
NEW STASH COLLECTION:
 
Love new fabrics?  A new Stash collection has been released: Stash 2014 Download 02 has new fabric collections from Hoffman, Timeless Treasures, Moda and many other fabric manufacturers.  And the downloadable Stash collections are only $7.95 (better yet, they are on sale this weekend).
SALE:
 
And, to help make our summer super fun, as well as celebrate the 4th of July,  EQ has a 20% off site-wide sale (Excludes EQ7 and Migration Kits).  Use code STARS at checkout.  Sale ends Saturday, July 5th at midnight EST.
And, while SewCalGal loves all things EQ, here are a few items that have caught my attention in this 4th of July sale.

SewCalGal and the Electric Quilt Company wishes you a very Happy 4th of July.  And we hope you have a fun and creative summer too!

You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

 

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