This and That

Just a little bit of this, that, and the other today:

This

Congratulations to loralyejean who won the copy of EQ7 quilt design software. She requested the Mac version, so it should be on it’s way soon!
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This is what she had to say in her comment:

“I have been drawing graph paper designs since I was a teenager and am now in my 50′s! I just finished my first large quilt (large to me 67″ x 67″) from my own design! I am an unemployed graphic artist and design on one of my two imacs at home! The EQ7 for Mac software would be extremely beneficial in turning 100′s of graph paper designs into quilt patterns! My designs are pretty intricate and the software would make the process of transferring the designs to the software so much easier! Thank you for this opportunity! Best of luck to everyone! :)”

Well loralyejean definitely had good luck today! Thanks to all of you who commented – that really makes my day! And just remember, you can like Electric Quilt on Facebook or sign up for the EQ Mailing List to get all latest news, including sales and giveaways, and free EQ7 downloads!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectricQuilt
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That

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Here’s a fun blog post I wanted to share with you, written by my friend Lorna of who blogs at SewFreshQuilts. She compiled a list of one word attributes from fellow bloggers along with advice on what makes a great blog. I was honored to be included among her guests, so be sure to check it out here. She has a really fun weekly linky party, too!

The Other

Thanks to all of you who follow me via my other social media. Because of the traffic to my Craftsy Blog Posts, I was listed as one of the top referrers to Craftsy in our monthly writers’ newsletter. So thanks, guys and gals, for making me look good!

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(And also thanks to those of you who started following me via Instagram after my announcement yesterday!) It’s fun to have followers. 🙂

 

Christa’s Giveaway – Win a Copy of EQ7 for the Mac (or PC)

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was able to offer another fabulous giveaway! This one is sponsored by my friends (really they are!) over at Electric Quilt. To celebrate the release of EQ7 for the Mac, they’ve generously decided to give away a copy to one of you – whoo hoo!

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Don’t worry, this giveaway is actually open to everyone – if the winner is a PC owner, you can select the original version instead of the Mac version. No need to go buy a brand new computer just to run the software on (though that’s exactly what I did, LOL)! And if you prefer to have a downloadable version rather than a physical copy, that’s available, too!

Because I’m an existing EQ7 user, I only needed to get the migration kit to switch from a PC to a Mac. However, for those of you Mac users who have been patiently waiting for the stand-alone Mac version to be released, the time is now!

 

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Here’s how to enter:

Just leave a comment below telling me if you’ve ever designed your own quilt before. Or if not, what you’d love to design if you could. This will be a short giveaway timerame, running through Monday, May 5th at 6PM Pacific time. I’ll email the winner and make an announcement on my blog next Tuesday, May 6th.

Good luck!

 

EQ7 Mac Migration Kit Now Available

Did you hear the good news yet? The EQ7 Mac Migration kit is now available! For those of you who already own EQ7 and are running it on a PC (or with Virtual Windows on your Mac), you can now purchase a migration kit to make the switch and run it natively on your Macintosh! Whoo hoo!

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We are a Mac family and I’ve always sort of felt like a black sheep using a PC. For a time, I ran parallels on my previous Macintosh so that I could use EQ7. Recently, though, I’ve just been using a cheapo clunker of a PC to get by.

Now I’m so excited that I will finally get to work on the computer I’ve been wanting. This is when having a computer geek for a hubby really pays off. He loves any excuse to buy a new computer and tinker around. So, he ordered this lovely beauty for me over the weekend:

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Isn’t that nice? He’s such a keeper! Now I’m just waiting for it to arrive so he can install my migration kit and I’ll be off and designing once again! (Does anyone else get the irony of buying a whole new computer just to run some existing software? That’s kind of how we roll around here!)

For those of you who are current Mac users, but have not yet purchased EQ7, the new stand-alone Mac software will be available soon, so stay tuned!

Sew and Tell – Do You EQ? I Do!

It’s no secret I love designing and making quilts.

Since discovering the modern quilting movement, I’ve been inspired to create more original designs in the last 2 years than I have in the last 10 years combined! All it took was finding my niche and discovering the right motivation.

I’m pleased to announce that the folks over at Electric Quilt are enjoying my passion for design, too!

I’ve recently been invited to become an “official” EQ Artist and am now featured on their Do You EQ? site along with plenty of other well-known quilters in the industry. I have to tell you, it’s a little bit intimidating to be featured alongside so many amazing quilters who also design in EQ. I keep waiting for them to tell me, “not really – we were just kidding!”

But lots of good has come out of this. For starters, it has encouraged me to do all of my designing in EQ7 so that I can practice becoming comfortable with more aspects of the software.

Modern Log Cabin Rough SketchMy latest EQ7 design – This quilt will do double duty as my entry into the next MQG fabric challenge, and as a future class sample. Stay tuned for more!

Also, I’ve finally taken the plunge and have started publishing my own patterns, integrating images from EQ7 along with good old basic word processing software. So far I’ve only finished one pattern, but the next one will launch soon, and I’ve got more coming. Be sure to keep an eye on my Craftsy Pattern Store for more.

Charming Chevrons – my first officially “published” pattern. You’ve seen this one before!

Finally, I’ve decided I will start teaching some introduction to EQ7 classes later this year. I’ve had several requests to teach about the software, but it will take me awhile to develop a class. My favorite local quilt shop is in need of new teacher so the timing is right. I’ll keep you posted in case any of you are in the mood for a road trip to Vegas later in the fall.

And now, on to the next design!

Sew and Tell – Designing Quilts in EQ7

I have been busy playing around with my computer design program this week. It’s long been a dream of mine to take my original quilt  ideas and turn them into published patterns.

Jolly Jelly Roll PatternHere’s one of the first quilts I designed in EQ7, my Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt, which later became my first quilt-along tutorial series featuring quilts from precuts.

I was happy with it but during the tutorial I slightly modified  the borders, and used different fabrics for the actual quilt.

However, until recently, I didn’t know how to change my digital design to reflect the pattern updates.

I finally had an “a-ha” moment when I realized I could take image files of my fabrics, upload them to the program and then use them to design quilts with current fabrics. Now fabric choices are limitless!

Meadowfriends Girl Jelly Roll QuiltMeadowfriends Boy Jelly Roll Quilt


This is what I’ve come up with now – quilt designs that reflect the actual sewing pattern, using Jelly Rolls that I currently have on hand. I went a little crazy and designed 4 of them in one day. I could have kept going with other ideas except that I had to stop to eat and sleep!

American Jane Jelly Roll Quilt

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I am offering these as quilt kits in my store until they sell out. Then I’ll design some more!

Working on my do-it-yourself-quilt tutorials has definitely helped me grow as a designer. By blogging about my quilts on a weekly basis, I can take a large project and break it down into smaller steps and actually feel like I’m accomplishing something.

Now I’m off to design my next tutorial. (This is almost as much fun as the  actual sewing!)

Just in case you’re interested, here are links to the three full tutorials I’ve done so far:

  1. The Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt
  2. Baby Bricks
  3. Charming Chevrons

Feel free to quilt-along with me any time!