This blog post originally ran in October 2019.
Posts Tagged ‘quilt design’
I use and love EQ8 quilt design software. I came on board around 2006 or 2007 with EQ5 or so. I was not computer-savvy but EQ was user-friendly and easy to learn, and it’s even more so now.
I’m partnering with The Electric Quilt Company over a few months’ time to show how powerful EQ8 really is. Lately I’ve been playing with one particular design and yesterday I learned how to record what’s happening on my computer screen. This makes it possible to show you much more about EQ and how I use it.
You probably know that my specialty is making scrap quilts full of color and pattern. I design many quilts from scratch but I also make other people’s designs from patterns they sell.
When I make a quilt that someone else designed, I usually scrap it up because that’s how I roll. I can’t imagine making a quilt from three fabrics or even six or seven fabrics. I want 60, 70 or 700!
Hey quilters, how are you holding up? I know. Me, too. Things are starting to open up here in Nebraska, and I wonder if my friends would want to head out to a quilt store this week. I am ready!
I have sewn like a crazy woman during the pandemic. I’ve finished up some things, started a bunch of new things, and practiced machine quilting a LOT.
In December I dug out and shot all the UFOs I could find, including these little baskets.
I almost never weigh in on contemporary issues online. For a business owner, I believe it’s better to be silent. But today I’m going to post some quilt images that I took in February 2019 at Quilt Con. They were awful, and in the time since, I couldn’t bring myself to write about them.
I think it’s because I don’t know what to do with so much pain. I can’t fathom the depth of anguish that would move people to create art like this.
We’re on to more of the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show. These are the links for today, Sunday April 5, and tomorrow, Monday April 6. You can watch them live on Facebook at the times listed or you may watch them anytime after the live broadcast that is convenient for you.
My own trunk show will be today at 4 pm CST, 5 pm EST. I hope you’ll take a peek! I’m going to share tips for making scrap quilts, some free quilt patterns and a few quilts that are part of my various trunk shows. Nothing to buy! 😊 Just watch, learn and enjoy.
Today, Sunday April 5 (note that these are Eastern times):
April 5 12pm EST Ebony Love https://www.facebook.com/LoveBugStudios/
April 5 1pm EST Bill Locke https://www.facebook.com/bill.locke.96
April 5 2pm EST Marlene Oddie https://www.facebook.com/kissedquilts/
April 5 3pm EST Sandy Fitzpatrick https://www.facebook.com/HissyfitzDesigns
April 5 4pm EST Reed Johnson https://www.facebook.com/BlueBearQuilts/
April 5 5pm EST Diane Harris https://www.facebook.com/stashbandit/
April 5 7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio https://www.facebook.com/dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio
Tomorrow, Monday April 6 (note that these are Eastern times):
April 6 1pm EST Cherry Guidry https://www.facebook.com/CherryBlossomsQuiltingStudio
April 6 2pm EST Cheryl Lynch www.facebook.com/CherylLynchFiberArts
April 6 3pm EST Annie Smith https://www.facebook.com/anniesmithqs
April 6 7pm EST Melissa Marginet https://www.facebook.com/melissa.marginet.quilter/
My business focus is two-fold.
- I give trunk shows and classes for guilds and shops. I’d love to visit your town!
- I design quilts for magazines in the US and abroad. I’d love to appear on your pages!
Get in touch and Let’s Talk Quilts.
The Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Shows continue today beginning at 11 CST on Facebook Live. You can watch live or any time afterward when it’s convenient for you. There’s a lot of great talent being displayed.
My own trunk shows will be Sunday at 4 pm CST and Tuesday at 6 pm CST on my Facebook business page. It’s kind of fun to watch them live but I have caught many afterward as well. Either way you get to see it all!
There are more designers hosting short Facebook Live events in the Quilt Candy Trunk Show! I hope you’ll take a peek. Remember that you don’t have to watch it live, you can watch them any time after they go live, too.
April 2 1pm EST Beth Helfter Www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns
April 2 2pm EST Diane Bohn/From Blank Pages https://facebook.com/fromblankpages
April 2 3pm EST Deb Eggers/the cottage rose https://www.facebook.com/cottagerosequilt/
April 2 4pm EST Heidi Pridemore/The Whimsical Workshop https:/www.facebook.com/thewhimsicalworkshop
April 2 5pm EST Kate Colleran https://www.facebook.com/SeamsLikeaDreamQuilts/
April 3 12pm EST Darcy Hunter www.facebook.com/darcydoodlequilts
April 3 1pm EST Teresa Weaver www.facebook.com/yoursewingfriend
April 3 2pm EST Annette Ornelas https://www.facebook.com/southwind.designs/
April 3 3pm EST Jo Westfoot – The Crafty Nomad www.facebook.com/thecraftynomad
April 3 4pm EST Lynn Kane https://facebook.com/puppygirllynn
April 3 5pm EST Geeky Bobbin https://facebook.com/geekybobbin
April 3 7pm EST Laura Strickland https://m.facebook.com/orangeblossomquilt/
April 3 8pm EST Jen Frost https://www.facebook.com/FaithAndFabric/
If you like what you see, go ahead and “like” that person’s Facebook page because she will likely share other good stuff and you’ll want to be part of it. I’m up on Sunday, I’ll see you then!
A group of quilt designers have teamed up to offer a fun and free event online during this time. Each designer will spend about 15 minutes showing some of her favorite quilts. You can watch live on Facebook at the top of each hour from 12 noon to 8 pm Eastern time every day from April 1 to April 10.
If you don’t catch it live, you can still watch each video when you have time. Today’s designers:
1pm EST Nancy Scott facebook.com/MasterpieceQ
2pm EST Becky Jorgensen https://www.facebook.com/patchworkposse/
3pm EST Carolina Moore facebook.com/alwaysexpectmoore
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel https://www.facebook.com/cantonvillagequiltworks/
5pm EST Connie Jonson Sayler https://www.facebook.com/PacificRimQuiltCompany/
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts https://www.facebook.com/sliceofpiquilts/
7pm EST Sandra Starley https://www.facebook.com/TextileTimeTravels
Most of the time when I have a design published, it’s because I pitched it to a magazine and they accepted it. But last year, a magazine in the UK came to me, which was very exciting. I have often purchased Love Patchwork & Quilting because quilters in other parts of the world sometimes have a different aesthetic, or at least a different viewpoint, and it’s a good way to expose yourself to their ideas.
They had seen my Instagram and wondered if I would design a scrap quilt for an upcoming issue. They didn’t have to ask twice.