Win EQ7!

 

I have partnered with The Electric Quilt Company to offer you a chance to win a copy of EQ7 quilt design software!  I bought EQ7 five years ago and use it on a nearly daily basis.  I would like to offer you the chance to do the same.  The value of this prize is $189 and all you need to do is sew a quilt block to enter.

Here are the rules:
The contest begins March 15, 2017 and ends on April 17, 2017.
To enter, head over to Instagram and follow me @duringquiettime. Share the graphic that you see above by reposting it and using the hashtags #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv (no purchase needed to enter).  There, you have entered once!

To enter again, sew any block from my book Improv Paper Piecing:  A Modern Approach to Quilt Design.  You can either sew one of the blocks from the patterns provided or follow an exercise or design prompt to create your own.  Share a picture of your block on IG and again, tag it with #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv.  You can sew as many blocks as you like to enter again and again.

A random participant will win EQ7!

EQ7 and Improv Paper Piecing are a great pair.  I used EQ7 to design all the blocks and quilts in the book using my improv design technique.  Once the blocks were designed, I grouped and numbered them and easily created pattern pieces to share with you.  While you can do this using paper and pencil and a light source, it is simply quicker and easier in EQ.  I also played with my layouts, rotating blocks and flipping to their mirror images in order to discover the layouts that spoke to me.  Here’s an example:

This is one of the cover quilts from my book.  It’s called Paper Trail.  I loved using a large selection of prints from my low volume collection, paired with my new color crush, cinnamon.

After I designed the block, I put it into a traditional grid layout. I was underwhelmed.

Using the rotate feature in EQ, I rotated the blocks in the even numbered rows.  I was starting to really like it.

Next, I staggered the second and fourth columns and knew I had found the layout that I liked.

Here’s one more gratuitous shot, just because I took a lot of photos…I might as well use them, right??  If you like this pattern, you can find it in the Object based section of the book.  I mocked it up in lots of color combinations and it looks great, so I can’t wait to see your version!

I think that you will really enjoy using EQ7 while working with the exercises and design prompts in my book.  And if you are lucky, you can win it!  So, grab your copy of Improv Paper Piecing, share the graphic on IG, and sew a block, or two, or three and tag them all #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv.  Maybe you will win!  Good luck!

 

 

 

Bamboo Table Runner

This weekend, we found ourselves in need of a birthday gift for a close family friend who is really hard to buy for!  A few years ago, I made him a fall colored runner for his table and he has kept it there ever since and really seemed to appreciate it.  So we decided that a new table-runner would be just the thing.  Now he will be able to switch them out for a bit of a change.  We thought he might like a bamboo design because he is a big fan of Asian cuisine and clean modern designs.  I thought bamboo had the potential to be transformed into a simple, modern, appealing design.  I started by designing a paper pieced bamboo block pattern in EQ7.

I played around with some layout possibilities and decided to make four blocks with a bit of a border.  I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the design as well. EQ7 allows you to print your foundation patterns as mirror image or not. I used both; as I often do.  Two of my blocks are mirror images of my original design and two are not. Then I inverted two of the blocks because I like a table runner that you can enjoy from all sides of the table.

While working on designs, sometimes I like to add a second border that is .25 inches wide.  It’s a handy way to mock up your binding in the quilt top design layout.

This is how my layout looked in EQ7.  See how that narrow second border mimics binding?  It can be really helpful in auditioning binding choices when you just aren’t sure. You’ll notice that I made one bamboo stalk a darker green, just for added interest!

This picture shows the quilting nicely. I used a 50 weight beige Aurifil thread and a series of criss-crossing straight lines to suggest the angles of bamboo stalks.  I used blue painters tape and followed it with my walking foot to make those lines. I used about 6 pieces of tape so that I could stitch a number of lines, then adjust the tape and quilt some more.

I really like the minimalist yet recognizable design that was achieved. I hope he likes it!

I will have the block and table runner pattern in my shop soon.

 

EQ Mini Giveaway!

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I’m here to tell you about a new product called EQ Mini!  I have been a happy EQ7 user for quite a few years now.  It’s a complicated but useful program that has allowed me to create some really intricate paper pieced patterns.  I highly recommend it but it isn’t for everyone. For some, it is more than they need and too much to comprehend all at once.  I know a number of people who have purchased it and put it away because it felt overwhelming.  EQ Mini is a great way to get your feet wet and get accustomed to designing using a software package.  You might find that it is just right for you or you might choose to upgrade later on.

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Let me tell you a little bit about it.  When you download EQ Mini, you being by choosing your quilt layout from the selections shown above.  You can pick a traditional grid layout or turn it on point; you can work with strips that are either horizontal or vertical.  And it’s super easy to adapt these designs in the next step called “adjust layout”.  You can change the number of rows, block size, and sashing width.

In the next step, “edit borders,” you can decide to add a border and adjust its width.  You can also choose to piece the border in a number of different ways.

And finally, in the last screen, “design quilt,” you pick blocks from a block library and place them in the layout.  Then you can choose solid colors and fabric patterns and color in the blocks with a few simple clicks of your mouse.

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Here is a very basic quilt that I designed by choosing a traditional grid layout with no sashing or borders.  Then I selected a Classically Pieced-Diamond in Square block.  I recolored it using solid colors from the fabric library.

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Depending on the tool that you select from the tool bar in the far right, you can change all the blue to another color in one click.  Or, you can change the color of one individual piece, should you want to create a scrappy design.

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Here’s an example of the log cabin block inserted into the “on point” grid and recolored with a variety of grey and peach fabric prints provided in the fabric library.

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I decided to try adding a border and it was a cinch!

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I think that the row quilt layout is a really great feature.  You can quickly create a quilt like this using the “Point A” selection.  I adjusted the number of points in a row, the height of the row and length of the row.  Then I colored the triangles.

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Next, I changed the coloring of the same layout to try a zig zag.  It was so quick and easy.  And it gives you a really good idea of what your options are for your finished quilt.  It also allows you to print estimated fabric yardage for your design (which I have found to be quite accurate in EQ7).

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EQ Mini is a great tool for those who want to create layouts of various styles with blocks that are provided by the software.  If you need more options than that and want to design your own blocks, you will need EQ7.  But now, there is an EQ for everyone!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of EQ Mini, please visit my IG account today.  You can find me @duringquiettime.  Look for the graphic below in my photostream.  Leave a comment for one entry.  Tag friends in additional comments for more entries!  The giveaway will run from the 14th -17th.  On the evening of the 17th, I will draw one lucky winner’s name!

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If you want to learn more about EQ Mini, visit their website here.  If you want to go ahead and jump in, use the code DQTF16 for a 20% discount on the software.

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