Sunday, August 16, 2009

EQ6 Classes, Books, and Software


In September I will be teaching EQ6 classes at the Utah Quilt Guild's annual Quilt Festival in Layton, Utah. All the classes are full (with waiting lists).

If you wanted to take the class but didn't get in, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter. I am planning to teach the classes here in St. George at Quilted Works in January or February.

Or, if you have a group and want to schedule your own class, contact me and we'll see what we can work out.

I use EQ6 quilt design software for all my patterns and designs. I love being able to play "what-if" as I design a quilt, changing the size of blocks, sashing, borders, fabrics, etc. until I get just the quilt that I want to make.

It's great to be able to import my own fabrics and really get an idea of what a quilt will look like before I cut a single piece of fabric.

Being able to print a block in any size is another really useful feature of EQ. I use EQ to figure out cutting layouts, produce instructional drawings and even to make pattern pieces for my various patterns. It is amazing software!

If you are interested in EQ6 software or any of the companion books, please contact me. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is shown below. Please note that I offer special discounted prices on all EQ products. (Because of EQ6 rules, I can't advertise the prices on my website or in a blog, so you need to email me for more info. It will be worth your while!)

Here are the books and software that I recommend:

Software:


EQ6 Software
MSRP: $149.95 (Email me for special prices)


Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software
MSRP: $24.95 each (Volumes 1 through 6 available now)
Stand-alone software with lots and lots of great quilting designs, including many continuous line designs. Play with them when designing your quilt and then print them in any size.

Books:

EQ6 Simplified
MSRP: $21.95
Fran Gonzalez provides step-by-step instructions for eight fun projects. It's like taking classes right in your home!


EQ6 Pieced Drawing
MSRP: $21.95
Patti Andersen gives lots of great lessons to teach you to design unique blocks for any quilting need.


EQ6 Appliqué Drawing
MSRP: $21.95
This book by Angie Padilla teaches you how to draw and edit appliqué patches to create spectacular blocks.


EQ6 Block Book
MSRP: $19.95
An illustrated guide to the 4300 blocks in the EQ6 libraries. Not a necessary item, but I find it much easier to page through a book to find a block than to work through all the libraries on screen.


EQ5 Quilt Design
MSRP: $19.95
This wonderful book by Barb Vlack is out of print, but I have a few copies left. It is probably my favorite EQ book and every lesson in it can be translated into EQ6. This book taught me to really take advantage of the power of Electric Quilt.

The Electric Quilt Company offers lots and lots of wonderful products, from software and books to printable fabric sheets and software by lots of talented designers.

Again, I offer special prices on all EQ products. So, if there is something you'd like, please email me.

Happy EQ-ing,

Annie

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New patterns at www.byannie.com

The kids in my neighborhood went back to school today. Goodness, they must feel that the summer flew by! Between trips to Alaska, Montana, and California, I think my summer went as fast.



In July I enjoyed demonstrating Texture Magic at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach.

We had several new Texture Magic patterns to share:



Café Vienna is made with fabrics from the Vienna line from Timeless Treasures.



We texturized the nutmeg fabric in the background of the star blocks to add an eye-catching accent to these rich, bold quilts.



Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts machine quilted Café Vienna. She did a marvelous job!

I especially enjoyed designing and making Little Charmers. The engaging little block and matching blankie are made using a charm pack and Texture Magic. One package will make more than one set.



Babies will love the textured blocks on front and the soft, plush back. Colorful, playing, textured ribbons and trims around the edge will give baby something to grab, chew, and explore.

I have to confess that I'd never worked with a charm pack before. I liked it! In one little pack I had over 40 different fabrics, all precut into 5" squares. That really made things go fast.

I separated the fabrics into lights, mediums, and darks. Then I texturized some of the squares using Texture Magic, cut a few into various shapes, and quickly assembled the block and the blankie.



Little Charmers will stimulate babies with textures, colors, patterns, and sounds. (There's a jingle bell inside the block.) Wouldn't this set make a great shower gift?

We introduced another new quilt and pattern at Long Beach. Wild Game Chase was made by Heather Purcell (aka Mother Superior) using her great collection of animal print fabrics.

What's fun about this quilt is that the sashing does the work. Flying Geese blocks in the sashing surround plain blocks. How easy is that?



Judi Madsen also quilted Wild Game Chase. You can see pictures of the process on her blog. Great job, Judi!

One last "new" pattern has been available for a while but I just got it on the website. Sweet Little Buttercup is a simple quilt to make. It uses three different 6" blocks and features time-saving techniques for cutting and piecing.



We're busy working on other new patterns to have ready for Market and Festival in Houston in October. Watch for more info soon!

Until then, happy stitching,

Annie