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March 25, 2020
EQ8 Tutorial – Quilt Worktable Settings from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve got a quick tip for you today on adjusting settings in your Electric Quilt 8 quilt worktable to help your design process go more smoothly!

Typically, the program opens up with a 4×4 quilt layout with a single border, and this is the layout you get each time you start a new quilt in your file as well. A lot of times, though, I’ve already got a quilt up in which I’ve adjusted the borders and layout to my liking, and it’s annoying when the new quilt reverts to 4×4. Fortunately, there’s ...

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March 17, 2020
Silly Sadie 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter

I have found that Serendipity is fun, but there are a lot of designs which I haven’t saved during the play times I have had. However, sometimes a design just has to be saved, like the one above.

The second one was much improved by playing with the amount of contrast … and I love how it turned out!

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March 15, 2020
March EQ Block Spotlight from Flying Parrot Quilts

This month’s EQ Spotlight Block is Two Little Flowers 2. If you’ve followed me at all, you’ll probably know that this is not at all my style of block. So this seemed like it was going to be quite the challenge! Since I had such good luck with the Kaleidoscope function the last couple of months, I thought I’d see what it could do with an appliqué block like this.

Things were not looking promising until I got to the very bottom and found a section of the block that included only the stems:

Now that ...

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March 3, 2020
Charity Quilts from Leftover Blocks from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Every year I like to make little quilts or knit tiny hats for Mikayla’s Grace. So when they put out an urgent request for specific needs, I signed up to fill the need for 10 medium size baby quilts to support families with small infants in the NICU (Neonatal ICU).

I had some leftover quilt blocks that worked perfectly for the center of each quilt. The “Fantasy Folk Art” fabrics by Contempo (Bernatex) are so beautiful, and I had enough coordinating fabric for the extra borders..

It’s a snap to figure out the math using EQ8 (Electric Quilt ...

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February 28, 2020
February EQ Block Spotlight from Flying Parrot Quilts

This month’s featured block is “Flower Weave.” The easiest way to find this block is by going into your block library, then selecting “Search by Notecard” at the bottom of the window and typing in “Flower Weave.”

Here’s the block in a simple quilt.

Anyone who was in my workshops or lectures at QuiltCon last week will know that this design definitely doesn’t have enough negative space for me! Time to remove stuff.

Now there’s negative space, rule of thirds, and visual motion!

Last month, though, I had so much fun with the Serendipity Kaleidoscope function ...

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February 27, 2020
EQ and Me OP 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

I love it!

This one too!

Make that three in a row!

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February 15, 2020
EQ8 Tutorial: Three Ways To Negative Space from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve partnered with Electric Quilt to share about how I use EQ8 in my quilt design, and since designing with negative space is sort of my thing, I thought I’d share a tutorial on a few different ways to get your designs with negative space into EQ8. I’ll be showing you the techniques using the quilt design shown above, which is one of the simplest ways of adding negative space, but I’ve noted below what sort of other designs these techniques are good for.

Technique 1: Blank Blocks

The quickest way to get an idea of ...

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February 14, 2020
modern vs traditional quilt designing from easypatchwork

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us today. I've decided to start blogging (on a regular basis) again. I would like to share my knowledge and experiences for those of you who wish to learn, experiment and better your own quilts. Here is one of my first Quilt Editorials for 2020 - #queditorial.

I would like to share with you my approach to modern vs traditional quilt designing.

As you might already know, I actually design a little bit of both. Although I truly classify myself as a modern-traditionalist, some others see me as a modern quilter. Where's the difference ...

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January 16, 2020
EQ Block Spotlight from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m delighted to have partnered with Electric Quilt to share a little more about how I use EQ8 software to design my quilts! EQ has a monthly block spotlight in which users are challenged to design a quilt using that block. This month’s block is Pinwheel Square, above.

To start, I decided to play around with the coloring in the block to see what else I could emphasize.

This is definitely a fun block, but it wasn’t really doing it for me that day, and so instead of continuing to play around with the block in its ...

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January 7, 2020
Lovin' Spoonful 32, 33, 34 from Virtual Quilter

I want to change fabrics in this project file, but not until I have my block library sorted. However it is hard not to be distracted when I am playing in Electric Quilt, but I must be strong or the library will never be tidy!

At least this collection of blocks are tidy, designed much more recently than lots of others, when I had learned that I should keep them tidy as I played. I tried to teach our children to tidy up when they were growing up, but it seems I have forgotten that lesson when they left home ...

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January 6, 2020
EQ Mods 22, 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

Nice one!


Saved the best till last … in my humble opinion anyway!

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November 25, 2019
Tool Time: Amherst Point from Sew Karen-ly Created...

This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors were divided into two camps:  one group would participate in a blog hop of quilts made from the new collections shipping to stores now, and the rest of us would make a quilt featuring our favourite tool.
Those who know me, can appreciate that this was no easy topic for this no-gadget gal.  Folks are shocked when I announce that I have, and use, just one ruler for all my work.  (It's a 6-1/2" x 24" Omnigrid ruler with markings for 30, 45, and 60 degree angles. If I need an angle ...

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November 22, 2019
Silly Sadie 12 from Virtual Quilter

Serendipity is a feature found in Electric quilt which twists, bends and mutilates blocks more than I do, and I have rarely played with it, but have to admit it can be fun … and I have tried to find a block which produces designs I might make into a real quilt, but despite some interesting designs, nothing appeals to me yet, but I will keep trying every now and then.

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November 9, 2019
dreaming quilts . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've been having very vivid dreams over the last several weeks. I think partly because finally, after four or five years of shoulder pain and then surgery recovery, I'm finally able to sleep through the night, pain free!

Whatever the reason, these dreams are ones that I remember when I wake up in the morning ... even days later. Which is unusual for me!  I've dreamed up a lot of stitchery/quilty projects, too.  One of which I felt compelled to act upon!

Last Thursday, I dreamed I created a quilt designed to hold an applique ...

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October 23, 2019
Modern Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Michael Miller Fabrics donated some fabric to the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild to help with our charitable quilt-making. I picked up a bundle of fabric at the last meeting and I finally pulled it out to come up with a plan.
This border print is super cute and deserved to be highlighted. I did some measuring and decided on a layout. I worked up a design in Electric Quilt, pulled fabrics from my collection to make up the top, and got cutting.
I'm not sure how modern this quilt is. It uses traditional blocks, but modern fabrics.
Here is ...

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October 15, 2019
Cleopatra’s Wild Child from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. It’s Island Batik Ambassador Challenge time Again! October is “Top it Off” month.

I was charged with making a table topper any size, any holiday, but must include “applique techniques”. Last month I made a child inspired quilt, I was supposed to use my “BOB” (Block on Board) die from AccuQuilt. My BOB was Cleopatra’s Fan. Somehow I messed up and did not use my Cleopatra’s fan die in my design. So, I decided to combine it with my October challenge in an effort ...

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October 10, 2019
I Was Suppose To Be Yesterday… On The Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop… from Seams To Be Sew

It’s not even an oops, I forgot… I blundered and put the wrong bags on the living room couch for my hubby to take to work. I have to tell you the whole story for you to understand why I goofed up so badly. You see, when we lived in Italy, and I learned about the row by row experience, I was lucky enough to have several people send me some row patterns back in 2015. By that time, I was teaching Sarah how to sew, and had created a group of moms who also lived on and around ...

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October 8, 2019
Creating Layouts In EQ8 With Photos from Seams To Be Sew

My first EQ8 tutorial since it came out and it’s longer than even I’d anticipated it was going to be. I really edited out a lot of stuff to get it to an hours length, so I do apologize that it’s lengthy, but you all know I try to give as much info as possible. I’m not one who makes tons of 2 minute videos so you can watch 50 different pages of videos on the same thing or in parts, I like to get it all in the same video, so my video lessons always ...

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October 5, 2019
Virtual Challenge October 2019 from Virtual Quilter

EQ can turn blocks into quilt settings at the click of a button, but there is a catch. The blocks must be made up of squares and rectangles, no triangles or any other shapes which involve any angles other than right angles.There are quite a few blocks which can be used in the Electric Quilt library, but you can draw your own and add them to your own library.

Today’s virtual quilts have been designed on a setting created in this way, and the one above as well. Below is the same design with the blocks outlined. The ...

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