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September 3, 2019
Infrastructure Prize Sponsors, Giveaways, and Geo Pop Digital Download from Christa Quilts

Infrastructure quilt along begins next Monday, Sept. 9th so today is a great time to tell you about our sponsors! My co-host Heather Black (aka Quiltachusetts) has rounded up some fabulous prizes that will be given away on her blog each week.

Infrastructure Sponsors

Because Heather is super organized (like me) she’s scheduled out the prizes for the entire quilt along. Check out the schedule below and be sure to head over to each company’s website to give them some love!! I can’t wait for you to see what’s up for grabs each week!!

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EQ and Me OP 16, 17 from Virtual Quilter

I am hoping that by starting the day with a pair of soft designs I will have a nice quiet day … it doesn’t usually happen when I really want one, but the alternative results are usually good, just not what i wanted for the day.

So maybe today I will achieve lots of complex computer stuff, so that tomorrow I can play in the garden … or with complex quilt designs!

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September 1, 2019
Virtual Challenge 11 from Virtual Quilter

I am not sure if this is a new challenge, but I should have used this as the first challenge with the little bit of editing I have done.

This post originally appeared soon after my Virtual Quilter blog first appeared, and way before I decided to challenge visitors to the blog to play with quilt design.


This sampler quilt is a random arrangement of a random selection of blocks from the Electric Quilt Block Library. I usually don’t look outside my own libraries for blocks to play with, as there are plenty there.

Not that there is anything ...

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August 24, 2019
Brunsvigia Breeding Ground 1, 2 from Virtual Quilter

I have played with the Electric Quilt feature which allows us to use a pieced block as the a quilt layout a few times, and even designed a collection of pieced blocks to use specifically for this purpose.

The pieced blocks have to be made up of squares and rectangles. No triangles or any angles other than right angles. On the whole I found the blocks themselves to be pretty ordinary, but being able to use them as a quilt layout and they can be transformed.

Draw some basic blocks, and add to a new project file, go to the ...

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June 6, 2019
Facebook Live and Giveaway from Pieced Brain

Do you remember my quilt, Ribbon Dance, published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World Magazine? The block placement creates cool pinwheels and I want to show you how I achieved that effect.

Join me at the Quilter's World Magazine Facebook page tomorrow at 4 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for a live demo featuring the Electric Quilt software which I use for all my quilt designs. If you do not design your own quilts, do join me as I will give you tips on fabric placement on blocks to make your quilt pop.

But wait, this is ...

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April 15, 2019
Learn to use Electric Quilt with my Free Handouts & other Resources from Christa Quilts

I love using Electric Quilt software, and I use the program for each and every quilt and pattern I design. I often get asked about the best way to learn the software, and the simple answer is to learn by doing. Whenever I need to learn a new technique, I google, “How Do I….. in EQ” and I always find a tutorial to help me out!

As an EQ artist and ambassador for the company, they’ve featured me in several of their ad campaigns over the years which is always fun to see!

If you want to learn how ...

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April 14, 2019
EQ and Me 36 from Virtual Quilter

Electric Quilt blocks … which I have modified here and there.

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April 12, 2019
Baker’s Dozen 20 from Virtual Quilter

Love the way the fabrics make this design shine!

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March 20, 2019
A Solid-ish announcement! from Quilting with Kimberly


I know many of you love my Solid-ish line of fabrics. (Thank you!)

So, I’m thrilled to share exciting news: There will be 30 NEW colors added to my Solid-ish fabric line by Timeless Treasures Fabrics! Very soon you’ll be able to find a total of 60 fabulous colors of Solid-ish!

The first 30 colors were so successful, TTFabrics will keep them all and they are adding 30 new colors to the color palette! I’m over-the-moon excited, and I just received bolts of the next 30 in the line. It was such fun opening each ...

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March 17, 2019
EQ 4s OP from Virtual Quilter

I just had to double check how many blocks I have used in this series.

The first link link goes to four designs in this series … thought it was appropriate that I use the number that came up!

However, there are way more designs here.

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March 11, 2019
EQ Album 58 from Virtual Quilter

Part of me thinks this is a bit dull, but it is also restful, and a touch masculine. I think I would lose the blue if I was to make something from this series, and lighten the background a little.

This series would have been created in EQ5, when historical prints and colours were preferred. Looking at some of the fabric available now I am thinking that maybe we are going back to the future!

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February 17, 2019
EQ and Me 35 from Virtual Quilter

EQ and me are back together again after a break, so this project file seemed like an appropriate file to open. We have been back for a few days, but it is taking a while to settle down into a routine … that sounds like a good excuse, anyway!

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February 8, 2019
Project Quilting 10.3: EQ8 and French Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

This is the third challenge in Season 10 of Project Quilting, and the only rule is that it’s “Bigger than a breadbox” Wikipedia says they’re usually 16″ x 8″ or so, and that’s the MINIMUM size for the completed piece to meet this week’s challenge” … OK, I can do that.

I’ve been wanting to challenge myself by:

  1. Using a small French linen printed panel I bought at the Madison Quilt Expo
  2. Improving my piecing ability
  3. Designing it completely on EQ8 (Electric Quilt software)

First I got out every red & beige fabric I could find from ...

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EQ Dozen + 39 from Virtual Quilter

Love this, though would love it more if it was quilted … at least a little bit!

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February 4, 2019
EQ Design Challenge – Win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Abstract Garden from Christa Quilts

I’ve partnered up with my friends at Electric Quilt once again to offer free digital images of my latest fabric line, Abstract Garden. You can use the images in Electric Quilt software to design lots of fun quilts!

Abstract Garden Digital Images

Click here to download Abstract Garden digital images for EQ.
(You must have the software installed on your computer for it to work.)

In fact, that’s how I designed my newest quilt patterns made from my fabric. Once I design a fabric line and the digital images are sent off to the mill for printing, I import them into EQ8 ...

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January 13, 2019
EQ8 Ambassador for 2019 from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have been using Electric Quilt – first EQ7 and now EQ8 – to design all my quilts, quilt blocks, and quilt patterns. As I’ve mentioned before, there are plenty of times where I begin on graph paper, but I always run my designs through EQ8 to play around with colouring, whether it’s for a personal project, a quilting bee, or it’s destined to become a quilt pattern. It’s such an integral part to my sewing process, so I’m thrilled and honoured to be working closely with a company whose products I have loved using for years ...

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January 1, 2019
Baker’s Dozen 15, 16, 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

Happy New Year, with lots of time to spend with families and friends … but only after you do some quilting. Real or virtual … whatever you want to do

This is, I think, my favourite newish project file, with a great balance of great colours, and good designs.

Love the one above!

I am planning to be around each day of 2019 as the virtual quilter, and hope you visit this site to see what designs I am sharing each day!

I am hoping that there will be more than mending and alterations happening in my sewing room.

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September 20, 2018
My Happy Place Is… from Seams To Be Sew

It was so not easy to do this row. I have many things that make me happy. In the end, I created six rows for this row along because I wanted to decide which would be the easiest for me to do and I am now glad I picked the one I did because it doesn’t have a lot of shapes to it, under 50 in fact, and because of my leg issues in July, I wasn’t going to get this stitched out until I could get back up the stairs again. I did only move back upstairs ...

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September 16, 2018
More Design Fun from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

My brain clearly kicked into play gear while working with the Garlic Knot block in Electric Quilt 7. I love being able to recolor a quilt in the design stages. I also  love being able to try alternate settings.

Debbie mentioned that an on-point setting could be done.  Needless to say that sent me right back to EQ7 for more play time.
On point?

The on-point setting gives it more of a diamond shaped feeling.  I like it.

But I also had to play with coloration  on the layout I showed yesterday.  So perhaps a nice rainbow version would be ...

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September 15, 2018
A Little Design Inspiration from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

Reading blogs often leads to inspiration - or a condition that I call "I want to try that."  But sometimes I look at a design and the "what if" muse kicks me.
Yesterday my friend, Debbie, posted about a table topper that she made with some leftover Garlic Knot blocks.    She had made a larger quilt with this block that I had seen also.
Somehow, seeing the smaller one caused the "what if" to kick in.
SO ---- what if you laid out those blocks differently?
Here is a representation of the table topper that I created in Electric Quilt.

As you ...

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