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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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September 11, 2018
Fantasy Floral Quilts 10 from Virtual Quilter

Fantasy Floral Quilts 10

Love the border!


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September 5, 2018
EQ Design Contest Winners from Christa Quilts

I have to tell you how blown away I was with all of the entries into the Fandangle EQ design contest last month. EQ limited it to one entry per person which was probably a good thing, or we never would have been able to make a decision, LOL! EQ picked their favorite, I picked my favorite, and together we picked a joint favorite. So without further ado, congratulations to the winners below:

Overall Winner – Betsy’s Pinball

Betsy EQ8 entry for Fandangle

This quilt really spoke to me with it’s asymmetrical modern style. It’s really eye catching and I love how she ...

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August 31, 2018
Great Outdoor Blog Hop Week 4 from If These Threads Could Talk

Wow, the last week in August gets so busy!  Have you visited Island Batik for week 4’s project reveals?  There are two more days to go next week then it is over.  Here are links to this weeks reveals:

Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter
Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle Cruise
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula
Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 – London Calling
Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm
Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

If you follow my blog you know I ...

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August 27, 2018
EQ and Me 33 from Virtual Quilter

EQ and Me 33

Pretty in pink.

Love the pieced blocks with added applique … should do more of that in both virtual designs and real quilts.

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August 1, 2018
EQ Design Challenge: Design a Quilt with Fandangle – Win the Fabric to Make It! from Christa Quilts

For all of my Electric Quilt loving friends out there, I’ve teamed up with Benartex and EQ to bring you a fun challenge this month! Use any of the fabrics from my latest collection Fandangle to design a quilt you’d like to make using EQ7, EQ8, EQ Stitch, or EQ Mini.

Click here for complete contest details and entry.

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

Fandangle collection by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

Three winners will each win the fabric they need to make the quilt! Complete details along with the link to download the Fandangle fabric swatches are over on the EQ ...

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July 30, 2018
Abundance - Secondary Pattern ChallengeAbundance was designed in... from Living Water Quilter

Abundance - Secondary Pattern Challenge

Abundance was designed in early June for the Island Batik Ambassador July challenge, Secondary Pattern . I am thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, who supplied the fabric that helped moved Abundance from digital design to quilt.


Truth be told, I am hooked on designing now that I have dived into the deep end of the design pool. I still have a lot to learn. I am learning new skills with each pattern. One lesson is learning how to design with fabric selection and prominence the goal and free-motion quilting in a supporting role. 

In addition ...

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July 23, 2018
One Plus One Equals - Island Batik ChallengeThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

One Plus One Equals - Island Batik Challenge

The Island Batik Ambassador quilt challenge for July is secondary patterns within a quilt design.


With the Island Batik supplied fabric, City Culture 2 , I went to work designing in a new quilt in Electric Quilt software.


The quilt design uses a block called Priscilla and sashing to create the secondary design. The gentle Y-seam tested my piecing skills. Paper-piecing the block increased accuracy.


Almost each block features a different combination of City Culture 2 fabric.


Now that Abundance is a completed quilt top, I’m thinking about how she will be quilted ...

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July 4, 2018
Log Heap 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

Log Heap 26

That time of the week when I share some virtual Log Cabin quilt designs.

These all use just the basic Log Cabin block with light one side and dark the other side, or with all dark or all light fabrics.

Log Heap 27

I have to admit that I love Barnraising, one of the traditional settings of all half and half blocks, but there are many, many ways of twisting and turning the blocks to make different designs … by adding all light and all dark blocks to those designs you could make Log Cabin blocks all day, every day, of your life and ...

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June 29, 2018
Playing with EQ from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Reading works for me late in the evening but during the day, I need to be doing something. Sitting without my hands working on something is the hardest thing for me to do. So . . EQ8 to the rescue. I don’t have to move my fingers much so . . we’ll see how my...

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May 11, 2018
Nan’s Nine Patches 25 from Virtual Quilter

Nan's Nine Patches 25

Love it.

I cannot believe I haven’t opened this file since EQ8 arrived in my computer!

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April 26, 2018
EQ and Me OP 14 from Virtual Quilter

EQ and Me OP 14

Very pretty colours, and nice combination of blocks.

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April 19, 2018
EQ Mods OP 8 from Virtual Quilter

EQ Mods OP 8

Another project file is undergoing a colour wash!

At least I have worked out why I am going through a green phase right now … when I am not virtually quilting I am really gardening, and the backyard is slowly turning green. In this project I am eliminating the dusty colour I originally used.

I have noticed that there are quite a few of these blocks have been modified, but not very accurately, so further colour changing will be accompanied by some redrawing.

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