If you missed the announcement on Monday, Electric Quilt has announced that it plans to release EQ8 within the next month. Are you ready?
I've been beta testing EQ8 for the Electric Quilt Company and this week have been responding to a lot of questions regarding the new software. Are you on the fence on purchasing? Please join one of my sneak peak webinars to see my favorite new features in EQ8. You can get more information along with links to the webinars here.
I will be transitioning my Electric Quilt training to EQ8. I think this post will be the last formal one on EQ7. However, none of these posts or videos are going away. So those staying with EQ7 can continue to access them.
Also note that even though EQ8 has a much different user interface, the concepts in my EQ7 training can still be executed in EQ8.
Garden Maze Quilt Borders
We will finish the antique garden maze quilt today. If you missed last week, we focused on drafting all the blocks plus the center layout of the quilt. Read more here.
The week, it is all about the borders. These borders drove me nuts. It was obvious the quilt maker did not really get these sized correctly. What is interesting is that the left side actually looks pretty good -- but she certainly didn't do a good job of repeating that border on the other 3 sides of this "square" quilt. So do I create what the quilt maker was hoping to do -- or what she did. I decided to go with the first option -- as it is much easier to create in Electric Quilt.
I still had to deal with figuring out the appropriate sizing -- plus the corners. A stripe was used in the original quilt and I wanted to carry that them over to my quilt as well. The corners (3 out of 4) were made with 2 quarter square triangles. I decided to replicate that in EQ. Now this isn't a standard border in EQ, so it was a little more challenging than most borders.
See how I sized and designed the borders in this weeks video tutorial.
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I need to process my final order of discounted EQ8 upgrades by Monday - October 16, 2017.) After those run out, the price will change to $99.95. Order before October 16, 2017 to guarantee discounted price. EQ will still be offering discounts on their website for another 2 weeks.
It is party time!
Electric Quilt formally announced they are releasing Electric Quilt 8. Upgrades will be available to existing Electric Quilt 7 users and new purchasers will be able to obtain the program starting in November 2017.
I have had a chance to play with the beta version of EQ8 and am super excited about some of the changes in the software and am looking forward to sharing them with you.
Would you like an early peek at EQ8?
Join one of my FREE webinars, where I will take you through the new and improved version of my favorite software of all times. During the webinar, you will have a chance to experience the new look and feel of EQ8 (which I think you will find much more intuitive) and my favorite new features included in the software.
I will also be introducing my new training opportunities for EQ8 to assist you in becoming proficient in using EQ8.
You must pre-register. Please only sign up if you can attend the class. I just increased my webinar size to 200 participants due to the overwhelming number of requests -- but a number of these sessions are still close to being full. So I will be manually approving all future registrations to ensure those who register are able to get in.
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I look forward to seeing you at one of the webinars!
Pre-order EQ8 Software from On Point Quilter
I need to process my final order of discounted EQ8 upgrades by Monday -- (that too has exceeded my original expectations). After those run out, the price will change to $99.95. Order before October 16, 2017 to guarantee discounted price. EQ will still be offering discounts on their website for another 2 weeks.
Before getting started on my tutorial -- many of you may have noticed the advertisement for Electric Quilt 8 in your favorite quilting magazines. It is true -- EQ8 will be released shortly. Electric Quilt will have an announcement on their website next Monday -- complete with the list of new features. I am already planning for this. More to come!
Antique Garden Maze
Last week I shared a photo of an antique quilt, along with how I broke the quilt down (i.e. identifying the blocks and the setting I would use in Electric Quilt). A number of students in my Easy Peasy Easy Draw class, chose to draft the blocks and quilt (with no instruction required as they are now pros on working with Easy Draw). Here are a few of their drafted quilts. I think they all did a great job.
In my tutorial this week I will share with you how I chose to draft the layout and the blocks in Electric Quilt. This will also include my logic on drafting those half sawtooth star and half cross corner blocks.
Next week I will share some suggestions on the wonky border -- particularly adding setting triangles that go out to the corners of the quilt. And yes, I did decide to make all four sides the same -- as I am sure the original quilt maker would have done if she had Electric Quilt. :)
This quilt is part of a current exhibit at the International Quilt Center Study Museum. I would love to see this quilt in person.
On their website they note that the label says:
Given To: Carrie L. Hatch, By Granmother Hurlbert in 1871.
The quilt is dated about 1820-1840. It was possibly made in Montgomery County, PA and is part of the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the museum.
How would you redraft this antique quilt?
Here are the questions I like to start with when redrafting any quilt. Take this short quiz and see how your answers compare to mine.
Just because your answers were different then mine, doesn't mean your answers were wrong. There are often more than one way to recreate a quilt.
Would you like to try to draft this quilt for yourself? Here are the blocks I identified. Next week I will provide additional information on drafting these blocks along with the layout that I used?
For those in the Easy Peasy Easy Draw class, see if you can use the techniques from the class for drafting them. The tricky part is making the lattice match between the blocks.
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