Star Power giveaway

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This giveaway is for people who already own EQ7. The software will not work without it.

I recently received the Star Power software for EQ7, by Judy Martin. It contains 110 block and 61 quilts, all designed and ready for you to use. One of my favorite things about EQ is the ability to quickly recolor projects, and that’s the easiest way to use this software. For example, this Simple Stars quilt in orange…

Judy Martin’s Simple Stars orange colorway

and aqua…

Judy Martin’s Simple Squares aqua colorway

But there are other ways to use it. The blocks can be used in other quilts, and other blocks can be used in the existing settings. I started with this quilt design, called All in the Family:

Judy Martin’s All in the Family

I replaced all of the star blocks with another block in the EQ7 database called Whirlpool, then recolored it and ended up with this:

Judy Martin’s All in the Family Setting with Whirlpool Blocks

That setting would have taken me forever to create because it isn’t a simple grid, or even straightforward borders. Instead, I spent about 7 minutes replacing blocks and recoloring.

Electric Quilt has always been great about calculating yardage and showing cutting instructions, but this software comes with an added feature: piecing diagrams. The CD has a folder full of PDFs, one for each quilt, that show the overall quilt, piecing diagrams for each block in the quilt, any additional pieces for settings, and finally an illustration of the entire quilt with the location of each block indicated. These are diagrams only, showing the order to assemble the pieces not written instructions, but they’ll be helpful for some of the more complex blocks. In order to use the diagrams, I believe you need to open the PDFs from the CD, not from EQ7. That’s what I did, anyway.

Best of all, they gave me a second copy to give away to a reader. This giveaway is open internationally. The only restriction is that you must already have EQ7, as Star Power cannot operate on its own. It is a collection of files that are opened in EQ7. To enter, please leave a comment below. I don’t usually like the whole “get another entry if you do this, that, or the other thing,” but because the EQ7 ownership restriction will limit the pool of winners, I will give a second entry if you blog about the giveaway OR share it on Facebook and come back and leave a second comment. The giveaway will be open for two weeks. I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday, November 21.

Good luck!

I was given this software by Electric Quilt with no obligation to write about it. I just love their products, and wanted to tell you a little about the giveaway so you knew what you could win!

Comments are closed – congratulations to Gale of Stamps and Stitches!

Electric Quilt Rocks! (a giveaway)

Comments are closed – congratulations to Aunt Marti, who blogs at 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks. Better not start using EQ7 until after you’ve finished all 52, Marti – you might just get sidetracked!

I design my quilts in EQ

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love my EQ7 software. I consider it to be a necessary tool for quilters who like to create their own designs or put their own spin on patterns written by others. From simply recoloring a quilt to completely redesigning it, EQ7 gives you the ability to truly make a quilt your own creation.

Imagine my SQUEE! when I received an email from Sarah Shriver at Electric Quilt asking if I’d like to host an EQ7 giveaway! Are you kidding? Of course I’d love an opportunity to share my favorite quilting tool with my readers!

So here’s the situation: I don’t like giveaways that require tons of hoop jumping, but I do feel this prize is worthy of a little effort. To enter, you must leave a comment with some substance. Tell me a story about a quilt you designed, or a special quilt you want to create. Tell me a funny quilting story, or a meaningful story. Tell me why you want a copy of EQ7. Tell me if you have an earlier version, or if you’ve used other quilt design software. Tell me what you find most challenging about designing a quilt, or what your color rut is and how you plan on getting out of it. Tell me SOMETHING so when I draw your name I feel like I know a little bit about you.

I’ll draw a winner on Friday, June 15. The giveaway is open to international entries. The software will ship directly from Electric Quilt. In the meantime, watch this blog because I’m going to be featuring a few of the reasons why I love EQ7 so much!

Giveaway, skills and samplers

I’m easing myself back into quilting and blogging and Skill Building…

First, be sure to pop over to A Wandering Minstrel I for her one year anniversary giveaway. Beth is in the Modern Quilt Guild that I belong to, and she has TWO prizes to give away. Hint: If you’ve ever thought about hexies but haven’t had the ambition to try them, pre-cut and basted hexies are one of the prizes!

In other news, I finally sewed something for the first time in almost two months. I’ve had major quilt block (hah! I just realized the pun!), and I just haven’t been able to work up the enthusiasm to DO something. Considering I have two challenges (solids and Habitat) that are due in September, that’s not a good sign. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally made a decision and cut the Habitat fabric. One thing about challenges of this type – they make you work outside your comfort zone. Habitat is so far outside my comfort zone I think it’s in another solar system. I would never have purchased these fabrics (well, maybe one or two), and they’re very difficult for me to work with. Still, I like the direction the project is going, since I’m working with a traditional block that contrasts with the very modern fabrics.

Finally, SKILL BUILDER SERIES!!!

Jeanne and I have been working on a sampler project that will help you practice the skills taught in the Skill Builder Series. I think we’re going to call it the Test Your Skills Sampler, and we hope to introduce it in the next week or three. Unlike many samplers out there now, we’re going to work with blocks of different sizes. Hey, we had to do something to set this one apart from all of the gorgeous samplers we’re seeing now!

This is a preliminary peek at what we’re thinking about. There’s still room for tweaks, so it may be a bit different from this.

Test Your Skills Sampler 2

If you have any suggestions for the sampler or future skills, let us know! We still need to do part two of drafting, which will be about original creations rather than replicating existing blocks. We also have posts coming up about paper piecing (aka foundation piecing), curves, Y seams, alternate blocks, sashing, borders, batting, backing, quilting, binding and labeling. Whew!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day

Today is Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day, so be sure to stop by their blog and see the list of bloggers hosting giveaways.

My giveaway is a little unusual and there’s a story behind it. I’m giving away a UFO and coordinating fabric for a baby quilt. The fabric is Oh Baby! by Sandy Gervais for Moda, and there are two yards plus another 12″ width of fabric of the green print, 32″ of the cream print, and one yard of the purple print. There are 25 half square triangles that need to be pressed and trimmed. The rest of the quilt is almost finished – a center “thistle” block, four corner blocks, and four pieced flying geese side sections. You just need to add a strip of fabric on each side (I planned on using the cream print) and you’d have a small square baby quilt. I was also going to add a row of half square triangles at the top and bottom, but you’d need to make a few more HSTs if you want to do that. This is not from a pattern – I think I found the center block somewhere, then designed the rest of the quilt around it. I’ll send the EQ illustration with it so you have a “map” of the finished quilt.

Baby Thistle Quilt

Now for the story…

I started this quilt several years ago. Actually, this is the first of two similar quilts I was making for my boss and his wife. They were expecting twins, she was Scottish, and I thought a thistle theme was appropriate. I was late finishing it, as usual, and he fired me before I gave them the quilts. Yeah. Wasn’t really gonna give them the gift after that, you know?

Baby Thistle Quilt Fabrics

I set the project aside for a while, then got the news that my cousin was pregnant with twins. How fortuitous! I pulled out the project and worked on it a little more, nearly finishing the first quilt. Sadly, my cousin delivered the twins extremely early, and the boys only lived a couple of days. Again, the project was packed away. (For those who are wondering, my cousin and her husband just celebrated the baptism of a new baby girl!)

Baby Thistle Quilt

The project has such negative memories for me that I don’t anticipate ever completing it, and even if I did, I wouldn’t want to give it to anyone. Not everyone has the same history with it that I do, though, and I hope that someone would like to finish it and give it a happy memory.

Thistle Baby Quilt

If you’d like to win this giveaway please leave a comment on this post telling me a happy baby story. I’ll chose the winner through random drawing, so if you don’t have a story, tell me what you’d do with it if you won, or just say “I’d love to give this quilt a happy memory.” The giveaway ends on May 25 and is open to international readers. I won’t ask you to jump through any hoops – just one entry per person. I’ll ship to the winner by May 30.

Comments are closed – congratulations to Beth @ Wandering Minstrel!

Survey Drawing Winners

I decided to choose two winners for the survey drawing.  I had 187 comments on the drawing post, and over 575  survey responses so far! The survey itself is still open, and I hope others will continue to respond.

I used the good old Random Number Generator and the winners are:

#35 – Mimi

#148 – Sunnybec

I’ve sent emails to both of the winners, and once I hear from them I’ll put together a five fat quarter bundle for each, tailored to their fabric preferences.

Thank you all so much for participating, and for your encouraging words. It’s been a rough couple of weeks! I’ll be closing the survey next weekend and I’ll start sharing the results then.

Quilting Survey & Giveaway

(Collage of quilts I made, helped make or designed – I don’t like to repeat myself!)

I had so many interesting comments to yesterday’s post! Thank you everyone who took the time to share your point of view. Of course, it made me wonder about several things and I’m so curious I had to create a survey. Please take a couple of minutes to answer – it’s only ten questions, multiple choice. You can check more than one answer and in some cases you can add details. The link below takes you to an independent survey website called SurveyMonkey. They do not collect your personal information.

After you’ve taken the survey, pop back here and leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a fabric bundle. I’ll work with the winner to customize the fabrics that go into the bundle. You can earn a second entry if you post about this survey and giveaway on your blog. Just leave a second entry with a link to your blog post. The contest will be open through March 31, and I’ll announce the winner a few days after that.

Updated to add: This giveaway IS open to international entries.
Updated again to add: Although the giveaway is closed, the survey will remain open for another week since I’ve had a lot of recent traffic. Agree or disagree with my posts, I’d love your feedback in the survey.
Final update: The survey is closed. Watch the blog for results!