A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway!

Well, do I have something happy for you on this Monday morning! Quiltmaker is pleased to have Splashes of Color by Margaret Okuley appear in our May/June issue. Isn’t this quilt exuberant?!

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Splashes of Color was designed and made by Margaret Okuley. The pattern appears in Quiltmaker's May/June issue.

Margaret designs and makes sample quilts for The Electric Quilt Company. (Sounds like a wonderful job, doesn’t it?)

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As we were brainstorming for this issue, the folks at Electric Quilt wondered if we’d care to do a giveaway.

 A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway!

And of course we said yes, because we love their quilt design software and would be thrilled to put it into an eager reader’s hands.

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We have often partnered with The Electric Quilt Company. You may know that several volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks are available on My EQ Boutique. If you like, read more about My EQ Boutique.

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And Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs CDs are legendary. You can get them from The Electric Quilt Company or from us at quiltandsewshop.com.

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They stand alone—you need not own EQ to use them! Print and use quilting motifs at any size you choose. Easy as pie.

 A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway!

And now there’s something brand new called EQStitch. It’s an EQ7 plug-in for designing and digitizing embroidery & machine appliqué. Watch for a product review of EQStitch here in the next few weeks.

 A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway!

But right now, we have a copy of EQ7 quilt design software to give away! One lucky Quilty Pleasures reader will win. For your chance please leave a comment before midnight Friday, April 26 and answer this question: How do you see yourself using EQ7? What is the first thing you would play with?

The giveaway is open for almost two weeks so everyone has a chance to enter. Please enter just once so as not to be disqualified. We’ll choose a winner and post it here on or before April 30. Good luck!

The winner is Monica Cooper! Congratulations. Thank you to everyone who participated and Electric Quilt for the generous prize!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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701 Responses to A Big Splash: Electric Quilt Giveaway!

  1. Kornelia Massner says:

    I’m always looking for new ways to create new designs. I use graph paper for the most part. This software would be an awesome way to start new designs. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Kim Andrews says:

    I would work at learning things that are updated, as my last EQ was version 5. I would figure out some new setting for a set of blocks that have been sitting around for years. I want something different, and I know EQ7 could help.

  3. I would work on more outreach quilts, try my hand at NCIU quilts, quilts of valor, and more quilts for kids in hosipals.

  4. Tracey Young says:

    I would love to have EQ7. I’m still using EQ5, and would love to beable to design more than I am currently able.
    My family is always pushing me to design better quilts.

  5. Linette Greene says:

    oh my gosh, to win EQ7! It would be a dream come true. I have long wanted to purchase the software to play with fabric and color virtually. I make lots and lots of baby quilts as gifts and it would be so fun to design my own blocks and colors.

  6. Ronnie says:

    What fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Jesse Cottrell says:

    Oh wow! I have dreamed about having this software! I believe I would dive right in and start getting to the business if creating a beautiful, modern quilt. I would love to look at all the fabrics and quilting designs. Eeeeeq! Getting excited just thinking about it. I would use this to help me create beautiful quilts for not only myself by my family and friends. A quilt is the best gift to give… Isn’t it!! :) thanks! Hope to win.

  8. Susan Alford says:

    I would love to win EQ7 so that I could design my own quilts, rather than always following someone else’s pattern! I have some ideas in mind and have used up loads of graph paper roughing them out. It would be so much easier with the software!

  9. Ruth says:

    Applique and color are my interests, EQ7 would be so much fun to work with :)

  10. Janice Aitkens says:

    What a Wonderful Give-Away Good Luck to All

  11. Blanca Estrada says:

    I’am a teacher of Patchwork and Quilting at the Puerto Rico , USA Island. Iwould use it to help the laidies in my Quilting Clup Goup to desing the quilts we made for the childrens fom Haity and Cacer Hospitals .

  12. Linda Milward says:

    It would be great to update my quilt software that is so outdated .. purchased about 10 years ago ..

  13. Janet Tillman says:

    I would love to use EQ7 to help me design quilts for the many babies expected as this next generation in the family grows up, marries, and “goes forth to multiply”. I love being able to easily determine the yardage needed, and seeing what a variety of color combinations/borders will look like.

  14. Nancy Pilger says:

    This would sure come in handy when designing a quilt top instead of graphpaper and pencil and eraser!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the EQ7

  15. Evelyn says:

    This sounds like it would be really fun to use especially with my sisters who both quilt.

  16. Judy says:

    Where to begin – I would browse the software to explore all the possiblites available then let my imagination start playing with colors, designs….it’s my understanding with EQ, my possibilities are “endless”.
    Thank you, thank you for this GREAT and FUN opportunity to win software that would make my quilting world “sew” much easier.

  17. Maree says:

    Oh my, I would be beyond thrilled to be the lucky winner of this awesome software! ☺ I’d be very careful not to get “drool” all over it. LOL For several years, I have collected and swapped fabric squares to make a One Hundred Good Wishes Quilt for my oh so sweet granddaughter who was adopted from China. EQ7 could surely help me come up with a very special and clever design for this very meaningful quilt. Thankfully, she shares my love for quilting and the two of us would have so much fun using EQ7 together. Thank you so very much for the chance to win! ☺

  18. Erin Haugh says:

    My kids have been hinting (and teasing) that I need to become more “techno-savvy”, and this sounds like the perfect “toy” to jump start me!

  19. Shirley says:

    Ohh, I would love to win the EQ7 quilt design software. There is nothing better in life than creating, and having a masterpiece come to life from nothing. I don’t know what I would do first, but have no doubt that it would be something very special. Thank you for the opportunity to win this item.

  20. Susan says:

    Oh my goodness…I would love to win this contest…I’ve looked at EQ7, but with a fixed income I could not afford to purchase the software. I would love to play around with designing my own quilt and play with colors, too. It would be so much fun to experiment and play with blocks and design something unique. Thank you for this opportunity.

  21. Lou Ronna Richardson says:

    This offer is wonderful! I have many pieces of fabric that need to be used, but where do you start? EQ program would be a way to decide the best pattern and look for all that fabric. It would be such a timesaver. I can see some new exciting entrees for quilt shows coming… Hope I win!

  22. I have used EQ5 before and would love to try the newer version. I’d use it to design quilt layouts and color schemes

  23. Deborah Tell says:

    Recently, I spent days using graph paper & colored pencils to design a hexagon pattern of Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The EQ program would definitely have been a time saver!

  24. Gwen Lynn says:

    I see myself using the EQ7 photo options. That would be the first thing I would play with by uploading my favorite pictures.

  25. Linda Baird says:

    Have EQ6, but would love to update. Want to try my hand at custom quilts. Have been quilting for 17 years and just retired, so I have time to expand the style of quilts I do.

  26. Debbie Parker says:

    I would love to have this software so I could learn to design my own quilts. I would use it to design quilts for all 10 of my grandchildren.

  27. Lynda Jackson says:

    I can’t explain how good it would be to win this software. I am just starting a long arm quilting business and to be able to produce the quilts from design to the last stitch would be fantastic. I support a number of charities also and would be able to name the newly designed quilts after them and they could then sell them to raise funds. It would be so good to be able to own this software to make the most of it in this way.

  28. Carol H says:

    I would love to start designing some quilts. I guess the first thing I would play with would be entering some of my stash, so I could see it in action.

  29. Suzanne says:

    As a beginner quilter, this would be so helpful and keep me wanting to learn more!

  30. Sharon H of Tenn says:

    How would I use the EQ7? paper piecing, block sizing / placement, color. Visualizing what I would like to make would be sooooo much more, enormous.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  31. Aggiequilter says:

    I would LOVE to have EQ7 – I’ve seen it used but never had the chance to design with it. I would enjoy the ability to try out blocks, layouts, then colors and fabrics before buying and cutting ! Thanks for this awesome giveaway !

  32. Peg says:

    EQ would be just the thing to help me pare down my scraps and stash.

  33. Anne H says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. I currently create quilts using graph paper and colored pencils. It would be a kick to be able to use computer graphics to create my designs and visions. It is exciting to see the way the various patterns and colors fit together to create the whole.

  34. Jill Blissenbach says:

    Oooh fun! I tried designing a quilt once, it was a disaster :) I definitely could use some help.

  35. Madquilter65 says:

    I would love to win this! I think that I would use it to build my son a quilt that he has been begging for for four years now. Or maybe I would just play!

  36. Thank you for this great give a-way. I have so may ideas in my head for quilts I would like to design. I also have a quilt that my grandmother made for my mom that I would like to recreate. But the very first thing I would do is create a quilt based off of an old picture of a quilt my husband had made while living in Peru. It was destroyed and he was heart broken. I would like to give him at least a little of that back.


    I have only been quilting for about 5 years but I am learning to look at the blocks and try to figure out how they go together. I would love to design my own, which I have done some by combining blocks and sashings different than the patterns I have.

  38. Connie German says:

    I would use EQ7 to design various blocks and create a one of a kind quilt and then another quilt and then another……….

  39. Tammie says:

    I would no longer need graph paper, pencils and erasers when designing a new quilt layout. Especially the erasers!

  40. Helen Zervas says:

    Just Yesterday i was in Hobbysew a fabric, shop they sells all that you need for
    your quilting needs. From sewing machines to sweet sixteen quilting machines i looked around the store and there on one of the shelves were selling the EQ7
    the price was simply out of my range when i arrived home i started to try and work out how i could budget my saving for a QE7..tonight ,am entering this competition to win . If i had an EQ7 i would start. With looking at how it works then i would start practicing design, blocks,to colours to down loading and printing i would try to perfec.t it first then i really would try designing my first Quilt .

  41. Susan says:

    I would use it to design table toppers or bed runners. I like small projects the best right now.

  42. Vicki Mooren says:

    I would love to win this to help with designs I already do with graph paper and pencil. I love the feature that tells you exactly how much material you need for your designs. That sure would take the guess work away.

  43. Charlotte Mort says:

    It would be me lots of fun and satisfaction to be able to design using various shapes and colors that are unique into a one-of-a-kind quilt. I would love to use EQ to be able to make more quilts and quilt projects. It would speed up the process tremendously!

  44. Kathy Allbee says:

    My own EQ7 would be a dream come true. This is the ultimate in quilt software and I would love to explore all that it could do for my quilts. I am attempting to make more original quilts rather than following someone else’s pattern and this would greatly assist me. I have always loved 2 block quilts, so probably the first thing I would do with this program is experiment with designing a 2 block quilt. The one Margaret Oukley did is lovely. Thank you for this contest. Whoever wins it will be so grateful.

  45. Marianne Brown says:

    I love this software and use it all the time but I would like to introduce the students in my quilt classes in Volcan Panama to it so I need another copy. I know it is in English but they would be able to learn a software program and practice color selection, learn to scan fabrics, I could go on and on. I will even buy them a laptop to use it. It is so useful and saves you money because the fabric requirements are there and are always sufficient to finish the project. You can even give someone a quote if they want something special. For the price it is a winner in the software world.

  46. Terry says:

    The first too I would use would be the blocks tool. I would love to design my own quilts using the traditional blocks blended with new creations with modern fabrics.

  47. Vicky says:

    Oh what to do first!!!!! I guess I would use EQ to see what a quilt would look like with fabrics I have in my stash. Try to use up some of the fabrics I have collected. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance.

  48. Betsy Davis says:

    I would LOVE to win this EQ7!!! I can’t wait to start designing a quilt and putting colors together to see how they will look before I start cutting fabric. It is amazing to think of all of the endless combinations that can be designed…. what fun!! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!!

  49. Elaine G. in N. Tx. says:

    This sounds like it would make designing quilts so much easier.

  50. Barbara Anderson says:

    EQ7!!!! Wow. I took up quilting after retirement. Way too late…… I have been
    eyeing this for over a year. If this is my lucky day there is no stopping me. A girl can dream…..

  51. debra brouillette says:

    i have EQ 4.0 and would love to up grade to the newer version.

  52. Vicki Hill says:

    I don’t know what I would do first. It will be great to try out different colors to see what goes best together in a block or whole quilt.

  53. I would love to win a copy of EQ7. I’ve used an older version of EQ in the past and I loved it. Its so nice to be be able to sketch up quilts and be able to actually test out the different color schemes without having to re-draw everything on paper. I would definitely play with importing pictures of my own fabric and auditioning them on quilt designs that I want to make.

  54. Barbara Dorry says:

    I would love to see all the blocks after they are put together – before I have done all the stitching! The reality of the layout makes the quilt or ruins it.

  55. Cheryl says:

    This is something that I have wanted to buy. I struggle with designing what I should add to my quilt for finishing them, this would be great for that.

  56. Rachel Bates says:

    I would definitely use it to make my own designs but also to resize pattens for blocks. The first thing I would play with is paper piecing.

  57. CherylZ says:

    This would be so fun to help put all the designs running around in my head onto all the beautiful quilts I make.

  58. connie says:

    Would love to win this software and be able to really create my own patterns.

  59. Sandra says:

    My niece would like to enter a quilt in the fair this year so I would take her horse block design and transfer into the digital format and help her find blocks that would coordinate with it and my fabric stash.

  60. Teresa Baker says:

    I would truly love to win EQ7 software. I am a machine quilter and am always looking for new quilt patterns or sketching on draft paper. This would be so awesome. Thank you for this opportunity.

  61. Kathie says:

    I usually design my quilts on graph paper. This would be so exciting, easy and fast. It would be like Christmas morning–what to play with next!

  62. Michele T says:

    This would be an amazing and fun tool!! Thanks for the chance!

  63. Betty Burton says:

    So often I like a pattern but would prefer to use different fabrics or make a different size. I can usually visualize the changes and use Excel to make the pattern – but EQ7 would certainly make it easier. Thank you for the chance to win!

  64. Crystal Mills says:

    I have an idea for a bargello that i would work on.

  65. Iva Lou Spell says:

    This would be a GREAT addition to my passion… quilting! I see inspiration everywhere and am not mechanically inclined, so my ideas never actually appear. I have several patterns I would like to make, none available now, and make truly personalized quilts. The eq is the one and only “big” item on my wishlist!

  66. Robin Cole says:

    I have a new grandbaby on the way due in July, I would use it to design the baby’s blanket and possibley the crib ensamble.

  67. Ellen says:

    I would start at the beginning of the lessons and learn all there is to do in EQ7 for ease in designing a quilt using EQ7 from start to finish; which would include finding the perfect quilting motif to use in machine quilting the quilt.

  68. Bonnie Tester says:

    I’d love to win this. Spending time with graph paper is no so much fun! Oh the quilts I could make!!!

  69. Evelyn says:

    I’ve been designing on graphpaper. First I would learn the basics of operating the program. Then I would experiment with variations of designs I’ve already created. After that, who knows? The possibilities are endless!

  70. rosa says:

    I would love use it to create blocks and play with my fabrics and see how my top would be with my fabrics choice.

  71. Colleen says:

    WOW ~ this is an amazing giveaway opportunity! If I won EQ7 the first thing I would most likely do is stay up all night and play with it watching the videos and following the manual! Then I would start digging through my stash and design quilts to make using up all that fabric I have been saving for just the right quilt! Thanks!

  72. Rosalinda Call says:

    Would love to win EQ 7 have heard so many positive comments .

  73. I would use this software to determine how much of each fabric I would need for a quilt and also to see ahead of time if a color scheme will work well.

  74. Dawn Hutton says:

    Would love to get my design ideas down. I too use graph paper and pencil for ideas and it takes so long.

    I am starting the star pattern today for a charity quilt and love several others this month.

  75. Lis Martion says:

    I have absolutely know idea what I would do with it first. I have never seen one b4 so it would be new to me..:)

  76. CHRISTINA says:

    I usally do all my planning with colour pencils, just imagine the possibilites with this program. What fun I could have.
    With my spare lap top I could also take this to my quilt group to play with. Wow to see ideas put to paper or should I say computer?

  77. Lynn Hofelich says:

    I have been dreaming about EQ7 for awhile. I love to design applique quilts for children. It would be such a please to be able to do it with EQ7!

  78. Kim Hamilton says:

    Wow I can’t even imaging how wonderful it would be to win EQ7! I quilt but have never tried to design anything. I always think I need someone to tell me what to do. With EQ7 I would be able to design my own quilt! That would be totally amazing!

  79. Irene says:

    I have been quilting for a couple of years and now I want to achieve something extra special with my quilts and the EQ7 is definately on the wish list for doing that. The block library would be amazing and after listening to all the great comments friends and teachers at classes have about this incredible software it is definately something I hope to be able to own one day.

  80. Cindy Jackson says:

    The first thing I would play with is color and pattern effects. What fun!

  81. Laura Nolte says:

    I am currently unemployed, so I could see EQ as a fun new way of entertaining myself! The first thing I would do is go through every tutorial included, and then look for more tips and hints online for using it! I want to learn every little thing it can do!

  82. Frances Allen says:

    Oh my goodness! I would love to have EQ7. I make a lot of Quilts of Valor and like to do something different for each quilt. This would be so great!

  83. I love to quilt and love the excitement of new ways of creating a quilt. Quilting is an art and I am so lucky my daughter and her 10 year old daughter have both started to quilt. It would be fun and exciting to be able to share something new with them.
    I live in a small town in rural Colorado and am lucky to have a great fabric shop in our little town.

  84. Deborah Calyo says:

    I would love to plan out an asymmetrical quilt top. I actually had a dream about a design the other night! It would be great to “see” it, color it and actually make it.

  85. Chuck DeBono says:

    simply BEAUTIFUL !

  86. Mary Green says:

    Omigosh but I cannot even begin to think where I’d start. With EQ7 some of the ideas I have running around in my head could be fine-tuned and preserved so I can actually get them made. This would be so incredible. Thanks for giving one of us the chance to experience this fabulous quilt-design software.

  87. Sher7753 says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I have never used EQ before. I have always used graph paper and pencil to design my quilts. It sounds like EQ7 would make things a lot easier. Thanks for offering this fantastic giveaway.

  88. Diana Cagle says:

    Would love to blend my love for technology with my love for quilting by designing in EQ7!

  89. Karen A says:

    I am always playing with designs on graph paper so I think I would try to work with them. I’m not super technically inclined so it might take awhile to learn, but I’d like to try.

  90. Ivy Smart says:

    I would use EQ7 to design various blocks and create a one of a kind quilt.

  91. Maryellen says:

    I would play with the borders. I have a few quilt tops that need borders. I don’t like the ones on the pattern, so need to play to choose a different design. It would be great to have the right measurements and block sizes to make a cool border. Then I would design my own quilt. I really do love the one she did above. The colors and design are just so pretty. Thanks!

  92. Patricia Hersl says:

    When I grow up, I want to be an EQ guru. Thankfully, they make it almost easy.

  93. Esther J says:

    I would use EQ7 to design quilts for each member of my family, using their favorite colors. I have made quilts for my 2 grandchildren, but soon they will outgrow them! It would be fun to make a quilt to match their personalities!

  94. Christine Huggins says:

    I would just be in heaven playing with new quilt ideas…and then I would share designs with all who would want them! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  95. Rachell R says:

    The first thing I can see myself using is just exploring the block library! Then try some new paper-piecing blocks! The biggest thing, though, is I would be thrilled just to have the quilting motifs! They’re so much fun, and I enjoy making quilts with unique quoting motifs.

  96. Janelle Bucher says:

    Having recently gotten my own quilting machine, I’ve not had much opportunity to use it. However, I would take this new software and work with my quilting machine to try to learn what wonderful possibilities await me.

  97. craftytammie says:

    I would love to use it to design quilt patterns! Right now I sketch them out on graph paper, but it would fun to be able to try out different color combinations!

  98. Karen says:

    I would use the software to alter design color choices and then design my own quilts from my stash. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  99. MaryKay Kerr says:

    I’ve never designed a quilt from scratch so it would open up a whole new quilty world for me!

  100. stephanie says:

    I really think this is a neat software to designing quilts! I would play with shapes and color combinations! From a very early age I started designing and trying to build stuff and even in highschoolI doodled shapes shapes and shapes, I love squares the best but I also love the combination of shapes, there is just something happy and balanced when they are all in harmony together. I heard that this software is easy to use and has many useful features! GO EQ7

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