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.

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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. Angela says:

    What a wonderful tool to help with design! I have been making quilts since I was a child, at firs,t all by hand and tied with a quilt frame. Then, we would send them off to missionaries all over the world. Guess what? I still make quilts for missionaries and also for local children in need. What a pleasure it would be to have EQ7 to add to my tool box, which includes a journal of sketches and swatches that I’ve kept since childhood!

  2. LindaBee says:

    I would use EQ7 to miniaturize traditional quilts and the audition colors.

  3. Karen says:

    I would love to win the EQ7! I have always wanted to try designing my own quilts and this would be so much fun!

  4. Amy says:

    I have a friend that has EQ, and I would love to have a copy of my own. It has been a great design tool and I would like to learn it better.

  5. Judi Reiss says:

    I have used graph paper to design and play with color just because I haven’t gotten EQ yet. I guess I would like to design a quilt for my daughter that was truly originally mine!

  6. Helen McManus says:

    I would love to use many of the features, but the first thing I would do would be design the first of many scrap quilts. I seem to have an unending supply of scraps and some quilts turn out better than others. Seeing what they would look like before making them would be awesome.

  7. sue says:

    I would love to win this software to make quilts for my goddaughter’s wedding this fall and future grandchildren.

  8. Susan Rice says:

    I woul love to own this software. I have so many great ideas stuck in my head! Would love to see them on the screen and finally completed!!

  9. Rita Sheloff says:

    I see myself using EQ7 for my customers, to show them professionally what I have envisioned their quilt will look like and for them to offer me feed back as to if they like it or want to change something and to what. Currently, I draw out the design, by hand and in pencil, on graph paper. #CrossMyFingersThatIWin

  10. Chuck DeBono says:

    Can you imagine the one of a kind quilts you could do with this ????? Oh my gosh what a great give away !!

  11. Laurel Giard says:

    I Would Love To Win. It Would Be Totally Awesome. The First Thing I Would Do Is Use it To Finish Designing The Quilt I Have Been Designing The Old Fashioned Way.with Paper And Pencil. I Sure It Would Go A Lot Faster That way.

  12. Robin Batchelor says:

    It would be so hard to choose which to play with first as I want to play with them all. But I would want to create my own designing of quilt blocks with the droppers of colors and the different materials that I can load up. I am dying to have this.

  13. Lindy Enlow says:

    I would love to win this program. Having just personally experienced a toddler in need of something he could hold onto and call his own, I would use this software to make quilts for little ones who have little or nothing of thier own. Surprisingly there are many little ones who do not have the luxury of a blanket and I would personalize where I could by using this software. I would also use it to make a quilt for our ladies circle at church and raffle to make money for the clothing drive we do for local school children. This software would be a blessing to me to and to others as well.

  14. Maryln Fleming says:

    I would love to use this to design quilts and use the quilting motifs that can be resized.

  15. Jerry Beavers says:

    I don’t know much about the software, but I would love to play around with it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  16. Deloris says:

    Thank you for a chance to win EQ7. The first thing I would do is try to design a quilt for my autistic grandson. I could input the fabric design, and try to incorporate some embroidery into the pattern.

  17. Phyllis Reed says:

    To see everything come together and not have unnecessary worries how it will look would be awesome. From the beginning of designing to the end with the quilting designs it would all fall together for a satisfying outcome!

  18. Emily says:

    I will use EQ7 to work on a photo quilt that I’ve been dreaming of for a few years. The first thing I will play with are EQ Printables. I can’t wait!!

  19. Sherry Barger says:

    I would play with the color feature. I always have a time with matching or complementing my colors. This would be great!!!

  20. Dea says:

    How do you see yourself using EQ7? What is the first thing you would play with? Oh there are so many ways! The first thing I would play with will be quilting designs – I love to quilt by hand on the tops I’ve pieced by machine.

  21. Carla says:

    I would so love to have this.

  22. Sheri Bord says:

    Oh My…the ideas running through my head are like looking into a kaleidoscope. Actually, just that thought is a good idea for a first project :-) …a kaleidoscope pattern…hmmm!! It would be a lovely program to own.

  23. Bunny says:

    I would play with color and texture

  24. Rivkah Burch says:

    Oh the bliss this would be. I have always designed my quilts on graph paper, as I could never afford the software. I love to design my quilts, so this would be a complete dream come true!

  25. K B Parnell says:

    If I were to be lucky enough to win this wonderful software program, I’d take my time to study it ‘through and through’ so that I’d be familiar with all the unique, creative possibilities it offers…and then I’d just go wild with ideas!!

  26. Diana says:

    I would love to win. Since I don’t know much about this software, I’d have to start at the beginning and learn how amazing it is before I could decide what to design. Probably some smaller quilts to start with–babies or wall hangings!

  27. Laurlyn Chevalier says:

    I would be thrilled to win EQ7!! I love designing my own quilts and usually do the layouts in Excel. I could be down right DANGEROUS with a powerful quilt design program like EQ7!! LOL. I am currently trying to design a special quilt for our area quilt shows, so that would be the first thing I would do with it. I also do longarm quilting and the quilting designs contained in the software would be an awesome resource. EQ7…what’s not to love???

  28. Reta Geer says:

    Hi, I would love to win the EQ7, I have wanted one for several years. Thank you for giving one away, I know there will one very happy person. God Bless you.

  29. Linda Prial says:

    I have EQ5, that was a great program. I would love to update to EQ7, so I could play all day.

  30. QuiltMouse says:

    I have been testing blocks & quilt patterns for the past couple of years. Seeing all the new designs is so very interesting. I current use graph paper & Excel to work on different patterns. I would use EQ7 to design a family quilt remembering all the States we’ve lived and the significant family events.

  31. I would LOVE to win this amazing software, and would use it to recolour some favourite designs and originate some new ones.

  32. Barbara says:

    I am a beginning quilter and a confirmed techie. As such I can’t wait to combine an old obsession with a new and developing one. I would use the software to learn more about color and design to produce my quilts.

  33. Andrea Griffin says:

    I’d love to use EQ7 to design quilts so I wouldn’t need a design wall anymore. I’m trying to work out how to share my sewing room with my two new granddaughters – one already loves to sew at the age of 2 but I would like to be more creative without making such a mess all over the room!

  34. Darla says:

    I can’t wait to try it for the stitching guides an design. Not to mention designing gorgeous quilts!!

  35. Lisa Lisa says:

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I would use this to get past my fear of designing a quilt. I’m pretty sure I can do it…..just need the tools because I never know where to start. I’ve heard such great things about EQ7! The first thing I would play with is the eyedropper to find fabric – over 5000 fabrics?!!! Woot!

  36. Bobbi Davis says:

    I would love to use this software to make a fabulous quilt with my granddaughter Riley, who is only 8 yrs old. She has shown such a interest in quilting this last year and this would be so much easier and more fun for her to learn than the old graph way. I could also help the Quilt Guild at TR Resort do the quilts we do every year for the charities. Good luck to everyone, and thank you for the chance to win this great software. :-)

  37. Connie Donaldson says:

    I would defiantly save money doing my own quilting

  38. Diane Wiese says:

    I would LOVE to win this software. I am always designing my own quilts….the old fashioned way….pencil & graph paper. I teach quilt classes and it would be very helpful to use this software to enter my designs and have them printed out with all the yardage requirements, color options and much more. Best of all, have my drawings look professional instead of home-made. Thanks for the chance to win EQ7.

  39. Ronna says:

    I have 5 daughters. 2 are artsy. I have a dream to share my love of quilting with them. In this digital world EQ7 is a fabulous way to do that.

  40. Maida Peterson says:

    I would love to win this! I have a new granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. I would love to be able to design special quilts for them.

  41. nora says:

    I have a picture of a floor tile done in the 1800s that would make a beautiful quilt. That would be my first project. I just retired from 40 years of nursing and can’t wait to start quilting full time.

  42. Tammy Carr Cruickshank says:

    Oh the fun I could have creating on my computer vs graph paper, and try out color values and hues wahooooo….What to do first ..begin!!!

  43. Judy T says:

    I’d love to use the software to help me design some colourplay themes! The software would make this process visually exciting, fast and fun. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. :)

  44. Marg Willard says:

    What a fun way to learn to combine colour & designs, I don’t have anything to assist my passion.
    I would love a chance at trying to win the EQ7. I wish everyone luck, myself included. It would be a great learning curve to further my love of quilting. Thank you :)

  45. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I love doing scrappy quilts and I would use it to figure out the layouts for some wonderful scrappy quilts!

  46. To own the EQ7 would be to have another piece of heaven in my life.

  47. Jada Hughes says:

    I would love to win this awesome software to expand my crafting creativity in all fabric realms. First I would read all about it and then explore how to use my own designs that I have to be able to put them to paper(fabric, quilts, or any other project) So many ideas. Thanks

  48. Venessa says:

    I see myself using EQ7 to design a quilt for my soon to be born (July) niece or nephew!! I would first play with different border options because I think it’s the border that can make a good quilt great!!

  49. Laurie says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to use it to audition fabric choices.

  50. Rhonda Best says:

    I can see myself using EQ7 to make quilts with my daughter. She and I love to choose the blocks and fabrics together to start any project. The first thing I’d play with would be the block choices! I’m always excited to find new ways to make quilt blocks.

  51. Fran Morris says:

    If I won the EQ7 Iwould scan some of the fabrics in my stash to make an applique pattern – a new quilt experience for me.

  52. jean johnson says:

    I would love to win EQ7. I have used EQ for years but my latest is EQ5. I haven’t been able to upgrade.

  53. Leanne Gifford says:

    I have always wanted EQ! I would use the block design feature first. Graph paper and colored pencils are ok, but very time consuming. EQ7 would allow me to play with color and block variations so much more easily!

  54. Cheryl says:

    I would love to have a chance to design my own quilts. I always am modifying patterns more to my liking, but it would be great to design them from the beginning!!

  55. Stephanie says:

    I am currently involved in a quilt show project with my local historical society. It was my idea to produce quilts & patterns based on some of the antique quilts in their collection. I had no idea how much work it is to create a pattern. I am currently working on a Scotch Plaid Variation design. The idea is to create a pattern using modern techniques. I write the instructions then cut, sew & measure testing to be sure what I have written is accurate. I find it a bit ironic to be creating instructions recreating an antique quilt using modern methods while making illustrations the old fashioned way with graph paper, protractors, rulers, pencil & eraser, lots of eraser! I can’t help but think how much easier it would be if I only had EQ7.

  56. Susan McGuinness says:

    EQ7 has been something I have wanted forever but could not fit into the quilting budget. The first thing I would do would be to design a quilt for my Mom. We lost my Dad a few years back and I would make something for her to be able to snuggle up with him.

  57. Emily K says:

    I would love to get EQ7 so I can design my own quilts after I’ve scanned my stash!!!

  58. Tammy Kostuik says:

    I would love to use this software! I would then be able to design my own quilts so much faster and better than I do now. I struggle with matching colors so end up making quilts with lots of contrast rather than blending because of this – they are pretty but I’d love to be able to expand my designing capabilities and this software would do that in a huge way!
    The very first thing I’d play with is scanning my stash to see what prints/colors go together the best!
    Thanks for this chance to win!

  59. Chris Eilts says:

    An EQ7 has been on my wish list for some time…I could quit bothering my busy sister who has one! I would love to create some new “hexi” quilts – would be so much easier than using the hexi graph paper. I can’t wait to win :)

  60. Patti says:

    Oh my, I have a friend who has this and I see what fun she has with it. Would love to be so creative and try my hand at it.

  61. Pam Losely says:

    I would love to win the EQ7. I am always useing graff paper and colored pencils to try and come up with new designs and color combinations. It would be heaven sent to have help with patterns. I think the first thing I would do is explore the possibilities that are possible with the software and just play to see where it would take me!

  62. MarciaW says:

    How do you see yourself using EQ7? I have several designs in my mind that I would like to enter into EQ7, using the fabric I’ve selected, so can actually see a better representation of my idea. It would be fun to print out the quilt design and requirements before I ever cut a piece. I’m sure that EQ7 will be more accurate than my by-hand calculations.
    What is the first thing you would play with? I have a pile of orphan blocks that can work together as a sampler quilt. The first thing I would play with is a layout for the sashing taking into account the blocks are not all the same size. It would be great to figure out with EQ7 all the pieces to finish (vs hours by hand).
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous software.

  63. janita says:

    I would love to just experiment with different blocks to come up with new patterns. Thanks for a chance to win. Janita

  64. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    I have NO idea what I would play with first…I’ve heard such awesome things about this software…I’d LOVE to win a copy!

  65. Karen A. Webb says:

    I see myself being able to get all the beautiful quilts that are in my head out onto paper to share with my quilting family and my friends. I will first read the instruction manual so that I can get the basics on what I am doing , then I would loose my mind with the ability to put fabric/color into quilts and blocks to see what it looks like before spending any money.

  66. Janey Cook says:

    Wonderful give-away. Would love the newest version!

  67. would love to use this on my brand new machine~have never never seen it work~~love new things Good Luck all~

  68. Barbara Ostrander says:

    I’d love to start using EQ7. It’s always been on my bucket list.

  69. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    WOW!!! What an awesome giveaway. Thank you for offering the chance for everyone to think about how they’d use this product.
    I would use it to help me design which fabric goes where on my quilt designs. I am always second guessing and sometimes regretting the fabric choices I’ve made. It would be so nice to be able to scan the fabrics and really see what it would look like before cutting.
    I would use it to help my 12 year old to plan her first quilt. We have the fabric and are getting ready to cut her very first quilt. We are going to work on earning a Girl Scout Quilting Badge.
    Thank you,

  70. I would love to win EQ7. I would use it to design applique blocks. I have EQ4 and know I want to update my skills and abilities. Thanks for the chance!

  71. Donna Teeter says:

    As a high school sewing instructor I see EQ as a way to introduce digital design to my students. In Apparel Development II, my students create a business and a product to sell. Being able to customize an original design would be exciting for them, and would make their product more desirable to students, parents, neighbors, etc.

  72. Claudia Burns says:

    I want it!!! :)

  73. Susan Clarkson says:

    I am now dreaming of all the fun I could have quilting with the help of my computer!

  74. Hazel Dickinson says:

    I mostly use scraps to make charity quilts & a program would make designing a whole lot easier

  75. Deb Praus says:

    The first thing I would do is take those ideas floating in my head and put them in to make them a reality. Just in case they are not the same on paper as in my dreams, I would be able to manipulate them until they were “perfect”.
    Thank you for chance to be the one!

  76. PJ Covington says:

    I bought EQ5 and was having great fun with it but my girls got older and developed their own interests (not quilting) and it took me away for awhile…..now here I am able to get back to my “love” and wouldn’t you know it there is now EQ7….it looks like it will be easier to scan my “vintage” fabrics……and maneuver around…..I like to learn more shading possibilities as I think I am going to have to dye some of my more “retro” (calicos) to do justice to today’s styles……I too would appreciate the ideas when designing……I got older and today there are times when I think I have only 3 braincells left and 2 of them are not speaking………

  77. racheal robinson says:

    I think EQ7 would be awesome for arranging collaborative sampler quilts and for seeing what the wacky ideas in my head would actually look like :)

  78. Virginia M. Zajesky says:

    The first thing I would do if I won EQ7 is to learn the basics. Then I’d make sure to go through any tutorials, etc. Then I’d have fun. I often get the center of a quilt designed and then all that space on top, bottom and sides will defeat me. So I would use EQ to design all those border areas.

  79. Diana Allen says:

    Oh how wonderful that would be! EQ7, I could be so creative witht this software, I have dreamed of having this ability to design. Thank you for this chance.

  80. Janet McGehean says:

    This would be a dream come true. I would use it first to help me design a quilt I have offered to make for a friend who has given me his stash of neckties that he no longer wears now that he is retired.

  81. Melanie says:

    Oh my! I would wear this out! So many lovely designs to use on my quilts.

  82. Amy Roth says:

    I would use it to play with color to see how changing color or value placement changes the look of a block and/or quilt top design. It’s amazing what color can do!

  83. Beth R says:

    I would use it to design a table runner for my dining room table. Fun!

  84. I LOVE quilts made with two blocks — but don’t enjoy the tedium of drawing out the blocks in several different configurations. So the first thing I would do with EQ is to play with all the ways that an assymetrical 9-patch and a “puss in the corner” can go together!
    I’m confident that I will love EQ as much as I love the Statler software on the long-arm machine I rent time on!

  85. Christine Archer says:

    Love to quilt & I would love the chance to be able to see my designs before I stitch them.

  86. Melinda McMahan says:

    My first grandchild was born in January and the second one is due in August. I would use this software to make all kinds of pretties for my two granddaughters, things I didn’t have the time or knowledge to make for their mothers when they were little.

  87. chrissie says:

    i would play on this for hours, designing quilts that i wouldn’t have enough time in my lifetime to complete. but that’s half the fun, isn’t it?

  88. Robin Martin says:

    If I won the EQ7, it would be a miracle. Lucky for me I believe in miracles!
    I am horrible at choosing colors and prints that look good together, but it looks like using this software would take all the guess work out of the process for me. Winning the EQ7 would be a prayer answered!

  89. Peggy Thompson says:

    Many times I have to alter my design because I don’t have enough material for my quilt. Hopefully, this would solve my recurring planning problem.

  90. pam biswas says:

    I would love to replace my Quilt design software (microsoft excel) with EQ7. I would design new original modern quilts using solid fabrics and try to create new patterns that have not been seen before. I can’t remember entering this previously, but if I did, could you just eliminate one ? Thanks.

  91. Would really love to win EQ7 quilt design pkg. The first thing I would do, is to design a quilt for my granddaughter. She loves purples and lavenders, so it would probably be done in that color scheme. Thank you for letting me enter.

  92. Janet T says:

    I have heard wonderful things about this program, and the nice quilts that have been drafted from it! I would love to win. I have so much stash, it seems be be an obsession of mine (know what I mean?). Oh, the possibilities!!!!!!

  93. Gretchen F says:

    I would use the software for designing some quilts and just playing with layouts and ideas for using my scraps! The first thing I would do though is try to design a quilting motif for my daughter’s wedding quilt.

  94. Cathy Koester says:

    I would love to really get into the designing and see what i could come up with. Lots of ideas in my head that need to see the light of day.

  95. Ami McCarthy says:

    My mother is in her late 70′s and is a hand quilter – she calls herself “A Dinosaur”! What I would do with the Electric Quilt 7 software is photograph and copy her hand applique and hand pieced squares patterns so that I and others can enjoy piecing and quilting her designs for future generations. Her quilts are a legacy and will unfortunately die with her when she eventually passes on. This would be such an honor to her!

  96. Pam from CA says:

    Wow, with EQ7 the possibilities are endless! I would love that! Everyone needs some new inspiration!

  97. Gina says:

    Since I’ve never used EQ or anything like it I can’t say what I would do first. I however, have always wanted to check out the software so it would be great if I won.

  98. Jeanne Gwin says:

    I would give it to my bud Jodi and then we could collaborate on designs. We live so far apart!! Thanks for a chance.

  99. julie moran says:

    I saw a demo of EQ7 at a LQS. I would use EQ7 to design a paper pieced quilt using the “stretch” technique. I love how the program allows you to take a traditional block like a new york beauty and stretch it into a another shape. The designs become unlimited!

  100. I would love to win EQ7, I am a hand piecer using Inklingo, which was also highlighted in this issue of Quiltmaker. I would love to start designing quilts in EQ7 for Inklingo.
    Thanks for the chance

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