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. I would love to win EQ to learn something new to update my limited knowledge, using my sewing machine. I have done embroidery but my software is outdated. I would love to play with the quilting designs. I am working on a quilt for a wedding using a set of UFO blocks from the 80′s that was an iron on painted with Artex paints.
    Does anyone remember those?

  2. Mary maxwell says:

    As an avid embroidery digitizer, I love creating something from the first thread to the last. I like knowing a gift I made was completely mine, or inspired directly from the recipient. Now that I have dived into the world of quilting, I am longing for that same creative freedom. My mind is filled with ideas, but I am not sure how to execute them because instill think digitally. EQ would be perfect for me. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit into my budget. Winning this contest would be an amazing gift. But if someone else wins, that’s ok too. I will continue to save my egg money. I will have EQ one day!

  3. Linda says:

    I have been designing memory quilts. Instead of just pictures on a black background I try to modify sampler type blocks the pictures will work with. I love the sampler look this gives the quilts.
    WOW!!!! would this be a fabulous program for me to use. I’m not sure I would be able to stop!

  4. Kerry Davidson says:

    I have heard so much about EQ7 and researched it many times. I would so love to own a copy just to be able to easily design my own quilt. I am fairly new to quilting, and already just get ideas in my head rather than working from patterns. EQ7 would just be so wonderful to help me get my designs from my head into something to work with.

  5. Helen Poole says:

    It would be like Christmas in May if I won this EQ7 software. I would be happy to share my “computer” time so that I may play with this.. Amazing what I see others doing with it.

  6. Donna says:

    Can’t wait to see if I win the EQ7 software!

  7. Maryln Fleming says:

    It would be so much easier and fun to have EQ7 to design quilts. Definitely something on my wish list.

  8. Sandy Martin says:

    Wow! The QP page today was awesome and even if I don’t win the prize, there is enough info in the blog to keep me happy for a while. My favorite part of quilting is putting together the blocks. That is, of course after my favorite part of picking out a design. Oh and then comes my favorite part of buying the fabrics or searching my stash for them, which is like a treasure hunt in itself. And my favorite part has to be laying out the blocks and watching the quilt come together. Oh gee, as you can see, each step is a favorite, rather like all my children. I love them all because each one is unique and wonderful.

  9. CHRIS says:

    love to win to continue learning quilting

  10. Adrienne says:

    EQ7 looks like just the thing I need for all my quilty ideas running around in my head!

  11. Donna Forhecz says:

    I would very much like to update my old quilting software with EQ7. What fun I would have designing and making quilts! My old software came with floppy disks and does not work on my Windows 7 computer–but I’m sure EQ7 would.

  12. barbara says:

    I am a volunteer for Quilts for Kids, and I would love to design some kid’s quilts with EQ7.

  13. Pam Thompson says:

    I own a small gift shop, I sell many of my children’s quilts in the store. I think the EQ7 would be great for designing unique quilts for my clients. I also do custom embroidery, looking forward to previewing the new digitizing software,

  14. Midge Flinn says:

    I would love to use EQ7 to design quilts I’ve seen but have been unable to find patterns or directions for. I love computer designing.

  15. Wendy Owens says:

    I’ve heard a lot about the eq7 & would love to be able design my own quilt blocks & embroidery patterns using this program. I’ve heard it is very user friendly. It would be nice & to get rid of the graph paper. Thank you for the chance to win.

  16. Margaret Chair says:

    To design a quilt, of course … actually, I see an idea & I like to recreate it in my colors or fabrics…. I would play with downloading free designs & then recoloring them with my own fabrics!

  17. Nancy Troyak says:

    A friend demonstrated her EQ 7 for me and I was enthralled! How wonderful it would be to be able to play with patterns, and colours and to be able to calculate fabric requirements so easily. What a great way to create quilts that are truly my own designs! With hope and anticipation!!
    Nancy Troyak

  18. Cressandra Lee says:

    I am unemployment, now I have the time. The ideas that I think about would be great using the EQ.

  19. Colleen Crandall says:

    If I was lucky enough to win, I would play with designs in the block library probably for hours. I try mixing it all up with the fabrics and lay out options. I would then try to draw my own blocks. I would try to learn as much as I could from any available resources… books and Internet even a class. ❤Thank you for the chance. ❤


    I would so love to have this. Not just for myself but for my quilt group. We have talked about getting something like this but have not carried forward with the idea. We could have so much fun.
    The community centre where we meet need some repairs and we have tossed the idea around to do some quilt to raffle off.
    In the past we have just wingged it for our group efforts. Everyone bring a FQ or two based on a focal fabric and carried on. While they have all be beautiful I can just imagined how using the program would make them even more so.
    Please Quilt Fairy send the win my way.

  21. Marilyn Moran says:

    After reading the manual, I have to read that first, I would try to design a quilt from my new niece. Adding the fabrics I have purchased to EQ seven of course! Oh the fun I could have!

  22. Nancy Agudelo says:

    The program appears to be very versatile and comprehensive (I had not seen it in person). It would be ideal for me (I love anything relateed to sewing and computers) to create uniquely designed quilts for various members of my extended family; especially the children. I make a quilt for every new baby in the family!. As I will become an experienced user of the EQ7 software, it would be invaluable for competing in the many quilt contests with truly ‘one of a kind’ quilts. Thank you for the oportunity to participate in this give away.

  23. Lisa B. says:

    I would love to win this software to give it to my sister for her Birthday in June! She loves making quilts and has wanted this software for a while. Then she could teach me how to use it!

  24. Denise s. says:

    If I were to win, this would help me to envision my art quilts other than in my head.

  25. Eve Bell says:

    I would love to have this program to help take away some of the brain-strain of drawing out quilts on paper then trying to do all the math for yardage. I have used some very basic beginner programs, but they never really do what I want to do.

  26. Lori Kehrwald says:

    I would use the EQ7 to pull in my fabrics and help design all of my quilts.

  27. Carol Vickers says:

    My paper and pencil method takes so long and isn’t completely accurate. This program would make a world of difference in my quilts……I have some new precuts that this would really help with!

  28. Denise Monday says:

    I would love to use this to design a baby quilt for my new granddaughter! I don’t think she has enough quilts as it is.

  29. Crystal says:

    Wow. my laptop and sewing are two of my favorite things, and to be able to combine the two..Awesome,, Love the chance to win. Would love to design for Project Linus, my quilt guilds does quits for the local Ronald Mc Donald house, would love to design really kid friendly quilts for them. Thanks for the op to win..Love Quiltmaker :)

  30. Kim Thompson says:

    The first king size bed quilt top that I made is still sitting unfinished because I can not decide which quilt pattern to use to bring it all together. In addition, the first thing that I would play with is any quilt pattern on my new sewing machine. I can not wait to quilt a new pattern on the new machine.

  31. Judith Elliott says:

    I have wanted Electric Quilt for a long time – I am so tired of using graph paper and colored pencils – it takes so long. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  32. maria wiegel says:

    I have started quilting again after being away from it for a few years.I have several quilts I want to design but am unsure how to design them.This would be wonderful to have.

  33. Carrie ORourke says:

    I’m enjoying the pencil to graph-paper part of working things out now, but it certainly is limiting in terms of speed. Having software to play with … would definitely open up possibilities. The only question is would I stop playing with it? This software will be great for whoever ends up with it.

  34. Elizabeth Mylroie says:

    I would so love to have this – I’ve quilted for years but never had anything to help me create what is in my mind – I have a lot of ideas but no clue how to make the quilt I see in my mind – this would be a wonderful gift for me to use to create the quilts I see in my mind and it is not something I could ever buy for myself as my husband and I are only on social security and there is no money for something like this! money is too tight as it is on such a fixed income. and this is something I could pass on to my daughter who loves to quilt also!

  35. pyamada says:

    I would love to win the Eq7. Where to start? What would I do first? … everything!

  36. I have recently retired. I have 9 grandchildren and want to design and make a special quilt for each if them Hopefully , after April 30 , I can do this

  37. Karon L. Gregory says:

    I would love this program for me and my daughter inlaw. We could really use this in our sewing room.

  38. I have recently retired and have taken 2 quilt classes. I’m hooked ! The quilt teacher has this software and raves about how great it is. I would love to have the software . I have 9 grandchildren . I want to design and make a special quilt for each of them .

  39. I have been trying to turn my applique designs into sell-able .pdf patterns for-e-ver!!!
    I can’t seem to figure out how!
    The money from the quilt patterns would really help out with the new baby coming in September. ;c)

  40. Emily C says:

    I have all these quilt ideas running through my head. Usually I just go for it and hope that it looks as cool in real life as it does in my head. EQ7 would help me “see” my quilt before I tackle it, thereby helping me save time with much less frustration.

  41. Janet Blackwell-Fidler says:

    What fun to figure out how to use up some of the fabric stash and scraps by using eq7. I would love it. Something new and exciting!

  42. Nancy Fraser says:

    This is a great giveaway. Whomever wins…Congratulations! (I would love to win it though! )

  43. tiffany winchester says:

    I know there”s basically no chance I’ll win this, but I know if I actually did, I would use this to design my own quilts. I’ve always wanted to do that =)

  44. Leonie M says:

    EQ7 – the doorway to creativity. Would love to own it to harness some of the ideas I have. EQ7 would be way better than putting the ideas on paper. It could help me with all those calculations.

  45. Diana Feit says:

    I’ve used EQ5 and love it; helped a friend design a quilt that raised $5000 for her kids baseball team. I would be so grateful to have the new EQ7 that is compatible with my computer’s operating system. Thank you from Nova Scotia Canada. April 26 2013

  46. Violet says:

    I have been drooling over the EQ7 software ever since a quilting friend introduced me to hers. I would love to own this software! The first thing I would do is spend hours and hours, days and days, learning and playing with all the features and plug-ins. Then I would design and create my first king size quilt for my new bed.

  47. ML Cauley says:

    Oooh… what’s a girl to do?? If I won it, oh the possibilities are endless! I’d have fun designing about anything that comes to mind! I had thought about using pictures of landmarks to design quilts from them. That would be fun to play with a plethora of colors! If it hadn’t been for my late mother, I would have never gotten into quilting, and none of the quilting software I’d find online were that great, or couldn’t afford the EQ7. Now here’s my chance to win the EQ7 and have fun with it!

  48. Jonnie Nottingham says:

    I have a quilt rolling around in my head that I can’t seem to get on paper. I think EQ7 might be just the ticket to get me moving! thanks for this opportunity.

  49. Florence Dupuis says:

    I would love to try EQ7. It would give me many more patterns to make. It would be great if it could give me more time to make them.

  50. Kelsey says:

    I’d love to try EQ7!! I’d use it to finally plan/lay out an epic sampler paper pieced quilt I’ve been thinking about making for months!

  51. Mary McGrath says:

    I would design a quilt for my first grandchild who is due any day! I’ve been waiting because we don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy. EQ7 would make it so much easier!

  52. Joanne McKee says:

    This is a little quilters heaven! I would jump right to the tutorials and then pull my swatches and come up with my very own design.

  53. Dottie Macomber says:

    I’ve never tried EQ but I’ve heard so much about it! I would love to try to make my own original designs. Thanks for this giveaway!

  54. D.J. Crosby says:

    Hmmmm, winning EQ makes me a little nervous … I am often a few minutes late for work now because I have to spend time in the quilt kingdom every morning, and once I start its way too hard to stop! EQ would add to my addictive behaviours (and what a are at way to be addicted!!!)

  55. Kimberly M says:

    I would first check out all the features I could, and then I would take some simple blocks, tweak them and see what designs I could come up with. What fun it would be to use.

  56. Ceebee says:

    I would definitely be scanning fabric!! I don’t consider myself good with colors, and my stash is so big that I refuse to buy any more fabric (now ask how that’s going for me!), but I don’t know what to do with it all. The first thing I would do is scan and plan a special quilt with my mom’s stash – I’ve been hanging on to it since she died 15+ years ago, waiting to figure out a special project. It would be great to finally make something special, that is meaningful to me, without wasting any!

  57. Kerrie says:

    Oh I would love to win EQ7! I’ve heard so many awesome things about it.

  58. Elaine M says:

    I love designing quilts and then changing colours and values to see all the changes. This would be so much easier and faster with EQ. Then I’d like to start designing quilting patterns for my quilts.

  59. Jane says:

    I am a fairly new quilter but have the bug! Bad! I have been seeing pictures of quilts that inspire me but are not exactly what I want. I have been coming up with my own patterns but struggle with some of the math involved and also estimating fabric amounts. This would be just ideal for me to let my creativity blossom. I would love it! I make a great deal if my quilts for kids with cancer with my church group. This would allow me to try some if my own ideas instead of using the same simple patterns all the time. I hope I win!!

  60. Sharon Green says:

    What a wonderful prize. I would surely enjoy using it!

  61. The first thing I would want to play with is auditioning quilting designs. I have several quilt tops made but haven’t been quilted yet, I just can’t decide how I want to quilt them! :)

  62. Karen Holland says:

    I would love to play with the quilting motifs – I often run out of ideas on my own. This would be great inspiration!

  63. Byrl Warren says:

    I have been quilting for 30 years. But I cannot even imagine what I can make with Electric Quilt 7. Just think!!!!!!

  64. Peg rush says:

    First of all I would pitch myself as I never win anything. Where to go from there the places are unlimited I would design memory quilts for my grandchildren,then do some machine embroidery designs the list would go on and on would need to find time to sleep(maybe) .Thanks for letting me enter.

  65. Margaret Schindler says:

    I would design some paper piecing patterns and applique patterns if I won

  66. Lea Ann Ferring says:

    Well if I won the EQ7 software I would make myself learn it and then open the world of designing original quilts. I also have an embroidery machine and am intrigued by the idea of using the two together! What fun that could be. Quilting is such a satisfying artistic outlet for me and I know there is so much more waiting for me to explore in design.

  67. Elma Lutman says:

    Actually, what wouldn’t I do? A friend of mine has this and I found it amazing. I’m no designer that’s for sure but that would be the first thing I would try. I’ve made so many quilts all from other people’s patterns, that I would love to try my own. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  68. Karen George says:

    I would love to win this software, I can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to have a great tool available for one to use, inspire, and become more creative. It would be wonderful!

  69. Cindy J says:

    I love EQ. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  70. love the e-stitch module! I’m doing BOM for Cary Quilting Company and have just started importing fabric into EQ5 and would love to update me EQ-ability

    Great Stuff. EQ

  71. Sally King says:

    Do you EQ? Well, if not, you should!

  72. Deb says:

    Wow — Would this ever be a thrill! Since both my husband and I are recently unemployed (ugh), we have both spent a great deal of time with quilts. The first thing I would do is share it with him so that we could perhaps design something special for each family member as a heritage gift from us — we have 5 children and 12 grands so would like to make each one unique. Thank you for the chance to receive it.

  73. tnstitcher says:

    I would love to win a copy of EQ7!! Just yesterday I bought one of the Karen Stone CD’s, which only works with EQ. I love her New York Beauty style quilts and that is what I would probably play with first. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win the EQ7 software!

  74. Faye Nettles says:

    I would love to have the opportunity to design quilts. What an awesome giveaway.

  75. Sandy Morris says:

    Would love to be able to design quilts, this would make it so wonderful, no more
    guess work in yardage needed. It would be like a dream come true.

  76. Karen604 says:

    I had a very early version of EQ and loved it. The software and my current hardware are not compatible. I’d love to have EQ7.
    So many quilt ideas so little time!

  77. Marilyn Hunter says:

    If I win this , I would play around with it by setting up designs and creating quilts, etcm
    I love to play around with ideas and see which one looks best before I put it altogether.

  78. Pat O says:

    I have a friend who uses EQ 7 and just bought EQ Stitch. She encourages me to buy EQ7 (you’ll love it!). I think I would start by scanning in some of my own fabrics and playing with a particular layout that has been running around in my brain! I may never see the light of day again … I would be engrossed with EQ 7 and FABRIC! Thanks for the opportunity!

  79. Jan Beam says:

    Would love to have this software to pair with my Accuquilt Go! for hours and hours …. and hours …. of creativity. The saying goes … “In dreams begin realities” and I sure think I could dream up some amazing projects with this combo. Been an avid Quiltmaker subscriber since Issue #1 and each and every issue contains projects I love and have re-created over the years. Thanks for keeping my creative juices flowing :)

  80. Carolyn says:

    Having a copy would be a quilters dream come true!

  81. I’d love to be able to work with colors to figure out my Winding Ways quilt and how it will look.

  82. Chuck DeBono says:

    Wow ! it would be awesome to have this help layout my quilts and have the ability to design my own designs. thank you for this opportunity !

  83. I have designed quilts and written handouts, patterns, and books for over thirty years. I am a self-published author of fourteen books, dozens of patterns, and more than 250 mystery quilt patterns. Recently, I have begun to write and edit for other designers, too. I teach nationally and internationally. That being said, I have never tried EQ. There’s no time like the present! I’d love a copy of the software.

  84. Valerie Messina says:

    I just have so many designs in my head that this would help me develop into reality! I would love this opportunity!

  85. Victoria says:

    I would love to explore the many ways I could use this software! Please consider me for the prize.

  86. Tammy Roberson says:

    I would design a LSU quilt. This would help me figure out the yardage needed and give me an idea what the finished quilt would look like. Thanks!!

  87. Kathy M. Boice says:

    I would love to win this awesome program!!

  88. Pam SEigl says:

    Now that I am retired would love to design and make special quilts for my family.

  89. SHERRY says:

    the process of designing a quilt often starts on pieces of scrap paper while i am waiting at my desk…sometimes they start on the dry erase board in the boardroom…where people do not erase them as they know it is process…it would be so nice to be able to design and change without having to redraw everything on graph paper

  90. Ella West says:

    I have only been a quilter for a year – i have learned the importance of all the basics – now it is time to explore with design and colour – i am told EQ7 is the way!

  91. Evelyn Geene says:

    I am working with EQ5. I would stay awake for 24 hours at least and play with all the features I don’t have now. Making quilts I design myself are so much fun.

  92. Patricia Lane says:

    I would use the fussy cut and rotate tools to create stack-n-whack patterns. I would also like to experiment w/ how I can integrate fussy cut patches from border prints into an ordinary block to see what they’d look like.

  93. Judy Cooper says:

    Wow! What a giveaway. I would definitely check out the library of applique patterns and learn to use the software. The embroidery addition is interesting.

  94. Laura Taylor says:

    I have quite a few of wonderful grandchildren and would love to be able to use the computer program to create unique quilts for each, reflecting their unique personalities. I enjoy using the computer and love quilting so combining both would really be a thrill!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  95. Barbara says:

    This has got to be the ultimate for me to learn, I’ve been afraid of the computer because I mess up a lot, mastering this would be it.

  96. Sandie Staley says:

    The first thing I would do, hum, (after going through tutorials) would be to look for applique designs that I could incorporate into some of my finished tops with plain jane borders. Then I would look to see if there were paper-piecing designs. And then I would CREATE.

  97. Jennie basel says:

    I have two hobbies. One is quilting and the other is photography. I often look at my pictures and dream about transforming them into beautiful quilts. With the EQ7 my dream could be reality. That’s what I would do!

  98. JAN MARKLEY says:

    I have dreamed of having the EQ7 software…. I could definately whip up some awesome quilts to leave for my children and grandchildren!!!

  99. Sue says:

    If I won a copy of EQ7, the first thing after reading the manual would be to design a new block, something starry similar to a carpenters star but with not so many pieces.

  100. rick bialac says:

    My wife is newly retired. I would design some embroidery blocks for her to make up into quilts, and let her design the overall quilts. She loves to piece.

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