EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

If you use Electric Quilt design software or if you’ve thought about getting it (it’s recently become available for Mac, too), this post contains important information for you. And even if you don’t fall into those groups, your creativity might be sparked by reading on.

 EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

Quiltmaker has partnered with Electric Quilt Company to create Creative Spark, a way to introduce you to features in EQ you might not be aware of.

PatriotStars 450 EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

Patriot Stars by Carolyn McCormick appears in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue.

We choose one pattern in each regular issue and the folks at Electric Quilt Company use the design software to have a little fun with it.

ClipFlip EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

In the process they come up with interesting variations on the design, and they write a tutorial on the EQ features they used. We publish a brief tutorial “teaser” in the magazine and we publish the complete tutorial online. I always learn something in the tutorials and many times it’s something invaluable!

Learn to use the Serendipity tools in the most recent tutorial—so much fun!

You can read all of the past tutorials on our Creative Spark page. There is so much to learn.

addedcolors 35846 EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

The most valuable thing I ever learned in Creative Spark was this: You can add shades and tints, grades, and tones of any color to your palette. For a quilt designer, this is like striking gold! Here’s how: Select a solid color in your palette. Right-click the color to display a menu. Here you can choose to add shades and tints, grades, or tones of the selected color. This feature makes the solid colors palette almost infinite. Read the complete tutorial.

We’re grateful for the partnership of Electric Quilt Company. Do check out their quilt design software, the wide variety of lessons, tips and tutorials and other fine products, including EQ Printables, which in my opinion are among the best available printer-ready fabrics on the market.

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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