Friday, November 26, 2021

Friday Fabric Refresh - EQ8 Edition

Happy Friday!  Often on Fridays, I share refreshed versions of some of my patterns by recoloring them in new fabrics.  Sometimes I feature a specific pattern and sometimes I feature a specific fabric collection.  Today, I'm going to do something a little bit different and share a little about how I create those refreshed mockups.  

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I use Electric Quilt 8, also known as EQ8, by the Electric Quilt Company.   I use EQ8 to design all of my patterns and I use it to recolor those patterns in lots of different fabric collections.  

I've actually used EQ8 (well, it was EQ7 back then) long before I ever thought about designing my own patterns.  I had a ton of fun recreating other designers' quilts using the instructions in their patterns and then trying out different fabrics.  Unless I was using the same fabric as the pattern cover, I almost never made a quilt without "making" it in EQ8 first.   

While I enjoy sharing my refreshed patterns in other fabrics every now and then, you might want to try out your own fabric ideas before jumping into making one of my patterns.  

With EQ8, you can try out almost any fabrics you'd like!

Metro in Stay Gold


Let's say that you are thinking about making my Metro pattern in Ruby Star Society's Stay Gold collection and you are considering a dark blue solid for the accent.  You create the quilt in EQ8, add in the Stay Gold fabrics, and while you like it, you're not quite sure about that dark accent.  

You decide to try out a lighter accent and use a Ruby Star basic, Spark in Shell Metallic.  You might decide that you like that better!  Add back in some of the navy Stay Gold prints that you left out due to the dark accent and it just might be perfect! Without trying it out in EQ8 first, you might have moved forward with the dark blue accent and regretted it too late.  

Metro in Stay Gold

If you want to read more about using EQ8 to test out fabrics, you can read a blog post that I shared last year that goes into a little more detail.  You can find that post HERE.

Another way that I often use EQ8 is to decide which pieces from a fat quarter bundle I want to use.  There might be a particular color or print that I'm not sure about and I want to see how it looks before I start cutting.  

One of my favorite collections recently is Hand Stitched from Figo Fabrics.  There is one print that is sort of a reddish or dark orange and it really stands out among the blues, pinks, and yellows.  Should I trust the fabric designer and use it, or will I be happier leaving it out?

With EQ8, I can be confident in my decision.  Below is my Besotted pattern in Hand Stitched.  I used 12 fat quarters instead of a layer cake because I don't think Figo Fabrics collections have layer cakes.  I made a mockup that included the reddish orange print first.

Besotted in Hand Stitched

It looks pretty good!  But just to be sure, I switched the the reddish orange print for one of the prints I hadn't used yet.  

Besotted in Hand Stitched


I really like that too!  I'm not actually making this quilt, but if I was, I'm really not sure which version I like better.  If I was making the quilt, it would be a tough decision, but at least I wouldn't have to worry about ending up with a quilt that I don't like!

Sometimes a quilt will have sashing that is different than the background fabric.  I always have trouble imagining what a particular color or print will look like as sashing for a quilt.  EQ8 comes to the rescue again!

Good Fortunes in Cozy Up

I originally used this blue text print for the sashing for this Good Fortunes quilt in Cozy Up by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.  I leaned towards the blue print because I had used blue in the cover quilt for this pattern.  

But if I were to make this quilt in Cozy Up, do I really want to make another blue version or should I change it up?  I definitely won't buy yardage without being sure!  Maybe a low volume version would fit the bill!

Good Fortunes in Cozy Up

I used another text print (I kind of have a thing for text prints!) but I went with the multi-colored text on a white background.  I love how light and airy it feels!

So have I convinced you yet that you need EQ8 even if you have no plans to design your own quilts?  If so, you might want to hurry because you can save 25% sitewide at the Electric Quilt website until the end of November (don't forget to use the coupon code shown on the website!)

If you're new to EQ8, you can find lots of information in the user manual and on the Electric Quilt website.  You might also want to check out some other older blog posts that I wrote about using EQ8.  You can check those out below:

EQ8 - The Basics Part 1

EQ8 - The Basics Part 2

EQ8 - Importing Fabric Swatches

EQ8 - Editing Fabric Swatches

EQ8 - Only Edit Images Once

EQ8 - Flip Flop Fabrics Quickly

That's all for today!  

Until next time,


Friday, November 12, 2021

Friday Fabric Refresh - Tarrytown by Ruby Star Society

Happy Friday! I'm sure you've heard the saying that good things come to those who wait.  Well, that's certainly true this week!  Ruby Star Society's Tarrytown collection by Kimberly Kight is finally showing up in shops.  This collection was originally scheduled to arrive in May so it has been a long six month wait that is finally over!

I'm not usually a big purple and pink person, but something about this fabric collection has really appealed to me since I first saw it.  The purples and pinks, plus the navy blues are so pretty!  I've been having fun this week refreshing some of my quilt patterns with Tarrytown and I'm sharing them with you today! 


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Shining Stars

Friday, October 29, 2021

Friday Fabric Refresh - Spooky 'n Sweeter by Art Gallery Fabrics

Happy Friday and Happy (almost) Halloween!  I'll admit that I have a strange relationship with Halloween.  I don't like Halloween parties or dressing up, but I love Halloween fabric and quilts! 

One of my favorite Halloween collections this year is Spooky 'n Sweeter by Art Gallery Fabrics.  I decided to feature this fabric for a Halloween edition of Friday Fabric Refresh.  Let's get started!

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Stay Square

Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday Fabric Refresh - Ruby Star Society's Heirloom

Happy Friday!  Have you seen the Heirloom collection by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society?  I have been anxiously awaiting this collection for months!  I had two new patterns that I planned to make with Heirloom.  Neither of those happened (story of my life this year!) but I have the fabric so I'll make something eventually!  In the meantime, I'll just have to daydream about all of the quilts I would love to make with this fabric.  I'm sharing some of my favorites today for Friday Fabric Refresh!


Friday, October 8, 2021

Friday Fabric Refresh - Stay Square

Happy Friday!  Did you see the new pattern that I released yesterday?  If not, you'll definitely want to check out my previous posts all about Stay Square here and here.

Of course, it's always fun to see quilt patterns in different fabrics so today I'm featuring Stay Square for this edition of Fabric Friday Refresh.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Lella Boutique Christmas Morning Stay Square Quilt

I’m sharing another Stay Square quilt with you!  I have never met a Christmas quilt that I didn't like.  This Stay Square quilt in Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique is no exception!



Stay Square Quilt in Ruby Star Society's Stay Gold

My latest pattern Stay Square is now available in my shop!  I'm so excited to finally share this quilt with you!  



I’ve had this quilt finished for a bit but delayed putting the finishing touches on the pattern so that I could get my Log Jam jelly roll pattern released during National Sew a Jelly Roll Day last month.

But September is over now and what better way to start off a new month than with a brand new pattern!