BlockBase is Back!

BlockBaseThis popular (previously sold-out) pattern software program — with OVER 4300 HISTORIC PATTERNS collected by Barbara Brackman — is ready to order. No quilter should be without BlockBase.

See a FEW blocks here.

Read how Barbara Brackman uses BlockBase for designing BOMs.

Order by AUGUST 20 and get free shipping in the US and Canada.



Susan Herke Wins BlockBase “Who Knew” Contest

Last month we asked “What is the name of Barbara Brackman’s father” which was mentioned in the BlockBase User Manual. Susan Herke’s correct answer (Benjamin) was chosen from all correct answers. She wins a Kaleidoscope Collection CD.

New Contest: Storm at Sea Color

EQ7 comes with dozens of pre-designed quilts. What color is the last quilt in the “Storm at Sea” project? Your chance to win a Karen K. Stone Quilts book with 12 quilt patterns. Learn how KAREN works with color.

Subject line: Storm at Sea Contest
Your Full Name:
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Your guess:



Jo’s Spring Mystery Quilt: Part 4

This month Jo Moury’s EQ7 project reveals more of the mystery quilt. Choose between two borders: a triple border or an illusion border.

Click here for Part 4 Sewing instructions (PDF).
Click here for Jo’s Part 4 EQ7 project.
Click here if you need instructions for downloading a project file.

Find all of Jo’s Spring Mysteries at

Round Robin from German Yahoo Group “EQ7-Club”

Christiane Wipplinger shows the results of a Border Round Robin in this self-running demo. The challenge? The last border had to be a “virtual border.”  To see the quilts, click here, then wait for it to load. (No need to download anything).
Round Robin

Lesson: Foundation Fundamentals

LOTS of questions lately about drawing foundations. We think this lesson is replay-worthy. Subject: What makes a block foundation pieceable. Try it.

Written for Kaleidoscope Collection blocks, it identifies things to watch for when drawing foundations.

NOTE: Don’t own Kaleidoscope Collection?  (You’re missing GREAT blocks!)  We provide the 5 lesson blocks in the EQ7 project below. Download the project > open it > start the lesson from Step 14. All steps for EQ6 work for EQ7.

Download the EQ6 Project
Download the EQ7 Project
Click here if you need instructions for downloading a project file.

Sign Up Now for Fall EQ7 Classes in Houston

Two computer labs with hands-on EQ7 classes during Quilt Festival in Houston (October 30 – November 3, 2012) taught by Barb Vlack & Mary Ellen Kranz. Check out these great classes.
Register online.

Register Now for Online EQ7 Advanced Layouts Class from Fran Gonzalez

Want to create more complex layouts, and explore layers? Take Fran’s online class, offered through

Register now. The class begins August 10.

Note: BEGINNERS: EQ7 Sampler – The FIRST in Fran Gonzalez’s class series, starts September 14. Sign up starts soon.

Geta Grama’s Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Not new, but worth a look at how this talented designer uses EQ as she quilts.


Check out for an EQ community of fun, free stuff, lessons and tips from the pros!

Fabulous Fabrics

The winner this month is Blue Batik

Palette of the Month



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Get free fabric downloads from Andover, Moda and Northcott.


Quilt Gallery

Check out what our users have created!

Quilt Gallery


New at Boutique

New patterns for your FREE software!


Featured Video

Video title: EQ7 Custom Set Overview




Summer Memories Purse

You all have summer photos. Print them on fabric, cut into squares, piece into a patchwork purse. All you need is printable fabric (naturally we like our EQ Printables Cotton Satin), and photos. Your unique "I spy" photo purse could picture your dog’s eyes, garden details, anything! Print our PDF pattern for instructions.

Free Happy Scrappy Sunflowers Project by Heidi Kory

Sunflowers say Summer! Who doesn’t love them?

Download the Project

4 EQ7 Users Start Christmas in July BOM

Part Block of the Month, part Mystery and part Blog Hop. New patterns posted the first Saturday of each month from EQers Denise Russart, Judy Laquidara, Sheryl Till and Susan Neves.

Links We Love

Regina Grewe’s Free Patterns
Angie Padilla’s EQ7 BOM
Judy Butcher’s Daily Virtual Quilt
Diane Anderson’s Monthly Desktop Calendar
Glynis Thompson’s Patchworkmaniac’s Blog

Coming Next Month…

Jo’s Spring Mystery – Part 5
Free Schoolhouse projects celebrate Back to School!
Guess the Block contest
Easy Lesson: Using BlockBase and EQ7 Together