Monday, August 31, 2015

EQ7 Seasonal Row Along - My Row & Giveaway

It's finally here.  The EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long has started today and I'm so glad you stopped by to see my row.  Welcome to The Quilting Queen Online Blog.  I want to thank Marian at Seams To Be Sew for coordinating all of this.  It was an amazing undertaking and she has done a fabulous job with it.  She also had a couple of helpers that made her job just a little easier, Amy Warner From Sew Incredibly Crazy,  Bea From Be A Quilter, and Darlene the Quilt Shop Gal.  Now, without further delay, here is my row.

You can download a pdf file with complete instructions to complete this row here or you can email me at and I will send it to you.  If you would like the EQ file for the row you can email me also and I will send it to you.  It's free for a limited time only.  

Northcott Fabrics was so generous and supplied each blogger participating in the EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long with two fabric choices, one being the background fabric, and the other a fabric of their choice for their rows and quilts.  AND  they are offering a gift each week of the hop!  You can see all the neat giveaways at the bottom of this post.

It has been so much fun creating this row, and a bit challenging and frustrating at times as well.  But I've learned so much and am happy to share with you a few tips.  I think it's fairly easy to navigate in EQ7 but just like anything else, it takes practice. The more you play with it, the more you learn,  and the better you get.  It also just happens to be Tuesday, so this fits right in with Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday!

Since my row contains some paper piecing, as you recall from a previous blog post, it was a bit challenging for me to get the foundation papers to print in EQ.  If you missed my frustration, you can read about it here.  So that's what I'm sharing with you today.  How to print foundation paper piecing in EQ.

Obviously, you've already created the block and you're ready to print.

So click File, Print, Foundation Pattern and your screen should look like this.

You can see you have 3 tab in the pop up box in the upper left.  
The first tab is labeled "number".  You can click on it if you don't like the way EQ has numbered the pieces.  However, generally speaking, EQ is right on the mark with their numbering and you probably won't have to change a thing.

The second tab is labeled "sections".  You can click on it if you don't like the way EQ has divided the pattern into sections.  Again, generally speaking you won't have to change a thing.  However, for my block, I did change it just a little bit as I didn't want to have to piece 2 pieces of paper together for one of the sections when it printed.  It was very easy.  Just follow the prompts the EQ gives you.

The third tab is labeled "options".  This one is very important.  You will want to click on it and most likely change a few things.  The first thing you need to change is the block size.   Mine defaulted to a 6" block.  I need to change it to a 9" block for this one.

The second thing I changed in the "options" tab was the check mirror image.  If you don't, your star will be on the wrong side of the heart when you finish paper piecing it.  Don't ask me how I know this.  :)

Once you have it like you want it, I always do a print preview just to make sure before I pull the trigger on the print button.  I see to kill enough trees as it is!

Now for the fun stuff...  Who's ready for a giveaway or two. or three, or more?  I've been telling you there are some fabulous giveaways with this EQ Seasonal Row Along and I wasn't kidding.  A couple of the giveaways are blog hop wide  (in that each blogger will be offering them) but some giveaways are blog specific so you will want to visit all the blogs to get in on all the giveaways.   Rules for the giveaways can be found here.

Giveaway #1 - Northcott Fabrics
Northcott Fabrics is giving 1 lucky recipient, 6-8 pieces of fabric in 1 yard lengths each.  You may enter ONCE.  (In other words, if you enter it here, do not enter it at the other blogs.  This giveaway is at all the featured blogs today.)  Entries accepted until September 08, 2015.  Winners will be announced September 09, 2015.  Value $60-$80.00 

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Giveaway #2 - Fat Quarter Shop
You can only enter once at this blog.   While this giveaway is specific to this blog, you can enter at each featured blog today.  There is 1 giveaway for each featured blog of the day.  Entries accepted until September 08, 2015.  Winners announced September 09, 2015.  Value $25.00

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Giveaway #3 Hobbs Batting
Hobbs Quilt Batting is offering a free package of Queen Size Heirloom 80/20 Batting.  You can only enter once at this blog.  This giveaway is specific to this blog.  Entries not accepted until October 06, 2015.  Winners announced October 14, 2015.  Value $25.00

Giveaway #4 - Aurifil Thread

Aurifil Thread is offering  a 12 pack of Katarina Roccella 40 wt. thread kit called Indelible.  You can only enter once at this blog.  This giveaway is specific to this blog.  Entries accepted until September 08, 2015.  Winners announced September 09, 2015.  Value $100
Giveaway #5 -  Flickr Craftsy & Nancy's Notions

As an incentive to Participate by Making Blocks and Rows....
Craftsy is giving a Craftsy Class of Your Choice.  
Value $40 (based on average cost of Quilting classes).  
Three individual winners
 Nancy's Notions 2 individual winners
 of $10 gift certificate each.  

When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you've created from any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.  Winners announced October 14, 2015.
Duplicate entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
Filler rows do not count.  These too will be disqualified if entered.
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Giveaway #6 - Klick N Kut System
KNKUSA is giving away a Zing Air Cutting System to one lucky winner.   Entries won't be accepted until October 06-13, 2015 during the final week of the EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long when the Show and Tell Quilts will be revealed.  Winners will be announced October 14, 2015.  Value $449.00  YOU WILL WANT TO BE SURE TO COME BACK ON OCTOBER 06th.  I will have a quilt to share with you.  This is a fabulous prize!

Giveaway #7 - EQ7 Software

To be held at the Electric Quilt Blog September 29th - October 06, 2015.  You will need to visit Electric Quilt's Blog during that week and register to win at their site to win this great prize.

Phew!  That's a lot of giveaways and some really awesome prizes.  Thanks for stopping by and participating in the fun and fabulous EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long. Here is the complete schedule for today.

You can also see the complete schedule for the entire EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long here and the complete list prizes here.

Have fun with the EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long.


EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long Schedule

There is just one more day until the EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long begins.

I personally can hardly wait to show you my row.  This whole process has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone in all kinds of ways.

There are 20 designers with a ton of talent creating rows for this blog hop and the prizes for the giveaways  provided by our fabulous sponsors are over the top awesome!  I'm telling you, you WON'T want to miss it!  You can see a list of prizes over at Behind the Mouse by Electric Quilt.

Here is the complete lineup of designers:

Week 1: September 01
Week 2: September 08
Week 3: September 15
Week 4: September 22
Week 5: September 29
Week 6: October 06 - Show and Tell and Complete Quilts Reveal
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