Monday, December 15, 2014

WINNER #4 and EQ CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

This time I won't make you wait until the end of the message to post yesterday's winner. Congratulations Rina Mason, I will mail your fat quarters and pattern in a couple days.

Today is a special blog not only because I will be drawing for a fat quarter group from P&B and one of my patterns, but also because I am today's guest of the EQ Christmas Countdown. Each day since December 1, Electric Quilt has offered a free download (EQ7 file) of a pattern by a special EQ artist. If you have EQ7 you just have to download the file and add it to your EQ7 (My EQ7 projects) folder, so you can open it and play with it any way you want. If you haven't been following along you can still get previous projects starting with the first one on December 1. This will continue until the end of this week on the 19th. 

My project is called Frosty. I had originally designed the quilt for Hoffman Fabrics. I had never done an applique' project in EQ7 and it was quite a learning curve for me. Luckily Frosty was one of the applique' designs in the block base so I did not have to design my own snowman. I did have to learn how to outline the snowman so it looked like I had stitched around it. I thought putting the pieced stars behind Frosty gave it a more interesting look. I love the way I can work with EQ7 and now they have a Mac version so I don't have to open it up on a PC or PC simulator on my Mac! If you do not have EQ7 you should consider purchasing it. It is a very easy program to learn. I teach workshop on EQ7 so if you belong to a guild or know of a quilt shop that would like me to come teach it, please contact me.



I am offering a special giveaway with Frosty. Anyone who leaves a comment will receive a FREE download of the pattern, which includes full size applique' pieces. This is in addition to the EQ7 download of the pattern you can get on EQ's blog through the link above. Since the EQ file is just a quilt and fabric, it does not have a pattern with it. So with just the quilt you would have to figure your own directions. Having the program is also great because you can print out the applique' pieces from the quilt pattern.

In addition to the EQ pattern I will be giving away this next group of fabrics from the Luxury Essentials collection by P&B Textiles.



I played with the fabrics in my Geese on the Loose block. It is a paper pieced block that I teach a method of freezer paper foundation piecing. You do not sew on the freezer paper so you can reuse it as many times as the paper sticks to the fabrics. In the next blog I will do a tutorial of how to do freezer paper piecing with this block. Since you already read my previous post on how to sew curves this would be a great one to practice on. I will be giving away my Geese on the Loose pattern with the fabrics. If you are interested in the acrylic templates for this pattern you can find them on my website.



Well, it's getting late. I want to make sure this is posted after midnight (only 3 minutes to go)! Be sure to leave some way of contacting you so I can email your free pattern. I also want to let you know that I have added the option of getting a pdf of any of my patterns on my website instead of mailing you the pattern. Of course the pattern is copyrighted so you can only print one copy for yourself.

As always: Do what you love and love what you do. Thank you for reading. Again, be sure you leave some way of contacting you so I can email you your Frosty pattern.  If you do not want to leave your email address in the comment section then please email me at info@gatewayquiltsnstuff.com. If I don't have contact information I can't email you the pattern. Toby Lischko

102 comments:

Kd Brown said...

Great pattern and lovely fat quarters as usual!

Linda E in AZ said...

Oh, your Frosty quilt pattern is a winner! Beautiful winter-looking scene.
Thanks for all you do for us!

Kim Q said...

I love the Frosty pattern! Thanks for the chance to win.

Toni M said...

Every year I begin to decorate our home with snowmen in October. Yes! Each has a name so Frosty will fit in just right with his red hat & scarf & the nightly stars. Merry Christmas:)

Anonymous said...

Sew cute, I decorate our guest bathroom in snowman for Christmas and this is perfect. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I decorate my guest bathroom in snowman theme for Christmas, and this is just perfect for a great addition.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Congratulations to Rina and what a fun pattern, snowmen are so cute! I just downloaded the EQ7 file also, thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Love Frosty and in a quilt double bonus...Thanks for the offer!

jagarland said...

My friends collects snowmen and every x'mas I make another for her, either a quilt or table runner or wall hanging. She will love this one.
thanks so much
jagarland@bellsuth.net

Kim's Designs said...

I love the Snowman applique! Would love to learn more about how it was done in EQ7 as well as the sewing directions and pattern. Thank you! Kim H

Jean - Oksewnsew said...

Oh I love your Snowman. I do have EQ7. Applique is one of most favorite things to do, I've done a lot recently. I have collected Snowmen things for a long time, between them and Santas my house is full, this would be a great addition. Thanks.

Marie Bastas said...

What a wonderful way for me to learn. Thanks so much for sharing

Kim's Designs said...

Just wondering how to leave e-mail without letting everyone see it.? I can see my email below, but can you see it?

Dix in Canada said...

Frosty is a neat one - great idea combining stars with snowmen! Love snowmen. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Dix M in Canada

Rita Potts said...

Great pattern,cute snowman.Not only for Christmas but for the whole winter.Thank you for the pattern.

Sweet Dreams Quilting said...

What an adorable pattern! EQ7 is on my Christmas list!!

Wendy said...

I love snowmen and your quilt is a great combination of piecing and applique-my favorite kind of quilt.

Donna-Marie Kurk said...

This is super cute. I have a friend who loves snowmen and this will make a great Christmas gift for her next year,or some year :)

Sue Stein said...

Love this I have a couple friends who love snowmen and this will work perfectly.

Thanks

Rehaw said...

Love this and the opportunity to win!

Donna W said...

Love your "Geese on the Loose" pattern. This would be a great pattern for my house, since we have lots of geese by us. We live by the Wisconsin River and they migrate by where we live. The 'Frosty" pattern is so cute. Thanks!!!!

Pumpkin's Quilting Ponderings (and other interesting stuff) said...

What a great way to set off the Frosty! Thanks for this.

Carol M said...

I love this pattern. Thanks, in advance, for sending it to me.

Debra Reber said...

love the Frosty pattern & the Geese on the loose!! It amazes me how talented all you designers are!!

Judy in VA said...

I love the snowman pattern. My sister collects snowmen so it will be perfect for me to make her for her birthday in Feb.

Gypsy said...

Your Frosty pattern is absolutely adorable. Thanks in advance for sending it to me. Merry Christmas.

J. Partyka said...

I love snowmen and have been wanting to make a quilt with a snowman. Thank's for sharing it.

Pat Sc said...

Love this snowman...I will make him soon as Christmas is done.
I did download the EQ file.

Pat Sc said...

Love this snowman...I will have time right after Christmas to sew him out. I did download the EQ file.Thanks

Jo Ann said...

He is super cute.

Anonymous said...

Love Frosty. It is summer here but Frosty would still be admired! I use EQ7 very often but also have not tried applique, but would love to try with
Frosty!

Corrine in NZ

corrine.wilkins@xtra.co.nz

Lorraine said...

I am a snowman lover and frosty is the best. Love the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Fabrics look great. Can't wait to try out the pattern.
Thanks
Madeleine

Diane K said...

I love the snowman quilt pattern. I love EQ7, but I still have a LOT of learning to do. I like designs that will last a little longer in the season, so the snowman is perfect!! Thanks a bunch!!

mefutch said...

I'm partial to star blocks and Frosty is so cute. Thank you for the pattern/sewing instructions!

Susan Connors said...

I would love to win this pattern! So pretty!

Anonymous said...

Love this snowman.Thanks! bevadc@aol.com

Alicia Key said...

Very cute. I haven't tried an applique on EQ yet either. Erica Plank was here today with a new Snowman pattern coming up- it's just snowman weather, I guess!

Anonymous said...

What a great design to help learn EQ7 features! I can almost hear him singing "Frosty the Snowman".

Janet Rankin said...

I love snowmen. They are just cute. I hope you have a Merry Christmas Everybody.

Corliss Okerstrom said...

Snowman are my favorite and love stars also Great Pattern.

Geni Pickens said...

Love your Frosty quilt!!
genipickens at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

I think the quilt is very pretty. I like blues and I collect snowmen. The new fabrics in the giveaway look quite adaptable to many quilting applications.
patchworkbreeze@gmail.com

Sandy Allen said...

Your snowman is so cute! I love them because you can leave them out longer than Christmas items.

Sandy
scotty4me39 (@) yahoo.com

Crickets Corner said...

How cute is Frosty! I love snowmen because they aren't just Christmas but all winter long. Thanks in advance for the pattern. edrin1932(at)gmail(dot)com

Walter said...

A fun project for sure! pjrcontest(at)msn(dot)com

Lorene Holbrook said...

love love the snowman!!! awesome pattern, thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Frosty is one cool snowman who is adorable as well. ggg
Thank you for this nice pattern.G

Judy Barr said...

Love the fabrics and thanks for the EQ download. I have had lots of fun over the last two weeks with the downloads. As a new EQ user, it has been fantastic.
judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

Unknown said...

Frosty is one cool snowman and adorable as well. ggg Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It make my heart sing when I see people sharing their talent with others.

MCG in VA said...

121I have EQ7 and am collecting all EQ Christmas Countdowns - love your snowman and blue stars!
mgcgreen at hotmail dot com

cardamonbraid said...

Cutest of the avent countdown for sure.

Unknown said...

Just love your Frosty quilt! Thanks in advance!!

allstontowers said...

Frosty looks really cute. Thanks for creating him for us all.

Marlee said...

Great Winter project!
Marlee

Marcia Nowell said...

Love the snowman! I decorate my house in January with snowman - they're always so cheerful. Thanks!

Charlotte said...

Please send me your Snowman instructions. He is so cute.
Charlotte
JDsSchatz@gmail.com

Lois Berrett said...

I totally love snowmen. Your Frosty quilt is adorable. I would greatly appreciate the pattern. Thanks,

marloberrett at gmail dot com

amy tanner said...
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amy tanner said...

love the frosty pattern. so cute. I would love to have one.

t65falcon@hotmail.com

Mammacubed said...

Thanks for sharing your Frosty pattern with us. I'm just learning EQ7 and this is a wonderful Christmas present from you!

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you, I'm still getting used to EQ7, so this will really help.

nannylace@comcast.net

Joanne said...

Frosty is adorable Toby. I would really appreciate getting the pattern to go with the EQ download.
thank you

maner.joanne@gmail.com

Tonil said...

Such a happy snowman - the grandchildren will love, especially as it is doubtful we will get any snow this year.
Thank you for your hard work and kind offer...

Sandy said...
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Sandy said...

This quilt is way to cute to pass up getting the instructions! Thank you!

ShariK said...

I just love snowmen in any shape or form, embroidery, piecing, applique and of course Snow

Anonymous said...

Love Frosty--great job!

Bridget said...

Frosty looks great

Sandy MacWilliam said...

Just love Frosty, adorable quilt. Will love the pattern, as well. Thanks for doing this. Sandy

Anonymous said...

Frosty looks great. I know the kids will love it.

Parm G said...

This quilt is awesome, Frosty quilt looks warm and cuddly! Thanks! :)

Parm G said...

This quilt is awesome, Frosty quilt looks warm and cuddly! Thanks! :)

Sonja said...

Love the snowman. That would make a lovely quilt for my granddaughter.

ella said...

Love Frosty. thank you

katie said...

I love Frosty--great way to make a large appliqué look special!

Anonymous said...

Love the snowman. Always enjoy an applique over pieced blocks.

Cassie said...

I'd love the pattern/directions! Thanks for sharing.

Sandi B

sandhill57 at sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous said...

I just love your Frosty quilt. Thank you for sharing your instructions.
deborah_hickey@hotmail.com

Paula P said...

Awesome pattern. I just love any patterns with a snowman.

Billy Jenkins said...

Frosty is just adorable! You can almost see the smoke coming out of his pipe.

Trena said...

Frosty is very beautiful. I was wondering if you could send me the pattern for him please. tj7beans@gmail.com Thank you.

yvonne craig said...

love frosty and would greatly appreciate pattern.

ycraig56@hotmail.com

Debbie Davis said...

Love the setting of this quilt, I am sure he will delight my grandchildren when they see him next year! Thanks.

Debbie Davis said...

Love the setting, Frosty will delight my grandchildren when they see him next year! Thanks.

kim.ditsworth@animalhealthinternational.com said...

i would love the frosty pattern

SewSimply said...

I would love the Frosty Pattern to complement the EQ7 project. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is such a cute pattern,& I would like it if still available. Thank you.

maddy r said...

I'm sure you have heard this a 1000 times so I'll make it 1001. This is a great quilt! I luv the fact that it can be used all winter long and just not over the holiday season. I would love the pattern if it still available. Thank you for your help!

maddy r said...

Foolish on my part I neglected to give you my e-mail

maddy_ryan@yahoo.com

sewemb said...

looking forward to the pattern. I have been looking for a snowman pattern
Marilyn

Yvonne T said...

I am very curious about your freezer paper method of paper piecing. I have done a Judy Neimeyer quilt and it took a long time to pick the paper out of my quilt. Would love to avoid that step if I could!!

Rosezanna Landsness said...

great pattern

jrt14 said...

Hello, I think your snowman is cute. I have not been on line much in December and just on catching up on old emails. I am glad that I was able to still download the EQ Christmas Countdown patterns. Could you please send me the instructions for your snowman as well. Thank you very much.

Cecilia Roy said...

I love your snowman. Would like to make. Thank you!

§ tiff § said...

Is it too late for comments? Such a cute pattern!!!

jagarland said...

I have EQ7 and love the program. I've already downloaded your little quilt and would love the download of the snowman applique. Thanks so much
Joan

Candi LK said...

Love the Frosty quilt!! Would love to make it for my daughter. Could you please send me applique template for Frosty and sewing instructions? I have EQ7 and EQstitch. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

i would love your pattern to frosty.
teresas121@cox.net
thanks,
Teresa

Alicia Key said...

Hmmm. I couldn't find the pattern at Hoffman fabrics....

Trent said...

So glade I found your page. Would love to have the complete pattern to frosty, Thank You for your kindness, A trent

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