Barb Vlack has turned a passion for quiltmaking into a second career. She has become internationally known for her work with The Electric Quilt Company through the Internet and her travels, and was invited to do a three-week teaching tour in Japan in 1999. Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, one of the major quilting magazines of Japan, published her column about quilt designing and the computer in 1998-1999. The Electric Quilt Company has published three books written by Barb to supplement their manuals: Too Much Fun (1997), EQ4 Magic (1999), and EQ6 Quilt Design (2003). She is currently writing a tips and tricks book to accompany EQ7. She contributed a chapter about foundation piecing with freezer paper to Jane Hall’s book, The Experts’ Guide to Foundation Piecing (C&T, 2006). She travels nationally to teach classes about using the Electric Quilt software as well as quiltmaking. Her specialties, in addition to EQ7, include borders, freezer paper foundation piecing, and vintage quilts from the 1930s. She has taught at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the AQS show in Paducah, Quilter’s Heritage in Lancaster, PA; the Martha Pullen Quilt Academy, Quilting in the Tetons, and at symposia sponsored by statewide guilds in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, the Gulf States, and North Carolina.
Barb designs and makes quilts and has had her work published in several quilting magazines as well as the cover of Keepsake Quilting catalog (1998). She has exhibited her award winning quilts in shows sponsored by IQA in Houston, AQS in Paducah, Quilter’s Heritage in Lancaster, and NQA in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her quilts have also been included in special exhibits in Japan, Korea, and Australia. Examples of her EQ software-generated quilt designs can be seen on the Electric Quilt web site at www.electricquilt.com
She has been learning and teaching quiltmaking since 1976. She labels her style of quilt designing as “innovative traditional,” because she loves to take traditional patterns and make them look new and different. Working with the Electric Quilt software makes that focus easy for this expert user of the program. She credits her use of EQ and the computer with her quilting as a way to find a “middle ground” of common interest with her husband, who is a retired electrical engineer.
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