Electric Quilt 7 is coming. All the EQ6 features will work the same way, plus lots of new goodies. They've added lots of help and 26 color lessons. There is a new Image Worktable so you can work on images right in EQ7. You can edit your fabric scans in EQ7 instead of having to use a separate program.
I confess, I've had EQ6 nearly 2 years and barely started the first lesson. With little effort, I learned enough to draw simple blocks and design quilts to make at our Project Linus Make a Blanket days. It's way faster than pencil and paper, so you can draft more versions of your design to help you make the final choice.
You can pre-order EQ7 now on the Electric Quilt website. There is a significant discount on orders placed before May 31, 2010. Software will be shipped in mid-June. If you've been thinking about buying Electric Quilt, now is the time. The pre-order price is the lowest you'll see for Electric Quilt.