Toby Lischko: Author, Quilter, Teacher and Designer

“I have been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting workshops since 1995. I consider myself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but like to add my own special flair. I have won many national awards for my quilts including a blue ribbon for my Celestial Crowns quilt at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky and the MQX show in 2005. I have my own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc. and a book called “St. Louis Stars”, published by Kansas City Star. I also do commissioned work for many of the fabric companies and have been published in most of the major quilt magazines since 1998.

Being a devote Mac user I started designing with a different quilt design program and kept hoping that EQ would make a version for the Mac. Finally when Apple came out with a computer system that would be able to run both Mac and PC programs, I approached Andrea at a quilt show and she gave me a quick demo of how to make the Lone Star quilt with EQ4. At that point I was hooked! I took it to my hotel room, loaded it on my computer and I haven’t set it down since! I used it to design and make all of the quilts in my book. I love how easy it is to work with and the fabric scaling feature with EQ6 and 7 have made working with the fabric companies and magazines so much easier because they can see exactly how the quilt will look like when it is finished. All of my templates are designed on EQ. I don’t think I would be where I am today without the help of EQ! Thanks for a great product and great staff who have always been very encouraging.”

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