I started taking quilting classes when I was nine years old! One of my teachers at the time was EQ Margaret. She mentioned the Electric Quilt Company and after I graduated college, I decided to apply. I’ve now been working here for over 12 years! I’m excited to share tips and tricks on the blog as well as interesting magazine articles, and other quilty happenings.

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See Christa Watson’s new book….and enter to win EQ7!

Posted 08-23-2017 by | Posted in: Contests   EQ Designers   From Our Users   Related Blogs  

Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts.com is releasing a new book! Piece and Quilt with Precuts has some gorgeous quilts! Lots of fun and easy machine methods in quilts made with precuts.  It includes 11 pieced patterns and 18 machine quilting designs, all aimed towards helping you have start-to-finish success!

Read more about her Piece and Quilt with Precuts on Christa’s blog! Christa also has a Blog Hop going on! She’s linking to other creative bloggers and their versions of her quilts. It’s so fun to see all the different possibilities! She is also giving away PRIZES! Be sure to check it out! (and keep reading for more info on our giveaway!)

Christa has two other books: Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting which she co-wrote with Angela Walters. Christa used EQ7 to design the quilts in all of her books! Here are some examples from Piece and Quilt with Precuts!

To help Christa celebrate her new book, we are giving away an EQ7! Leave a comment below. Just tell us what your favorite quilt block is (it doesn’t have to be one Christa uses) to be entered to win an EQ7!

UPDATE: The contest is over. Congrats to “EllenB” she is our winner! Thanks to everyone for entering!

Quick Tip Tuesday! Snapping Options

Posted 07-25-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

When you are drawing an EasyDraw block there are a few things you need to take into consideration. First of all, your block size. You can change the block size to any size you want once you are done drawing BUT depending on the design of the block it may be easier to draw it at a certain size (or multiple of that number). You also want your snap setting to be a multiple of your block size. For example if your block is 6 x 6, maybe set your snaps for 36 x 36.   Now, depending on the type of block you are drawing you may want to adjust your snap settings. If you have a 6 x 6 block with your snaps set to 36 x 36 and your Snap to Grid   setting ON then when you draw a line from the center of the block

New (Free) class for EQ7!

Posted 07-20-2017 by | Posted in: Classes & Demos  

Do you have 10 minutes a day to learn EQ7? Kari Schell of  OnPointQuilter.com is offering a FREE beginners class that is only 10 minutes a day, for 2 weeks. Every day you will get a short video and a small “task”. The class is done in Mystery Quilt format. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Quick Tip Tuesday – The Graph Pad!

Posted 05-30-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

To display or hide the Graph Pad, choose Graph Pad from the VIEW menu. A check mark appears next to the menu item when the Graph Pad is displayed. The Graph Pad appears along the top edge of the Quilt worktable, just below the toolbar and is only active with the Adjust  tool. It is used to make fine adjustments to the shape, size and position of blocks on Layers 2 and 3 and all blocks on all layers of a Custom quilt. Using the Graph Pad on a Single Block When you select a block on the quilt using the Adjust  tool, the controls on the Graph Pad are updated to display the position, dimensions and rotation of the block. Changing the value in the top entry moves the block horizontally. Changing the value in the bottom entry moves the block vertically. (Think of it as moving the block

Quick Tip Tuesday- Naming your Quilts!

Posted 05-23-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Start with a quilt in the Sketchbook. Click the View Sketchbooktool. Click the Quilts section. Select the quilt you want to name. Click Notecard. Type a name for you quilt next to Name. Add any other notes you’d like for this quilt. Click the X button in the top-right corner of the notecard to close it. We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support.

Quick Tip Tuesday – Designing a zig zag strip layout!

Posted 05-16-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Click QUILT > New Quilt > Vertical Strip (or Horizontal Strip). Click the Layout tab then click the Add or Delete button until you have the (uneven) number of strips you want. Under Select strip style: Alternate between Diamonds and Half Drop Diamonds styles. Click strip 1, make it Diamonds style. Click strip 2, make it Half Drop Diamonds style. Click strip 3, make it Diamonds style, and so on. Under Number of blocks: choose the number of squares you want along the strip. Under Strip size: choose the width you want. For Length: multiply width x number of blocks. This ensures your blocks are squares. For example: Strip width: 6” Number of blocks: 5 Strip length: 6” x 5 blocks = 30” Click the Layer 1 tab when you’re ready to set blocks or color into your layout. We are here to help! If you have questions about this,

Quick Tip Tuesday – Make an on-point table runner with pointed ends!

Posted 05-09-2017 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Click QUILT > New Quilt > On Point. Click the Layout tab.Under Select a style choose the layout style on the right. Number of blocks: Horizontal – your choice Vertical – 1 Block size: Your choice. Click the Borders tab. Click Delete to delete the border. Click the Layer 1 tab. Click Libraries > Block Library. Select any block you would like and click Add to Sketchbook and Close. Click the Set Block tool. Set blocks into the whole block spaces in your quilt. Click Layer 2.Now you’re going to set a block, then size, move and rotate it so it fits right over one of your end triangles, sticking out beyond the quilt. This will create the pointed end. Click VIEW > Graph Pad, and make sure Graph Pad is checked. That puts this bar along the top of your screen. Click the Set Block tool and click to