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.

Recent Posts by Heidi

Club EQ – Your First EQ8 Quilts!

Posted 11-01-2017 by | Posted in: Club EQ  

We’ve updated Club EQ! Now you can follow along with a lesson on the challenge! Also, entering is even easier because all you need is an image file. (We won’t be sending out project files anymore so no more worrying about uploading or compressing files.) Here is more info on how to submit your quilt(s)!

November Challenge: Your first EQ8 Quilts!

We want to see them! What are you making in EQ8?!?

Here are some of my first quilts that I made in EQ8. Both are from Quick Quilts!

Here is how I did the first one:

File > Open a Quick Quilt Project

I chose T-Shirt Quilts and clicked OK.

I like the first layout so when it opened in Sketchbook I clicked Edit.

Now this says it’s for a t-shirt quilt but I want to use photos.

So, under the Design Tab, I clicked Photo Tools

Then I clicked Open Library

I clicked the Import button > From Image files and navigated to my photo files.

Use your Shift key on your keyboard to select more than one at a time and click Open.

Click Select all Photos

Click Add to Sketchbook

Click Close

Click the Set Photo tool and click on a block that has the T-shirt space holder.

I only put photos in the square blocks.

The rectangles would be good for certain t-shirts, but I didn’t want to put photos into those spaces. So, I just clicked the Erase tool and erased all the rectangular space holders.

Then, I clicked the Fabric Tools.

Clicked the Paintbrush tool and clicked in a rectangle.

Of course you can change the fabrics as you wish…now, don’t forget to Add to Sketchbook!

Since we haven’t saved the project yet, we’ll get this message

So, be sure to name your project to save it!

For the second quilt I also started with a Quick Quilt project.

Click File > Open a Quick Quilt Project

Choose – Table Runners and click OK.

I clicked the first quilt in the project and clicked Edit.

I just recolored this quilt to give it a different look.

Click the Design tab and then click Fabric Tools

Some of the blocks are placed on Layer 1 and some are on Layer 2.

The new Layer Icons make it easy to see which blocks are on which layer.

First I hid Layer 2 and recolored Layer 1.

Click on the Layer 2 layer icon to hide Layer 2.

Now click on the Layer 1 Layer Icon to hide Layer 1, and the Layer 2 Layer Icon to unhid Layer 2 and recolored Layer 2.

Now, everything should have your new coloring.

Unhide Layer 1 by clicking the Layer 1 Layer Icon.

Make sure you Add it to the Sketchbook and to name your project!

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

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,