Heidi

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

Using Borders to Design Quilts & Editing Blocks

Posted 06-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other!

Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.
Also, you don’t have the make the quilt exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own!

This month we are going to make an American flag quilt! However, again, feel free to make adjustments if you’d like to make some other type of flag.

(You can also download this project here.)

1. Click the Layout tab.

2. Click Horizontal

3. Make your quilt 1 x 1

4. Make you quilt 9 inches x 9 inches

5. Click the Borders tab

6. Choose a Long Horizontal Border

7. Make sure lock size adjustments are unchecked

8. Make your right border 17.75

9. Make your bottom border 10.5

Remember to click Add to Project Sketchbook to save your progress.
If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named.)

10. Click the Block Worktable

11. Click EasyDraw

12. Click the Grid tool

13. Make it 1 Column and 6 Rows

14. Click the upper left hand corner of the block and drag out to the lower left hand corner, then release the mouse. Here is more information.
You should have a block like below. It doesn’t matter what size it because when we place it in our quilt it will automatically resize to the dimensions we want it.

15. Click Add to Project Sketchbook to save your block.

16. Click New Block

17. Click EasyDraw

18. Click the Grid tool

19. Make it 1 Column and 7 Rows

20. Click the upper left hand corner of the block and drag out to the lower left hand corner, then release the mouse.
Again,  it doesn’t matter what size the block is because when we place it in our quilt it will automatically resize to the dimensions we want it.

21. Click Add to Project Sketchbook to save your block.

You can use any star block you want in this quilt but if you want to draw the one shown above keep reading. If you’d like to use a different star block you can skip to step #38.

22. Click Libraries > Block Library

23. Click Search > By Notecard

24. Type in Four Patch Variable Stars and click Search

25. Click on the block and click Edit to Block Worktable

26. Delete the lines shown below.
To delete a line click on it, then press the delete key on your keyboard.

27. Now we are going to start drawing so let’s make sure our Precision Bar is set. (Remember you can see the image larger by clicking on it.)

Block Height and Width8
Snaps Horizontal and Vertical48
Graph Paper - on
Graph Paper Horizontal and Vertical - 48
Snap to Grid Points on Worktable – on
Snap to Nodes of Drawing – on
Snap to Lines and Arcs of Drawing – off

28. Click the Line tool and draw a star as shown here.

29. Now click the Pick tool, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on all of the lines in the star we just drew. The lines should all be bold to show they are selected.

30. Use copy and paste to create new stars and place them as shown. (Windows computer use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + P. Mac computers use Command + C and Command + P.  You can also Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste as shown here. )

31. Use the line tool to draw another star as shown below.

32. Now hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on all of the lines in the star we just drew. The lines should all be bold to show they are selected.

33. Use copy and paste to create new stars and place them as shown. (Windows computer use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + P. Mac computers use Command + C and Command + P. You can also Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste as shown here. )

34. Click Add to Project Sketchbook to save your block.

35. Click Quilt Worktable

36. Click Block Tools

37. Click Set Block

38. Click on the star block and place it in the quilt.

Put the 6 Stripe Block on top and the 7  Stripe Block on the bottom.

Because of the layout the stripes of the 6 Stripe Block and the 7 Stripe Block are both now 2 inches wide. (I’m sure you could use math to figure out how to do that but I just used trail and error. ;)   I would make the bottom wider and then check the size of the stripes, then adjust accordingly. )

39. Click Fabric Tools

40. Click the Paintbrush

41. Click Open Library and add more fabrics to your sketchbook, if you would like.

42. Recolor your flag.

43. Click Add to Project Sketchbook to save your quilt.

44. If you would like to post your quilt below, click the Print & Export tab. You can also click the Hide/show quilt patch lines tool, if you prefer your quilt without lines.

45. Click Export

46. Click Image


47. Name your file and click Save (in Documents\My EQ8\Images)

48. To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.  Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images

49. Also, we have a DoYouEQ Facebook page where you can share images of any quilt you design and see quilts other users have made! If you would like to share your quilt(s) to Facebook page, click the Facebook button. It may ask you to sign in.

50. If you want to share it to the DoYouEQ Facebook page make sure to check the box.

You can also post to your personal Facebook page by clicking the “Post to my Facebook Page” button.

I can’t wait to see your quilts! I hope you enjoyed the lesson! If you want to create a flag from another country (or any type of flag) please feel free to post that as well!
(Here is the Ohio Flag I drew as a block.)

If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below.
If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com.

Custom Set Quilt!

Posted 05-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have the make the quilt exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we are making a custom set quilt….all of these quilts are just different blocks in the same layout. It just depends on how you want to use the Custom Set Layout we build. Let’s get started! 1. Click Quilt Worktable 2. Click Custom Set 3. Click the Design tab 4. Click Block Tools 5. Click Set Block 6.Right click on the

Using Borders and Motifs in Quilt Design!

Posted 04-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have the make the quilt exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we are making this quilt: Let’s get started! We are going to build the quilt by using borders. 1. Click Quilt Worktable 2. Click Horizontal 3. For Number of Blocks enter: Horizontal 4 x Vertical 1 4. For Finished Size of Blocks enter: 9 x 9 5. For Finished Size of Sashing enter: 3.25 x 0 6. Click the Borders tab.

Using Serendipity and the Randomize tool in Quilt Design!

Posted 03-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

We’ve updated Club EQ! It’s now called Design & Discover! Now you can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the design right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! This month we are making this quilt: Let’s get started! 1. Click Quilt Worktable 2. Click the Design tab 3. Click the Set Block tool 4. Click the block EQ Default Nine Patch Chain 5. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard (for PC) or the Command key (for Mac) and click on a square in the quilt layout. It will fill all the spaces with this block. 6. Click the Block Worktable 7. Click Block > Serendipity > Kaleidoscope Block 8. Click the EQ Default Nine Patch Chain on the left

Design and Discover – includes Strip Quilt Lesson!

Posted 02-01-2018 by | Posted in: Club EQ   Design & Discover  

We’ve updated Club EQ! It’s now called Design & Discover! Now you can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the design right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Now on to the lesson… This month we are making two strip quilts. 1. Click Quilt Worktable 2. Click New Quilt and Vertical Strip 3. Click on the Layout tab 4. For the first strip choose Pieced Blocks for a Strip Style and 5 for the Number of Blocks. For the second strip choose Half Drop Blocks for a Strip Style and 5 for the Number of Blocks. For the third strip choose Pieced Blocks for a Strip Style and 5 for the Number of Blocks. For the fourth strip choose Half Drop Blocks

Club EQ is now Design and Discover! Plus Lesson and Challenge!

Posted 01-01-2018 by | Posted in: Club EQ   Design & Discover  

We’ve updated Club EQ (again!)! Now you can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the design right on the blog with a link up! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and make sure you select an image for your comment (this will be the photo of your quilt). If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Now on to the lesson… We are going to be making this quilt (or your own variation! If you don’t want to use the specific blocks I’ve used, that’s OK!). It has things on different layers, sashing, stencils…lots of fun stuff! Click on Quilt Worktable Click On-Point Layout Enter  these settings: Click the Design tab Click Block Tools Click

Club EQ – Using Panels

Posted 12-01-2017 by | Posted in: Club EQ   Uncategorized  

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)! December Challenge: Using Panels! A question that we get a lot is how to use panels in quilts. So, that is what we are doing this month for Club EQ! Here is the quilt I created. Download the EQ8 project here. I used Petit Fleurs Alphabet Blocks Fabric Panel by Carolyn Gavin for Windham Fabrics. (There is a whole line of fabrics that go along with it and I think they are adorable.) First I searched the internet to get a full image of the panel. (If you are using a panel you already have