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

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 for a Strip Style and 5 for the Number of Blocks.

5. Click the Design tab and Block Tools

6. Click Open Library

7. Click Search > By Notecard

8. Type in heart and click Search

9. Click on a heart block and click Add to Sketchbook

10. Click Set Block

11. Click on the heart block

12. Hold down your Ctrl key on Windows computers or Cmd on a Mac on your keyboard and click on a space in the quilt until it’s filled with hearts.

13. Experiment with other blocks, if you want, and color as desired

14. Click Add to Sketchbook and be sure to name your project to save it.

15. If you want to post the image to our link up, then click the Print & Export tab and click Export

16. Type in a file name and click Save. (You’ll see how to post your image at the end)

Now, let’s try something a little different for the second quilt…

1. Click New Quilt and Vertical Strip

This time we are going to leave the strips plain and the default widths.

2. Click the Design tab and Block Tools

3. Click Open Library

4. Navigate to EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > Border Blocks > Single Block Patterns 7-12 and choose a block. I used 11 Big and Little Points In. Click on the block and click Add to Sketchbook.

5. Click the Set Block tool and click to place the block in the spaces in the quilt.

6. Experiment with other blocks if you would like and recolor it as you wish.

7. Click Add to Sketchbook to save

8. Then, click the Print & Export tab and click Export

9. Type in a file name and click Save

10. To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.  Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images
(You can post the images of both of your quilts, if you would like. )

We hope you like this new format and lesson! I can’t wait to see the quilts you design!


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

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

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!