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 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. We are going to add a lot of borders!

For the first border:
Long Horizontal – 1 inch width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Second Border:
Long Horizontal – 1.25 inches width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Third Border:
Long Horizontal – 2.5 inches width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Fourth Border:
Blocks – .25 inches width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides
Blocks in Border – Horizontal 24

Fifth Border:
Long Horizontal – 2.5 inches width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Sixth Border:
Long Horizontal – 1 inch width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Seventh Border:
Blocks – 9 inches width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides
Blocks in Border – Horizontal 6

Eighth Border:
Long Horizontal – 1 inch width on the bottom, 0 on all other sides

Ninth Border:
Mitered – 2.75 inches on all sides ( I wanted this to look like a frame)

7. Click Libraries > Block Library > 03 Foundation Pieced > Houses
Add at least 7 that you like to the Sketchbook.

8. Click the Design tab > Block Tools > Set Block
Place the house blocks in the squares marked with the Xs.

9. Right click on one of your blocks and choose Edit Block

10. Delete all the lines except the “grass line”

11. Draw a few simple trees (Here is more information about drawing in EasyDraw, if you want to check it out.)
Click the Add to Project Sketchbook button for each block
If you haven’t named your project already, it will prompt you to do so.

12. Click Quilt Worktable > Block Tools > Set Block.
Click on the Tree block and click to place it in the spots as shown. As you can see it resizes to fit whatever space you place it in.

13. Click Open Library

14. Navigate to 06 Motifs and browse around. Add any Motifs you like for this quilt to the Sketchbook. Click Close when you are done.

15. Click the Motifs tab to see them

16. Click Block Worktable
Click Block > New Block > Applique Motif

17. Draw some very simple trees and bushes and add each one to the Sketchbook.
If you need help with drawing the motifs, here is more information.

18. Click Quilt Worktable and click Layer 2 at the bottom of the screen

19. Click the Set Block tool and click on a block.

Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click and drag out a shape on the quilt.

20. Add more Motifs to the quilt. Use the Adjust tool to change the size or location of the Motif.

(I have added a squirrel which was originally an Applique block…if you want to convert applique blocks to Motifs, read more information on how to do it here.)

21. Click on the Fabric Tools tab and recolor as you wish!

Remember: you need to recolor the item on whatever layer it is on. If you want to, you can hide different layers to make it easier to recolor.

22. 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.

23. Click Export and then click Image


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

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

I can’t wait to see your quilts! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!

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

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

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