Jenny

I started working at Electric Quilt as a graphic design intern back in 2001 and stayed on after I graduated from college. I’ve caught the quilting bug while working here at EQ–you can only see so many beautiful quilts before you want to try making one yourself! I blog about everything from sewing to EQ tutorials. My favorite posts are the sew alongs I get to host with all of you!

Recent Posts by Jenny

The Story of our Holiday Sunbonnet Sue

Posted 12-01-2017 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ News and Press   EQ8  

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll notice that each year around this time, we have a cute little visitor to our site:
Sunbonnet Sue

It’s our friend, Sunbonnet Sue, and she has the very important job of decorating the tree each year! She holds a special place in our hearts here at EQ and I thought I’d share a little bit about her story today.


Penny McMorris & Dean Neumann, EQ founders

The Sunbonnet Sue animation was created by Dean Neumann, EQ co-founder and programmer. She made her first appearance on our site back in 1996, shortly after our first website was launched. EQ3 was our current version of the software at that time.

EQ3 could only export PCX files (PiCture eXchange) for images. Dean made the animation by drawing individual blocks on the Block Worktable for each of the movements. He exported a PCX for each block and then “stitched” those image files together to create the animation.

We’re sharing the Holiday Sunbonnet Sue block with all of our users again this year! Click here to download the Holiday Sunbonnet Sue EQ8 project file. The project includes the original block design, and a new quilt design featuring the block.

Happy holidays from all of us here at The Electric Quilt Company!

EQ8 Top 10: #3 Patchmaker Tools!

Posted 11-10-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #3 – Applique Patchmaker Tools Create stars, posies and quilting stencils with simple-to-use controls. No drawing involved! These new applique tools make creating these shapes easy and fun! These new tools will be available when you choose the Shapes tool on an applique block or motif (StencilMaker only available for Motifs). StarMaker Play around with the settings to see the different star shapes you can create! PosieMaker Quickly fill a basket with different kinds of flowers! StencilMaker (only available for motifs) Add these original stencil designs to layer 3 of your quilt! See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.

EQ Academy: EQ7 Block Drawing with Kari Schell

Posted 02-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Academy  

Our next EQ Academy workshop is right around the corner and there are just a few seats left! We hope you’ll be able to join us for this fun three day event full of learning and friendship. Today, I’d like to introduce you to instructor Kari Schell and give you a little sneak peek into her EQ7 Block Drawing class. Kari is an Electric Quilt expert and a certified Art and Stitch instructor. Not only does she teach at EQ Academy, but she also teaches at our online class platform, EQ University. You’ll find Kari teaching online EQ classes through her own site too–www.onpointquilter.com. She really knows her quilting software! If you haven’t visited Kari’s site before, be sure to check it out. She offers lots of free videos and patterns for EQ7 too. Kari’s Academy class is all about drafting your own blocks. The Block Worktable offers so many

NEW! Clever Combo Quilts by Kimberly Einmo

Posted 11-16-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ Designers   EQ News and Press   New Products  

We are so excited to tell you about a brand new product! We’ve partnered with Kimberly Einmo again to bring you EQ7 projects from her newest book Clever Combo Quilts! Kimberly is a best-selling author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and long-time EQ user (and an EQ Artist too!). We’re so happy to be bringing her designs to EQ users in this new add-on for EQ7 and EQStitch! Clever Combo Quilts is Kimberly’s sixth book and will be available this week from American Quilter’s Society. In this new book, Kimberly combines easy-to-sew blocks to create amazing secondary designs. Allowing you to make quilts that are eye-catching, but also fun to sew! This add-on product includes 12 EQ7 project files and two PDFs. There is a project file for each of the original quilts from the book & two BONUS designs from Kimberly. Plus 40 additional quilt variations. That’s

Quick Tip Tuesday – Layout Library

Posted 05-31-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

The EQ7 Layout Library contains 541 pre-designed layouts ready to be made into quilts on the Quilt Worktable. Use these layouts as a jumping off point for your quilt designs. For example, if you’d like to make a quilt that’s sized appropriately for a queen-sized bed (but don’t want to think about the math of it), the Layout Library > Basics by Size is a great place to start. The Basics by Style category offers a wide variety of custom set layouts that range from simple medallion quilts to special effect quilts. Click LIBRARIES > Layout Library. The Layout Library is organized into two categories: Basics by Size: This category has quilts ranging in size from California King down to placemats. Each size category contains several layouts — horizontal, on-point, with or without sashing, and so on. When you add and edit one of these layouts to the worktable, you

Quick Tip Tuesday – Tips for Working with Quilting Stencils in EQ7

Posted 05-24-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Stencils can be found in the Block Library under EQ7 Libraries > 07 Stencils. You can also draw your own stencils on the Block Worktable! When designing quilts, you should place your quilting stencils on Layer 3 of the Quilt Worktable. Use the Set Block tool  to set stencils on Layer 3. Drag-and-drop makes setting stencils super easy! Any block that you set on Layer 3 will appear as a stencil and can be colored with the Set Thread tool. After placing the stencil on the quilt use the Adjust tool  to select the stencil. Then use the Graph Pad above the Quilt Worktable to fine tune the placement and sizing of the stencils. Try rotating the stencil 45 degrees (below, left) or reducing the size and repeating multiple times in the same block (below, right). Use the Set Thread tool  to make changes to the color, style and weight

Quick Tip Tuesday – Designing for Pre-Cuts in EQ7

Posted 05-17-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

In EQ7, you are working with finished sizes. When planning your patch/block sizes in EQ7, subtract ½” from the pre-cut size to account for seam allowance. For example, if you want to make a strip quilt using a Jelly Roll (2.5” x 44”), set your strip size to 2” x 43.5”. The same concept applies to block design. Let’s say you want to use a Mini Charm Pack (2.5” x 2.5”) to make this Double Irish Chain block: First, subtract ½” from each dimension of the Mini Charm Pack, giving you the finished size of the patch- 2” x 2”. This block is 5 squares wide and 5 squares tall, so multiply the finished patch size by 5 to find the finished block size. Finished Block Size: 2” x 5 = 10” The math for half-square triangle units is a little different. For HST units, subtract 7/8” from the pre-cut