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!

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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– 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 options, and Kari covers it all! You’ll start with EasyDraw and draw pieced blocks in a “grid” format – basically like drawing with a pencil and graph paper. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets behind the various snap options and how to set up your Drawing Board to ensure consistent success in drafting these blocks. A sampler layout will be created to highlight your new blocks.

Next, you’ll use PatchDraw to draft pieced blocks not based on a rectangular grid, like LeMoyne Star (plus variations), Hexagon blocks, Rising Sun, Dresden Plate, Kaleidoscopes, Octagons, and Arcs. Many of these blocks will allow you to move outside of square and rectangular quilts, so you’ll also experiment with a number of quilts to highlight these unique blocks.

Then it’s on to PatchDraw Appliqué blocks where you’ll start with the basics of cloning, rotating, and resizing appliqué patches. Then use some pre-defined shapes to explore additional blocks using WreathMaker. You’ll also modify existing appliqué blocks from the library and create blocks by tracing various motifs from scratch.

Finally, back to EasyDraw for lessons in pictorial foundation blocks. Start with foundation piecing basics, graduating to more complex design possibilities.

Just imagine what you can design with all these new drawing skills!

EQ Academy is April 20-22, 2017 in Perrysburg, Ohio and we’d love to see you there! To enroll in Kari’s class, please visit our website.

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

Quick Tip Tuesday – Superimposing Blocks

Posted 05-10-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Have you ever participated in one of our Club EQ challenges? There’s still plenty of time to enter the May challenge, Double Wedding Ring Variations. In Barb’s challenge description, she lists “superimposing” the DWR with another block as one of the ways you could create your own variation. Here’s a quick lesson on how to superimpose a block! I’ve added two blocks to my Sketchbook from the Block Library, a double wedding ring block and the block I want to superimpose: Plain Double Wedding Ring from 01 Classic Pieced > Pickles and Rings Maltese Cross from 01 Classic Pieced > Maltese Cross Now follow these steps to copy and paste the Maltese Cross block onto the DWR: Click the View Sketchbook button  and choose the Blocks section of the Sketchbook. Select the Maltese Cross block and click the Edit button. The block will now be on the Block Worktable. Click

Quick Tip Tuesday – Block Colorings

Posted 05-03-2016 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday  

Each time you color a block and you click the Add to Sketchbook button, EQ7 will save a copy of that coloring to the Sketchbook. To save you from having to scroll through lots and lots of blocks in the Sketchbook, EQ7 will stack up to 10 colorings on the same block. All blocks from the Block Library come with three colorings: line drawing, grayscale, and color Select Colorings When you are working with the Set Block tool on the Quilt Worktable, you can choose which block coloring to set in the quilt two different ways: Use the display arrows at the bottom of the Blocks palette to scroll through the colorings. OR Right-click on the block in the palette and choose Select Coloring. A menu will appear with all of the block colorings. Click on the coloring you’d like to use. The coloring will then be displayed in the