We’ve been introducing each of our EQ Academy teachers here on the blog in anticipation of our first 2016 workshop coming up in April. You’ve met Christa Watson and Yvonne Menear. Now it’s time to get to know our good friend Mary Ellen Kranz a little better! Mary Ellen has sewn and quilted since childhood. She found her career path in computers but continued to pursue quiltmaking. Twenty years of experience teaching computer technologies provided her with an understanding of how PCs, printers, scanners and digital cameras could blend together in the process of creating fiber art. As a quiltmaker, teacher and author, Mary Ellen Kranz shares her knowledge of how to combine quilting, digital photography, and computer software with quiltmakers across the country. Her quilts appear in shows and galleries and reflect a broad range of quiltmaking skills and techniques. Patten Pond, Quilt: Mary Ellen Kranz, Quilting: Cheryl Hayes
The first of our two 2016 EQ Academy events is coming up in April in Perrysburg, Ohio and we’re introducing each of our teachers here on the blog. A few days ago, we featured Christa Watson. Now it’s time to get to know Yvonne Menear! We’re happy to have Yvonne joining us for the second time as the EQStitch instructor at EQ Academy. She literally wrote the book on EQStitch and was our #1 beta tester during the development of the embroidery plug-in for EQ7! Yvonne is a familiar face here on the blog with her weekly Sunday Stitch posts that share lots of great EQStitch tips and inspiration. She’s also the moderator of the EQStitch Yahoo Group and has a very busy teaching schedule that includes in-person classes and retreats, as well as online classes at EQ University. Yvonne says: “When I was a little girl, my teenage babysitter
The first of our two EQ Academy Workshops is fast approaching and we can’t wait to see you all in person! The April 21-23 workshop will be held in Perrysburg, Ohio and we have four wonderful teachers ready to show you the ins and outs of EQ7 and EQStitch.Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be profiling each of our teachers so you can get to know them better. First up is Christa Watson! This will be Christa’s first time teaching at EQ Academy and we’re so happy to have her join us this year! Christa has been designing original quilts and class samples since the early days of EQ4. We first “met” Christa when she emailed EQ to tell us that she had used EQ7 to design a quilt that would be featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of Quilty. We’re always so excited to see
After a successful EQ Academy this past April, we are excited to announce TWO locations for 2016! View all the classes > Read the recap and reviews from the 2015 event. Perrysburg, OH – April 21-23, 2016 The Perrysburg, Ohio location will offer 3 EQ7 classes and 1 EQStitch class. Mary Ellen Kranz and Christa Watson will be teaching beginner EQ7 classes, Barb Vlack will teach a “confident” beginner class and Yvonne Menear will be teaching an EQStitch class. Classes run for three days from 9:00am-4:00pm with an hour lunch break. Friday evening will be a lecture series from all the teachers…an EQ Academy favorite! Enrollment opens August 18, 2015. Denver, CO – September 8-10, 2016 The Denver location (Greenwood Village, CO) is a new EQ Academy location! We are excited to be able to offer this off-site workshop. There will be 2 EQ7 classes and 1 EQStitch class, plus
We found some more great photos from EQ Academy that we wanted to share! Check out our original gallery to see the new pics! We also wanted to thank Moda, Timeless Treasures and Aurifil for their prize donations for our lecture nights. Our students were overwhelmingly surprised! Are you interested in attending EQ Academy next year? Sign up for our email list!
Customer education has been one of our main focuses in the past several years. We’ve added more help within the program with the release of EQ7, we’ve created a website full of lessons and videos to teach different topics, we’ve added a new YouTube channel of help videos, and most recently, we’ve launched our own online class site, called EQ University. What we were missing is that hands-on experience that so many people need. While The Electric Quilt Company has sponsored EQ classes at Quilt Festival in Houston for many years, we really wanted to be able to offer classes on our own. And so we did. We announced our first EQ Academy, to be held in Perrysburg, OH, back in late July 2014. The immediate response blew us away! We offered two EQ7 classes and one EQStitch class, and the EQ7 classes filled up almost immediately. We were amazed