Apr. 21, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday – Add to Sketchbook and View Sketchbook

Add to Sketchbook and View Sketchbook

What is the Sketchbook?

The Sketchbook holds all of the designs for your project in one location for easy access later. Each time you click  Add to Sketchbook the current worktable design of your block, quilt, or image will get copied to the Sketchbook. You may always go back to edit anything in your Sketchbook.

Add to Sketchbook

Use this tool to add the design from the worktable to the Project Sketchbook.

1. Click Add to Sketchbook each time you want to save a new design in the Sketchbook. It can be an image, block or quilt.


View Sketchbook

Use this tool to display the Project Sketchbook.

Designs are added to your sketchbook by collecting them from the Libraries, and by clicking Add to Sketchbook while working on the Quilt, Block or Image worktables.

You can use the Sketchbook to mange your designs. You can delete unwanted designs, sort designs into a new order, document important information using the notecards, and edit designs to the worktable for further manipulation.


REMEMBER:  Saving a project saves the current Sketchbook contents permanently on the hard drive. Nothing in the Sketchbook is saved permanently unless you name a project.

There are 3 ways to name a project.

One way to name a project is when you first open the program, you’ll see this screen (or a similar one if you don’t have EQStitch). Type the name of your project in the blank. Click the OK button.


Another way is to click File > Save.

Then, type in a name for your project and click the Save button.


Or, you can  click the Save  tool.

Type in a name for your project and click the Save button.


So, if you want to save something you need to add it to your sketchbook AND save the project.

Click the View Sketchbook tool to make sure your blocks, quilts and images are in your sketchbook.

Check the upper left hand corner of your screen to make sure you’ve named your project.

• If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.
• To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday – Add to Sketchbook and View Sketchbook) and then print as normal.

Apr. 16, 2015

Q&A with Penny Barnes

AmethystStarsEQ user, Penny Barnes is currently featured in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting Magazine for her Amethyst Stars quilt (left).  She designed it using EQ7 and machine quilted it herself. I just LOVE the Kona colors she chose from Robert Kaufman and her combination of Grandma’s Star and Summer Winds blocks! As it turns out, this isn’t her first time being feature in McCall’s. I just had to pick her brain about her design process… read through our Q&A below!

EQ: Congratulations on being featured in McCall’s! How does it feel to have thousands of people seeing your design?
Penny: Thank you so much!  It’s such a thrill to see a quilt that I’ve designed and quilted featured in McCall’s magazine!  It’s still a bit surreal.  It’s been fun to post on Facebook and blog about it and get great responses and encouragement from friends!  My Mom was an amazing seamstress and also made quilts and I know if she were still here, she would just be so thrilled for me…and proud.


EQ: Tell us about this quilt (above).
Penny: This particular quilt is one of the first quilts I designed after I upgraded my EQ5 to EQ7.  I liked the way combining the two blocks appeared to create movement in the quilt.  I must’ve saved it in about 47 different color ways and was amazed at how even changing the placement of one color would change the entire design.

EQ: I understand you have a couple other quilts that were/will be featured in McCall’s. Can you tell us a little about those?
Penny: This is the second quilt of my own featured in McCall’s Quilting and I have another one coming up in a future issue as well.  The first quilt I designed for them was in a Quick Quilts edition.  I basically used one block and alternated it vertically and horizontally, and played with color placement.  I’ve been using EQ7 to create quilts that will be seen next year in a couple of Martingale books too!  I’m also planning to publish some of my own patterns soon.

EQ: Well, we know you design beautiful quilts, what else can you tell us about yourself?
Penny: I began my own longarming business, PB & J Quilt Studio, about two years ago.  I have an Innova longarm that I love so much.  I still pinch myself when I walk into my studio space and feel so incredibly grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had since staring my own business.  I quilt regularly for other designers, so I’ve had my machine quilting work seen in multiple publications of  McCall’s Quilting & Fons and Porter magazines.
My husband and I have six kids and will welcome grandchild #10 this year.  We love to travel and especially love to spend time in Ireland and actually have led tours there.
I love that my official job title is Quilter.  I love the entire process from designing to piecing to quilting.  I even love binding them.  I also am a firm believer in using my talents to give back and worked on several quilt projects to benefit others.  You can read about some of those endeavors on my blog.  www.pennybarnes.blogspot.com

EQ: Explain your design process using EQ7. 
Penny: I spend a lot of time looking through the Block Library and when I see something of interest I’ll go ahead and add it to the Sketchbook.  I’ll end up with several in the Sketchbook to choose from and then play with the placement from there to see what I think.  My favorite part of course is filling in with color!

EQ: What about the software do you find most beneficial?
Penny: I love that I can upload jpeg files of fabrics into the Fabric Library and then create my quilt using the actual fabrics.  I also appreciate that it calculates the fabric yardage for me.  That keeps me from having random drawings and calculations on various pieces of paper or napkins that make no sense when I go back to them later.  EQ7 allows me to save what I was working on and go back to it and continue right where I left!

EQ: How did you design quilts before you had EQ7? How as the program changed your process? 
Penny: As I mentioned, I used to just sketch things out on whatever paper I could find close by.   I’ve been an EQ owner for quite a few years.  My kids purchased EQ5 for me as a Christmas gift several years ago.  I was working full time then in a medical office and didn’t really have the time to spend learning the program, so really just dabbled.  About three years ago I decided to upgrade to EQ7 and really loved all of the improvements that had been made.  I found it really easy to follow and could find help easily if I needed it.  I’m sure there is so much more to learn!  I also love to create my own quilt labels using EQ7.

EQ: What would you say to people who are on the fence about trying EQ7?
Penny: I would say…”Go For It!” It really is easy to use and create beautiful quilts.  The tutorials provided by EQ7 are so incredibly helpful too and I suggest that a new purchaser take the time to watch those and refer back if they feel stuck.  I feel like it’s been a great investment for me!

EQ: As a McCall’s featured designer, what advice would you give to other aspiring designers?
Penny: Never be afraid to try.  Create, create and create some more.  Most magazines print their submission requirements either in their magazines or on their websites, so read those and then create something and Try.

A big thanks to Penny Barnes for doing this interview with me. Keep up with Penny on her blog to see more of her quilting endeavors!

I hope you liked the first interview of our Q&A series. If there’s a particular designer you’d like to see on our blog, comment below!!

Apr. 15, 2015

EQ Academy 2015 a Huge Success!


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 at how many people were willing to travel to Ohio to learn our software.

The Recap:

Over 60 students traveled from all around the country for 3 days of classes. Class sessions were from 9:00am-12:00pm, then again from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Three of our experienced EQ teachers, Barb Vlack, Yvonne Menear and Mary Ellen Kranz, filled those long hours with in depth EQ instruction. Since this was an EQ event, EQ staff was available the entire time to help with technical issues, and to keep students on track.

Friday evening included a dinner and lecture series for all students, teachers and EQ staff. This casual event was filled with great prizes, delicious food, the history of The Electric Quilt Company, and 3 amazing lectures from the teachers. Although a long day, everyone had a great time.

We truly thank all the students that attended our first EQ Academy! We loved meeting you and being part of your EQ journey!

Below are a few pictures from the weekend. Check #EQAcademy on social media for more photos and videos! If you’re interested in next year’s EQ Academy, sign up for our email list.

Apr. 14, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday – The Paintbrush Tool

The Paintbrush Tool

The Paintbrush tool has five different styles available. Use any of these to color your quilt with fabrics or colors. To see all tool styles, click and hold down the mouse button directly on the Paintbrush tool. A flyout menu will display.

OR, you can use them on the Precision Bar, as well.

 One Dot Brush

1. Click directly on the fabric in the palette to select it.

2. Click on a patch in the quilt. OR, click, hold and drag the fabric from the palette to the quilt. Release the mouse to drop the fabric on the patch.

CTRL+click colors the same patch of that color in all the matching blocks. (Layer 1 or 2).

ALT+click colors the same patch of that color in alternate matching blocks (Layer 1 only).

Other Brush Styles

1. Click directly on the fabric in the palette to select it.

2. Click, hold and drag on the quilt. You’ll see a “paint line” showing which patches are being touched.

3. Release the mouse. The patches touched with the paint line will be colored.

Freehand brush – paints a freehand line

Line brush – paints a straight line

Rectangle brush – paints a rectangular outline

Oval brush – paints an oval outline

Note: CTRL+click and ALT+click only work with the One Dot Brush.

If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the  Display Dynamic Help tool.

To print this:
Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday – The Paintbrush Tool) and then print as normal.

Apr. 14, 2015

Boutique Blocks 30% off! Ends tomorrow!

Sale ends Wednesday on all Boutique Blocks! Use code BLOCKS30 and get 30% off! Click here to see the designs available.

Discount applies only to Boutique Blocks. Offer ends Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.

Apr. 13, 2015

Creative Spark: Quiltmaker May/June ’15

The new issue of Quiltmaker is now available and you can find EQ’s Creative Spark on page 35!

The Serendipity feature on the Block Worktable has lots of options for creating new blocks quickly. The Merge Blocks tool allows you to combine two blocks into one new design.

Check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: Merging Blocks to Create New Designs in EQ7

Apr. 10, 2015

Today Only: Save 25% on Star Power

It’s a flash sale! Today only, save 25% on Judy Martin Star Power! Use promo code APRILFF at checkout.

Discount applies only to Judy Martin Star Power. Offer ends Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid with any other offers.