Author, designer, and teacher, Toby Lischko does!

“I have been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting workshops since 1995. I consider myself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but like to add my own special flair. I have won many national awards for my quilts including a blue ribbon for my Celestial Crowns quilt at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky and the MQX show in 2005.

I have my own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc. and two books St. Louis Stars and Kaleidostars. I also do commissioned work for many of the fabric companies and have been published in most of the major quilt magazines since 1998. I love to travel and teach and always tell my students that I use Electric Quilt to design all of my quilts.

Being a devote Mac user I started designing with a different quilt design program and kept hoping that EQ would make a version for the Mac. Finally when Apple came out with a computer system that would be able to run both Mac and PC programs, I got quick demo at a quilt show of how to make the Lone Star quilt with EQ4. At that point I was hooked! I took it to my hotel room, loaded it on my computer and I haven’t set it down since! I am thrilled that they now have a Mac version and the new EQ8 version is so user friendly that I think when I teach classes now, it will be easier for students to pick it up.

I used EQ to design and make all of the quilts in my books. I love fabric scaling feature, which makes it so easy to work with the fabric companies and magazines, so they can see exactly how the quilt will look like when it is finished. Also it saves me time from having to make a block sample and then to find out I didn’t like where the fabrics were! I also especially love the fussy cutting and fabric rotation tools because many of my quilts are fussy-cut and I can play with different images and patterns of the fabrics before cutting. All of my templates are designed on EQ and I also use it to help in writing my patterns. I don’t think I would be where I am today without the help of EQ! Thanks for a great product and great staff who have always been very encouraging.”

~ Toby Lischko

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Ocean Deep



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