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.
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.