The Electric Quilt Company is 30!

The Electric Quilt Company’s Story – How It All Began

We’re celebrating 30 years! Since the pearl is the traditional symbol for 30 years, we’re sharing EQ Pearls of Wisdom from our friends! See all Pearls of Wisdom posts. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks you learn along the way and discover some new quilters or catch up with your favorites! Also, we’d love to hear about YOUR journey with EQ so feel free to tell us your story in the comments on any post! A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to many more!  :-D

This week’s featured friend: Wendy Sheppard!

A bit about Wendy!

Wendy Sheppard is originally from southeast Asia. She came to the United States for her tertiary education. With degrees in Chemical Engineering and years later, she now lives with her family in northern Virginia. An entirely happenstance quilter in that she had never even touched a sewing machine until she was in her early 30’s, she enjoys the different aspects of quilting. The many quilty hats she wears include:  pattern designer, teacher, author and presenter.

Zappy Dots designed by Wendy in EQ

Her work has been published in many US quilting publications, as well as in Australia, the UK and France. To date, she has authored four quilting books, including two award-winning. Wendy also teaches online domestic machine quilting classes for Annie’s. She is also an Aurifil designer, who has curated multiple thread collections for Aurifil. When her schedule allows, she travels to connect with other quilters by speaking to groups and teaching.  In her down time, she loves to work on hand projects (smocking, cross stitching and hand applique) and is novice rose gardener who bumbles around in her flower bed.

Circle Symphony designed by Wendy in EQ

When did you start using Electric Quilt and how has it changed your quilting life?

I started using EQ in 2010 when I needed a visual way to work out the designs that were floating around in my mind.  I now design all my quilts (for magazines & various design projects for fabric companies, as well as designs for my own quilt pattern line) in EQ.

Quilt designed by Wendy in EQ

What is your EQ “Pearl of Wisdom” for EQ users?

If you want to see if something you design would be FQ Friendly, don’t forget to check the “Fat Quarters Only” box before you preview/print the yardages. This is one of the most straightforward tools in EQ in gauging to see if a design is FQ Friendly.

Quilt designed by Wendy in EQ


Wendy’s giveaway is a free project for EQ!

Download the project here!

Quilt designed by Wendy for EQ

You can follow Wendy at:


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Instagram: @ivory_spring

Hope you enjoyed this “pearl” of wisdom. Feel free to share your EQ story or a “pearl” of your own in the comments! Stay tuned for our next post!

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We are nearing the end of our 30th anniversary year. We’re going to celebrate with a special slideshow of 30 EQ user-designed quilts! Want your quilt to be considered for the show? Add photos of your EQ design and finished quilt to the gallery by December 15th! View the Quilt Gallery >>