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Heidi

I started taking quilting classes when I was nine years old! One of my teachers at the time was EQ Margaret. She mentioned the Electric Quilt Company and after I graduated college, I decided to apply. I’ve now been working here for over 12 years! I’m excited to share tips and tricks on the blog as well as interesting magazine articles, and other quilty happenings.

Recent Posts by Heidi

Design & Discover – The Serendipity Tool

Posted 01-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

The Serendipity tools allow you to magically turn any block into a new original block. It can be lots of fun to play around and experiment but, also very useful. There are seven different Serendipity options that we will try in this month’s Design & Discover.

  1. Click Block Worktable
  2. Click Create Serendipity
    You can use the default blocks but if you would like more options click Open Library and add some more to your sketchbook.
  3. Click Frame Block
  4. Choose a block on the right
  5. Choose a frame on the left. There are over 140 to choose from.
  6. Click Add to Sketchbook when you have a block you like.
  7. Once you click Add to Sketchbook the block you created will go to the bottom of the block column on the right.
  8. Click on the new block and add another frame.
  9. Click Add to Sketchbook
  10. Click Close when you are done experimenting.
  11. These blocks are in your sketchbook but remember it’s not really saved unless it is in your sketchbook and the project is named. Click File > Save Project and name your project. Here is more information.
  12. Next try clicking Tilt Block
  13. Click on a block on the left
    I colored the block that I created with Frame Block. If you click the coloring arrows will see the grayscale version as well.
  14. Drag the slider to adjust the tilt. You can also use the arrows on your keyboard.
    This is a super easy way to turn a block on-point (45 degrees) but there are lots of design possibilities tilting the blocks to other degrees, too.
  15. Click Add to Sketchbook
  16. Scroll to the bottom of the block column. You’ll see the block you just added to your Sketchbook. You can tilt it again if you’d like.
  17. Click Close when you are done.
  18. Now click Merge Blocks Only certain blocks can be used as the background block, but any block in your Sketchbook can be merged with that background block.
    Here are the requirements for background blocks:
    • Blocks must be EasyDraw blocks created on the EasyDraw drawing board, or blocks from the Library that have been drawn using EasyDraw.
    • The size of the parallelogram must take up a certain amount of space in the block.

    For example:
    Sometimes you’ll just have to experiment to see if a block will work or not. The Four Patch block works as a background block because the largest patch is big enough (1/4 of the block). The Nine Patch block does not appear. This may be because the largest patch is not big enough (1/9 of the block) or because one patch is not bigger than the others in the block.
  19. Click on a block on the left
  20. Click on a block on the right
  21. If your Sketchbook block is asymmetrical, click on the block in the preview to rotate the design in the background block. Each click rotates the block 90 degrees. You will not notice a change with symmetrical designs.
  22. Click Add to Sketchbook
  23. Scroll to the bottom of the right column. You’ll see the block you just added to your Sketchbook. You can merge it again if you’d like.
  24. Click Close
  25. Click Clip & Flip. This takes the upper-left corner of the block and flips and rotates in the other three parts of the block.
  26. Click a block on the left
  27. Click on the buttons below the preview to change the way the sections are rotated. Or use the Randomize button (dice) to view variations randomly.
  28. Here is the original block and all of the variations possible. Not including the all random rotation options. Keep clicking the dice and more options will show. Some of the variations are similar, or the same, but it just depends on the block you start with.
  29. Click Add to Sketchbook for the variations you’d like to keep.
  30. Click Close.
  31. Click Shrink & Flip. This will shrink the selected block and flip and rotate it in multiple directions in the four parts of the block.
  32. Click a block on the left
  33. Click on the buttons below the preview. Or use the Randomize button (dice) to view random variations.
  34. Here is the original block and all of the variations possible. Not including the all random rotations. Keep clicking the dice and more options will show. Again, some of the variations are similar, or the same, but it just depends on the block you start with.
  35. Click Add to Sketchbook for the variations you’d like to keep.
  36. Click Close.
  37. Click Kaleidoscope. This creates “tiles”.  First the block is cut in half by its diagonals, creating the first four tiles. Then, the block is cut the  into an X and uses the four triangles created from the X as the last four tile options.
  38. Click a block on the left
  39. Click a tile on the right. Some tile will create the same block.
  40. Click Add to Sketchbook
  41. Click Close
  42. Click Fancy Star. This repeats the block in 5 to 10 star points, depending on the number of points you select.
  43. Click a block on the left.
  44. Choose the number of points for your star.
  45. Drag the slider to change the size of the star.
  46. To rotate the block in the star points, click on the preview.
  47. If you would like, put a check next to Add a background patch to star motif.
    Note: Any blocks saved without a background patch will be added to the Blocks section’s Motif’s tab.
  48. Click Add to Sketchbook
  49. Click Close


    PLEASE NOTE for Blocks created with Clip & Flip, Shrink & Flip, Kaleidoscope, and Fancy Star Template…..
    • Patterns and Foundation Patterns are available for these blocks, however many blocks created with Serendipity are not always easily foundation pieceable.
    • You may receive this message. If you really want to sew the block that this message refers to, convert the drawing to guides then trace the guides.

    If you want to post images of your blocks, here is how to export the images.
    To post your image click to comment on this post. Fill in your info and then click Browse.
    Go to: Documents\My EQ8\Images
    I can’t wait to see what you’ve done! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!
    If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below.
    If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com.
    If you have suggestions for new Design & Discover lessons feel free to comment below or email Heidi@electricquilt.com

Design & Discover: T-shirt Quilts!

Posted 12-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

To make your t-shirt quilt, start with a Custom Set quilt. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click Custom Set. You may have to click the double arrows to see the option for Custom Set. Click the LAYOUT tab. Change the Width and Height. In this example I am using 30 x 30. You can always change your size later if you want. However, if you change the size after placing blocks or photos make sure to check Maintain the existing block sizes when resizing the layout. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.) Click the DESIGN tab Click Photo Tools Click Open Library Click Import > from Image files Or, if you don’t have images available to

Design & Discover – Foundation Piecing from a Photo + Applique Pieces!

Posted 11-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’ll be learning how to draw a foundation pieced block from a photo…with the option of also adding applique pieces.  We get a lot of requests for lessons about how to trace pictures of people (or animals) and we want to show how to analyze the photos and break down the process.  If you are interested in foundation piecing we do have another Design & Discover lesson about foundation piecing using an image of an acorn for the example to check out, too. We will be using the EasyDraw tab. Here is a great video about the rules of EasyDraw, it’s very helpful! Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Click Tracing Image Click Import Image Navigate to your file. Click Open Crop your image if you would like. Click Drawing Tools Check your Snap Settings. Turn everything off except Snap to

Design & Discover – Drawing Specific Stencils

Posted 10-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Have you ever wanted to draw a stencil for a specific spot on your quilt? Here is a way to do that! Open a previous designed quilt or design one now. Click on the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image Save as a JPG. After you name the image and click Save, in the JPG options box, let EQ decide the size. IMPORTANT! Write down the size that EQ is saving your image as. You’ll want to make your block size the same size. Click Block Worktable. Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Motif. In the Precision Bar, change the Block Width and Block Height to the same size your image was (in step 3). Click Tracing Image > Import Image. Select your image. In the Crop box, click OK. Click Drawing Tools. You should now see your quilt in the background of the block. (If not, click the Hide/show image for tracing button on

Meet Linda J. Hahn & Deborah G. Stanley – creators of “Rock That Quilt Block”!

Posted 09-12-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Designers   EQ News and Press   Q&A  

Have you seen our NEW add-on for EQ8? It is based on Linda J. Hahn and Deborah G. Stanley’s book, Rock That Quilt Block and includes 11 EQ8 projects plus 165 Northcott fabrics featuring Linda’s Carnivale collection! Each of the 10 quilts from their book are featured in a project, along with a Bonus Quilts project which has 4 quilts not found in the book! There are 72 quilt designs in all. But, today we thought it would be nice to catch up with Linda and Deb and see if we could learn a little bit more about them! What’s your favorite quilt from the book and why? Linda: My favorite quilt is Kensington. I really love working with a black or white background and bright colors as I like the dynamic impact. Deb: My favorite quilt is Windsor. I think it showcases the book theme very well – many different quilts can

Design & Discover – Strip Quilts!

Posted 09-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Strip quilts layouts are so versatile! You can use them for the typical strip quilt layouts, but so much more! Click Quilt Worktable Click NEW QUILT Click Horizontal Strip Click LAYOUT tab Under Select a Strip Style choose: Pieced Blocks Set the Width to: 3 Set the Length to : 30 Under the NUMBER OF BLOCKS Set Along length to: 3 Click on the second strip. Under Select a Strip Style choose Half Drop Blocks Set the Width to: 3 Set the Length to : 30 Under the NUMBER OF BLOCKS set Along length to: 3 Click on the third and click the Delete button. Also delete the 4th and 5th rows. Click on the first row. Check the Clone the selected strip box. Click Add. Click on the second row. Check Clone the selected strip. Click Add. Repeat alternating cloning every other row until you have 12 rows. Click the DESIGN tab Click

Design & Discover – Image Worktable

Posted 08-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month will be an overview of the Image Worktable and we’ll be making quilts with some images we create. Let’s get started! Open EQ8. Click Image Worktable. Click Import Image and navigate to wherever your image is saved on your computer. Click Open. Crop the image if needed. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you to do so. (To be saved, your item needs to be in the Sketchbook AND your project needs to be named. Here is more information.) Click Color on the green ribbon. Read about all the Color Tools and have fun experimenting. Create Colorway was used to create the different colored dog. Click Add to Project Sketchbook   to save any variations. Click Histogram on the green ribbon. Read about all the Histogram options. You can start with your original image or one of the variations. These tools are more