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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

The Migration Kit

Posted 12-14-2018 by | Posted in: EQ Software Tips   EQ8   Mac  

EQ8 (and EQ7 and EQ Mini) all work on PC and Mac computers. However when you purchase the program you are buying it for Mac OR PC.

The good news is that if you want to run your EQ on Mac AND PC you just need to purchase the Migration Kit. The Migration Kit that allows you to run EQ on a PC and a Mac using the license ID and password that came with your original purchase of EQ. The Migration Kit does not issue additional activations. If you are currently running EQ8 on two computers, you will need to deactivate one of them in order to activate EQ8 on the new operating system. Click to learn how.

Regardless if you have the full version of EQ8 or EQ8 Upgrade, you are still eligible for the Migration Kit.

How it works

With the purchase of the EQ8 Migration Kit, you will receive a link to download the appropriate files for the selected operating system. Since you are required to own EQ8, you will not receive a license ID or password with your purchase. You must use the numbers that came with your original purchase of EQ8.

Once you’ve purchased the migration kit, you will be able to use EQ8 on a PC and Mac. You can have EQ8 activated on two computers simultaneously.  Also, your EQ projects will open whether you are on a Mac or PC!

However if you bought EQ7 for the PC and want to Upgrade to EQ8 for the Mac, you do NOT need the Migration Kit. You can just purchase EQ8 Upgrade for the Mac. EQ7 doesn’t need to be installed on the Mac to install the EQ8 Upgrade.

The Migration Kit (and everything else) is 25% off today. The sale ends December 17, 2018. Use code SANTASPREE for discount.

Design & Discover – Pointed Table Runner

Posted 12-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! You don’t have to make all the quilts, feel free to just make the one(s) you are interested in! This month we will be making table runners with pointed ends! For our first quilt click Quilt Worktable > NEW QUILT tab > On-Point. Click the LAYOUT tab. Choose the option on the right for Style. For Number of Blocks enter 3 Horizontal and

Cute Snowmen!

Posted 11-29-2018 by | Posted in: EQ Designers   Just Because   More for EQers  

Did you know that EQ Boutique has 120 collections that you can add onto your EQ? Some are block collections and some have quilts already designed! I know it’s a little early for snowmen…but if we actually want to sew these wintery projects we have to get moving! Sindy Rodenmayer has drawn 8 adorable snowmen to play with in EQ. When you purchase the blocks and download them they link right to your EQ! The blocks show up right in your block library! Of course these blocks and can be edited any way you’d like just like all your other EQ blocks. They would be so cute for a table runner, tree skirt, reusable gift bag…so many things! This month’s Design & Discover was about designing tree skirts, so that has been on my mind. Here is a tree skirt using My Flakey Friends. Here is a cute snowman table

Design & Discover – Tree Skirts (Round Quilts)

Posted 11-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the blocks or quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! You also don’t have to make all the quilts, feel free to just make the one(s) you are interested in! This month we will be learning about different methods to make tree skirts, or round(ish) quilts. The first way is super easy! The First Tree Skirt 1. Click Libraries > Block Library 2. Click Contemporary Pieced > Fans and add a

Design & Discover – Drawing Foundation Blocks

Posted 10-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the blocks or quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we will be learning about drawing foundation blocks. We’ll start with a pretty simple acorn… …then also create one that is more advanced. Let’s get started! 1. Click Block Worktable 2. Click Pieced 3. Click EasyDraw 4. Click the Grid tool 5. Make the grid 5 Columns and 5 Rows 6. Since we’re dealing with a block on a

Design & Discover – Beginner’s Guide to Using Metafiles and PDFs in Patterns

Posted 09-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover   Favorite Posts  

This month we will be taking a EQ project and using Metafiles and Microsoft Word to show how you could make a pattern, or write instructions. The only feature difference between using EQ8 on the Mac versus using EQ8 on a PC is that there is no way to export Metafiles on a Mac. The technology in Windows that build the Windows Metafile format are copyrighted by Microsoft and unfortunately there is no equivalent for OS X for us to keep this feature. Read more about Metafiles here. However, here are Mac and PC instructions for exploding blocks using Adobe Illustrator.  We also have a lesson (with video) for exploding blocks using a free software called Inkscape that can be used on Mac or PC. Lastly, we have an article on our support site about this too. For this example I will be using Microsoft Word and the Outstanding Orchards

Design & Discover – EasyDraw and Borders!

Posted 08-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we will be doing some drawing and using borders to create a non-standard layout to make this quilt! (Or your version of it!) (You can download the project HERE.) First let’s draw the blocks! We’ll be using EasyDraw. The most important thing about drawing EasyDraw blocks is that  all segments must be connected to the outside edge of the block or