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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 – Wreaths!

Posted 12-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’re playing with different ways to make wreaths in EQ8!

EQ8 comes with some wreath blocks already installed. Let’s check those out first.

  1. Open EQ8 and click Search for block patterns
  2. Click Search > By Notecard
  3. Type in wreath
  4. Check all 3 boxes.
  5. Make sure it reads Find at most 300 items.
  6. Click Search
  7. Click on a wreath you like and click Edit to Block Worktable
    This is a Polydraw + Applique block, with everything drawn on the Applique tab. If you want to edit here is a lesson about applique blocks.
  8. Otherwise, click the COLOR tab and recolor the block, if you’d like. (We’ll be changing the block and recoloring it again in a few steps, if you want to wait.)

    But, even a spring wreath can look more wintery with some new colors or fabric! One option is to use fabrics from the Fabric Library > Themes > 18 Holidays-Winter.

  9. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If the project is unnamed 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.)

    Again, this block is an applique block. Blocks appear differently in quilts depending a few different factors.
    The first block is the original applique block on Layer 1, it sets in the quilt like a typical block.
    The second block is the original applique block on Layer 2, it sets over all the Layer 1 blocks.
    The third block is the block converted to an motif and placed on Layer 2. It does not have a background.

    There are also motif wreaths in the Block Library under 06 Motifs > Wreaths.

    However, we are going to change the block from an applique block into a motif.

  10. Click the DRAW tab > Drawing Tools > Pick
  11. Make sure you are on the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Press Ctrl + A/Cmd + A on your keyboard to select all. The pieces of the block should turn blue as shown below.
  13. Press Ctrl + C/Cmd + C on your keyboard to copy.
  14. Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Motif
  15. Click in the block and press Ctrl + V/Cmd + V on your keyboard to paste or, click Edit > Paste.
  16. Click Center in Block
  17. Click the COLOR tab > Fabric Tools and recolor the block.
  18. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  Now you can use your motif (and/or the original block) in quilts. Here are some tips for using motifs.
    For example, I placed the motif on a tree and since they don’t have a background you can see the tree.
    Another way to make a wreath is with the Wreathmaker, of course!
  19. Click the Block Worktable (if you aren’t already there).
  20. Click NEW BLOCK > Applique
  21. Choose either Block (if you want it to have a background) or Motif (if you don’t want it to have a background).
  22. Click the Shapes tool and choose a shape that looks like a petal.
  23. Click and drag to draw the shape.
  24. Click Wreathmaker
  25. Experiment with the Number of clusters, Cluster spacing and Resize cluster until you get something you would like to use.
  26. Click OK
  27. Click Shapes > Circle tool to draw circles in the center of the flower.
  28. Press Ctrl + A/Cmd + A on your keyboard to select all.
  29. Click Wreathmaker and adjust the Number of clusters, Cluster spacing and Resize clusters
  30. Click OK
  31. Draw some leaves
  32. Click Wreathmaker again and adjust the Number of clusters, Cluster spacing and Resize clusters
  33. You may want to delete some. You can do this by clicking on them then clicking the Delete button.
  34. You can also move the leaves behind the flowers by selecting the leaves and clicking Send to Back.
  35. Keep adding more leaves until you like how your wreath looks. Keep in mind we will be adding other elements so it doesn’t need to have a solid base of leaves necessarily.
    You can also copy/paste leaves as well as flip and rotate.
  36. Click Add to Project Sketchbook 
  37. Click Quilt Worktable > NEW QUILT > Horizontal > LAYOUT
  38. Make the layout…
    Horizontal: 1
    Vertical: 1
  39. Click DESIGN > Block Tools > Set Block
  40. In step #XX if you chose Block your block will be under the Block tab. If you chose Motif it will be under Motifs tab.
  41. If your block is a motif click on Layer 2 at the bottom of the screen to place your block.
  42. Click Open Library and open 06 Motifs.
  43. Click on a block and click Add to Sketchbook. Repeat if you would like more than one.
  44. Click Close.
  45. On Layer 2 drag the motifs to the quilt.
  46. Click the Adjust tool.
  47. Click on a motif and you will see the options to rotate, resize, send to back, etc.
  48. Click the Fabric Tools and recolor as desired.
  49. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  when you’re done!Here’s a video about another fun way to create a wreath

    Or, check out a lesson on how to use the Wreathmaker to create snowflakes.

Have fun experimenting with these fun techniques! If you want to post images of your quilt, here is how to export the images.
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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 – Ombré Fabrics

Posted 11-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Working with ombré fabrics in EQ8 may be a little tricky if you don’t understand how images are cropped, repeated (or tiled), and displayed in EQ8. With most fabrics we recommend cropping to the repeat or not more than about 7 inches. Below is a fabric that doesn’t have a repeat so was cropped at a inconspicuous spot. Even when you see where the fabric tiles it isn’t very obvious. (Click on the image to make it larger.) When you place the fabric in a block you can’t see the tilling at all, and even if you did it would be easy to get rid of with a little fussy cutting. But, because of the way ombré fabrics are designed, those techniques don’t work very well.  If you imported this fabric (Peony by Jennifer Sampou)… Cropped it to 7 inches and added it to a block, it would look like

Design & Discover – Irregular Grids!

Posted 10-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

For this month’s Design & Discover I was inspired by Margaret J. Miller’s Block Bender Quilts book, which uses irregular grids. Playing with irregular grids can return some fun and unexpected results. Let’s get started! The first and easiest way to do this is to use a layout from the Layout Library. Open EQ8 Click Design a quilt from scratch Click Libraries > Layout Library >Layouts by Style > Irregular Grids Click on Irregular Grids – 6 or Irregular Grids – 7. (In the example I used Irregular Grids – 7.) Click Edit to Quilt Worktable. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block Experiment with different blocks and the effects they create. Remember holding down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard will set the block in each patch. Click Fabric Tools and recolor. It can really make a big difference! When you are done, click Add to

Design & Discover – Tumbler Quilts

Posted 09-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’re designing a few different variations of tumbler quilts. Tumbler quilts are one type of One Patch quilts. Here is a lesson about One Patch quilts if you’re interested in learning about the other types, as well! Click NEW QUILT > One Patch Click the LAYOUT tab Under Patch Style choose Tumblers You can also adjust the NUMBER OF UNITS and the FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools and color your quilt as desired. Be sure to check out the Paintbrush Subtools. When you are done, click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If the project is unnamed 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.) You can make the quilt look different  just by the way you color it. This is the same layout as

Design & Discover – Modern Quilts

Posted 08-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’ll be designing some modern quilts. The Modern Quilt Guild says, “Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. ‘Modern traditionalism’ or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.” Keeping that in mind, the first quilt we’ll design is just a modified log cabin. Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click the NEW QUILT tab > Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter… Horizontal: 5 Vertical: 6 Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library Under 01 Classic Pieced > Classics > Log Cabin > Add to

Design & Discover – Quick Colorings

Posted 07-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

There are lots of different ways to change the colors or fabrics in your quilts. Let’s start with a Quick Quilt to show some of the options. Click Start with a Quilt Quilt project Click Log Cabin Quilts.PJ8 > OK Scroll to the end or change the size of the quilts with the display buttons to see all five quilts. Click on one of the quilts in the project > Edit Click Fabric Tools > Swap Color Choose a fabric/color and click on any piece in the quilt. The Swap Color tool paints changes patches of the same color in the entire quilt with just one click. Click Add to Project Sketchbook    when you are done. When you start with a Quick Quilt project it is a named however, once you open it, it becomes Untitled. If your project is unnamed EQ8 will prompt you to name it. (To

Design & Discover – Gradient Quilts

Posted 06-01-2022 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This year’s QuiltCon 2023 Community Outreach Challenge is to create quilts that show a color shift, or gradient, in the piecing. This is a fun challenge to play with in EQ8 because it’s easy to add gradated colors, and of course, play with lots of different design ideas! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Colors tab Click the three dots  and choose Add Colors… Click Define Custom Colors >>> The dark-teal RGB value is: R: 24 G: 78 B: 119 Enter those numbers as shown. Click Add to Custom Colors. Click OK Repeat for these other three colors. The lime-green RGB value is: R: 217 G: 237 B: 146 The eggplant-purple RGB value is: R: 70 G: 17 B: 106 The pink RGB value is: R: 234 G: 105 B: 139 Scroll to the end of all your colors