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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 – 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!

  1. Open a previous designed quilt or design one now.
  2. Click on the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image
  3. 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.
  4. Click Block Worktable.
  5. Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Motif.
  6. In the Precision Bar, change the Block Width and Block Height to the same size your image was (in step 3).
  7. Click Tracing Image > Import Image.
  8. Select your image.
  9. In the Crop box, click OK.
  10. 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 the right side of the precision bar.)
  11. Use the Draw > Freehand tool to draw a meandering design.
    Use the Shapes tool to create some shapes.
    You can also use the StencilMaker.
    IMPORTANT! Be sure Auto Fill is turned OFF (the heart icon on the precision bar).
  12. 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.)
  13. Click Quilt Worktable
  14. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block
  15. Click the Stencils tab (or possibly the Motif tab depending on what you drew).
  16. Click the Layer 3 tab at the bottom of the screen.
  17. Click and drag your stencil onto the quilt.
  18. Use the Adjust tool to size the design to fit your quilt.
  19. Click Thread Tools to recolor your stencils.
  20. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  

If you want to post images of your quilt, 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.
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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

Design & Discover – Medallion Quilts

Posted 07-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we will be learning four different ways to make Medallion Quilts. The first way is the easiest. #1 Using a Block From the Library Open EQ8 Click Design a Quilt from Scratch Click Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS Horizontal: 1 Vertical: 1 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS Width: 30 Height: 30 Click the BORDERS tab Under Select a Border Style choose: Long Horizontal Under BORDER SIZE make all sides: 4 Click the DESIGN tab Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 01 Classic Pieced >Whole Top Designs - choose a block. The example is using Diamonds in Squares. Click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Click Block Tools Click Set Block, and click on the quilt worktable to set your block. Design the quilt as you would like. You can edit the block on the Block Worktable, recolor the block, or whatever you want

Design & Discover – Braid Blocks and Quilts

Posted 06-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we will be learning how to draw two different braid blocks. The lesson also covers some EasyDraw drawing basics. Let’s get started! Click Design a block from scratch Click Pieced Click EasyDraw In the Precision Bar set the following: Block Width: 6 Block Height: 6 Snaps Horizontal: 12 Snaps Vertical: 12 Graph Paper Cells: on Graph Paper Horizontal: 12 Graph Paper Vertical: 12 Snapping Options – Snap to grid points on worktable: on Snapping Options – Snap to nodes of drawing: on Snapping Options – Snap to lines and arcs of drawing: off Make sure the Line tool is selected Start drawing the block as shown. Draw all the V shapes first. Continue to draw as shown. You should have one grid dot in between all the points of the V’s. Draw in the lines to finish off the braid block. Click Add to Project Sketchbook . If

Design & Discover – Stencils

Posted 05-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Did you know you can place your stencils (we say “stencils” but we’re actually talking about how it represents the actual quilting) in EQ8 and design with them? And then recolor them with threads from the EQ8 Thread Library (which contains over 4,000 thread colors – these threads are from 12 of the most popular thread manufacturers!)? Did you also know that you can change the style and weight of the stencil’s thread? Whether you did or not, you can still learn more from this month’s Design & Discover! Let’s get started! Click Design a quilt from scratch Make sure you’re using a Horizontal layout, then click the LAYOUT tab For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter 1 x 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter 10.5 x 10.5 Click the BORDERS tab Choose Tile Squares The size will already be set for you. Here is more information on how Tile Square