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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

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Linda!

Posted 06-15-2024 by | Posted in: Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

EQ is making a quilt! We’ve added some new employees recently, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows how to sew and quilt. Each month, we’re featuring one staff member and their block in the quilt. (Perfect since we have 12 staff members!) If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here.

This month we’re featuring Linda!

Linda does a lot of different things related to serving our customers. From assembling and shipping our products to EQ customers, quilt shops, and distributors, to problem solving over the phone, through emails, or live chat. She says she likes working here because, “Each day (of my 14 years here) has been different! I enjoy the people. Both my coworkers and our customers!

 

Linda is a quilter! She says, “My mom taught me to sew as a young girl, starting with easy to sew garments for myself and stuffed animals. Then I did a lot of sewing of home furnishings for my own home and also commercially. Sewing for my children was a highlight. Christmas and Easter dresses and then even high school choral performance gowns. Now it’s so special to see my granddaughters wearing the holiday dresses and knowing my daughters still find them adorable enough to dress their daughters in!” In the photos below you can see Linda’s daughters in the dresses Linda made (left) and her grandchildren on the right with her granddaughters in the same dresses!

“In using EQ, the design process is so far above any type of quilt design and fabric yardage estimating I would have done before. The ability to switch colors to try out different colorways in my projects is fantastic and the ease of printing patterns was a game changer for me. I’m not sure I would have jumped into foundation pieced projects without EQ.”

 

Here is Linda’s quilt, Merry Mike-mas, (which was a gift for her husband, Mike!) and we posted about when she made it in 2018.

Linda also made this beauty! She says, “I wanted to try my hand at EPP and thought that the Rose Star block was different than anything I had done and was so pretty. I would sew the blocks while traveling, taking bits and pieces of scrap fabrics with me. It was a project that I didn’t have to think about. Just have fun and sew.”

Here’s Linda’s Catnipped quilt, along with its adorable label (printed on EQ Printables, of course).

 

 

For our Sew-Along Linda chose the Cross and Crown block. She printed out templates to use to cut the fabric patches and then used the Foundation printout for paper piecing the block. Linda says, “Using the pattern printouts from EQ made it a snap! And I could relax and sew at work, which was a treat! Printing the templates to pre-cut fabric for paper piecing made it a much easier process than guessing if I had cut the fabric at the right size and shape.

 

Every month we’re also asking a random icebreaker question, just for fun. Linda’s question was, What’s one family tradition you want to pass down to your kids?

One of my favorite family traditions is taking the grandkids birthday shopping and out for lunch. So fun to spend one-on-one time with each of them! I hope my children will have this same rewarding opportunity with their own grands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s six blocks, six months, and six employees done!

Stay tuned for our next post on July 15th. We’ll feature another staff member and block!

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Courtney!

Posted 05-15-2024 by | Posted in: Stitch & Share  

This year the EQ staff is making a quilt! We’ve added some new employees, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows how to sew and quilt. Each month, we’re featuring one staff member and their block in the quilt. (It just so happens we have 12 staff members!) If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here. This month we’re featuring Courtney! Courtney started at EQ with an internship in the beginning of 2020 and was officially hired as a full-time employee shortly after, so she has been at EQ for 4 years. She works as a software developer and is part of the team that develops software for both Windows and Mac platforms, as well as helps to find and fix bugs, and tests software. Courtney says, “I really enjoy being part of a small team working together to produce

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Sara!

Posted 04-15-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

This year we’re doing a Sew-Along!  If you’d like to sew along with us and get more details about the project, check them out here. One reason we decided to do the sew-along was to make sure everyone on staff knows how to quilt (since we’ve hired some new people recently). But, we also thought it’d be fun to post about so you can get to know us a little better! Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. This month we’re featuring Sara! Sara started working for EQ as a graphic design intern in 2003, then moved to full-time in May of 2004. So, quick (and easy) math puts her at 20 years! In those 20 years she’s gone from intern to Director of Business Operations which means she handles a lot of the “business” duties of the company, including HR-type responsibilities. Additionally, Sara

Villa Rosa Designs – Fast and More Fun Blog Hop!

Posted 03-20-2024 by | Posted in: Uncategorized  

Hello Villa Rosa Designs followers! You’re here because today is our day to post in the Villa Rosa Blog Hop! Villa Rosa Designs creates “Fast & Fun” quilt patterns featuring pre-cuts like 1/2 yards, fat quarters, 10′′ squares, 5′′ squares, 2 1/2′′ strips, fat eighths, and fat sixths, as well as other fabric cuts, including panels. Tricia Maloney, known as the Orphan Quilter, who formats all of the Villa Rosa Designs, uses EQ8 for each one, and designs her own patterns in EQ8, too! EQ8 Giveaway AND other fabulous prizes! There are wonderful prizes available from the various sponsors for this blog hop, including a set of cards, fabric, patterns, notions, and other goodies! For our part, we’re giving away one EQ8! To be eligible for any of the prizes, please click on the Enter Giveaway button, fill out, and submit the form by Sunday, March 24, 2024. We will

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Ben!

Posted 03-15-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

We’ve recently added some new employees and so we had a quilting class (taught by Jenny) to make sure we all know how to quilt! (And maybe infect some newbies with the quilting bug ) For even more fun we thought we’d make the blocks from our sewing class into a sew-along! If you’d like to sew along with us and get more details about the project, check them out here. Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. This month we’re featuring Ben! Ben writes code for improving EQ software products and he’s been here about three years.  Ben says he likes working at EQ because of the people! “The team here were so welcoming when I started and continue to be a joy to work with.”             Ben hasn’t sewn much before. He said, “I’ve only patched some holes and put a button

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Diane!

Posted 02-15-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

With the addition of some new employees to our team, we hosted another EQ sewing day in January, so everyone can learn to quilt! Our talented teacher, Jenny, guided us through the process. We’re making a quilt using color schemes chosen through a contest. Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here. This month we’re featuring Diane! Diane leads the Customer Service team, is a member of the Marketing team, and does the majority of accounting. She enjoys cultivating relationships with designers and others in the quilting industry and is fantastic at helping wherever and whenever needed elsewhere. Diane is also great at solving problems and figuring out ways to expose the wonderful EQ products to everyone. Diane says, she loves “hearing or reading the excitement in user’s

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Matt!

Posted 01-15-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

Recently we’ve had some new employees added to the staff, so it was the perfect time for another EQ sewing day. We have lots of quilters on staff, but not everyone (yet)! Jenny was a great teacher! And we all had fun learning!   As you may remember we had a contest to pick a color scheme for a quilt. We’re each sewing a block that will then be made into a quilt. Each month one staff member will be featured along with their block. (It just so happens we have 12 employees!) If you’d like to sew along the project and more details are available here. This month we’re featuring Matt! Matt is a support specialist who developed and maintains the EQ websites, software installations, as well as nuts and bolts of the EQ servers, email list and most complex technical support issues. You may have talked to him