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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 – 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!

  1. Click Design a block from scratch
  2. Click Pieced
  3. Click EasyDraw
  4. 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
  5. Make sure the Line tool is selected
  6. Start drawing the block as shown.
  7. Draw all the V shapes first.
  8. Continue to draw as shown. You should have one grid dot in between all the points of the V’s.
  9. Draw in the lines to finish off the braid block.
  10. 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.)
  11. Click on Quilt Worktable
  12. Click NEW QUILT
  13. Click Horizontal

    Usually the next steps would be to click the LAYOUT tab then the BORDERS tab…but we are just leaving the default settings for those options.
  14. Click the DESIGN tab.
  15. Click Block Tools
  16. Click Set Block and hold down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard and click to place the block in all the patches.
  17. Click Fabric Tools
  18. Click Paintbrush
  19. Color the first two blocks as you like.
  20. Click Add to Project Sketchbook
  21. Click Block Tools
  22. Click Set Block
  23. Click the first braid block in the pallet and click the first corner block in the quilt (already colored) while holding down the ALT/Option key on the keyboard.
  24. Click the second braid block (already colored) while holding down the ALT/Option key on the keyboard.
  25. Use the Symmetry tool and the Rotate tool to get all different kinds of designs.
  26. Make sure to click Add to Project Sketchbook to save anything you like.Here are some examples.
    The first block we drew is great for rotating and giving lots of different options. But, it does have a seam dividing the design in some cases. The next example does not have a seam. The quilt layout we will put this block in needs a block that is 9 x 36. That math is a little hard to work with. We will draw the block at 4 x 10 and EQ8 will automatically resize the block when it is placed in the quilt layout.
  27. Click Block Worktable
  28. Click NEW BLOCK
  29. Click Pieced
  30. Click EasyDraw
  31. In the Precision Bar set the following:
    Block Width: 10
    Block Height: 40
    Snaps Horizontal: 10
    Snaps Vertical: 40
    Graph Paper Cells: on (or off if you prefer, it doesn’t affect the snapping)
    Graph Paper – Horizontal: 10
    Graph Paper – Vertical: 40
    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
  32. Click Zoom in
  33. Click the Line tool and start drawing the same V pattern as before. Still skipping every other grid dot.
  34. Next draw in all the short lines.
  35. When you are done drawing, be sure to click Add to Project Sketchbook
  36. Click Quilt Worktable
  37. Click the NEW QUILT tab
  38. Click Horizontal
  39. Click the LAYOUT tab For NUMBER OF BLOCKS
    Horizontal: 4
    Vertical: 1 for FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS
    Width: 9
    Height: 36
    (Make sure Keep width and height equalis unchecked)for FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING
    Width: 1.5
    Height: 0
    (Make sure Includes sash border and Keep width and height equal are unchecked)
  40. Click the BORDERS tab
  41. Make all the sides of the border 3.25
  42. Click the DESIGN tab
  43. Click Block Tools
  44. Click Set Block
  45. Click on the long braid block and click to place it in the patches as shown. No unnecessary seams!
  46. Click Fabric Tools
  47. Click the Paintbrush and recolor however you’d like.
  48. Remember to 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.
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 – 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

Design & Discover – Photo Patchwork Quilts

Posted 04-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

An EQ8 feature you may not know about is Photo Patchwork quilts. The style of quilts made with this feature is sometimes called pixel quilts. There are not many steps to create a Photo Patchwork quilt in EQ8 but to get results you like you may need to do some experimenting and try out different options. The first quilt we are going to create is based on a block I drew in EQ8. You can use any image you would like. Here are a few options.If you would like to base a pixel quilt on a block… Open the block to your Block Worktable Click the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image Name and save the file or, you can use my example… Right click on the block below Choose Save Image As… Name and save the file Click Design a Quilt from scratch Under NEW QUILT click

Design & Discover – Quilt Labels

Posted 03-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month in Design & Discover we’re designing labels! It’s quick and easy to design a personalized label to document your quilt, or perfect if you are planning on giving your quilt as a gift. (Also, our Printable Fabric is great for labels!) * If you are on a Mac and running Catalina, an update is available for your EQ8. Some EQ8 users had issues with fonts after updating to Catalina. Therefore, prior to going through this lesson, you may want to update. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click LAYOUT For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter: Horizontal – 1 Vertical – 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter: Width – 5 Height – 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 04 Classic Applique > Wreaths Choose a block with an open center Click Add

Design & Discover – One Patch Quilts

Posted 02-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

There are lots of different styles of One Patch quilts. Each of these types can be edited…meaning the options are pretty endless! (Here is more information on how to edit the patch shapes.)  Also, it is helpful to know how the patches are counted. Now that you know the basics, let’s get started! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click One Patch Click LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter: Horizontal – 12 Vertical – 20 Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H) Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Fabric Tools Click Paintbrush You can color each patch one at a time or you can also try using the Paintbrush Subtools. For example, the Oval Brush draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up. Once you have your quilt colored

Design & Discover – Designing a Basic Quilt

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

Did you just get EQ8? Or, would you like a basic lesson on how to design a basic quilt? This quilt has a horizontal layout with elements placed on Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3. Let’s get started! When you open EQ8 you will see this screen. Click Design a quilt from scratch In general the idea is to work on the tabs from left to right. You can always click back and forth between tabs to change things as you go along though. Under the first tab – NEW QUILT click Horizontal Now click the second tab – LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make it Horizontal: 3 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make it Width: 9 Height: 9 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING make it Width: 0 Height: 0 Now click the third tab – BORDERS Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal Under Border

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Posted 12-28-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   Just Because   More for EQers   Uncategorized  

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