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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 – Quick Changes

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

This month we’ll be learning some options for making quick changes to quilts that may inspire new designs.

  1. Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch
  2. Click the LAYOUT tab
  3. Click Horizontal
  4. Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter
    Horizontal: 6
    Vertical: 6
  5. Click the DESIGN tab
  6. Click Block Tools
  7. Click Open Library
  8. Under 01 Classic Pieced click Classics
  9. Click the first block, Log Cabin
  10. Click Add to Sketchbook
  11. Click Close
  12. Click the Set Block tool
  13. Click on the Log Cabin block
  14. Hold down the ctrl/cmd key on your keyboard and click on a space on the quilt.
  15. Click the Symmetry tool
  16. Click on the quilt to see 16 different layouts!
  17. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  for any of the layouts you’d like to save. 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.)
  18. Click the Fabric Tools
  19. Click the Randomize tool
  20. Under MODIFY COLOR choose Randomize
  21. Click on the quilt. With each quilt you will see a different color variation.
  22. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  for any of the colorings  you’d like to save. It may not be something you want to use as is but it can be a starting off point.
  23. Click Open Library We’re going to add more fabrics. I chose a few different greens and purples, for example, 29 Green, 31  Yellow-Green, 18 Violet, 19 Purple etc. But you choose colors that are in your quilt.
  24. Click Select All Fabrics
  25. Click Add to Sketchbook
    You may get a message saying that some fabrics are already in the Sketchbook. That’s fine, just click OK.
  26. Click Close
  27. Select Map to fabrics and click on the quilt.
    This will replace each color with the closest fabric in the current palette. This is why we added lots of different fabrics in the range of the colors of your quilt. So that there would be lots of fabric options to for Map to fabrics choose from.
  28. Use Swap Color to change any fabrics you’re not happy with.
  29. Click Block Tools
  30. Click Symmetry to play with the layout again with the new color scheme and fabrics.
  31. Click Fabric Tools and use the Paintbrush tool to make any other changes you would like.
    In the example alternating blocks were recolored in a slightly different fabrics by holding down the the alt/option key on the keyboard.
  32. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  when you are finished. The Symmetry tool will work with any block that is asymmetrical. Have fun playing with different blocks and different color schemes! Here are a few more examples of a asymmetrical block with the Symmetry Tool, Randomize Colors, Map to Fabrics and with small changes added.

    Hour Glass Block

    5 Blade Dresden Flower Fan Block

    Potted Star Flower Block

If you want to post images of the quilts you’ve designed from this lesson, 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 If you have suggestions for new Design & Discover lessons feel free to comment below or email

Design & Discover – Stained Glass Blocks and Quilts

Posted 12-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

It’s a festive time of year, maybe you are feeling inspired by pretty candle-lit stained glass windows and imagining how to design them as quilts? Did you know there are 88 stained glass blocks already in EQ8? On the home screen click Design a Quilt from Scratch Click NEW QUILT >  Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter… Horizontal: 4 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter… Width: 12 Height: 12 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING enter… Width: .5 Height: .5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Click the plus sign + next to 03 Foundation Pieced and scroll down to Stained Glass Grids Click Select all Blocks Click Add to Sketchbook Click Close Click Set Block and click to place whichever blocks you would like in the quilt. Click the Fabric Tools Click Swap Color Click on the black swatch and click on any

Design & Discover – Designing for Pre-Cuts

Posted 11-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

In this lesson we’ll learn about planning block sizes for pre-cuts including Jelly Rolls, Mini Charm Packs, and Charm Packs. In EQ8, you are always working with finished sizes. When planning your patch/block sizes in EQ8, subtract ½” from the pre-cut size to account for seam allowance. For example, if you want to make a strip quilt using a Jelly Roll (2.5” x 44”), set your strip size to 2” x 43.5”. Here is a lesson about Strip Quilts in general, but let’s make one specifically for pre-cuts. Click Design a quilt from scratch You should be on the NEW QUILT tab, so click Vertical Strip. Click the LAYOUT tab Under STRIP STYLE AND SIZE enter… Width: 2 Length 43.5 Click on the remaining strips and change each width to 2 inches. Check the box for Clone the selected strip and click on a strip to select it Click the Add

Design & Discover – EasyDraw

Posted 10-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

You may think you know EasyDraw but this month we’re going to talk about some tricks that you may not be aware of! First, the main rule of EasyDraw is that all the lines must touch each other or the edges of the block. In the first block the lines do not touch the edges. In the second block lines are added. In EasyDraw think of your lines as pieced seams. You couldn’t piece the first block, so you can’t draw it that way in EasyDraw either! For our first block we’ll draw a Mariner’s Compass block.  Let’s start with a circle. Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK > Pieced > EasyDraw On the Graph Pad make your block Width and Height: 10 x 10 Make your Snaps Horizontal and Snaps Vertical: 50 x 50 Under Snapping Options turn Snap to Grid Points on Worktable ON Click the Arc tool

Design & Discover – Using Layer 2 to Design Quilts

Posted 09-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

When you think of Layer 2 you may think of using it for applique and motifs, which is correct. However, you can use Layer 2 for elements of your quilt design as well. For example, to design a quilt with a block on-point in the center with blocks around the center. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click On Point Click the DESIGN tab Click Set Block Click on Layer 2 Click on a block and drag in onto the quilt. Click the Adjust tool. Place a check mark next to Preserve aspect ratio while resizing Type in the new size for your block (in the example it is 18 x 18) Enter the Block Rotation degree: 45 Click Center Vertically Click Center Horizontally Click on Layer 1 and place the rest of your blocks as desired. Click on the Fabric Tools and recolor any way you want. Please note:

Design & Discover – Sashing!

Posted 08-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’ll be learning a few different ways to design with sashing! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch. Click Horizontal Click LAYOUT Use the sliders to choose the width and height of the sashing (for this example, mine are 1.5). You can also choose to check or uncheck Include sash border and Keep width and height equal. Click the DESIGN tab Click Open Library Any block can be placed in sashing but there are specific blocks designed to fit well. Click the plus sign + next to 10 Sashing to see some block options. Choose a few blocks and click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Click the Set Block tool to place the blocks. Click the Rotate tool to rotate the vertical sash blocks. Click Fabric Tools and recolor as desired. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  . If you haven’t named your project yet, EQ8 will prompt you

Design & Discover – Saving Fabrics in EQ8

Posted 07-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

If you want to save certain groups of fabrics to use in multiple projects in EQ8, there are a few ways to do this. For the purposes of the lesson this month, the first step will be to gather all the fabrics you want and add them to your Project Sketchbook. You can also do this a few ways… You can search through the fabrics already in EQ8 and add them to your sketchbook. You can also import your fabric (this includes fabric that you have scanned, taken photos of, or downloaded from websites). If you are getting your fabric this way, be sure to check the scale if necessary. Another way is to import fabrics from other projects. Now that you have your fabrics collected, let’s cover the different ways of saving them. The first (and quickest) way is to change your default fabrics. When you start a new