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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 – Fabrics and Photos

Posted 10-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Sometimes it is hard to know if you should import your image as a photo or a fabric. The main difference between the two options is that if you import the image as a fabric, the image will tile. An image imported as a photo will not tile, it will stretch to fit the patch you place it in (on Layer 1).  Here is more information.

Here the first patch has an image imported as fabric, and it is tiling. The second patch shows an image imported as a photo and it is stretched. Neither image is the right size for the patch.

To fix this you can either change the size of your patch (by clicking the Layout tab), resize the image to fit or crop the image to fit. Here are some more tips and information. In this case I changed the layout to fit the size of the photo. The image is 15 x 30 so I made each patch 15 x 30.

Let’s explore some more with using images as photos and fabrics.

  1. Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal
  2. Click LAYOUT
  3. Make your layout 3 x 3 with 9 inch blocks.
  4. Click the DESIGN tab > Photo Tools > Open Library
  5. Choose at least 5 photos that go together and click Add to Sketchbook OR, you can import your own images to use as photos.We’ll be using these images as photos.
  6. Click the Set Photo tool
  7. Click on a photo and click in a patch on the quilt.
  8. Repeat until you have placed five photos.
  9. 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.)
  10. Click Block Tools > Set Block
  11. Place a block in the four empty squares in the layout. Make sure the block you choose has a large space to show off fabrics.
  12. Click Photo Tools > Open Library OR, you can import your own images to use as fabric.
  13. Click on the image and click Edit to Image Worktable.
  14. Click Special Effects > Effects and experiment with all the choices available. (I used Artistic > Cubist Painting) You can also try Filters, Circular Symm and Square Symm. Here is more information on how all of those options work.
  15. When you get something you like, click Add to Sketchbook within the Special Effects menu and then click Close.

  16. Click Edit > Crop
  17. Use the mouse to click and drag the nodes surrounding the part of the image you want to keep.
  18. Click Apply Crop
  19. Click Add as Fabric
    You can create as many as you’d like. We’ll be using this as a fabric in the quilt. It will work just like all the other fabrics from your Fabric Library.
  20. Click Quilt Worktable > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush
  21. Scroll all the way to the end of your fabrics and you will see the ones that you created.
  22. Recolor the quilt using the fabrics you created and any other fabrics you would like.
  23. Use can use Fussy Cut to adjust the image around in a patch for a little variety.
  24. When you are done, click Add to Project Sketchbook

If you want to post images of your blocks or 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

Classic Applique is 20% off!

Posted 09-11-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers  

Our Classic Applique add-ons are 20% off today! Use code APPLIQUE20 to receive the discount! There are three products in the Classic Applique series. Each add-on product features a different time period and style and installs a library of applique blocks to your EQ Block Library. The quick download and installation process will let you start using these blocks to design with and print patterns right away. Each requires EQ8, EQ7, EQStitch or EQ Mini software. Available only as downloads. 1920′s & 1930′s – These charming blocks represent not only a popular revival of quilt interest, but the real birth of the quilt industry and quilt guilds. From World War I on, fabric notion companies, newspapers and magazines increasingly published old block patterns and invented new ones to fan the growing flames of quilt fever. This period’s style favored appliqués of clear pastel fruit and flower colors, often set against

Design & Discover – Drawing Applique Blocks!

Posted 09-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Let’s get to know the basics of drawing an applique block! Before getting started it’s important to understand how the Snap Points work and how they will effect your drawing. It would also be helpful to see what everything on the Precision Bar does and see all the options. When the Pick tool is selected you will see these options. They are pretty self explanatory (except for maybe the WreathMaker). But, notice everything that is available. When the Edit tool is selected you will see these options. Here is more information on what they all do. Drawing Lines Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Block Note: ○ If you want to draw an applique block, EQ8 gives you two choices: Block or Motif. With the addition of the StencilMaker for a Motif, the tools and techniques are the same in both styles. The only, but big, difference is Block has

Design & Discover – PolyDraw!

Posted 08-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

In PolyDraw, you construct the block by drawing closed patches (unlike EasyDraw where you draw straight or curved lines and the software creates the patches for you). You must start and stop at the same point to finish a patch. Double-clicking at the start/stop point will close the patch and release the tool from the worktable. The patches you can draw are determined by the grid and snap points you select. This type of drawing can be a lot of fun because there are special grids that make designing easier. There are six grid options. Here are some things to note before we get started: All lines or arcs must start and stop at the same point (after you’ve clicked other points). Although adjacent patches will share edge lines, they will be drawn twice, once for each patch. You should not draw patches that overlap. Which grid you choose will determine

Book Sale!

Posted 07-15-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because  

All of our EQ8 books are 20% off! Use code: BOOKSALE to save! Sale ends 7/16/19 The EQ8 Lessons for Beginners is the best book for going step-by-step through lessons to learn the ins and outs of the program. The first chapter covers all 3 worktables, and Chapters 2 and 3 get more into different features of the quilt designing and block drawing. Chapter 4 is full of some fun, popular topics in EQ. The book is only 128 pages, so it’s easy to go through, and a great way to get started. The EQ8 Block Library book is simply a catalog of the block designs included in the EQ8 library. This is not a lesson book for learning the software. The EQ8 Designing Quilts book is a compilation of several chapters written by EQ8 experts. Each chapter features a different quilt design. While the book teaches you to design

Design & Discover – Row by Rows!

Posted 07-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

The Row by Row Experience® began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. Since then thousands more stores in the US, Canada and Europe have joined the fun. Travelers collect row patterns, then create stunning quilts with those rows … and no two are alike! The idea is to travel, shop and collect patterns.  Then combine your rows to form your quilt! Row by Row Taste the Experience started June 21, 2019 and the collecting ends September 3, 2019. Here is more information. There are four different sizes you may receive from quilt stores. You will likely get a variation of all these sizes. How do you make them all fit together? With EQ8, of course! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’


Posted 06-28-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers  

BlockBase is the CD-ROM version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and it’s jam packed with over 4300 block patterns. And the best part is you can print the patterns for these blocks at any size you want! BlockBase also includes a wealth of historical information for each block. You may find that the beautiful modern block you saw on a blog recently was actually first published in the 1930’s! As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again,” and quilting is no exception! You can use BlockBase on its own….   Or, link it right to your EQ and use the BlockBase blocks just like you would other EQ blocks!   You can watch a video to find out more about BlockBase! BlockBase is also on sale! Today (6/28/19)  only! Use code BLOCKBASE30 to save!