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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 – Bed-Sized Quilts Using the Layout Libraries

Posted 06-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’ll be using the Layout Library to design quilts. In this lesson you’ll see how quick it can be to design a twin and queen sized quilt when you start with a pre-designed layout. We’ll also design a king sized quilt and get into a little more detail modifying the layout and adding stencils.

  1. Click Libraries > Layout Library
  2. Under Layouts by Size click Twin
  3. Click 7″ Pieced Vertical Strip
  4. Click Edit to Quilt Worktable
  5. It will open to the DESIGN tab
  6. Click Block Tools > Set Block
  7. Click on a block of your choice and click on a patch on the quilt. EQ Default Flying Geese is used in the example.
    If you’d like a block in every patch, since this is a Vertical Strip layout, hold down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard and click in each strip.
  8.  Click Layer 2 at the bottom of the screen
  9. Click the Text Tool
  10. Click Set Text
  11. Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click and drag out a box for your text.
  12. Type the name or whatever text you would like on your quilt.
  13. Use the Select Typeface menu to choose a font.
  14. Use the Approximate size in inches to determine the size.
  15. Use the Adjust tool to move, resize, or rotate the text. Here is more information about the text tool.
  16. 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.)

    For the next quilt we’ll be making a queen sized quilt.

  17. Click Libraries > Layout Library
  18. Under Layouts by Size click Queen
  19. Click 10″ Blocks – 16 Total – 2″ Sashing
  20. Click Edit to Quilt Worktable
  21. Click Block Tools > Set Block
  22. Start placing blocks as desired. The example uses Five Patch Shoo Fly and Fool’s Square. Read more about how to search for blocks by name.
  23. Click Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and colored as desired.
  24. Click Add to Project Sketchbook 

    Let’s try one more. We’ll design a king size quilt that would be perfect for a wedding gift.

  25. Click Libraries > Layout Library
  26. Under Layouts by Size click King
  27. Click 12″ Blocks – 49 Total
  28. Click Edit to Quilt Worktable
  29. Click the Block Tools
  30. Click Open Library
  31. Under Classic Pieced click Classics
  32. Click Double Wedding Ring and click Add to Sketchbook
  33. Click Quarter Wedding Ring and click Add to Sketchbook
  34. Click Close
  35. Click the Set Block tool and place the blocks as shown.

    Now lets change the borders on this quilt. Even though it is from the Layout Library it is still editable.
  36. Click the Borders tab.Notice in the lower right corner there is the Finished Size of the Quilt: 110 x 110. We will keep the quilt the same size.
  37. Click the Delete button twice to delete the first and second border.
  38. Make the remaining border 2.5″ on all sides. That makes the quilt 89″ x 89″.
  39. Click the LAYOUT tab
  40. Change the block size to 15″ x 15″. Now the quilt is 110″ x 110″ again.
  41. Click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and recolor the quilt the way you’d like.
  42. Click Add to Project Sketchbook 
  43. Click Block Tools
  44. Click Open Library
  45. Under 07 Stencils click Border Stencils
  46. Find Continuous Line Loop and click Add to Sketchbook.
  47. Click Hearts to see some heart stencils. Add a few to the sketchbook.
  48. Click Close
  49. Click the Layer 3 tab at the bottom of the screen
  50. Click the Stencils tab
  51. Click and drag a stencil onto the quilt. Size and location doesn’t matter right now.
  52. Click the Adjust tool.
  53. Make the block 15″ x 15″.
  54. Make the Y-axis: -3 and the X-axis: 8
  55. Make the Grid Snap Increments: 1 Inch
  56. Click the Rotate tool and Rotate the stencil as shown.
  57. Click the Adjust tool and click on a stencil.
  58. Click Copy and Paste

  59. Drag the new stencil into location. Because it is snapping to the nearest inch, it should snap right into place.
  60. Repeat steps 58-59 until you have 6 blocks across the top.
  61. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the stencils to select them all.
  62. Click Copy and Paste
  63. Drag the bottom border to approximately the right location.
  64. Click the Rotate tool for each stencil in the border so that is positioned correctly.

  65. Click the Adjust tool
  66. Click on the first block
  67. Make the X-Axis: 8 and the Y-Axis 92
  68. With the first block still selected, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the other stencils in the row to select them.
  69. Click the Align Bottoms button.
  70. You may need to move the second block over to the right or left. Click on it and drag it into place. You may want to zoom in to make sure it is lined up correctly. You can also use the right and left arrow keys on your keyboard.
    Another way to do it is to enter the X-Axis numbers.
    2nd stencil : 23
    3rd stencil : 38
    4th stencil: 53
    5th stencil68
    6th stencil: 83
  71. Click on one stencil in the bottom row.
  72. Click Copy and Paste.
  73. Click the Rotate tool and click the stencil three times.
  74. Click the Adjust tool
  75. Make the X-Axis: 93 and the Y-Axis: 7
  76. Use Copy and Paste to fill out the rest of the row. They should snap into place. Again you can zoom in and/or use your arrow keys on your keyboard.
    Or you can enter the X-Axis and Y-Axis numbers.
    2nd block
    X-Axis: 93
    Y-Axis: 22
    3rd block
    X-Axis: 93
    Y-Axis: 37
    4th block
    X-Axis: 93
    Y-Axis: 52
    5th block
    X-Axis: 93
    Y-Axis: 67
    6th block
    X-Axis: 93
    Y-Axis: 82

  77. Click on one stencil in the right row.
  78. Click Copy and Paste.
  79. Click the Rotate tool and click the stencil twice.
  80. Click the Adjust tool
  81. Make the X-Axis: -2 and the Y-Axis: 7
  82. Use Copy and Paste to fill out the rest of the row. They should snap into place. Again you can zoom in and/or use your arrow keys on your keyboard.
    Or you can enter the X-Axis and Y-axis numbers.
    2nd block
    X-Axis: -2
    Y-Axis: 22
    3rd block
    X-Axis: -2
    Y-Axis: 37
    4th block
    X-Axis: -2
    Y-Axis: 52
    5th block
    X-Axis: -2
    Y-Axis: 67
    6th block
    X-Axis: -2
    Y-Axis: 82

  83. Click the Set Block tool
  84. Place the heart stencils any way you like.
    Here is more information about placing stencils and even more tips.
  85. Click the Thread Tools
  86. Click Swap Thread and recolor the stencils. (Or use Spray Thread or Brush Thread.)
  87. Add to Project Sketchbook 
    If you want to post images of your blocks, 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\ImagesI 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 – EasyDraw vs. PolyDraw

Posted 05-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

As far as pieced blocks go, you can draw any block with EasyDraw. Sometimes though, it is easier to draw certain types of blocks in PolyDraw, particularly those that can be aided by using one of the grids. PolyDraw has automatic snapping based on the grid on which you are working. The PolyDraw tools are your only sources for drawing this type of block. With the PolyDraw tools, you’ll notice that with each click, your line will snap to the closest grid point or arc. Click here to learn more about the PolyDraw tools. You may also notice two layer tabs at the bottom of the drawing board: PolyDraw and Applique. The PolyDraw tab is for drawing pieced blocks using the PolyDraw tools, and therefore the patches cannot overlap. The Applique tab is for adding applique patches on top of your piecing. You do not need to do anything on this tab

Design & Discover – Drawing a Pieced & Applique Block

Posted 04-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

If you would like to draw a combination, or overlaid, block with a pieced bottom layer and an applique layer on top, you have two choices. The difference is the drawing tools that are used for the pieced layer. EasyDraw + Applique lets you use the EasyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. PolyDraw + Applique lets you use the PolyDraw tools on the pieced layer, and the Applique tools on the applique layer. First we’ll try EasyDraw + Applique. Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Make your block 6 x 6 Use the Grid tool to make a 6 x 6 grid Click the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen. Click the Shape tool and use the PoiseMaker to create some flower shapes. Use the other Shape tools to draw flower centers, stems

Happy National Quilting Day!

Posted 03-20-2021 by | Posted in: Downloads   Just Because   More for EQers  

Did you know every third Saturday in March is National Quilting Day? To celebrate we’re offering a free project! It includes the same quilt colored three different ways. And of course with EQ it’s easy to recolor any way YOU want. Click to download National Quilt Day Project for EQ8 Click to download National Quilt Day Project for EQ7 Click to download National Quilt Day Project for EQ Mini Some other ideas to help celebrate are finish an UFO, display a quilt outside your home, clean out your sewing room, buy some fabric or other quilting supplies, spend the day designing quilts or…quilting! Tell us how you’re spending this National Quilting Day!

Design & Discover – Creating a Design from an Image

Posted 03-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

What if you have an image of a quilt you’d like to design in EQ8? Here are some tips for recreating quilts in EQ8. There are two main parts….figuring out the blocks and figuring out the layout. First, look at the quilt and see if you notice any blocks that you know by name. If so, find them in the EQ8 Block Library by searching by notecard by name. You can also try searching By Category with information you know about the block…For example for this block you could choose Pieced and Other Stars. Another option is to browse likely Block Library categories to see if you can find the block you are looking for. Even if you find something similar, you can edit the block. If you can’t find the block you can draw it. In this example you could also just use half square triangles. Just rotate and recolor. Or, try to analyze the quilt and see if you can break

Design & Discover – Quilts with Triangles!

Posted 02-01-2021 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

There are a few different ways to make quilts with triangles in EQ8. The simplest way is using a One Patch Quilt layout. Click Design a Quilt from Scratch. Click One Patch Click the LAYOUT tab Click the down arrow under Patch Style to select Lightning You can change the number of units and the finished size of the units. Here is more information on One Patch quilts and how the patches are counted. Click the DESIGN tab. Click Fabric Tools. Please Note: Blocks cannot be placed in One Patch Quilt layouts. See Step 29 for how to add triangles to Layer 2 of any quilt layout. Click Paintbrush. Add colors and fabrics as you wish. 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

Design & Discover – The Serendipity Tool

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

The Serendipity tools allow you to magically turn any block into a new original block. It can be lots of fun to play around and experiment but, also very useful. There are seven different Serendipity options that we will try in this month’s Design & Discover. Click Block Worktable Click Create Serendipity You can use the default blocks but if you would like more options click Open Library and add some more to your sketchbook. Click Frame Block Choose a block on the right Choose a frame on the left. There are over 140 to choose from. Click Add to Sketchbook when you have a block you like. Once you click Add to Sketchbook the block you created will go to the bottom of the block column on the right. Click on the new block and add another frame. Click Add to Sketchbook Click Close when you are done experimenting.