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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 – Borders!

Posted 06-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the borders in EQ8! 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’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started!

There are a few different ways to work with borders in EQ8.

First let’s work with what is encompassed under the Border’s tab.

Let’s set up our layout.

  1. Click the NEW QUILT tab
  2. Click Horizontal
  3. In the LAYOUT tab for Number of Blocks make it 1 x 1
  4. Set your Width and Height to 20 x 20
  5. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library
  6. Find an interesting block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook
  7. Click Close
  8. Click Set Block
  9. Click on your newly added block
  10. Click to place the block
  11. Click the BORDERS tab
  12. Click Tile Squares (or choose it from the drop down menu)
  13. Make your BLOCKS IN BORDER 4 x 4
  14. With Tile Square Border the blocks will always stay square. Play around with the number of BLOCKS IN BORDER a little and you will see that if the math doesn’t work out quite right, instead of the blocks not being square, a spacer border will be inserted.
  15. Add a few more borders of your choice.
  16. Click the DESIGN tab >Block Tools > Set Block
  17. Set blocks into your borders and recolor them any way you’d like!
  18. 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.)

    Keep in mind, doing it this way, each block pattern will print individually.

    Lets start again and do the borders a different way this time.

  19. Click New Quilt
  20. Click Layout > Horizontal
  21. Again make your quilt 1 x 1 with a block size of 20 x 20
  22. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library
  23. Click Close
  24. Find a new block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook
  25. Click Set Block
  26. Click on your newly added block
  27. Click to place the block
  28. Click the BORDERS tab and add a few borders. You can adjust the size now and amount as you continue designing.
  29. Click the DESIGN tab > Auto Borders
  30. Click the drop menu to see more categories, scroll at the bottom to see more choices.
  31. If you click on a border, then in your border space once, it automatically sets the border on all sides.

    Experiment with all the different options!
  32. Click the BORDER tab if you want to add or delete borders, or if you want to change the width of a border.
  33. Click the Fabric Tools to recolor.
  34. Remember to click Add to Sketchbook for anything you want to keep. Now when you want to print a pattern it will be broken up differently (depending on the specific border, of course!).
  35. The blocks that make up the Auto Borders are also available in the Block Library, divided into the same categories. You can manually set all the blocks too!

    Have fun experimenting!
  36. Don’t forget to save any of the variations you like by clicking Add to Project Sketchbook
  37. If you want to post images of your quilt backs, here is how to export the images.
  38. 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 your quilts! 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.

Everything is 25% off!

Posted 05-24-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because  

We are having a sitewide sale! Everything is 25% off! This includes EQ8 and EQ8 Upgrades! The sale also includes the newest book! If you want to draw your own blocks in EQ8, this is the book for you! Experienced EQ educator, Kari Schell, takes you step-by-step through each of the drawing styles available in EQ8. You’ll learn skills for both pieced and applique drawing while filling your Sketchbook with beautiful blocks! From drawing a simple nine patch to creating a beautiful floral applique wreath, this book will take your drawing skills to the next level!       The sale also includes the newest Stash! This download of EQ Stash Online features an array of new fabrics from top manufacturers. The 1,200+ digital fabrics will download right into your EQ Fabric Library for immediate use for designing your EQ projects. See all the manufacturers, designers, and collections that make

Design & Discover – Quilt Backs!

Posted 05-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we are playing with the backs of quilts! 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’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! This one is fun. I recommend trying out a Horizontal Strip or Vertical Strip Quilt for this. We’ll start off with a quilt from the Quick Quilts. (Did you know about these? They are great for inspiration and a starting off point for labels, Storm at Sea Quilts, T-shirt Quilts, and lots more!) Click Start with a Quick Quilt project Choose the Medallion Quilts project and click OK. Scroll through the Sketchbook until you get to the 5th quilt, as shown below. Click Edit. Recolor the quilt or change a few blocks, if you’d like. As you can

EQ Boutique – Stars & more!

Posted 04-10-2019 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ Designers   EQ Software Tips   Just Because   More for EQers   Uncategorized  

Do you know about EQ Boutique? Or how EQ Boutique works? EQ Boutique products install a variety of designer-created quilt blocks to use in your EQ software. Some products include complete quilt project files, too! Print templates, foundations and/or rotary cutting directions, then start sewing! Boutique add-ons are compatible with Electric Quilt 8, Electric Quilt 7, and EQStitch software. Select Boutique add-ons are also compatible with EQ Mini software. All of our Star Collections are 20% off 4/10/19-4/11/19. Use code STARS20 to receive the discount.   Install these patterns right into your EQ block library.   But, there’s much more than star blocks! You can also search EQ Boutique patterns by designer… Amy Heaton Angie Padilla Annika Kornelis       Christine Wipplinger Denise Russart Erin McMorris   Janeen van Niekerk Jenny Novinsky Judy Martin   Marsha McCloskey Mickey Depre Pearl Pereira   Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Regina Grewe Sindy Rodenmayer

Design & Discover – Baby Block Quilts

Posted 04-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the Baby Block layout in EQ8! 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’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! When you come across the Baby Block layout you may just imagine that you can use that for making Tumbling Blocks style quilts. Which, of course you can! But, you can do a lot more too! Click NEW QUILT > LAYOUT > Baby Blocks Make your quilt 6 x 6 with a finished size of 9 inches. To color the quilt click the DESIGN tab > Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and color the quilt as you desire. With the same layout, just colored differently, you can have 6 pointed stars! But, you can also

EQ Academy is getting close!

Posted 03-14-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Academy   EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   Just Because   More for EQers   Uncategorized  

Have you heard about EQ Academy? EQ Academy is a 4-day workshop, hosted by The Electric Quilt Company, dedicated to learning the ins and outs of Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) software. This fun and educational event will give you the tools you need to get the most out of your EQ8, while building lasting friendships! EQ Academy takes place in Perrysburg Ohio, just south of Toledo. Here are some FAQ (including information on location and where to stay). Classes are offered April 4-7th as full-day (6 hours) and half-day (3 hours) options. Take one, or take a lot! Here are the classes available. Some are already sold out so if you are interested you better get moving! Here is the recap from last September. Be sure to read the comments/reviews at the end! Here are some more reviews. Jean B. says… “My first time at EQA and I loved every

Design & Discover – Using all 3 Layers on the Quilt

Posted 03-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? 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’ blogs and all get to know each other! Let’s get started! Here is a brief summary of the layers in EQ8… Layer 1 Made up of pieced or applique blocks sewn together to make the quilt top. Blocks are set onto the quilt by clicking into a predefined block space. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. See more about that here.) Layer 2 For blocks, motifs and text that are sewn onto the quilt top. Blocks and motifs are set by dragging from the palette and dropping them onto the quilt. The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate and skew these designs