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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 – 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.

  1. Click Design a quilt from scratch
  2. Click On Point
  3. Click the DESIGN tab
  4. Click Set Block
  5. Click on Layer 2
  6. Click on a block and drag in onto the quilt.
  7. Click the Adjust tool.
  8. Place a check mark next to Preserve aspect ratio while resizing
  9. Type in the new size for your block (in the example it is 18 x 18)
  10. Enter the Block Rotation degree: 45
  11. Click Center Vertically
  12. Click Center Horizontally
  13. Click on Layer 1 and place the rest of your blocks as desired.
  14. Click on the Fabric Tools and recolor any way you want.
    Please note: To recolor the middle block or change it you will need to be on Layer 2. For the rest of the blocks you would need to be on Layer 1.
    You can turn of layer visibility to see individual layers with the eye icon.
  15. 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.)

    Again, if you are trying to create a quilt that doesn’t quite work with one of the layouts, you can create a Custom Set quilt but sometimes it is easier and faster to just tweak a layout using Layer 2. Let’s start another example.

  16. Click NEW QUILT
  17. Click Horizontal
  18. Click LAYOUT
  19. Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make your quilt 1 x 1
  20. Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make your block 30 x0 30.
  21. Click the BORDERS tab
  22. Click the Add button 4 times. (So you have 5 borders.)
  23. Make the first border Long Horizontal with a top 4.25 and all other sides 0.
  24. Make the second border Long Horizontal with a top 10.75 and all other sides 0.
  25. Make the third border Long Horizontal with a all sides 5.0.
  26. Make the fourth border Blocks with a all sides 8.625. If you are having trouble change your Nudge Settings.
    Enter 4 for Horizontal and 5 for Vertical.
  28. Make the fifth border Long Horizontal with all sides 1.75.
  29. Click the DESIGN tab > Photo Tools > Open Library
  30. Choose some photos and click Add to Sketchbook
    OR click the Import Button to use some of your own photos.
  31. Click the Set Photo tool and start placing your photos.

    Now let’s use Layer 2 to add photos in sizes we wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.
  32. Click Layer 2 and drag two more photos onto the quilt.
  33. Use the Adjust tool to place them in the second border. If you are having trouble getting it just right, make sure to check your Grid Snap Increments.
  34. Leave a space in between the photos.
  35. Click Block Tools
  36. Click the three dots next to the Stencils tab
  37. Click Add Plain Block
  38. Drag the plain block onto the quilt and use the Adjust tool to move and resize it to fit in between the two photos.
  39. Click on Layer 1
  40. Click Photo Tools > Set Photo and continue placing photos.
  41. Click Fabric Tools > Paintbrush and color your quilt as desired.
  42. Click Layer 2 to recolor the plain block on Layer 2.
  43. Click Add to Project Sketchbook  .

If you want to post images of a quilt 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 – 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

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. Click Libraries > Layout Library Under Layouts by Size click Twin Click 7″ Pieced Vertical Strip Click Edit to Quilt Worktable It will open to the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools > Set Block 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.  Click Layer 2 at the bottom of the

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!