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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 – Coloring and Recoloring

Posted 02-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Even if you think you know how to color your quilts, you will probably learn something new from this lesson!

You can follow along and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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!

(Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.)

We are going to start with a very basic quilt.

  1. Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal

  2. Click the LAYOUT tab. For this lesson it doesn’t really matter what your layout is, but you can see what I have below.
  3. Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Set Block
  4. Use Alt+click/Option+click to set the blocks shown in alternating positions. (These are both default blocks and don’t need to be added from your Block Library.)
  5. 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.)
  6. Now click the Fabric Tools > Paintbrush
  7. You can see that when you click on the quilt each individual patch gets colored, one by one.
    Please note:
    Ctrl + click/Command + click to set the color or fabric into the same patch in all matching blocks on the current layer.
    Alt + click/Option+click to color patches in alternating matching blocks. Only available on Layer 1.
    You can also Drag and Drop a fabric swatch on a patch in the layout. Select a fabric in the palette. Click, hold, and drag that fabric swatch from the palette to the quilt layout. With the arrow cursor directly over the patch you want to color, release the mouse to drop the fabric on that patch. Hold the Ctrl/Command key down to set the fabric in all positions, or the Alt/Option key to set in alternating positions when released.
  8. There are also subtools you can use with the Paintbrush. For example, click the Rectangle Brush and click and drag to draw out a rectangle shape on the quilt. All the patches your path touches will be colored.Here is more information about using the Paintbrush Subtools.
  9. Now, click the Spraycan tool and click on a patch in another block. You will see that all the light blue pieces in that block have turned green with one click.
  10. Now click Select & Spray and click on a green patch. All the green patches will be selected.
  11. Click on any color in the palette and the green will change to that color. You can also scroll through the colors and the selected pieces will change as you scroll.
  12. Use the Spraycan tool to paint matching patches in a block using fabrics or colors from the Sketchbook. Please note: The Spraycan tool is available in the Fabric Tools on the Block Worktable and Quilt Worktable (Layers 1 & 2 only).
  13. Click the Swap Color tool and click a light blue patch. All the light blue patches in the whole quilt have changed color.
  14. Now, use the Swap Color tool to color the navy blue and green patches the same color purple as in your other blocks.
  15. Click on the Select & Swap and now you can change all of the colors in the quilt by clicking on a color in the palette or scrolling through.
  16. Here is more information about using the Swap Color Subtools. Please note: The Swap Color tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2.
  17. Use whatever method you would like to design a quilt with a color scheme you enjoy. Remember to reset your tools. For example, if you used the Rectangular Brush last time you used the Paintbrush you will have to click on the One Dot Brush (the first one).
  18. Click Add to Project Sketchbook
  19. Click Randomize
  20. Experiment with all the different options. For this example I chose Shift hue – 40.
  21. I started over with my blue orange and yellow version and clicked Randomize and got this! (You can just keep clicking and clicking and clicking and EQ will show you tons of different variations!)
  22. Now again I started with the blue orange and yellow version and clicked Map to fabrics.
  23. You can see the colored version and the fabric version. The more fabrics you have in your sketchbook, the closer the fabric version will be to the colored version.
  24. Add to Project Sketchbook 
  25. If you want to post images of your quilts, here is how to export the images.
  26. 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.

Erin McMorris Block Collections

Posted 01-23-2019 by | Posted in: Downloads   EQ Designers   EQ8   More for EQers  

Erin McMorris has lots of adorable block in our EQ Boutique! You can add these cute blocks to your EQ right now! Erin studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati and then textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has doodled, drawn, and designed in London, San Francisco, and New York, and currently rests her laptop in Portland, Oregon. (She’s also Penny’s daughter!) Check out Erin’s website. Erin has designs blocks that are fun, colorful and adorable! Her blocks from Poppies & Posies are great for Spring projects! Erin’s blocks are also 20% off! Sale ends 1/24/19. Use code 20ERIN for discount. See all of Erin’s blocks here!

Design and Discover – Designing with Block Photos

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

Do you have blocks that you’ve already sewn but aren’t sure what to do with? Did you know you can import photos or scans of the blocks into EQ and play with them to help you decide what to do? Follow along with the lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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! (Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them.) The first step is to get images of all the blocks. If you are scanning your blocks try to use 72 or 75 dpi. If you are taking photos of your blocks try to make sure the blocks are laying flat, so there are no shadows on the

The Migration Kit

Posted 12-14-2018 by | Posted in: EQ Software Tips   EQ8   Mac  

EQ8 (and EQ7 and EQ Mini) all work on PC and Mac computers. However when you purchase the program you are buying it for Mac OR PC. The good news is that if you want to run your EQ on Mac AND PC you just need to purchase the Migration Kit. The Migration Kit that allows you to run EQ on a PC and a Mac using the license ID and password that came with your original purchase of EQ. The Migration Kit does not issue additional activations. If you are currently running EQ8 on two computers, you will need to deactivate one of them in order to activate EQ8 on the new operating system. Click to learn how. Regardless if you have the full version of EQ8 or EQ8 Upgrade, you are still eligible for the Migration Kit. How it works With the purchase of the EQ8 Migration Kit,

Design & Discover – Pointed Table Runner

Posted 12-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! You don’t have to make all the quilts, feel free to just make the one(s) you are interested in! This month we will be making table runners with pointed ends! For our first quilt click Quilt Worktable > NEW QUILT tab > On-Point. Click the LAYOUT tab. Choose the option on the right for Style. For Number of Blocks enter 3 Horizontal and

Cute Snowmen!

Posted 11-29-2018 by | Posted in: EQ Designers   Just Because   More for EQers  

Did you know that EQ Boutique has 120 collections that you can add onto your EQ? Some are block collections and some have quilts already designed! I know it’s a little early for snowmen…but if we actually want to sew these wintery projects we have to get moving! Sindy Rodenmayer has drawn 8 adorable snowmen to play with in EQ. When you purchase the blocks and download them they link right to your EQ! The blocks show up right in your block library! Of course these blocks and can be edited any way you’d like just like all your other EQ blocks. They would be so cute for a table runner, tree skirt, reusable gift bag…so many things! This month’s Design & Discover was about designing tree skirts, so that has been on my mind. Here is a tree skirt using My Flakey Friends. Here is a cute snowman table

Design & Discover – Tree Skirts (Round Quilts)

Posted 11-01-2018 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. 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! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have to make the blocks or quilts exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! You also don’t have to make all the quilts, feel free to just make the one(s) you are interested in! This month we will be learning about different methods to make tree skirts, or round(ish) quilts. The first way is super easy! The First Tree Skirt 1. Click Libraries > Block Library 2. Click Contemporary Pieced > Fans and add a