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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 – 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.

  1. Click Block Worktable
  2. Click NEW BLOCK
  3. Click Pieced & Applique
  4. Click Easy + Applique

  5. Make your block 6 x 6
  6. Use the Grid tool to make a 6 x 6 grid

  7. Click the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Click the Shape tool and use the PoiseMaker to create some flower shapes.
  9. Use the other Shape tools to draw flower centers, stems and leaves, or whatever else you would like. You can see that on the Applique tab the EasyDraw lines are grayed out and you can not select or edit them.

    If you click the EasyDraw tab the Applique shapes will be grayed out and un-editable.

    The drawing on the two tabs stays separate from each other.

  10. Click COLOR and color the block as you would like.

  11. When you are done 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.)Of course, you can make quilts with the blocks you create this way. Use them alone or with other blocks from the Block Library

    Next let’s try PolyDraw + Applique

  12. Click NEW BLOCK > Pieced & Applique > Poly + Applique
  13. Click Eight Point Star

    For Dimension 1 enter 8

    For Dimension 2 enter 2

  14. Use the PolyLine tool to draw the pieced sections of the block.
  15. You can also use Clone and Rotate for faster results. 
  16. Click the Applique tab at the bottom of the screen.
  17. Click the Shapes tool and choose the Heart and draw one heart.
  18. Click WreathMaker

  19. Under Number of clusters enter 8
  20. Experiment with Cluster Spacing and Resize Cluster
  21. Click OK

  22. Click the COLOR tab and color as desired.

  23. Click Add to Project Sketchbook 

Here is an example of a quilt made with this block.

Please note: To print the templates for the applique patches, you’ll need to be on Layer 1, as long as the blocks are placed on Layer 1. If the block is on Layer 2, you’d need to be on Layer 2 to select the block and print.

If you want to post images of your 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\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

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.

Design & Discover: T-shirt Quilts!

Posted 12-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

To make your t-shirt quilt, start with a Custom Set quilt. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click Custom Set. You may have to click the double arrows to see the option for Custom Set. Click the LAYOUT tab. Change the Width and Height. In this example I am using 30 x 30. You can always change your size later if you want. However, if you change the size after placing blocks or photos make sure to check Maintain the existing block sizes when resizing the layout. 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.) Click the DESIGN tab Click Photo Tools Click Open Library Click Import > from Image files Or, if you don’t have images available to

Design & Discover – Foundation Piecing from a Photo + Applique Pieces!

Posted 11-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we’ll be learning how to draw a foundation pieced block from a photo…with the option of also adding applique pieces.  We get a lot of requests for lessons about how to trace pictures of people (or animals) and we want to show how to analyze the photos and break down the process.  If you are interested in foundation piecing we do have another Design & Discover lesson about foundation piecing using an image of an acorn for the example to check out, too. We will be using the EasyDraw tab. Here is a great video about the rules of EasyDraw, it’s very helpful! Click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK Click Pieced & Applique Click Easy + Applique Click Tracing Image Click Import Image Navigate to your file. Click Open Crop your image if you would like. Click Drawing Tools Check your Snap Settings. Turn everything off except Snap to