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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.

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Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Diane!

Posted 02-15-2024 by | Posted in: Stitch & Share  

With the addition of some new employees to our team, we hosted another EQ sewing day in January, so everyone can learn to quilt!

Our talented teacher, Jenny, guided us through the process.

We’re making a quilt using color schemes chosen through a contest. Each month, we’ll feature one staff member and their block in the quilt. If you’d like to sew along and get more details about the project, check them out here.

This month we’re featuring Diane!

Diane leads the Customer Service team, is a member of the Marketing team, and does the majority of accounting. She enjoys cultivating relationships with designers and others in the quilting industry and is fantastic at helping wherever and whenever needed elsewhere. Diane is also great at solving problems and figuring out ways to expose the wonderful EQ products to everyone. Diane says, she loves “hearing or reading the excitement in user’s voices or words when they describe what they were able to make with the help of EQ!” She is often the friendly voice that answers the phone, so if you’ve ever called EQ, you might’ve talked to her! Diane worked at EQ for about 3 ½ years 20 years ago, took a 17-year break to sing opera professionally, then returned in May of 2017, so this time she’s been here a little over 6 ½ years.

Diane was excited for the quilting class because she doesn’t have much sewing experience.  She said, “I can sew on a button that won’t ever come off, and have actually done some counted cross-stitch patterns, though it’s been years ago, but otherwise do not sew, and certainly do not quilt. I fully understand the time and commitment needed to quilt, and while I love math and the creativity aspect, I do not have the time to dedicate to this lovely and appreciated art form right now.

She sewed the Birds in the Air block. Diane says, “I chose the block because the fabrics selected for the block include purple, which is my favorite color, but what I didn’t initially realize is that the purple fabric has birds on it, so very appropriate! I foundation pieced this block, which is what I used a few years ago when we had a “staff sew day” allowing me at that time to sew my first quilt block! My brain does not easily work “backward” or in the way you need to place your patches before you sew them together for foundation piecing, so it’s a slow process for me. Thank goodness Jenny is such a patient teacher! Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience and proud to be part of the EQ quilt!!”

Every month we’re also asking a random icebreaker question, just for fun. Diane’s question was, What is the last thing you did for the first time?

Diane said, “In June, my husband and I went to Puerto Rico for the 2nd time, but it was our first time taking a guided tour of the tropical rain forest, El Yunque. Part of the tour included sliding down rocks into water AND jumping off rocks into the water. While the jump may not look that high, never having done it before and being on the ledge did make it seem quite a bit higher and farther of a jump! We had a blast and are so happy we made the literal leap!”



So that’s two blocks, two months, and two employees done!

Stay tuned for our next post on March 15th. We’ll feature another staff member and block!

Stitch & Share EQ Sew-Along: Featuring Matt!

Posted 01-15-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8   Just Because   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

Recently we’ve had some new employees added to the staff, so it was the perfect time for another EQ sewing day. We have lots of quilters on staff, but not everyone (yet)! Jenny was a great teacher! And we all had fun learning!   As you may remember we had a contest to pick a color scheme for a quilt. We’re each sewing a block that will then be made into a quilt. Each month one staff member will be featured along with their block. (It just so happens we have 12 employees!) If you’d like to sew along the project and more details are available here. This month we’re featuring Matt! Matt is a support specialist who developed and maintains the EQ websites, software installations, as well as nuts and bolts of the EQ servers, email list and most complex technical support issues. You may have talked to him

Color Scheme Winner & More Details!

Posted 12-15-2023 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers   Sew Alongs   Stitch & Share  

Thanks everyone for voting! The winning color scheme is letter B! As promised here are the details on the fun, year-long blog series for next year… It’s a Sew-Along with the EQ staff! Lots of us are quilters but some of us are not. To give everyone a chance to learn more about quilting we’re each sewing a block that will then be made into a quilt. Each month one staff member will be featured along with their block. (It just so happens we have 12 employees!) You can sew along with us and make your own version of the quilt (download the EQ8 project here), or just follow our journey through the blog posts and get to know a little more about the people behind EQ! Each staff member will get to choose how they’d like to construct their block, so you’ll see rotary cutting charts, templates, and foundations

Vote on Your Favorite Color Scheme!

Posted 12-08-2023 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers   Stitch & Share  

We’re planning a new fun, year-long blog series next year, but for now, the details are a secret. However, we’re letting YOU choose the color scheme for the event! Add your vote to the comments below and we’ll let you know which one wins (and the rest of the details) later this month! Voting ends December 14th at noon EST.   UPDATE: The winner and details have been announced! Check out this blog post for details!        

Design & Discover – Sashing without Cornerstones!

Posted 12-01-2023 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

In this lesson we’ll be learning about sashing without cornerstones but, also be sure to check out these other posts about designing with sashing.  Design & Discover – Sashing! – learn how to design these quilts and some basics (and beyond) about sashing.   Design & Discover – Using Blocks in the Sashing! – this lesson explains how to use blocks in the sashing to create designs. But let’s get started with designing quilts with sashing and no cornerstones. The easiest and quickest way is to use quilts from the Layout Library. Click Libraries > Layout Libraries Click Layouts by Style > Sashing Take a look at all the options and select one Click Edit to Quilt Worktable If you click the LAYOUT tab you’ll see a “blank” quilt. This is because technically this is a Custom Set quilt. That means if you would like to resize the quilt you

Design & Discover – Working with Add-ons + Free Coloring Page!

Posted 11-01-2023 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

EQ8 has lots of add-ons available. Some include blocks, some include quilts, and some include fabrics! Here’s how to download and install add-ons and if you have any trouble, you can always contact us. Once your add-on is installed, depending on the specific add-on, there are different ways to access it. If the add-on includes quilts… Click Open an existing project then choose a project from the list and click OK. The quilt above is from Heather Valentine Four Seasons Spring Quilts. If your add-on includes blocks… Click Libraries > Block Library Then you can click either Edit to Block Worktable, Select All Blocks, or Add to Sketchbook. If you don’t see any blocks make sure your Block Library is fully open. The blocks above are from Heather Valentine Four Seasons Spring Quilts. If your add-on includes fabrics… Click Libraries > Fabric Library If you don’t see any fabrics make sure your

Design & Discover – The Swath Tool!

Posted 10-01-2023 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

The Swath tool is fun to experiment with but can also make some awesome blocks! The Swath tool draws a stylized stroke surrounding a line. The line or “spine” of the stroke can be edited and shaped like any curve or line segment. The stroke or “hull” surrounding the spine can have varying widths and end styles. So, it’s great for making blocks with Flying Geese!   First let’s find the Swath tool. Open EQ8 and click Block Worktable Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Block (you could also choose Motif but in this example we’re using Block). Click the DRAW tab > Drawing Tools > Draw > Swath Position the cursor where you want to begin. Press and hold the left mouse button. Still holding the left mouse button, drag in any direction. (To make the “flying geese” fly right, draw your stroke from left to right. To make