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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 – Image Worktable

Posted 08-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month will be an overview of the Image Worktable and we’ll be making quilts with some images we create. Let’s get started!

  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Click Image Worktable.
  3. Click Import Image and navigate to wherever your image is saved on your computer.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Crop the image if needed.
  6. 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.)
  7. Click Color on the green ribbon.
  8. Read about all the Color Tools and have fun experimenting. Create Colorway was used to create the different colored dog.
  9. Click Add to Project Sketchbook   to save any variations.
  10. Click Histogram on the green ribbon.
  11. Read about all the Histogram options.
  12. You can start with your original image or one of the variations. These tools are more for color correcting than fun effects but if you like any of the results be sure to Add to Project Sketchbook  .
  13. Click Special Effects on the green ribbon.
  14. Read about the Special Effects. You can get some great results (and maybe some silly ones too…this was created using 3D Effects > Spherical).
  15. Add to Project Sketchbook  to save any results you like.
  16. Now, click Quilt Worktable > NEW QUILT > Horizontal
  17. Click the LAYOUT tab.
  18. Change the Layout however you would like, keep in mind the number of images you would like to use. Don’t worry about block size, EQ8 will resize your photo to fit. If your photo is not a square, you will want to get the right size ratio, though.
  19. Click the DESIGN tab > Photo Tools > Set Photo.
  20. Start placing your photos.
  21. Click Fabric Tools and continue designing your quilt. You can also add more borders or sashing, as always in EQ8.
  22. Add to Project Sketchbook
    The photos included in EQ8 are editable as well.
  23. Click Libraries > Photo Library.
  24. Choose a photo and click Edit to Image Worktable.
  25. See all the vastly different results different photos mixed with all the different options produce!
    (These blocks were created with Special Effects > Circular Symm)

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\Images
I can’t wait to see what you’ve done! I hope you enjoyed the lesson!
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Design & Discover – Medallion Quilts

Posted 07-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we will be learning four different ways to make Medallion Quilts. The first way is the easiest. #1 Using a Block From the Library Open EQ8 Click Design a Quilt from Scratch Click Horizontal Click the LAYOUT tab Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS Horizontal: 1 Vertical: 1 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS Width: 30 Height: 30 Click the BORDERS tab Under Select a Border Style choose: Long Horizontal Under BORDER SIZE make all sides: 4 Click the DESIGN tab Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 01 Classic Pieced >Whole Top Designs - choose a block. The example is using Diamonds in Squares. Click Add to Sketchbook. Click Close. Click Block Tools Click Set Block, and click on the quilt worktable to set your block. Design the quilt as you would like. You can edit the block on the Block Worktable, recolor the block, or whatever you want

Design & Discover – Braid Blocks and Quilts

Posted 06-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we will be learning how to draw two different braid blocks. The lesson also covers some EasyDraw drawing basics. Let’s get started! Click Design a block from scratch Click Pieced Click EasyDraw In the Precision Bar set the following: Block Width: 6 Block Height: 6 Snaps Horizontal: 12 Snaps Vertical: 12 Graph Paper Cells: on Graph Paper Horizontal: 12 Graph Paper Vertical: 12 Snapping Options – Snap to grid points on worktable: on Snapping Options – Snap to nodes of drawing: on Snapping Options – Snap to lines and arcs of drawing: off Make sure the Line tool is selected Start drawing the block as shown. Draw all the V shapes first. Continue to draw as shown. You should have one grid dot in between all the points of the V’s. Draw in the lines to finish off the braid block. Click Add to Project Sketchbook . If

Design & Discover – Stencils

Posted 05-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Did you know you can place your stencils (we say “stencils” but we’re actually talking about how it represents the actual quilting) in EQ8 and design with them? And then recolor them with threads from the EQ8 Thread Library (which contains over 4,000 thread colors – these threads are from 12 of the most popular thread manufacturers!)? Did you also know that you can change the style and weight of the stencil’s thread? Whether you did or not, you can still learn more from this month’s Design & Discover! Let’s get started! Click Design a quilt from scratch Make sure you’re using a Horizontal layout, then click the LAYOUT tab For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter 1 x 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter 10.5 x 10.5 Click the BORDERS tab Choose Tile Squares The size will already be set for you. Here is more information on how Tile Square

Design & Discover – Photo Patchwork Quilts

Posted 04-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

An EQ8 feature you may not know about is Photo Patchwork quilts. The style of quilts made with this feature is sometimes called pixel quilts. There are not many steps to create a Photo Patchwork quilt in EQ8 but to get results you like you may need to do some experimenting and try out different options. The first quilt we are going to create is based on a block I drew in EQ8. You can use any image you would like. Here are a few options.If you would like to base a pixel quilt on a block… Open the block to your Block Worktable Click the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image Name and save the file or, you can use my example… Right click on the block below Choose Save Image As… Name and save the file Click Design a Quilt from scratch Under NEW QUILT click

Design & Discover – Quilt Labels

Posted 03-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month in Design & Discover we’re designing labels! It’s quick and easy to design a personalized label to document your quilt, or perfect if you are planning on giving your quilt as a gift. (Also, our Printable Fabric is great for labels!) * If you are on a Mac and running Catalina, an update is available for your EQ8. Some EQ8 users had issues with fonts after updating to Catalina. Therefore, prior to going through this lesson, you may want to update. Click Design a quilt from scratch Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal Click LAYOUT For NUMBER OF BLOCKS enter: Horizontal – 1 Vertical – 1 For FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS enter: Width – 5 Height – 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Block Tools Click Open Library Under EQ Libraries > EQ8 Libraries > 04 Classic Applique > Wreaths Choose a block with an open center Click Add

Design & Discover – One Patch Quilts

Posted 02-01-2020 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

There are lots of different styles of One Patch quilts. Each of these types can be edited…meaning the options are pretty endless! (Here is more information on how to edit the patch shapes.)  Also, it is helpful to know how the patches are counted. Now that you know the basics, let’s get started! Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch Click One Patch Click LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter: Horizontal – 12 Vertical – 20 Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H) Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5 Click the DESIGN tab Click Fabric Tools Click Paintbrush You can color each patch one at a time or you can also try using the Paintbrush Subtools. For example, the Oval Brush draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up. Once you have your quilt colored