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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

EQ8 and Upgrades are 25% off!

Posted 08-12-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because  

EQ8 is redesigned with a friendly new look that includes large interface elements for faster, more intuitive learning.

New Features: EQ8 comes with more than 40 new and updated features, including thousands of new block designs and fabrics. Read more about the new features here!

If you have EQ Mini, EQ6 or EQ7 you can Upgrade! Here is more information >>>

Still not sure? Do you have more questions?
Here are some FAQ regarding EQ8:

If I upgrade does the previous version need to be installed?

Nope! You’ll just need the previous version’s license ID and password.

Where can I find my previous version’s license ID and password?

Depends on which previous version you have. Here is more information. Also, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to try and track it down!

Does it come on CD?

No, because more and more computers are made without CD drives, we only offer EQ8 as a download. It also means no shipping charges and no waiting for the mail to come! (Unless you order the License Card)

How many computers can I install it on?

EQ8  can be installed and activated unlimited times, to a single user (Read more about software piracy). However, only 2 computers can be activated at a time. Here is more information on how activations work.

Do you have other questions? See our EQ8 FAQ page for more answers!

You can also see the Top 10 New Features in EQ8 or read reviews from users!

Here is one review…
Kathryn G. says, “Just want to thank you for a beautiful product. I just opened my upgrade and smiled endlessly. Also downloaded the quick start and the user manual. I have been using EQ since Version 3 and each has been better but you have surpassed all my expectations this time! Got to go now and learn.”

If you decide to purchase EQ8, you aren’t just getting the program. We offer free lessons, hundreds of free projects, free fabrics, free tech support and more!

Use code: EQ8SALE to save 25%. Sale ends 8/13/19!

Design & Discover – PolyDraw!

Posted 08-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

In PolyDraw, you construct the block by drawing closed patches (unlike EasyDraw where you draw straight or curved lines and the software creates the patches for you). You must start and stop at the same point to finish a patch. Double-clicking at the start/stop point will close the patch and release the tool from the worktable. The patches you can draw are determined by the grid and snap points you select. This type of drawing can be a lot of fun because there are special grids that make designing easier. There are six grid options. Here are some things to note before we get started: All lines or arcs must start and stop at the same point (after you’ve clicked other points). Although adjacent patches will share edge lines, they will be drawn twice, once for each patch. You should not draw patches that overlap. Which grid you choose will determine

Book Sale!

Posted 07-15-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because  

All of our EQ8 books are 20% off! Use code: BOOKSALE to save! Sale ends 7/16/19 The EQ8 Lessons for Beginners is the best book for going step-by-step through lessons to learn the ins and outs of the program. The first chapter covers all 3 worktables, and Chapters 2 and 3 get more into different features of the quilt designing and block drawing. Chapter 4 is full of some fun, popular topics in EQ. The book is only 128 pages, so it’s easy to go through, and a great way to get started. The EQ8 Block Library book is simply a catalog of the block designs included in the EQ8 library. This is not a lesson book for learning the software. The EQ8 Designing Quilts book is a compilation of several chapters written by EQ8 experts. Each chapter features a different quilt design. While the book teaches you to design

Design & Discover – Row by Rows!

Posted 07-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

The Row by Row Experience® began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. Since then thousands more stores in the US, Canada and Europe have joined the fun. Travelers collect row patterns, then create stunning quilts with those rows … and no two are alike! The idea is to travel, shop and collect patterns.  Then combine your rows to form your quilt! Row by Row Taste the Experience started June 21, 2019 and the collecting ends September 3, 2019. Here is more information. There are four different sizes you may receive from quilt stores. You will likely get a variation of all these sizes. How do you make them all fit together? With EQ8, of course! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’


Posted 06-28-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers  

BlockBase is the CD-ROM version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and it’s jam packed with over 4300 block patterns. And the best part is you can print the patterns for these blocks at any size you want! BlockBase also includes a wealth of historical information for each block. You may find that the beautiful modern block you saw on a blog recently was actually first published in the 1930’s! As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again,” and quilting is no exception! You can use BlockBase on its own….   Or, link it right to your EQ and use the BlockBase blocks just like you would other EQ blocks!   You can watch a video to find out more about BlockBase! BlockBase is also on sale! Today (6/28/19)  only! Use code BLOCKBASE30 to save!

Design & Discover – Borders!

Posted 06-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

This month we are exploring the possibilities with the borders in EQ8! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. 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! Let’s get started! There are a few different ways to work with borders in EQ8. First let’s work with what is encompassed under the Border’s tab. Let’s set up our layout. Click the NEW QUILT tab Click Horizontal In the LAYOUT tab for Number of Blocks make it 1 x 1 Set your Width and Height to 20 x 20 Click the DESIGN tab > Block Tools > Open Library Find an interesting block for your center and click Add to Sketchbook Click Close Click Set Block Click on your newly added block Click to place the block Click

Everything is 25% off!

Posted 05-24-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because  

We are having a sitewide sale! Everything is 25% off! This includes EQ8 and EQ8 Upgrades! The sale also includes the newest book! If you want to draw your own blocks in EQ8, this is the book for you! Experienced EQ educator, Kari Schell, takes you step-by-step through each of the drawing styles available in EQ8. You’ll learn skills for both pieced and applique drawing while filling your Sketchbook with beautiful blocks! From drawing a simple nine patch to creating a beautiful floral applique wreath, this book will take your drawing skills to the next level!       The sale also includes the newest Stash! This download of EQ Stash Online features an array of new fabrics from top manufacturers. The 1,200+ digital fabrics will download right into your EQ Fabric Library for immediate use for designing your EQ projects. See all the manufacturers, designers, and collections that make