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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 – 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!

  1. Open EQ8 and click Design a quilt from scratch
  2. Click One Patch
  3. Click LAYOUT
  4. Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter:
    Horizontal12
    Vertical20
  5. Under Patch style enter Hexagons (H)
  6. Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter 5
  7. Click the DESIGN tab
  8. Click Fabric Tools
  9. 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 PB21 draws oval shapes on the worktable. All the patches your path touches will be colored. That can really speed things up.
  10. Once you have your quilt colored the way that you like it, 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.)
  11. Have fun experimenting with other patch styles.
  12. Make sure you Add to Project Sketchbook for anything you’d like to save.You can also do some fun things with One Patch quilts and borders.
  13. Click NEW QUILT
  14. Click LAYOUT
  15. Under NUMBER OF UNITS enter:
    Horizontal10
    Vertical6
  16. Under Patch style enter Trapezoid (H)
  17. Under FINISHED SIZE OF UNITS enter:
    Width2
    Height2
  18. Click the BORDERS tab
  19. Under Select a border style choose Blocks
  20. Under BORDER SIZE enter (you may need to uncheck “All”):
    Left0
    Top0
    Right0
    Bottom5
  21. Under BLOCKS IN BORDER enter:
    Horizontal10
    Vertical1
  22. Click Add
  23. Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal
  24. Under BORDER SIZE enter:
    Left - 1
    Top1
    Right - 1
    Bottom1
  25. Click Block Worktable
  26. Click Drawing Tools
  27. Click Line
  28. Draw a block similar to what is shown here. The lines can be even, or not. It will be a tree trunk. You don’t need to worry about the size of your block. Once we place it in the quilt EQ will resize it to the size determined by our layout.
  29. Click Add to Project Sketchbook
  30. Click Quilt Worktable
  31. Click DESIGN tab > Block Tools
  32. Click Set Block
  33. Click on the trunk block you drew and place it as shown.
  34. Click Fabric Tools
  35. Click Paintbrush
  36. Recolor the quilt as you would like.
  37. Click Add to Project Sketchbook when you are done.

If you want to post images of your quilt, here is how to export the images.
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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.

Design & Discover – Designing a Basic Quilt

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

Did you just get EQ8? Or, would you like a basic lesson on how to design a basic quilt? This quilt has a horizontal layout with elements placed on Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3. Let’s get started! When you open EQ8 you will see this screen. Click Design a quilt from scratch In general the idea is to work on the tabs from left to right. You can always click back and forth between tabs to change things as you go along though. Under the first tab – NEW QUILT click Horizontal Now click the second tab – LAYOUT Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS make it Horizontal: 3 Vertical: 4 Under FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS make it Width: 9 Height: 9 Under FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING make it Width: 0 Height: 0 Now click the third tab – BORDERS Under Select a border style choose Long Horizontal Under Border

Everything is on sale!

Posted 12-28-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   Just Because   More for EQers   Uncategorized  

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Enter to win free enrollment to EQ Academy!

Posted 12-20-2019 by | Posted in: Classes & Demos   Contests   EQ Academy   EQ Company News   EQ Company News   EQ8   Just Because   More for EQers  

CONTEST IS CLOSED! Thanks for participating! Click to see who won! Get your EQ Academy enrollment paid for—up to $360 value! One random winner will be selected and announced on January 10, 2020. See what classes are being offered! THREE WAYS TO ENTER! Enter the contest by commenting on this blog post, on our Facebook post, on our Instagram post, or ALL three places! (You do not need to enter in all three places, but you can if you’d like!) All entries will be tallied together to choose one winner. FOR ENTRY: “Name an EQ8 class topic you would like offered at EQ Academy.” Comment below with your answer (on this blog post). Comment with your answer and tag a friend on our contest Facebook post. Comment with your answer and tag a friend on our contest Instagram post. Contest closes January 9, 2020 at midnight ET. Good luck! Contest

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Posted 12-13-2019 by | Posted in: EQ Company News   EQ News and Press   Just Because   More for EQers  

Yes! Everything is 20% off! Plus $5 shipping for the U.S. States. Use code: SANTASPREE The sale ends Sunday, December 15. December 15th is also the last day we guarantee delivery before Christmas (for the contiguous U.S.)…so just another reason to take advantage of this sale! Over 200 products! Check it out!

Design & Discover – Pointed and Scallop Borders

Posted 12-01-2019 by | Posted in: Design & Discover  

Borders can add so much to a quilt! We’ve covered using the Border tab and Auto Borders but these quilts are a little bit different. These are the two quilts we will be designing in this lesson. If you’d like to skip to the scalloped border go to step #41. Pointed Border Click NEW QUILT > Horizontal > LAYOUT tab Make the NUMBER OF BLOCKS: Horizontal: 1 Vertical: 5 Make the FINISHED SIZE OF BLOCKS Width: 12 Height: 12 Make the FINISHED SIZE OF SASHING Width: 0 Height: 1 Click the BORDERS tab Click the Add button two times or until you have three borders. Click on the first border and make it: Long Horizontal Left: 1 Top: 0 Right: 1 Bottom: 0 Click on the second border and make it: Long Horizontal Left: 2 Top: 0 Right: 2 Bottom: 0 Click on the third border and make it: Long

Everything is on sale!

Posted 11-26-2019 by | Posted in: Just Because   More for EQers  

Use code: 25SITEWIDE   EQ8 is on sale! Get 25% now through December 2nd! This includes all EQ8 upgrades and the Migration Kit!Everything is 25% off!     Over 200 products! Check it out!