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Jenny

I started working at Electric Quilt as a graphic design intern back in 2001 and stayed on after I graduated from college. I’ve caught the quilting bug while working here at EQ–you can only see so many beautiful quilts before you want to try making one yourself! I blog about everything from sewing to EQ tutorials. My favorite posts are the sew alongs I get to host with all of you!

Recent Posts by Jenny

Material Mart Uses EQ8 to Share Fabric Inventory with Customers

Posted 04-14-2021 by | Posted in: EQ Retailers   EQ8  

EQ8 teacher Marguerite Shrader recently shared with us how Material Mart in Midland, Michigan uses EQ8 in their store. It’s quite innovative and we wanted to share it with you! Marguerite writes:

“We want to let you know how we, as a local quilt store that also sells EQ8, are making it easier for our customers to design quilts with the fabrics we carry. About 2 years ago, we started selling EQ8 after one of our customers agreed to teach classes and support the product. We have a series of 7 classes developed so far, and they have been a big hit with the EQ8 user community in the area.”

Material Mart, Midland, MI

“Our latest endeavor has been to develop an EQ8 Fabric Library of the fabric inventory we have in the store, so that when our users design a quilt in EQ8, they can design with fabrics they know we have in stock.”

Material Mart’s Fabric Library in EQ8

“When they bring in the yardage chart, there is enough information in the printout that we can find their fabrics of choice. There are currently 2700 fabrics in this library. The EQ8 Library is distributed on a flash drive with installation and use instructions and is updated monthly to add and delete fabrics based on our inventory. The library is searchable by color by choosing Material Mart Fabric Inventory in the search. It is also searchable by notecard using the keyword system we developed, which is included in the instructions. We rolled out this library in our latest class, and the response was unanimous – all the students wanted a copy!”

Material Mart adds keywords to the Notecard for each fabric that make it easy to search their inventory.

Marguerite goes on to say, “The development of the Material Mart EQ8 Fabric Library started as a joke in the Fabric Management class last summer. As I thought about it later, I decided it would be a good way to tie the shop’s support of EQ8 and their extensive fabric inventory together… While we have to keep class sizes small right now, the response from the students present was overwhelming excitement at getting this inventory. Now that the initial library has been built, the monthly work to keep it up to date is fairly small.”

Marguerite teaching an EQ8 Fabric Management class.

She also has a great way to approach teaching EQ8!

“I have a Hub and Spokes method of structuring the class. The Hub is EQ8 Basics, which is usually a 5-hour class covering everything the student needs to get started. The Hub class is a prerequisite to any of the Spoke classes. The Spoke classes are 3-hour classes which are more focused on one topic (Advanced EasyDraw, PolyDraw, Managing Fabrics, Advanced Layouts, Foundation Piecing, Applique). I am still developing classes as students make requests. Once a student has taken the EQ8 Basics class, they can jump into any of the Spoke classes.”

Thanks for sharing your EQ8 story with us, Marguerite! To find out more about Material Mart, you can visit their website, or stop by the shop:

Material Mart
Quilt Shop

86 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640

Is your quilt shop using EQ8 in a new or interesting way? Tell us your story! Email customerservice@electricquilt.com.

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 2

Posted 04-12-2021 by | Posted in: Block 2   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

It’s time for Block 2 in the BlockBase+ Sew Along! I loved seeing everyone’s sewn blocks in the link up on Friday. If you haven’t added your first block to the link up yet, you can do so at any time in the Block 1 Link Up post. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Find the BlockBase+ software here > In this post, we’ll practice navigating through the categories and subcategories again to find the block. Then we’ll take a look at the Display settings and go through the steps of printing the templates for our next block. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software. If you see the Getting Started window, click the Close button. (If you’d like to turn off the tour, check the box next to “Don’t show again” and then click Close.) In the Navigation

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tulip from North Carolina

Posted 04-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want you to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Tulip from North Carolina Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Flowers Design ideas to get you started For my first quilt, I set the Tulip block in an on-point layout and alternated it with a block from the Cross Variations section of the Block Library (under the 02 Contemporary Pieced category). For my second quilt I edited the block drawing a bit. On the Block Worktable, I split the background patch down the center so I could color one side of the background dark, and the other side light. I also needed to

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 1 Link Up

Posted 04-09-2021 by | Posted in: Block 1   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

Is everyone ready to show off their first block for the sew along? I’m so excited to see everyone’s fabric choices! Here’s mine: My block finishes at 6″ and I used both the rotary cutting chart and the foundation pattern printouts to make my block. I use the dimensions from the rotary cutting chart to cut my patches, then I piece them together using the foundation pattern. I’m a *bit* of a perfectionist and using the foundation pattern is how I keep myself from ripping apart the block multiple times until I’m happy with my piecing! When you post your photo below, please tell us what size you made the block, which printout you used from BlockBase+, and anything else you’d like to share about the block! To Link Up Your Photo Scroll down to the comment form at the end of this post. Fill in your info and then

BlockBase+ Sew Along: Block 1

Posted 03-29-2021 by | Posted in: Block 1   BlockBase+   BlockBase+ Sew Along 2021   Sew Alongs  

Welcome to the first block post in the new BlockBase+ Sew Along! I can’t wait to start sewing along with all of you and help you get to know the new BlockBase+ software. Don’t have the BlockBase+ software yet? It’s not too late to join in! Find the BlockBase+ software here > In this first post, we’ll take a little “scroll” around the software and then go through the steps of printing the rotary cutting chart for the first block. Let’s get started! Double-click the BlockBase+ icon to open the software. If you haven’t clicked through the Getting Started tour that appears when you open the software yet, take a minute to read through the tour. Click the Finish or Close button to close the Getting Started tour. There are three main areas in the BB+: Navigation Panel, Block Viewer, and Notecard Panel. Also, take note of the Navigation Buttons

BlockBase+ Sew Along Starts Next Week!

Posted 03-22-2021 by | Posted in: BlockBase+   Sew Alongs  

The BlockBase+ Sew Along starts on Monday, March 29! If you don’t have the new BlockBase+ software yet, you can find it here > Here’s a little re-cap of how the sew along works, along with a few new details: How the Sew Along Works This sew along may be a little different than some other sew alongs you have participated in previously. One of the great benefits of BB+ is that you can print the templates, rotary cutting charts, and foundations for the blocks at whatever size you like. So, we will all be making the same blocks during this sew along. But the size of those blocks and the quilt you create in the end, is up to you! You will need to have the BB+ software installed on your computer so you can print the sew along patterns. We will feature a block to sew from BB+

EQ8 Block Spotlight: 8-Grid Chain

Posted 03-10-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight  

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want you to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: 8-Grid Chain Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Chains Design ideas to get you started My first quilt uses the Stars – 1 layout from the Layout Library (Layouts by Style > Stars). I think just about every pieced block looks fun in this layout. Give it a try if you haven’t played with the Stars layout yet! My second quilt is an on-point layout with sashing. I colored the center blocks a darker shade and used lighter colors as I move out to the edges to create depth. I added more color