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I am a quilter, pattern designer, and teacher from Troy, Michigan. Sewing since age 11, I have deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to my designs. My joy is working with fun colors, patterns and designs. I love making playful and clever products for the modern sewist. I am a member of the Detroit Area MQG.

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EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Pantograph

Posted 12-31-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori   Uncategorized  

Many EQ8 Users have longarm or midarm machines that they use to machine quilt their quilt creations.  Sometimes they use a pantograph to create all over quilting designs.  A pantograph is usually a repeating quilting design.  The longarm user follows the line on the paper with a stylus or laser light that is attached to the machine.  Pantograph designs can vary in width with simple to complex designs.  Using the power of Electric Quilt Design Software, you can create your own pantographs to print out and use for your machine quilting.

For this lesson, we will use an existing stencil, resize it and clone it to create a pantograph that can be printed out and used with a longarm or midarm machine for machine quilting.

Ocean Waves Pantograph

Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner

Stencil size: 8″ x 60″

Skill Builders:

  • Draw a stencil
  • Edit a Stencil
  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Let’s  open the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8.

  3. On the left side toolbar, click the Open project button.   Enter a project name of Pantograph.
  4. On the landing page, under DRAW BLOCKS, select Design a Block from Scratch.  It will take you to the Block Worktable.
  5. Select New Block, Applique and then open the Block Library.
  6. In the Tree Viewer, Select 07 Stencils, Border Stencils and find the Continuous Line Waves.  Select it and Edit to Block Worktable.
  7. It will come into the editor as a 6″ x 6″ Stencil.  Since we want to create a long pantograph, we are going to change the size of the block and use resizing to maintain and adjust the continuous wave shape.
  8. Change the block width to 60″ and the Block heighth to 8″.  Change the Snaps Horizontal to 60 and the Snaps Vertical to 32.  Change the graph paper to Horizontal 30 and Vertical 32.  The stencil will look stretched and funny right now, thats ok.
  9. If you are not able to change the Snaps Horizontal to 60, you many need to change the worktable options.  Go to the worktable option icon on the left toolbar.
  10. Under General, Select Snap Grid.  Under Rectangular Grid, increase the horizontal grid points to 60.  ClickOK.
  11. DRAW, Drawing Tools, select the PICK tool.  Click directly on the wave line to select it.  It will be highlighted blue when it is selected.
  12. On the left Palette, select Resize 
  13. In the Pop up Window, Since we changed the Original stencil from Horizontal 6″ to 60″, it is 10 times larger.  To get it back to the original size, change the Horizontal percentage to 10%.  The original stencil was change from Vertical 6″ to 8″, which was 25% larger, so to get back to the original stencil size, change the Vertical percentage to 75% .  Click OK.
  14. Using the cross-hairs, drag the motif to the left edge of the block.  Use the zoom in magnifying glass on that section of the motif to see it better.
  15. Lets make the stencil motif a little larger by resizing it again.  Select the Resize button.  Change the horizontal to 145% and the vertical to 145%.  Click OK>  Move the stencil so that it starts 2″ over and 3 3/4″ down from the left side.  This will create a bit of margin space at the beginning of the pantograph.  You can actually start it wherever you want.
  16. With the stencil motif still selected, click on the Clone button.  Carefully move the cloned motif to the end of the first motif to create a continuous design.  Use the 3 3/4″ line as a guide to keep the motif running straight across the block.
  17. Continue to clone one motif at a time and move it into place.  The smaller motif is easier to manage with the placement to align properly.  You may need to adjust your zoom and scroll along the block.  Just get the ends together as close as you can right now.     
  18. Review the motifs to make sure they are on a straight line.  Using the Pick Tool, select the motif.  The entire string will turn blue if the whole motif is selected.    If there is an area that is black, you will need to zoom in.  Using the Edit Tool,  click on the area of the two end points to join the nodes together.  They should magically join.
  19. Once you have joined all of the loose ends with the edit tool, you should be able to select the entire String of stencil motif with the whole thing highlighted blue.
  20. Clone the whole motif and arrange carefully below the first motif.  That completes your Pantograph.  Add to sketchbook.
  21. To print out your pantograph, go to Print and Export, Block.
  22. In the dialogue box, under Printing Style, select Outline drawing, Preview.  Review what is going to print.
  23. Now you can print out your pantograph and tape the pages together to use when quilting.

Try drawing your own continuous designs in Electric Quilt to make your own statement.  Just start with an applique motif that can be joined in a continuous line.

Questions or Feedback?

Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

Lori J. Miller lives in Oxford, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern sewist.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  She loves designing using Electric Quilt 8, Electric Quilt Mini and EQ Stitch.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Add stencils to a quilt

Posted 11-22-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori   Uncategorized  

This lesson is all about adding stencils to your quilt.  Stencils are the drawings that show the quilting lines on your quilt. You may want to audition different stencils to decide how you might want to quilt your design and to help you figure out what approach you will take when quilting. You can have stencils that go over individual blocks or you can create a stencil that goes over an entire sections of your quilt. For this lesson, I will show you how I quilted the Anchor’s Away quilt from the last lesson.  If you haven’t completed that lesson, you can find it HERE. First, lets talk about the layers of a quilt.  When you are on the Quilt Worktable, you will see three tabs at the bottom of the screen. Layer 1 This layer is made up of pieced or applique blocks that are stitched together to make

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Anchor’s Away Quilt with a repeating block design

Posted 09-01-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

It’s been a wonderful summer and I wanted to add a cute throw quilt to compliment the pillow we designed last year.  I came up with this Nautical themed quilt with an interesting inset of scrappy diamonds.  And of course, I needed that cute red anchor to set it off.  Let’s get right into the design! Anchors Away Quilt Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Size: 48″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical Strip layout Working with repeating block design Convert an applique block to a motif Let’s take a closer look and analyze this quilt.  I have designed it as a Vertical Strip quilt with applique.  First we are going to focus on the diamond insets. These are 45 degree diamonds that are lined up to form a chevron type pattern.  This is a repeating diamond shape that I designed as an individual block.  The block just had to be square

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Personal Fabric Library

Posted 06-21-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

I have had a lot of questions about creating personal libraries in EQ8.  Many of you want to create your own libraries containing your favorite fabrics from your Stash or from a particular manufacturer.   If you have taken pictures of your stash and imported them into EQ8 or have imported other fabrics into EQ8, you can create and store them in their own library. Electric Quilt allows you to set up your own fabric libraries under My Favorite Fabrics.  When you create your own library, the fabrics that you put into it will be available to use in any project you want to design. Here is how to create that space. Open EQ8. Go to the top Main Menu and click LIBRARIES, choose Fabric Library.  The dialogue box will open. Select the My Favorite Fabrics section. Click the Create Library button and the Add new Library dialogue will open. Enter

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Update Insider Block Worktable

Posted 05-03-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Hello!  Have you been following along with the EQ8 Update Insider?  Here is the last insider post of the new EQ8 Updates for the Block Worktable.   As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! If you missed my previous two posts, check out the General Updates including how to download the update HERE and get the scoop on the Quilt Worktable updates  HERE. Lets explore the Block Worktable Updates. Thicker lines when drawing on the Block Worktable You now have the option to make the drawing segments thicker on the DRAW tab only.  This may help you to see your drawn blocks with more clarity since the lines will be easier to see. To turn thick lines ON, click the gear button on the main toolbar of the Block

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Insider Update Quilt Worktable

Posted 04-26-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Welcome back to the EQ8 Update Insider.  As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the Quilt Worktable Updates to the program. Solid Seam Allowance Lines You could always print seam allowance lines with dashed lines.  Now you have the option to print seam allowance as a solid line.  For many folks, this solid line is easier to see on their printers.  Since everyone’s printer is different, see what works best for you. You can find this checkbox option in the Print dialog box for Templates And in the print dialogue box for foundation patterns. Thick Seam Allowance Lines You can also now display thicker seam allowance lines on Template and Foundation printouts. 

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ Update Insider Whats New?

Posted 04-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

            Yay! As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! I will be sharing several posts with an overview of the changes so you can take advantage of these awesome updates. In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the General Updates to the program. How do you get the EQ8 update? First, check your current version.  If you don’t have Windows or Mac as of this date, then you need the update.  You can check your version by going to the HOME landing page of EQ8,   Look for Product Details under the logo and you can find the version you have. You can find the download on the following link along