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More great Electric Quilt software

Updated on April 7, 2016
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Quilter, author, tutor, columnist, Jan T Urquhart Baillie has been enthusing others with her passion for quilting for more than 30 years.

Electric Quilt is not just Electric Quilt!

The Electric Quilt Company from Bowling Green, Ohio, makes many, many quilt related computer programmes, some of which are stand-alone and some of which need EQ to operate.

I have been reviewing computer programmes which are of interest to quilters for almost twenty years. I write about them in my Computer Quilts column in Down Under Quilts magazine.

Let me show you some of my favourites, and how good they are to use in your patchwork and quilting efforts.

All images of EQ software and website are the property of The Electric Quilt Company. Used with permission

Electric Quilt (EQ) has so many facets

You can be a beginner user or a power user, there's plenty for everyone.

When I first started using EQ, I was a raw beginner and now...

Design your own blocks or use some of the 5000+ blocks that arde included with the programme.

One of my very favourite parts of EQ is the quilt layouts that are designed for you as starter designs which I just love to play around with, and to use out of the box.

You can scan your own fabrics so that your designs will look close to the quilt you will make, or use some of the thousands of fabrics that come with the software. These fabrics can be added to with free addons esch month from the EQ website.

I use EQ to design quilts, for my students, for my writing

Jewel Box medallion set quilt layout
Jewel Box medallion set quilt layout

This design is part of a class, where students learned to design using the Jewel Box block, a traditional patchwork block.

The class was called Jewel Box Quilt Design, and all the block images and the quilt variations were designed in EQ and then exported for use on the web. All without leaving EQ!

You can trace a photo for a paper piecing pattern

Captain Billy's Landing  by Jan T Urquhart Baillie
Captain Billy's Landing by Jan T Urquhart Baillie

You can import an image into EQ - and trace it for an applique pattern

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Import an imageResize it to fit the block sizeBegin to draw (trace)Convert strokes to patchesPatch not closedHIde the image to see whereNow it's closedThe finished drawing
Import an image
Import an image
Resize it to fit the block size
Resize it to fit the block size
Begin to draw (trace)
Begin to draw (trace)
Convert strokes to patches
Convert strokes to patches
Patch not closed
Patch not closed
HIde the image to see where
HIde the image to see where
Now it's closed
Now it's closed
The finished drawing
The finished drawing
Paper Piecing template printed from Sew Precise software
Paper Piecing template printed from Sew Precise software

What is paper foundation piecing?

A really great way to make complex blocks

Paper foundation piecing is where you print or draw a design in reverse on a piece of paper, and then you sew patches together using the seam lines on the paper to create your patchwork block.

At first I found this really difficult, as it was all "back to front and inside out".

But when I used to have to show people how to use the software, I developed my own method of sewing paper foundation piecing. I call it 'sewing on the line'.

And the quilt with the fish - that Angela made for my book, A Moment in Time

What a Whopper!
What a Whopper!

Basket block (pattern from Sew Precise) - from The Basket Quilt

Kaleidoscopes Galore! - Get this one for yourself from Amazon

Kaleidoscope Collection
Kaleidoscope Collection

Add-on for Electric Quilt 5 (EQ5) or Electric Quilt 6 (EQ6). This CD includes over 500 kaleidoscope style foundation blocks. Huge variety of styles: stars, compasses, pinwheels, flowers, and more. Easy-to-sew, print any size, these blocks are ready to recolor and set into layouts. Enough blocks for hundreds of projects! Requires EQ5 or EQ6. Made in USA.

I loved the designs and the quilts in this programme.

You can use it in EQ7 too!


Designed in Quilt Design Wizard - very powerful, very simple to use

Quilt layout/design
Quilt layout/design

Get your own copy of The Quilt Design Wizard

The Electric Quilt Co. Electric Quilt Design Wizard
The Electric Quilt Co. Electric Quilt Design Wizard

If you want a programme that is so simple to use, gives you sewing instructions, and has over 200 blocks, look no further than the Quilt Design Wizard.

While you can’t draw your own blocks, or edit any of the library blocks, you have plenty of scope for designing quilts using the blocks that exist in the programme.

When I reviewed this on release, I was very impressed with how much you could do with this software. I would call it entry level quilt software because there are limited features. However, many quilters are happy with an easy to use programme, that is not as complex as its big brother, Electric Quilt.

I give it ☆☆☆☆☆


Bonus files for you - From the book below

Faces library
Faces library

EQ6 Companion Book 4: Applique Drawing - Best ever applique drawing book for EQ

EQ6 Appliqué Drawing (Beginner's Guide to Drawing Like a Pro by Angie Padilla, EQ6 Companion Book 4)
EQ6 Appliqué Drawing (Beginner's Guide to Drawing Like a Pro by Angie Padilla, EQ6 Companion Book 4)

Wrote about this great book in my Computer Quilts column. Had fun with the lessons and learned heaps!

You get the bonus content by following the instructions for downloading in side.


© 2010 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

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    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @JoyfulPamela2: Yes you can do it. Quilts are beautiful, I agree. Thanks for stoppong by.

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow, I wish I could quilt, but it is one of those things that is way beyond me. They always look so beautiful, though! : )

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Log Cabin quilts are one of the most well loved traditional designs out there. Have you decided on a design yet? EQ would help VBG!

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      8 years ago

      I want to make a new quilt for my bed. I made this log cabin quilt years ago and loved it. It wasn't fancy but it was pretty.

      Thanks for sharing,


    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @SueM11: Oh, please do! And I can help! Thanks for popping in for a visit!

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      Sue Mah 

      8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      What amazing designs. I made one quilt for my daughter and after that never ventured to do any more. Looking at your lovely designs made me want to try again.

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @Faye Rutledge: Thanks for the congrats. I've been playing with Eq since 1992, so I'm amazed that you've not heard of it.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never heard of this. Very intersting and well done lens. Congratulations on 100!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      You say such nice things


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      8 years ago

      Such color ~ such beauty!

      Congrats on #100! Way to Go!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @SusanDeppner: You get an EQ programme, and the sky's the limit! Thanks fo rvisiting.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My mom's the quilter in the family, but I know what I like and I really like these designs. How fun to be able to make a custom design of your own!


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