Find a Teacher

Looking for an EQ8 teacher to teach at your quilt shop, guild meeting, or other event? The teachers listed below are available for hire. Contact the teacher using the info below for more details.

Barb Gardner

Barb has been working with EQ since EQ3 and can present lectures or classes for your group. Classes could be hands on or demonstrations and modified for your group.

The lecture is called “Evolution of a Quilt”
Come into the computer age and use your computer screen as a virtual design wall. Electric Quilt is the ultimate video game for quilters. Play with color, design, layout and print patterns before even cutting the fabric. No more making up fabric squares, only to find they aren’t “working”.

Come to see a quilt evolve from an idea to a design, to patterns and a finished quilt, all with just a few key strokes. Most of the commands are very similar to standard word processing tools and your smart phone. Traditional, modern and art quilts will be discussed.

For those not interested in computer design, Barb will show lots of quilts on the screen and in person to keep you entertained. She will also talk about creating a successful quilt design. Many of her quilts are tops only, to fit more into a suitcase and stay under the weight restrictions.

She has taught EQ classes at quilt shops, festivals, state guilds and “The International Quilt Festival” in Houston.

Barb has had works published and won awards with designs using the Electric Quilt (EQ) Program. She had a quilt designed using EQ travel with the Hoffman Challenge, a piece hang in Houston and another in the Ricky Tims “Kool Kaleidoscope CD. Her work has been featured in publications such as American Quilter, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and Quiltmaker Magazine.

Barb has a background in “Textile Design” from Iowa State University and designs patterns under “Gardners Delights Patterns“. Barb was inducted into the Colorado Quilt Council “Hall of Fame” in 2011. She is active in several local guilds and makes charity quilts.

Barb is from Louisville Colorado but is willing to travel.
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Available for: Hands-on classes, Online class sessions, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Becky Ray

Beginning Electric Quilt 8 is an overview of the quilt design program. In this hands on class you will learn about the icons and what they do and learn how to create blocks and put blocks into quilts. (If you do not own the program, a class copy can be downloaded ahead of time.) Other features of the program such as various printing features, quilting options and image manipulation will be discussed and experienced.
Advanced Electric Quilt 8 is an indepth class on the functions of the quilt design program. In this hands on class, you will learn about designing a quilt from start to finish. You should already be familiar with the basic functions of EQ8 offered in the Beginning class.

Available for: Hands-on classes, Online class sessions, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Carol Ann Maurer

Electric Quilt 8 PowerPoint Lecture- The latest version of Electric Quilt (8) rolled out recently. It is very easy to use and is very intuitive! Ever wish that you could pull that quilt right out of your imagination and actually see it on a screen? To be able to re-draw, rotate; re-color print as a foundation or as a template instead of using graph paper and colored pencils? Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be able to design a quilt and be able to calculate the amount of fabric needed for the size you create? This lecture is a 45-55 minute PowerPoint lecture about features and benefits to using this particular software, and why it is my choice when I design my quilts and my patterns. I own other design software, but feel this EQ 8 version surpasses all of the ones out there, and I will tell you why! This lecture can be followed up with a separate 2 part workshop that includes a limited demo version students can download (only at the workshop) and design with on their own laptops (and for 14 days thereafter) to try it before considering a purchase. Spend less time designing and more time quilting with EQ8 is my motto!

Available for: Hands-on classes, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Gulnara Polyanskaya (Russia)

Gulnara teaches online EQ7 and EQ8 classes in Russia. View her website for details!

Available for: Online class sessions

Jennifer Rapacki

Jennifer Rapacki is a tech-savvy fabric artisan specializing in combining traditional quilting techniques with technology driven designs and inkjet printing on fabric. In her lecture, Creativity Unleashed: Modern Technology for Quilters, she presents many of the possibilities when using a computer as a design tool for quilts. She offers a beginning EQ class: Design That! Quilt with Electric Quilt. Advanced classes available upon request.

Available for: Hands-on classes, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Karen Ackva

I have been making quilts for almost two decades and using EQ software since 2005 to design most of those quilts. This computer nerd knows the ins and outs of Electric Quilt to provide you with the shortcuts to make quick and easy designs. Learn the basics or expand your knowledge to become a world class quilt and quilt block designer. Based in Germany, I am able to provide EQ training within Europe. Classes are held in English (software language) with German translations as needed. Book a class for your quilt shop, guild, retreat or check online for nearby classes.

Available for: Hands-on classes, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Kathryn Groves

I bring a unique set of skills to my teaching. A quiltmaker for nearly 20 years, I have been using EQ for 18 of them. In addition, I was a Microsoft Office User Specialist and taught computer software classes for many years. As a Quiltworx certified Instructor — teaching is my passion! Let me help you learn how to take your quiltmaking (both design and construction!) to the next level. Classes for all skill levels and a wide variety of content areas.

I’m willing to travel to your shop, quilt or group! Let’s get a class on the calendar!

Available for: Hands-on classes, Online class sessions, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Lauren MacDonald

Lauren MacDonald lives in northern Ontario (and visits Michigan every year). She taught computer classes for many years, so when she found out about quilt design software, she tried out two programs and bought Electric Quilt. Since then, she has used the quilt design software to help quilting friends transfer their ideas into quilts, to create projects for her guild newsletter, to create charity quilt projects for her quilt club and to design her own quilted projects, from Trend-Tex projects to Canada 150 quilts (approximately 2500 projects reside on two older computers and the current one!!). She has written several articles about using Electric Quilt in The Canadian Quilter (canadianquilter.com)
Lauren is enthusiastic about the latest version – Electric Quilt 8®. This improved program is immensely helpful to new users – it has become so helpful for design purposes that quilters are finding it indispensable to the quilt design process.
Supplies: For a group, it would be useful to have a projector on hand to connect to a computer.
Quilters may wish to bring a tablet or laptop with Electric Quilt 8 installed and activated (run it at least once at home with Internet access).

Available for: Hands-on classes, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Lori Miller

Lori J. Miller is a quilter, pattern designer, teacher and EQ8 superfan from Oxford, Michigan.
Lori offers beginning and intermediate EQ8 classes that helps the student develop confidence to design beautiful blocks and quilts.
Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs. “My joy is working with fun colors, patterns and designs.
Using EQ for the design process, Lori’s quilts have been exhibited nationally and she has had her designs published in magazines including Fons and Porter Quick Quilts, Modern Patchwork, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and APQ Quilts and More. Lori also shares EQ8 design tips with EQ8 Lessons with Lori on the doyoueq.com blog. A member of the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild and the Stitching Sisters Quilts of Valor group, you can follow her adventures on instagram/lorimillerdesigns, facebook/lorimillerdesigns or catch her blog at www. lorimillerdesigns.com.

Available for: Hands-on classes, In-store classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel

Margaret Tinnin

Beginning Classes for Electric Quilt 8, or Electric Quilt 7

Available for: Hands-on classes, Guild presentations

Willing to travel