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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!
Based in Houston, Texas.

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

Willing to travel

Donna Westerkamp

Let me help you learn the details of EQ8. If you need help installing EQ8 or designing your first quilt. I can give you a personal 1 hour consultation for $40. I can order you EQ8, EQ books and supplies. I am available weekdays and one evening. You can email or text me to set up your consultation. If you want to bring a friend or a small group of 4 who want to learn the same thing, I would be willing to do this also. This is a fun and exciting new software and sometimes a little help when your stuck, will move you forward. I’m here to help you!

Available for: Hands-on classes

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

Heleen Pinkster

Heleen Pinkster is a Dutch designer/teacher. She has been working with EQ since EQ4. She translated books from EQ6, EQ7 and EQ8 in Dutch and knows the software very well. Her classes are in Dutch, but German and English are also possible. Visit her website to see her designs made with the EQ software, or follow her at Facebook.
Please email for further questions.

Heleen Pinkster is een Nederlandse ontwerpster / lesgeefster. Ze werkt al lange tijd met EQ. Ze is met EQ4 begonnen en heeft inmiddels voor EQ6, EQ7 en EQ8 Nederlandse vertalingen van de boeken geschreven. Heleen ontwerpt al haar patronen in EQ. Neem maar eens een kijkje op haar website om te zien wat er allemaal mogelijk is met EQ.
Voor persoonlijke cursus, cursus in groepen of demo’s kunt u contact opnemen met Heleen, bij voorkeur via email.

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

Willing to travel

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