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Electric Quilt 7 for PC or MAC is a full feature quilting software for the traditional and innovative quilter. Many new features and enhancements following the trend of creating quilts using scanned photos are in place to make designing a unique photo influenced block or quilt even easier!

Electric Quilt 7 aka EQ7

Electric Quilt 7
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Developer: Electric Quilt Company
Item Code: e01a
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REQUIRED: Minimum system requirements for EQ7:

  • MAC (OS X) Software
  • OR
  • Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, or Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • Internet access (Internet required for activation, deactivation, and periodic validations.)
  • 750 MB of available hard-disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Netbook compatible


  • Monitor with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • Adobe® Reader®
  • Sound card for demo videos

Activation information:

  • Internet access is required for activation, deactivation, and periodic validations
  • Unlimited installations
  • Activations can be easily transferred between computers
  • Two (2) computers may be simultaneously active
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Electric Quilt 7 Overview provided by Electric Quilt Company

Design — Dream — Create

Electric Quilt 7 does it all. Quilts, Blocks and now PHOTOS! Includes all the design features of EQ5 & EQ6 plus all new design tools for beginning and advanced users.

New Activation Policy

You’ll never run out of EQ7 activations! Activation and deactivation is as easy as two clicks of the mouse. Install on as many computers as you like and quickly transfer activations from computer to computer. This new policy gives you complete freedom to manage your own activations --- and no dongle to worry about! For more information view the FAQ About Activation & Deactivation.

UPGRADE: What's New!

1. New Image Worktable

You can work on quilts... you can work on blocks... but now you can work on images! Import images into EQ7 and crop them right on your screen. After that there are infinite possibilities for adjusting color, saturation, lightness, histograms, contrast, and even mapping colors in the image to colors on the color wheel or in palettes of color. Memory quilts, T-shirt quilts, and photo art quilts will be a blast to design in EQ7 now that you can work on your images and set them in your quilts all in the same software.

Crop, resize, and adjust images right on your screen

2. Drag & Drop and Snap to Grid on the Quilt Worktable

If you found setting blocks in Custom Set quilts or on Layers 2 or 3 cumbersome or clumsy, you'll love the new drag & drop features we've included on the Quilt worktable! Just grab the block, motif, stencil, embroidery, photo, or fabric from the palette and drag it onto the quilt. Turn on the Snap to Grid features to make sizing and positioning blocks easy in Custom Set. Not only can you drag & drop items onto the quilt, but you can sort items in many of the palettes this way too!

drag and drop on the quiltdrag and drop on the quilt

Drag the item from the palette and drop it onto the quilt. It will show as transparent as you drag.
When you release, it will size according to its saved design size.
Then use the Adjust tool as you normally would to re-position, re-size, or rotate it.


3. Eyedropper Improvements

Choose whether you pick up fabrics or colors when you click on the quilt. You can even click on photos to find matching fabrics or colors in your Sketchbook Fabrics and Colors palette that match. Not only can you find fabrics and colors, you can also use the Eyedropper to find blocks. When you click, EQ7 will find the exact block and coloring in the Sketchbook Blocks palette so you can set it elsewhere in your quilt.

it finds it in the paletteFind fabrics or colors even in photos!

Use the Eyedropper to find fabrics or colors even from photos!

4. Swath Tool for Drawing Curved Flying Geese

If you liked the Brush Stroke from EQ6, you'll love the new Swath tool in EQ7. Drag out a freehand line with the Swath tool and pick the swath's properties. Each one can have diamonds or triangles inside and be as plain or curvy as you like.

Accent old blocks or make new blocks with the Swath tool.

Accent old blocks or make new blocks with the Swath tool.

5. Photo Patchwork Quilts

Want to make a fun One Patch quilt? Click QUILT > New Quilt > Photo Patchwork and import an image. Choose from lots of patch styles or make your own custom patches. EQ7 takes the pixels in the photo that cross that patch and colors the quilt for you! These quilts are great for printing on fabric too.

Choose a photo, choose a patch style and convert the image to make your own Photo Patchwork quilt.

YouTube Video: Electric Quilt on Quilting Arts (106 - Trace Photos)

6. Four More Serendipity Options

Draw blocks without drawing! In addition to Framing blocks, Tilting blocks, and Merging blocks which were added to EQ6, you can now Clip & Flip blocks, Shrink & Flip blocks, Kaleidoscope blocks, and make Fancy Star blocks. With 7 Serendipity options in all, you can create your own custom designs from other blocks in seconds.

frame blocks
Frame blocks one or more times using any of our
pre-designed frames.


Tilt blocks
NEW! Tilt blocks to turn blocks on-point or
create your own Twisted Log Cabin-like designs.


Merge blocks
Merge blocks together by choosing a background
and a foreground block.

Clip and Flip blocks
NEW! Clip and Flip blocks to make new blocks
using the top-left quadrant of the design
and rotate however you like.

Shrink and Flip blocks
NEW! Shrink and Flip blocks
to make new blocks
using the entire block and rotate however you like.

Kaleidoscope blocks
NEW! Kaleidoscope blocks
by choosing a Half-Square or
a Quarter-Square triangular portion of the block.

Make Fancy Star blocks
NEW! Make Fancy Star blocks with 5 to 10 points and rotated however you like with or without the background block.

See how EQ7 is getting easier and easier to USE!

1. Easier Than Ever for New Users!

Learn to use the software by watching the 10 videos targeted for beginners. Then go through the 22 printable full-color PDF lessons for comprehensive, step-by-step lessons that show you how to design quilts, draw blocks, work with images, and print patterns. It's like having a teacher right there with you!

Learn EQ7 by going through the 22 available software lessons
Learn EQ7 by watching the videos and going through the 22 software lessons included

Need reference information on a tool or feature you're using? We've integrated new Help buttons into much of the interface and Tool Help. If you see a Help button or "Get more details" link, click it and the EQ7 Help will open to the exact page describing how to use the feature. You can also look up tools and topics in the EQ7 User Manual for step-by-step instructions.

Click Help whenever you see it to learn more about a feature
Click Help to learn how "Colorize" lets you create sepia-toned images and desaturated images of any color.

With so much help available right inside the program and new features that make the program simpler to use, you'll find this is the easiest EQ ever!


2. Design Quilts

Quilts can be as simple- or as complex-looking as you like. EQ7 can help whether you want to make a horizontal quilt with plain squares, or an intricate custom quilt with blocks of all different sizes. Choose from any of our 10 automatic layouts, over 540 pre-designed layouts by size & by style, popular quick-quilts, or draw your own layout. The possibilities are endless.

Automatic Layouts
Quickly make Samplers, On-Point Quilts, and Medallion Quilts using any of the automatic styles. You can even create One-Patch quilts based off photos using the new Photo Patchwork layout style.

Automatic layout
Choose an automatic layout, modify the number of blocks and borders,
set blocks into the quilt, then color with real fabrics.

Pre-Designed Layouts by Size or Style
Need queen-sized or center medallion quilt? The Layout library has over 540 pre-designed layouts for you to fill with blocks and fabrics. With over 120 new layouts since EQ6, including new "Hexagonal" and "Twelve 12 Inch Blocks" categories, you can have a lot of fun using these layouts as a starting point.

pre-designed layouts in the library
The layouts from "Stars" and "Hexagonal" are sure to be favorites.
Traditional blocks skew when set in those spaces making for amazing medallion quilts.

YouTube Video: Design Abstract Quilts using EQ

Start with a Quick-Quilt
We've included many popular traditional designs in the "Start with a quick-quilt project" section. If you need a Double Irish Chain quilt, just select the Irish Chain project, and choose from the different quilt sizes in the Sketchbook. These quilts can be edited, re-colored, redesigned, or even just printed. They are quick and easy to use.

Start with a quick-quilt
Start with a quick quilt and redesign it or just start printing patterns.


YouTube Video: Help is Everywhere in EQ7

Create a Quilt from a Block
Draw your own grids and turn them into Custom Set quilts. Once you've drawn the block, you're only a few clicks away from turning it into a quilt layout that can be filled with blocks and fabrics.

create quilt from block
Draw a block or use one from the library. Convert it into a quilt, then set in blocks and color.
It's that easy to make a truly custom Custom Set quilt.

3. Borders & Sashing

You can set any pieced or Appliqué blocks into your border or sash spaces. Browse through hundreds of ready-made border and sash blocks just waiting for you in the EQ7 Block Library.

Choose from over 290 pre-designed Auto Borders, or create your own. Have as many borders as you like. You pick the width -- EQ7 does the math, fitting borders perfectly for you. Central Medallions only take a few clicks to design.

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Add borders to your quilts and either fill the borders with your own blocks
or use the Auto Borders for quick and amazing results.


4. Working with Images

Choose Apply > Effects, Apply > Filters, or Apply > Symmetries from the Image menu and you'll be on your way to a whole world of new image possibilities. EQ7 has over 45 different effects that can be applied to images, including artistic, noise, blur and many more. Filters allow you to sharpen, unsharpen, or detect the edges of your image. Square and Circular symmetries take portions of your image and repeat them according to your choices.

You can apply more than one to an image for a truly unique effect. Print these images onto printable fabric to use as whole photos in your memory quilts, or chop the printed images up to make one-of-a-kind fabrics for your piecing.

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apply filters 1 apply filters 2 apply filters 3 apply filters 4
apply symmetries 1 apply symmetries 2 apply symmetries 3 apply symmetries 4

Create unique images to use as photos or fabric in your quilts.

YouTube Video:
Using Photo Symmetry in EQ7

YouTube Video: Adding Effects to Your Photos in EQ7

YouTube Video: Using the Photo Layout

YouTube Video: Electric Quilt on Quilting Arts (106 - Trace Photos)

5. Drawing Blocks

Draw beautiful, original blocks and stencils, or let EQ7 create new blocks for you. Draw pieced blocks in EasyDraw or Pieced PatchDraw. EasyDraw works like a pencil and paper. Draw straight lines and arcs and subdivide as needed. Pieced PatchDraw has click-and-snap grids, designed to simplify drawing complex blocks like New York Beauty, Wheel, Kaleidoscope, and Eight-Point Star blocks.

draw pieced blocks
Draw your own pieced blocks using the Line and Arc tools in EasyDraw,
or draw from dot to dot on the click-and-snap grids in Pieced PatchDraw.

Appliqué blocks and quilting stencils can be drawn using pullout shapes like hearts, leaves, teardrops, circles, squares, and more. The Freehand tool lets you draw freely, just as you would doodle on paper. For drawing help, you can import an image and trace right over it. Vines and leaves are easy with the Brush Stroke and Swath tools. Just decide whether you want a plain vine or one filled with flying geese or diamonds.

draw pieced blocks
Draw your own Appliqué blocks or stencils using the tools in PatchDraw.
Make the most realistic Appliqué by tracing pictures.

YouTube Video: Turning a Photo into a Block by Tracing in EQ7

Don't be afraid of drawing on your own. Remember, we've included full-color PDF lessons (11 lessons just on drawing!) to give you step-by-step instructions on learning how to use the drawing tools.

EQ7 can also create blocks for you with the 7 Serendipity features. No drawing necessary! Create instant Kaleidoscope blocks by letting EQ7 work its magic for you. Or turn any block into a star with a few clicks. Just choose the number of star points and rotation -- from 5 to 10.

Serendipity > Fancy Star feature in EQ7
This irregular Quarter Log Cabin block can be used to make all these stars and more
using EQ7's "Fancy Star" Serendipity feature... and you don't have to draw a thing!

YouTube Video: Using the Wreath Maker Feature to Create New Block Ideas

6. Coloring Quilts and Blocks

Over 5000 scanned fabrics. Find them by theme (modern to antique), by color (you can even search by color), or by fabric company. Scan your own fabrics, then crop and "tweak" them right in EQ7. Save them and "notecard" them in your own My Library to use and re-use. EQ7 scales the fabrics for you -- no matter what size your quilt or block -- so what you see in EQ7 is what you'll get in your finished quilt.

Import & Edit Fabric Scans Right in EQ7

We've all done it at least once: forgotten to crop an image before importing it and our resulting quilts and blocks look like they have tile grout lines. Now in EQ7, you can edit those imported fabric scans without having to jump back to an additional software to fix the scans and re-import them. Edit the images in EQ7, add the new versions to the Sketchbook, and begin coloring again. Fix crooked stripes, crop out trimmed edges, adjust hue or brightness in EQ7 so your quilts and blocks look great whenever you color them.


Fix scan images in EQ7.
Import your fabric scans to the new Image Worktable.
Crop & adjust the scans, then add them to the Sketchbook as fabric,
so you can start coloring quilts and blocks.

YouTube Video: Using Fabric Scans in your EQ7 Project

Color tools let you play "what if" before you cut fabric. You can even let the computer to choose colors for you with the Random Recolor tool. Rotate your fabric at any angle you choose, using the Rotate Fabric tool to create special effects with even the simplest stripes.

7. Block Patterns

EQ7 includes over 5,000 copyright-free blocks. Use and re-use blocks as patterns or quilting stencils. Choose any size. Or use EQ7's new Serendipity tools to magically turn any block into a new original block.

Search for blocks by Name or by Category. Searching by Category allows you to find blocks by theme, piecing style, or difficulty level.

Fix scan images in EQ7.
Search the 5000 library blocks... by name (search for "Log" to find "Log Cabin" or "Interlaced Logs"), or...
by category (search for "Easter" to find Easter baskets, bunnies, eggs, and chicks).

8. Printing Patterns

Print Templates, Foundation Patterns, and Rotary Cutting Charts. Choose any pattern style, and any size. Or print right from the quilt. EQ7 remembers the size on the quilt, and the block's orientation too -- so perfect for skewed blocks.

print patterns
You choose the type of printout that works best for the block *and you*!

Print blocks in any size, as line drawings or colored in fabric. Print dotted-line quilting stencils. You can even print more than one block on the page, perfect for English paper piecing templates, or even quilt-themed gift tags.

Print quilts as line drawings (like kids' coloring book pages) or colored in fabric. Or create fancy borders with an empty center, then write on the center to create a quilt label. Print yardage estimates for the whole quilt at once with 2 clicks.

NEW Print multiple photos at once. Just drag and drop your photos on the new Photo Layout page, fitting photos together so you don't waste an inch of printable fabric.

Position and size images in Photo Layout so you don't waste printable fabric.
Position and size images in Photo Layout so you don't waste printable fabric.

9. Exporting

Create professional images of your blocks and quilts to use in class hand-outs. Or send them to magazine & book publishers, or commercial printers.

Export parts of your design to show a work-in-progress for classes. For example, drag a selection box around a row in your quilt, then paste it into your Word document to illustrate your how-to instructions.

Export full-color images or outline drawings of your quilt or blocks to use as Web images, guild newsletter pictures, magazine or book illustrations, pattern covers or just to show off. You choose the file type (jpg, gif, tif, png or bmp) and resolution, from 75 to 600 dpi.

Export metafiles of blocks (vector drawings) to "explode" to illustrate piecing diagrams you. The EQ7 User Manual shows you how to pull apart the patches in Word.

Position and size images in Photo Layout so you don't waste printable fabric.
Export images from EQ7 to make handouts and piecing diagrams.

YouTube Video: Export Images from EQ7

Looking for more details on basic block, quilt layouts and printing???

Look over the EQ6 Review & EQ5 Review for additional information on what you find in enhanced EQ7 for drawing tools, print outs and quilt layouts!

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