While EQ6 comes with an excellent manual and online help, plus Electric Quilt Company provides free online lessons and various ways to learn, there are times when it is simply beneficial to take a class. I strongly recommend Quilt University’s EQ6 Sampler Class by Fran Gonzales. Fran is an excellent teacher, who is an experienced EQ6 instructor and author of EQ books, including EQ Simplified.
Quilt University’s online classes provide a flexible approach to learning with a variety of subjects offered by professional instructors. Typically, a new lesson opens each week during the class sessions with an extra two weeks at the end. Photo galleries and discussion forums allow students to be inspired and learn by each others’ work, as well as receive feedback and help from the instructor.
My experience with QU’s EQ6 Sampler class was very positive. For the beginner EQ6 user, this class will give you the confidence to start using EQ6 to productively create designs on your own. For the more experienced user, it will help provide a refresher and may even call your attention to features you may have overlooked.
The EQ6 Sampler class was comprised of four lessons that were appropriately paced each week. As students completed their work, they posted in a classroom forum where the instructor would provide feedback. This forum was also helpful for students to ask questions and the instructor to provide assistance. I was amazed how much I learned by seeing what other students might ask for assistance with!
I enjoyed how Fran checked the class forum daily, allowing you to get a fast response to any question you might have. She would frequently post little tips to help share insights on EQ6 that were most helpful. I also like how you can print all of the instructor's insights and class exercises, to allow you to repeat an exercise anytime you wanted.
This EQ6 Sampler class is the first of four EQ6 classes that Quilt University offers. This particular class focuses on basic EQ6 features and functions, exploring EQ6 libraries, tools to draw blocks, create motifs and stencils, create a quilt label, and many other aspects of EQ6. The weekly exercises take you through the steps to create a sampler quilt. There are four lessons in this course,. all with great visuals and reading material that is easy to follow.
The next session of QU’s EQ6 Sampler course will begin March 12. Registration will open on February 5th.
QU also offers EQ6 Applique Design starting January 22nd. To clarify, this is the 2nd in the series of EQ6 classes and QU encourages students to start with the EQ6 Sampler course.
Note: QU recommends that their EQ classes be taken in the proper order. They will repeat frequently throughout the year. Please give yourself time to learn the class materials and practice them before taking the next class.
Quilt University offers more than 120 online classes, from basic quilting to graduate design work.
Upcoming QU Class Schedule
- Beginning Machine Embroidery with Joanne Winn
- Crystal Quilts with Dena Crain
- EQ6 Sampler with Fran Gonzalez (class is full, but offered again in March)
- Machine Quilting with Carol Miller
- Painted Landscapes with Michele Scott
- Attic Windows with Daphne Greig
- Cotton Dyeing Basics with Marjie McWilliams
- People in Places with Linda Schmidt
- Starting from Scratch with Carol Miller
- To Bead or Not to Bead with Susan Brittingham
- Bodacious Blossoms with Leslie Lacika
- Bargello Seasons with Ruth Blanchet
- EQ6 Appliqué Design with Patti Anderson
- Goodbye to the Grid with Dena Crain
- Hawaiian Quilting 101 with Nancy Chong
- Quilting Designs with Susan Purney-Mark
- Artists Revisited with Marilyn Belford
- Gradations and Transparencies with Carol Miller
- Journal Quilts with Lily Kerns
- Silk Dyeing with Marjie McWilliams
- Upside-Down Appliqué with Susan Brittingham
- Thick and Thin with Marjie McWilliams
- Arabesque with Martine House
- Designer Pinwheels with Dena Crain
- Drunkard's Flowers with Joan Waldman
- Filament Fantasy with Linda Schmidt
- Reversible Quilts With Leslie Lacika
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