How to Use This Blog

Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Sometimes there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.

The IQ system is constantly evolving, so please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones, or buttons that have changed position or names. However, the videos have not been removed because the methods demonstrated are still valid.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Adding Width to the Quilting Design after Starting the Quilt, by Sheridan Carter.

Oops there's been a mistake. The quilt on the IntelliQuilter screen is smaller than the one that's on the frame and this video will show you how to correct the problem.

Properly Shutting Down, Saving Needle Position and Restarting a Panto, by Sheridan Carter.

Join Sheridan Carter as she takes you step by step through saving your needle position, saving your project and properly shutting down. . Next, you are guided through restarting.

Quilting a Lone Star with Continuous Curves Line Pattern, by Sheridan Carter.

This Lone Star was the perfect design to quilt with Continuous Curves and Line Pattern makes it so easy. Join Sheridan as she takes you step by step through the process of quilting with IntelliQuilter.

Using Adjust when Stitching a Panto

Adjust the edges and include a pause marker to allow Intelliquilter to assist you! Never quilt too far off the edges or stop short of the quilt you planned. Adjust is the perfect answer and it so easy.

Realigning Two Ways, by Sheridan Carter

In this video we show two ways to realign after finishing a row and moving the quilt. Anytime you move the quilt, you must tell Intelliquilter where you are. Intelliquilter is easy to realign and there are two methods to use

Using Line Pattern to Stitch in the Ditch, by Sheridan Carter.

This video demonstrates how to use line pattern for stitching in the ditch. Sheridan uses an APQS machine so she shows how to direct her laser light down through the machine's foot. Sheridan also shows her clicker and how to use it. Any type of presentation clicker can be used to activate some of the buttons on iQ.

Restarting After a Thread Break Alert, by Sheridan Carter.

Join Sheridan Carter in the studio when her APQS Lucey runs out of bobbin thread. No need to worry when Intelliquilter allows you to move the machine to change the bobbin and makes it so easy to resume quilting. Restart is a fabulous option and makes it super easy to get quilting again.

Tutorial for Setting up and Saving a Pantograph or E-2-E, by Sheridan Carter

Sheridan Carter takes you step by step in setting up a pantograph on the ClassIQ. Follow along and get comfortable using the IQ tablet off the frame to design and save a quilt to be stitched out later.

Part 3. Crosshatching, by Sheridan Carter.

Stitching the crosshatching.

Part 2. Crosshatching, by Sheridan Carter.

Editing, sequencing and previewing the crosshatching.

Part 1. Crosshatching using line pattern, echo and clipping block, by Sheridan Carter.

Here Sheridan shows how to create a crosshatching pattern using echo pattern. Watch Part 2 and Part 3 for the complete demonstration, including further editing, sequencing and stitching.

Custom Quilting Blocks With Intelliquilter Tutorial, by Sheridan Carter.

Custom quilting will involve working in the different areas of the quilt and adding special quilting to make the quilt sing! One way to place custom work in a block is by marking the block and placing a design with easy editing. After stitching in the ditch, Sheridan walks you through marking a block and placing a design within that space. Modify the design with simple changes to make the design a perfect fit.

IntelliQuilter Tutorial for No-Sew Zone, by Sheridan Carter.

Here's a fun tutorial for you to practice a no sew zone. Relax and enjoy the video as I take you step by step though a small quilt project. I chose a dense background which will really make the no sew zone pop! No sew zones are fabulous around applique or you may have an area that you need to avoid while stitching. That could be a bulky patch or part of a decoration and this will help you be prepared. Let's do this! Sheridan Carter is the owner of Sheridan Kay Quilting in Hendersonville, NC

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Faux Ruler Work on the IQ

This is an excellent video lesson by Sonya Chinn. It explains how Sonya quilted what looked like Ruler work in blocks, with the appearance of the line continuing into surrounding blocks, on the Intelliquilter. Sonya describes every step,and at the end she shows how she uses the snap to needle button to realign a pattern. Sonya also uses the reset handles tool of distort. Custom quilting is never fast but iQ stitches these kinds of straight lines perfectly so it well worth using iQ for custom quilting. While it takes a bit of time to create the patterns, once they are saved you never have to do that again. Thank you Sonya for an excellent demonstration.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Helen's iQ - using snap to needle to realign patterns.

Recently there was a question about how to use snap to needle that appears at the page titled 'Modify Pattern', so here's a quick demonstration showing how to use it to move a pattern, or realign it, to a new location.

Helen's iQ - local configurations, and the stop marker.

I encourage everyone to look at the local configurations when you come across them. They allow you to set iQ to do what you want - for instance, if you are tired of seeing some pop-up windows, you can turn them off. I also demonstrate the stop marker, which lets you set iQ to stop at a sepcific place on your quilt so you don't have to stand and watch ready to touch pause. Why might you want to pause the stitching? If ther's an open seam, a thick seam, and embellishment, or if you want the stitching to pause close to the end of a panto row so you can check if the pattern will end where you want it to end.

Helen's iQ - Transitions for no-sew zones.

A talk about the different transition options for no-sew zones. This is another good test to run, if you haven't used no-sew zones or clipping blocks before, in order to find out how the different transitions stitch out and which you prefer. It's not necessary to do this every time you need a no-sew zone because once you understand the differences, you'll be able to decide which one is best for each no-sew zone you create.  These transition choices will also appear when a clipping block is created.
At about the 2:30 mark there's bit of skipping where I stopped to change my bobbin (poor planning on my part). It sounds as if you have missed something, but it was nothing important. I finished stitching the block without starting the recording again and that's why I used Close Block. At the 12:50 mark, I get into a loop by hitting the back button - I finally realise that hitting the cancel button is the right thing to do. You cannot hear me say that clearly, which is why I'm writing this.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Helen's iQ - using a digitised alphabet.

In this video I show how to use the complete alphabet pattern from Laurie Thomas ( to make a word.
This method works for any alphabet that comes as one pattern that has all the letters joined with jump stitches.

As with every video I make, I say the name of the button I am touching so if you miss seeing me touch a button, don't worry - just listen.

Helen's iQ - stitch length

In this video I make a test piece that helps in understanding, and remembering, how to set my quilting machine and iQ to get the stitch length I prefer. This can be a challenge for new iQ owners so taking a little time to do this is well worth it. I am using IntelliQuilter on my Gammill Premier whic has the IntelliStitch stitch regulator. I am stitching on an old sheet with scrap batting.

After doing these simple lines, sew a few more lines where you change both the settings on iQ and your machine speed. Make clear notes on the fabric.

I encourage you to stitch many samples - more than I show in the video. Label them so you have a quick reference guide. With experience you will get to know your settings but this is a good way to start out.

Helen's iQ - cleaning the drive wheels.

In this video I am cleaning the drive wheel on my Y motor. The video is a bit choppy right at the end where the camera was turned off by mistake, but nothing important was missed. This was also a hand held camera which got the best view of the drive wheel. After cleaning the Y motor drive wheel, I would go on and clean the X motor drive wheel.  Do this at least once a month, but more often if you are quilting a lot, or know that your tracks oxidise like mine. I also have to clean my EdgeRider wheels frequently, along with the tracks, to remove the black.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

IQ Spiral Echo Change Start Point

In this video Sonya Chinn shows how to create a spiral echo and change its start point.

IQ Catalog Organization - Naming Conventions

This video by Sonya Chinn explains how the naming of catalogs works on the Intelliquilter and how to move patterns into new catalogs. You can find a hand out for much of what is in the video (it might help the video make sense) at Sonya's blog

IQ Angel/ Bird Feathers and Shingles

 Sonya Chinn made this excellent video showing how to design a pattern to be used on wings, and another for roof shingles. All done very quickly on your iQ.