FAQ: Quilt Software and Computer Quilting
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Answered by Sharla Hicks about
Questions about Computer
Quilting and Quilt Software Selection
FAQ: What is the Best Program?
FAQ: The Program manuals are long, do you have anything to
3. FAQ: Why would
I need a Quilt Program when I have a Graphic Program that I can create a quilt
4. FAQ: When
is a Paint/Draw program better than a Quilt Program?
FAQ: Can I export a block or quilt to another
6. FAQ: Can
I export a block or quilt to another Paint/Draw program (Corel Draw, Illustrator)
or Desktop Publishing program (Word, Word Perfect, Claris).
FAQ: Can I "scan" in my block
and use with my "quilt program"?
FAQ: Can I "scan" my fabric
into my Quilt Program?
9. FAQ: Where
can I find information on Printing Fabric using the my
Computer, Scanner and my Printer?
is answered by Penny McMorris from Electric Quilt Company
FAQ: I am having trouble with printing from
Electric Quilt 3, can you help?
1. FAQ: What is the Best Program?
This is the most often asked
question I get whether a person is new to quilting or computers
OR a veteran quilter or a computer techie. It is a difficult
one to answer. Each program has positives and negatives.
Each is organized in a different way and appeals to each user in ways
I can never predict. One of the reason I created my Web Site and wrote
my book called Computer
Quilting Made Easy, Quick Reference Guide to 7 PC Quilting Programs was to enable the consumer to find details about a program
without having to buy the program first. Unfortunately many
of the programs have upgraded and the book is now outdated. But the
latest inform I can offer is the quilt software reviews
you will find on this website.
- As you review the information, consider questions
- What type of quilter you are (traditional,
- How much flexibility are you looking for.
- How much do you want to spend? Do not
discount a program based on price alone as the less expensive
programs often slim down only in a few areas (usually in the
fabric area) but are excellent overall programs.
- Have a list of questions of what features you
want (if you know). Or develop a list as you review the
information about each program.
If at all possible, find a way to get hands-on experience before
you actually purchase a program to be sure you are making the correct
choice. Try more than one program for a better comparison.
Sorry I can not be more specific, but it has been my experience that most people after reviewing
the Software Review Pages are able to uncover the information
they are looking for and make a decision that meets their needs.
Bottom line--all the Quilting Software Programs have something
to offer and that is the reason I carry the majority of them on
my Website. I have the largest selection available on the Web.
2. FAQ: Do you have anything to help
with learning the programs?
- Electric Quilt has provided supplement books, EQ
Simplified, Draw, Color and a block reference book to give
you boost in the learning curve arena. You can find out more information
about their books by clicking
- The manuals for the current set of quilt software
programs are mostly tutorial in nature or come on CD and are not
in book form. In reviewing the manuals, I have found them to be
very helpful to get you through the programs but often lack in-depth
reference topics. This type of detail is found in the Help Files
that come with the program and can be accessed when you are using
the program. This is limiting so my suggestion to you is to print
out the help files and create your own reference guide. I have written
an article on how to print out the help files quickly and efficiently.
You can find the article by clicking
- My book, Quick
Start Guide to Quilt-Pro 2 for the Mac, is good for help with
for MAC version of Quilt-Pro.
- For additional information about helpful books
on computer quilting, go to the Book