Frequently Asked Questions
Answered for the Expressive Quilter
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Answered by Sharla Hicks
about quilt software.
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when is a graphic program better, can I export and import blocks into quilt software,
can I scan fabric or blocks into quilting software? What about printing on fabric?
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FAQ: When is a Paint/Draw program better than a Quilt Program?
Using Paint/Draw program works best with
quilts that use distortion, blending, gradation fills as the main factor in the
HINT: I often develop my starting quilt in
a quilt program and export it to a graphic program
NOTE: Be sure
to check out Creative
(a program being marketed to quilters who are looking for something
different). It has innovative twists, curves, kaleidoscopes, parabolas and more
in the design options--it does distortion like no other program--quilt or paint/draw--that
I know of.
5. FAQ: Can I export a block or
quilt to another "quilting program".
Electric Quilt and Quilt
Pro have provide a back door by allowing you to export and import and .WMF files,
the Windows Picture format.
FAQ: Can I export a block or quilt to another Paint/Draw program (Corel Draw,
Adobe Illustrator, Photo Shop) or Desktop Publishing program (Word, Word Perfect,
PC WINDOW PROGRAMS: Bargello,
Creative Impulse, Electric
Quilt, PCQuilt for Windows, Quilt-Pro
and QuiltSOFT. These
programs easily use the Clipboard to copy and paste into another program that
accepts Clipboard images. Some program have an export option built into the
File menu that allows an export of a block and or quilt. Many of the Quilt Program
manuals have tutorials that help
you export blocks and quilts to other programs like Word for watermarks, address
labels and other helpful ideas.
The two programs that I have been experimented
successfully to nterface between Quilt-Pro and CorelDraw. Both work well together
because they are both Vector based programs. Ship the Quilt-Pro image via
the clipboard over to CorelDraw and then UNGROUP the quilt. Each individual
patch is then ready to be colored, distorted and so much more! For more information
on the technique, check out my Computer
Quilting BYTES Newsletter Article for directions.
Quilt-Pro and Quilter's Design Studio. These programs easily
use the Clipboard to copy and paste into another program that accepts
Clipboard images. (Remember quilt programs do not accept a
clipboard image, BUT it will copy the block or quilt to the Clipboard
to be pasted into the a program that does accept clipboard images).
FAQ: Can I "scan" in my block and use with my "quilt"
in a quilting software?
Finally after many versions
and many requests from quilters, the two major programs, Electric
Quilt and Quilt-Pro have added
direct scanning into the programs. A scan (picture) of a block, photo, design,
ect. can be used as a block in a quilt layout. Excellent for memory quilts using
NOTE: The limitation of the scan
is the image is 1 large over all block (NO individual patches). If you want patches
or applique pieces from the pattern, it is required that the drawing tools be
used inconjunction with the trace table. The trace table (think of it as a light
table) allows you to draw over top of the scan.
FAQ: Can I scan my fabric into my Quilt Program?