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Topics of Interest to Quilters: Square in a Square Quilting, Clearview Triangle for Hexagons, Felting, Metallic Threads & Invisible Machine Appliqué

Quilt Embellishment with Mxed Media, Foils, Paints, Pens, Inks, Stencils, Pearl Ex Powders & More

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Zentangle Videos

See Video : By Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts, Zentangle® Developers
Zentangle ® is a technique for patterning and doodling usually done with black pen on white background. Create easy to do abstract designs, optical illusions, quilt labels & more.
Zentangle Class Exampels
Zentangle Classes
in Southern California
Sharla Hicks (CZT)
Certified Zentangle Instructor
If you are just starting out
This is the Kit for you
Zentangle Kit in Green Box
Zentangle® Kit

34 tiles, DVD, Zentangle Vol. 1 booklet, 2 Pens, 2 Pencils, Sharpener, Die
Zentangle Drawing Tiles
55 Zentangle® Drawing Tiles
3 1/2" Square
High-quality Artist Paper

Prestrung Zentangle Tiles
Prestrung Zentangle® Tiles
for ideas, group activities when time is short & more

Zentangle Ensemble Sets
(2) Zentangle® Ensemble Sets

Go to VideoYouTube Videos by Design Originals Publisher for their Zentangle Books
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Zentangle, Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
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Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
Projects by Zentangle Instructors
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Zentangle Basics
Video Available
Zentangle® BASICS
A Line & Texture Art Form
Suzanne McNeill
Design Originals

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Zentangle® 2
Creative Line & Texture Artform
by Suzanne McNeill
Design Originals
Zentangle 3 with Rubber Stamps by Suzanne McNeill
Video Available
Zentangle® 3 with Rubber Stamps
by Suzanne McNeill
Zentangle 4
Video Available
Zentangle® 4
Add Color
& Use with Stencils, Templates
by Suzanne McNeill
Time to Tangle with Color for Zentangle
Video Available
Time to Tangle with Color
By Marie Browning
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Zenspirations, Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink
Video Available
Zenspirations, Letters & Patterning
by Joanne Fink
frames, borders, monograms, shapes & more

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Mixed Media Videos

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The Art of Travel With Sketchbook
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The Art of Travel with Sketchbook
by Mari Le Glatin Keis
Includes a Link to Video of Travel Sketchbook by the Publisher of book Design Originals, Suzanne McNeil

Cover Creative Dyeing for Fabric Arts with Markers & Alcohol
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Creative Dyeing for Fabric Arts
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Great in Fabric too
Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze & Souffle Pens
Video Available
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Classic, Moonlight, Stardust (glitter pen), Metallic, Shadow, Souffle & Glaze Pens

Crafters Workshop Templates & Stencils

Crafters Workshop YouTube Videos Doodle Templates

Tim Holtz's Adirondack® Alcohol Inks:
Use on Grungeboard, Metals, Plastics, Slick Surfaces, Fabrics

Go to Video 6+ Video Demonstrations Using Alcohol Inks, Fillable Pen, Blending Solution & Applicators and more by Tim Holtz and Other Aritst

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Adirondack Alcohol Inks Tim Holtz
Ink Kits
Metallic Mixatives

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Adirondack Fillable Pen
Fillable Pen
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Adirondack Blending Solution
Adirondack Ink
Blending Solution
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Adirondack Ink Applicator
Applicator & Refill Pads
10% off = $1.80 a pen
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Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers & Pens
Spectrum Noir
Alcohol Ink Pens
Sets of 6 & 24
& Accessories

See Video Shiva Related Books, Patterns & Shiva® Artist's Painstiks® & Accessories for Stenciling

SALE** Shiva Artist's Paintstiks
20% off Full Sized Matte & Iridescent Paintstiks
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Blenders and Assortments

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Crafters Workshop Stencils

Crafters Workshop Stencils

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Paintstick Sets
Paintstick Sets examples
Iridescent & Matte.
Sets of 3, 6, 12 or 15+

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Iridescent & Matte
Full Sized Paintstiks

Matte Example
Iridescent Example
Limtied Stock


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Rubbing Plates
Rubbing Plates
8 styles

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Stenciling Accessories
Stencil Brushes
Brushes, Brush Cleaner
& Grip-n-Grip mat

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10% off
Cedar Canyon Textile Stencils
Cedar Canyon Textile Stencils
Regular Stencils
& Design Magic

60% off
I Love Quilting Stencil
Stencil, when life gives you scraps make a quilt

when life gives you scraps
make a quilt

Derwent Watersoluble Media

Inktense Pencils, Inktense Blocks, & Watercolour Pencils

Hints & Tips Instruction
Go to Video
8 Videos

PDF File Instructions
5 Instruction Sheets

Derwent Intense Pencil Sets
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Watersoluble Watercolor Pencils
Sets: 6, 12, 24, 36, 72
Derwent Intense Blocks Shade Chart
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Watersoluble Blocks
Sets: 12 & 24
Derwent Watercolour Pencil Sets
Derwent Watercolour Pencils
24 Set
Helpful Tools & Mediums to use with Watercolor Pencils & Watersoluble Media
Use as Wet Medium
with Watercolor Pencils
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Liquitex Fabric Medium
Liquitex Acrylic
Fabric Medium
Add Irridescent Sheen
to Watercolor Pencils
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Liquitex Glass Beads Medium
Iridescent Medium
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mist-it ultra fine spray mister
1 or 3 Pack Clear
Ultra Fine Mist Sprayer
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Yasutomo Niji Waterbrush
Niji Waterbrush

Multiple sizes available
40% off
Stewart Gill
Viscosity Booster
& Bleed Control

Trish Stuart Videos:

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New Ideas and Effects
Foil with Plant & Fusible Thread
for new effects & ideas

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Versacraft Stamps
VersaCraft Stamps to create
Background Fabric
Shaving Cream &
Tsukineko All Purpose Ink

All-Purpose Inks & Versacraft Stamps

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DVD: QuiltArt, Using Fabric Inks
DVD QuiltArt:
Using Fabric Inks

with Trish Stuart


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Software, Books & Notions Videos

Electric Quilt 7  aka EQ7
See Videso about how to use EQ7
Electric Quilt 7
EQ7 Ugrade

Windows XP/Vista/Win 7
Multiple Sizes 6"-8"-10"-12"
& Metrics 20 cm
Clearview Triangle for 60 degree angles
Clearview Triangle
60° Angle
Use with Marci Bakers Books
20% off
Oh My Stars
Video Available
Marci Baker's
Oh My Stars

14 Strip-pieced 60° Star Projects
Also View VIDEO
 ABC 3-D, Tumbling Blocks and More by Marci Baker.
Video Available
Tumbling Blocks and More
by Marci Baker
Video Available
Wind bobbins while you are sewing with this portable bobbin winder.
Video Available
Bias Tape Maker
Bias Tape Machine
Shows you how to fold and press flat bias strips into single fold bias tape in the push of a button. No more burning fingers pulling fabric through manual tips.
25 Helpful Videos
10% off
Texture Magic
Video Available
Texture Magic
by Superior Threads
Magic in the making. Using TextureMagic Shrink any fabric 30%: Cotton, Wool, Velvet, Minkee, Battings and more for Applique, Trapunto, Paper Piecing & Textured Patches, Accessories, Clothing & More
Video Available
SOFTER Fusible Applique
Charlotte's Fusible Web
Charlotte's Fusible Web
Superior Threads
Endorsed by Charlotte Warr Anderson
Video Available
Glitter &
Hologram Threads
Glitter and Hologram Thread by Superior Threads
Superior Threads
Glitter & Hologram Thread
Video Available
King Tut Quilting Thread
King Tut Quilting Threads by Superior Threads
Superior Threads
King Tut Quilting Thread
Video Available
Razzle Dazzle
Razzle Dazzle Threads by Superior Threads
Superior Threads for
Bobbinwork, Couching, Serger
Video Available
Bottom Line
Polyester 60 WT
FYI: >#WT finer the thread
Bottom Line Superior Thread
Superior Threads
Prewound Bobbins & Spools
Excellent for quiltng, piecing and handwork.
Video Available
Metallic Threads
Superior Gold Metallic Thread
Superior Threads
40 WT
For Home & Longarm Machines

Video Available
So Fine!
Polyester 50Wt Thread
So Fine! Polyester 50 WT by Superior Threads, Endorsed by John Flynn
Endorsed by John Flynn
Superior Threads
Lint-free, continuous fiber, smooth. Good for piecing, quilting and general sewing. Made for longarm quilting machines and home sewing machines

Video Available
Myths about difference between
Cotton and Polyester Threads:
Hint: Both are EQUAL
#50 extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton
Endorsed by Alex Anderson
Superior Threads
Nature's finest thread. #50 extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton for piecing, detail quilting, bobbin, lace, and applique. Very smooth with virtually no lint.

20 in x 25 ft
Preview Paper
Video Available
Quilter's Preview Paper
by Quilter's Touch
use with quilting lines & appliqué

By Marti Michell's for her Products and Books 10 to 20% off

Machine Quilting in Sections
See Video
Machine Quilting in Sections

by Marti Michell

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Set A templates
Set A:
3" (7.6 cm) Square Basic Set

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Set B templates
Set B:
4" (10 cm) Square Basic Set

See Video

Set C templates

Set C: 3" Square Bonus Set

See Video
Set D templates
Set D:
4" Square Bonus Set

See Video
Diagonal Set Triangles by From Marti Michell
Full Diagonal Set Triangles

Log CavinLog Cabin
Also SEE YouTube Videos

20% off Book
Log Cabin ABC's
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Log Cabin ABC's
by Marti Michell

Fons & Porter Rulers:

DVD has complete demonstrations for each of the rulers

Fons & Porter DVD
All About
Fons & Porter Rulers
View YouTube Video
Fons & Porter Easy Diagonal Sets Ruler
Easy Diagonal Sets Ruler
View YouTube Video
Fons & Porter Flying Geese Triangle Ruler
Flying Geese Triangle Ruler
View YouTube Video
Fons & Porter Half & Quarter Ruler
Half & Quarter Ruler

Fons & Porter
Fons & Porter Triangle Trimmers
Triangle Trimmers

Fons & Porter

Fast Piecing

Jodi Barrow's Square In a Square Technique

Books, Rulers, Video & DVD


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Sqare n Square DVD
Square in a Square

Go to Video
on using rulers
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Ruler w/ Book
Cross-cut 4 Patch
Cross-Cut 4 Patch
by Jodi Barrows
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Cross-cut 9
Crosscut 9 Patch
by Jodi Barrows
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Ruler w/ Book
Mini Square in a Square Ruler w/ Book
Square in a Square
by Jodi Barrows
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Square in a Square Ruler
Square in a Square Technique

by Jodi Barrows

20% off
The Mailly Women Pattern Book
The Mailly Women
The Pattern Book
for all Novels
by Jodi Barrows

20% off
Square In A Square
Square In A Square

by Jodi Barrows
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Advancing on with Square in a Square Technique cvr
Advancing on with Square in a Square Technique

by Jodi Barrows

Scanners for Fabric used in Quilting Software/ Convert Internet Fabric to bitmaps

FAQs, Review & How-tos: Computer Quilting using Quilt Design Software and Other Programs

Other Software & Ideas that are helpful in designing quilts, applique, innovative designs, and wearable art


Quilting Software Reviews & How-To Information

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Block Factory

Bubble Jet Set Products

Clip Art

  • Clip art for Cross Stitch: Stand Alone mini design program, can also be used with Pattern Maker for Cross-Stitch
  • Vintage Workshop Clipart: CDs series that include antique images that fit in nicely with many themes like holidays, americana, garden, alphabet, scrapbook, and more.

CorelDRAW Users

Creative Impulse Users

Cross Stitch Software

Electric Quilt

FAQs: Quilting & EmbellishmentTopics

Fabric: Printing and photo transfer on fabric with Inkjet printers

Memory Quilt Inspiration from Scrapbook Ideas to Collage in Fabric

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Dimensional Delights
by Liz Aneloski
40% off

Digital Delights for Scrapbooking
by Sue Martin
40% off

Scrap Your Stuff
by Create & Treasure
40% off
Stitching Memories
Stitching Memories
Guide to Scrapbooking with Sewing Machine

by Marsh Newman Nuttall

Memory Quilts: Fabric Printing, Collage, & Scrapbook Style Layouts

Prepared for Dyeing Fabric
10% off
Fabric Sample
Hoffman PFD

Cotton Lawn
45" to 57" Wide  
No prewash necessary,
cut to size and run through printer
40% off

Fast, Fun & Easy
Scrapbook Quilts

by Sue Astroth
40% off
Memories Sew Sweet
Memories Sew Sweet
14 Designs

by Sandy Berry

Images on CD for Quilts, Home Decor, Gifts, Clothing and More


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Picture Perfect Project
Picture Perfect Projects CD

by June Tailor
50% off
50% off Digital Decorating
Digital Decorating
by Tami D. Peterson
Home Decor Designs and Projects from Your Home Computer
40% off
w/ Images CD
Fuse It and Be Done!
Fuse It and Be Done

by Barbara Campbell & Yolanda Fundora
50% off
Vintage Workshop
Clipart to Print
Seeds to Sow
One example of many different themes

Mixed Media & Photo or Art Transfer Photo Images, Art, Fabric Printing and Photo Tansfers

40% off
DVD Lynn Koolish
Lynn Koolish
Teaches You Printing on Fabric

with Lynn Koolish
20% off
Transfers and Altered Images
Transfers and Altered Images

by Chris Cozen
Transfer Paper, Digital Ground
Fabric Printing
The original classic. Jean Ray Laury passed away in early 2011. She was one of the first to bring innovative photo transfer to quilters.
40% off
Photo Transfer Handbook
The Photo Transfer Handbook
Snap IT, Print IT, Stitch IT!
by Jean Ray Laury


Tip: TAP® will transfer not only inkjet printouts but can be the canvas for ART then transfer the paint, drawing, pen, ink, crayon, and other mixed media

10% off
Unique Fabric/Stabilizer
Used in Mixed Media,
Fabric Printing
View Videos
Lutradur Spun Web

20% off
Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur
Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur
by Leslie Riley
10% off
Transfer Product
View Videos
Lesley Riley's TAP, Artist Transfer Paper
Lesley Riley's TAP
Transfer Artist Paper
use on any surface
5 & 18 Packs
20% off
Create with Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley
Create with
Transfer Artist Paper

by Lesley Riley
Helpful Fabric Printing Supplies To SEE ALL Photo Transfer Paper & Fabric Printing Supplies CLICK HERE

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Save $'s Package

Printer Fabric Sampler Package
Quilter & Fiber Artist
Sampler Package

Colorfast Printer Fabric
4 different brands to try

10 to 20% off
Bubble Jet Rinse
Bubble Jet Set 2000
16oz--32 oz--HP
& Bubble Jet Rinse
10% off
Unique Fabric/Stabilizer
Used in Mixed Media,
Fabric Printing
View Videos
Lutradur Spun Web

10% off
Transfer Product
View Videos
Lesley Riley's TAP, Artist Transfer Paper
Lesley Riley's TAP
Transfer Artist Paper
use on any surface
5 & 18 Packs


40% off
| Color Copier Transfer Paper
Laser Color Copier
Transfer Paper


FAQs about Computer Quilting answered by Sharla Hicks

  1. Computer Quilting has come of Age! What does it have to offer you the quilter? helpful overview of what is available in quilting software and how your computer skills fit into picture when making choices.
  2. What is the Best Program?
  3. ARTICLE: Should I Upgrade my Computer Quilting Program? by Sharla Hicks
  4. The Program manuals are long, do you have anything to help?
  5. Why would I need a Quilt Program when I have a Graphic Program that I can create a quilt in?
  6. When is a Paint/Draw program better than a Quilt Program?
  7. Can I export a block or quilt to another "quilting program".
  8. Can I export a block or quilt to another Paint/Draw program (Corel Draw, Illustrator) or Desktop Publishing program (Word, Word Perfect, Claris).
  9. Can I "scan" in my block and use with my "quilt program"?
  10. Can I "scan" my fabric into my Quilt Program?
  11. Where can I find information on Printing Fabric using the my Computer, Scanner and my Printer?
  12. Can any of the quilting software programs do an accurate job of estimating yardage?
  13. Scanners: What are they, how do they work, and how do I get my fabrics to a quilting software using my scanner?

Fabric for Quilt Software Libraries

Foundation Factory


General Information for Computer Quilters on this website

IrfanView (a graphic file converter, use for fabrics)

Organized Expressions™ . . . Diary and Notebook for Quilters and Needleworkers

Paint by Numbers 2005™ Paper Piecing Pattern Maker for Cross Stitch PCQuilt 2 for Windows Photo Transfer and Printing on Fabric Quilt Books with CD's, both Instructional and Design Interactive CDs Quilt-Pro Repligator Scanners Sew Precise!
  • Sew Precise! Review by Sharla Hicks
    1. Sew Precise Collection 1 & 2
    2. Sew Precise Collection 3 by Shirley Liby
Stash SymmeToy Tessellations Website Design Wearable Art


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