This issue covers learning
how to "THINK" tessellation when using quilting software and how to
convert fabric bitmaps files from Stash to CorelDRAW pattern fills, wow! Also
check the new products in our line and find out what is new on the Electric Quilt
Website to help you.
8, March 2000
Editor: Sharla Hicks
From the Keyboard of Sharla Hicks
the tradition of our newsletter to provide quality tutorials for computer quilting
software we offer two tutorials in this issue. First, learn how to think
tessellations and find hints and tips about how your favorite quilting
software can be used to create tessellations. Second, Myrna Giesbrecht, a regular
contributor to Computer Quilting BYTES Newsletter, has been going through the
growing pains of learning several new software programs and at the same time figured
out how to turn our favorite fabric bitmaps from Stash
into a fill pattern that your can use in CorelDRAW or other programs like Adobe
Illustrator. Be sure to check out her journey.
up your update at the LNS Software website to enhance your Organized Expressions.
. . Notebook and Diary, Software for Quilters. The quilt diary and class data
entry sections of their organizational software has been enhanced. Update
by clicking here.
I have decided to add a new section to my newsletter
called Website Reviews. There are many quality websites out there
that support computer quilters. I will review one now and then here.
If you know of one that you think needs mentioning or reviewed, let
me know, even if it is yours, do not be modest! This March issue will
review Electric Quilts new website
offerings of FAQs and Tutorial, you will find a gold mine of information
here, well worth the visit.
We continue to be add more computer quilting related
items to our line. Check out our list of new products
below that support computer quilting.
Table of contents
- From the keyboard of Sharla Hicks
to create Tessellations using your Quilt Software or Graphic Software
by Sharla Hicks. Learn how to THINK tessellation and
the rest is easy! Includes instructions on to approach tessellations
using your software.
Pains: Learning to create Pattern Fills for CorelDRAW from the Stash
Fabric CD by Myrna Giesbrecht, oh the pain of learning
new software, but oh the rewards! One of the rewards she shares
in a tutorial is converting Stash fabrics to CorelDRAW pattern fill.
- FAQ answered by Sharla Hicks:
Can any of the
quilting software programs do an accurate job of estimating yardage?
- FYI: Organized Expressions.
. . . Notebook and Diary, Software for Quilters v. 1 has just
under gone few changes to enhance their quilt diary and class data
entry sections of their organizational software. Update
by clicking here.
- Are you one of those who have not heard about this software
yet. Be sure to check it out and learn how to organize your
stash, threads, patterns, books, class notes, quilt descriptions
and more into an easy to use database. There are several different
versions for specific areas, we carry separate (topic-specific
) programs for Quilters, Needleworkers, or for People Who
Sew (new!) Same interface
but each program has a database specific to each area.
- Website Review: Do you have one you think should be reviewed
- New! Products found
in our store,
- New! Also use
your printer and Bubble Jet 2000 to fill out these Labor
of Love Signature Labels.
- New! Print
your Paper Piecing Blocks on Quilt & Tear Roll.
- New! A health
aide when sitting at the computer: The Posture Pleaser.
- New! Bubble Jet Rinse
to use with Bubble Jet Set 2000.
- New! Reynolds Freezer
- New! Organized Expressions...
Software for People Who Sew is the latest release.
- New! Easy Piece Foundation
New Products found in our store:
1999 Hoffman Challenge
Find all the 1999 entries on this CD, 132 quilts plus
39 wearable art pieces and 31 dolls. Quality color pictures bring the
collection to life. It is divided into the traveling exhibits that are
touring the country this year. Use the Index to find your favorite quilt
PCQuilt has bloomed again with
a new version to be released March 20, 2000
PCQuilt is the program designed for those who like to
create traditional quilts or make traditional quilts with innovative
coloring. Nina, the program developer is a quilter herself and has a
clear understanding of the shortcuts that can enhance faster quilting
- PCQuilt is unique in its screen orientation in that it has both
the block and the quilt on the same screen. This allows you to make
changes to a block that are instantly reflected and seen in the
quilt. Very nice feature and unique to quilting software.
- Nina has put in many F key options that filter through a series
of choice, like adding a different border with each hit of a key,
or changing the quilt coloring.
- This new version includes our must have bmp fabric files, Also
included is the ability to add your favorite bitmaps from scanned
or download fabric bitmaps files.
- Applique, applique, applique is the buzz word as Nina has enhanced
the program's applique features with easy to use tools and applique
blocks have been added to library. I can't wait to get my hands
on the new version so that I can write the review for all the new
Body Rite The Posture Pleaser: Ergonomic Posture
Reduce neck and upper back pain. One size fits all. Promotes
good posture at the computer, sewing machine and hobby activities. Scientifically
tested and proven. Doctor recommended.
Labor of Love Signature Labels
Soak in Bubble
Jet Set 2000 to create permanent inkjet printouts. Then create
your own personalized message in Word or your favorite Graphic program,
iron the labels on freezer paper and run them through the printer! See
the product page for hints and tips to make permanent printouts using
our Inkjet and laser printers! See Bubble
Jet Rinse to protect your labels when washing.
Bubble Jet Rinse
Our very popular line of Bubble Jet Products just got
better with the addition of Bubble Jet Rinse. Use this to wash out the
residue dyes and other delicate items you want to preserve the color
Reynolds Freezer Wrap
Reynolds Freezer Wrap is used with many quilting projects
and we recommend its use when using your printers with Bubble Jet Set
and create templates for applique and patches, labels, fabric and many
other quilting techniques.
Quilt & Tear on a Roll: Use for Paper Piecing
How about renaming this product Quilt & Tear for
Quilting and Paper Piece on a Roll. Use this product with your printer.
Print paper piecing or quilt lines for machine quilting on this very
thin, almost tissue like product. Easy paper removal because of how
thin the paper is. For additional information, click here.