In this issue find reviews for Creative Impulse 2000, "The Day Patchville Went Splitsville", 2 books packaged with NEW Design CDs, new quilt book reviews, Quilt-Pro Hints and Tips and a New Series on Drafting Quilt-Pro blocks by Frank Smith. AND We have for FREEWARE download available for, KeepHere and YesUcan, by Gordon Cooper. Also find Sharla Best Internet finds and our new additions to the store.

Issue 11: October 2000
Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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In the August issue I mentioned how computer quilting was coming into its own and I again extend that opinion. The Fall computer quilting offerings are amazing, I have reviewed several in this issue. Some are shipping now (Stash Fall 2000, 1-2-3 Quilt! and Stitched with Love), some a little later, check the table of contents below for additional details. Be sure to take advantage of our Preorder fall software discount offers that include FREE shipping. Remember we now have our new secure shopping cart up and running for easier, shop anytime convenience and have a GIFT CERTIFICATE offer for those who are undecided about what to get a friend or loved one for Christmas and other gift giving opportunities.

Our guest writers for Computer Quilting BYTES have articles and Freeware offers to enrich your computer quilting experience.

  1. Gordon Cooper has developed 2 new Freeware programs to enhance your Mail list experience. Download his new blank database KeepHere for collecting pertinent data you wish to keep in one place and YesUcan, a database using compiled from questions and answers given on Info-EQ mail list sponsored by Planetpatchwork.com and Gordon has written an article to explain what YesUcan and KeepHere can do for you! I have written a download instruction page to help you get up and running quickly.

  2. Frank Smith adds 2 more Hints and Tips to his Quilt-Pro Series and has started a new series on Drafting Complex blocks in Quilt-Pro. All quilting and graphic software users can benefit by looking over the information to see the how to draw complex designs and ideas in quilting software.

For this issue I have reviewed Creative Impulse 2000 new features. This 3rd generation version is an incredible tool for quilters looking for a new and fresh approach to traditional, innovative and original quilts. Check it out! Birte Hilberg, CI developer, has revised her earlier article covering the new features. One of the most interesting things found in this new version is its ability to manipulate bitmaps images like photographs as part of the design options.



 

Instructional Videos included with quilt books is something we have seen the last year, we carry all that we can find. But this fall brings a new and BETTER DESIGN CD to Quilt Books. This issue covers 2 new quilt books that include CDs with the instructional videos PLUS the ability to customize coloring, print projects and/or add text. Each books does different things, so check out the reviews for details:

  1. CD: (MAC & PC) A Quilter's Life in Patchwork by Pam Bono and June Tailor. Pieced and applique quilts and projects of pieced PLUS the CD gives your the ability to add your own text to book marks, labels, stationary, and more, customize your color and print instructions and templates for the quilts and projects! Includes instructional video of techniques.
  2. CD: (Windows 95/98/00/NT) Stitched with Love by Robyn Pandolph sharing her Folk Art Appliqué Designs. First book in the Magic Book Series by Electric Quilt. Resize blocks, borders and sash, color your own quilts and prints projects instructions and templates. Includes instructional video of techniques.

We have added several new products to our line. Check out the new quilt books, always 20% off, the new Mini™ Iron by Clover and 2 sizes of the Rainbow Color Wheel. New is a Purse size, check out our great pricing if you buy both! We have also added to our Photo Transfer line with June Tailor Colorfast Printer Fabric. We are always combining and adding value packages in our shopping cart.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

May all your time Computer Quilting be a Joy, filled with right brain escape, and result in that much sought after finished Fabric Quilt, if not at least a very nifty Virtual Quilt that you send to me to display in the Virtual Quilt Gallery!
Sharla Hicks
Editor of Computer Quilting BYTES

Table of contents

Announcement: Our Toll Free Phone now covers BOTH USA and Canada: 1-888-545-8616

New Reviews by Sharla Hicks

2 new Quilt Books with Interactive CDs that include the ability to Printout projects from the book with individualized coloring and sizes. The CDs also include instructional video on techniques explained in the books.

  • A Quilter's Life in Patchwork by Pam Bono and June Taylor. Includes pieced and applique blocks and the ability to use text tools with some of the projects! (Mac & PC)
  • Stitched with Love by Robyn Pandolph, offered as a new Electric Quilt product. Includes Folk Art Applique Designs. (Windows 95/98/00/NT)

Gordon Coopers article telling us about his Freeware database programs for people who want to use mail lists more effectively.

NEW SERIES: Drafting Complex Blocks using Quilt-Pro -- OTHER quilting Software users will find some good information here too -- a series of articles by Frank Smith.

New Hints and Tips for Quilt-Pro by Frank Smith

Preorder New Fall Quilting Software and get FREE shipping

  • Blockbase: Shipping projection date is mid December, no promises. We have some new information about what will be included in this Windows version, check out the review page.
  • Preorder Block Factory new CDs coming soon
    • Mariner Compass Blocks by Judy Matheison, includes screen saver, shipping date projection is early November.
    • Quilter's Newsletter Magazine CD: 5 years & 170 articles on CD with Block Factory to print out projects blocks to size. Shipping date projection has changed to December.

NOW SHIPPING: New Fall Quilting Software

  • 1-2-3 Quilt! is now shipping
  • Stash Fall 2000 is now shipping. Price reduction on Fall 1999 and Spring 2000 Stash CDs, check it out!
  • Stitched with Love by Robyn Pandolph, offered as a new Electric Quilt product. Includes Folk Art Applique Designs and interactive Design CD called Magic Book.

Internet Finds:

  • Smile for the day: This little charmer is off site: You know you are addicted to the Internet when, click here.

An Archive of American Quilt Designs New and developing archive of animated quilt designs utilizing photos, graphics, schematic drawings. The site also includes a separate section on designs focusing on Themes of Motion, along with a selected quilt design bibliography.

What's New since the last newsletter in our NEW secure shopping cart -- some listed in the above Table of Contents Plus products listed below.

Mini Iron™ by Clover

2 sizes now available for Rainbow Color Wheel -- a large one for your sewing room and a small purse size. Buy both at even greater saving using our secure shopping cart.

C-Shells, this non-breakable, thin CD jewel case alternative has just gotten better as we have added new larger packages with even greater savings. Look for additional Save $'s Bundle Package in the secure shopping cart.

The Art of Classic Quiltmaking
by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig. This one is sure to be classic that will be around a long time as a primer to quilting techniques used today.

June Tailor June Tailor Colorfast Printer Fabric