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Sharla Hicks' vision for Newsletter?

  • Sharla has a life long background in teaching what ever she enjoys doing at the moment. To view her Online Zentangle®, Art Quilts & Mixed Media Gallery, Click Here.

  • She understands the journey of the expressive quilter because she has taken it herself and appreciates all styles and forms of quilting.

    • Expertise in: Zentangle®, computer quilting, design, color, adding the edge to your quilting style and more
    • traditional machine piecing & machine quilting.
    • machine appliqué, freestyle machine embroidery & quilt embellishment using designer threads (thin to thick), beads, charms and more for embellishment on quilts and wearable art.
    • mixed media fabric painting, foiling, glitter work, and embellishment.

  • Sharla poses the following question to students, "How do you make your style of quilting (traditional, innovative or art) stand out from the crowd with an exciting edge."

In the mid 1990's Sharla authored a series of computer quilting how-to books that are now out of print.

Scan Fabric to use 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

Find Supplies & 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
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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.

Many books have YouTube Videos
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Zentangle, Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
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Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
Projects by Zentangle

How to & Color Charts
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Great in Fabric too
Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze & Souffle Pens
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10% off Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze & Souffle Pens
Classic, Moonlight, Stardust (glitter pen), Metallic, Shadow, Souffle & Glaze Pens

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Zentangle, Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
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Compiled by Suzanne McNeill
Zentangle Basics
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Zentangle® BASICS
A Line & Texture Art Form
Suzanne McNeill
Design Originals
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Zenspirations, Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink
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Zenspirations, Letters & Patterning
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frames, borders, monograms, shapes & more
Time to Tangle with Color for Zentangle
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Time to Tangle with Color
By Marie Browning
Crafters Workshop Templates & Stencils
Curly Qs, Swirls, Paisleys Crafters Workshop Template

Derwent Watersoluble Media
Inktense Pencils, Inktense Blocks, & Watercolour Pencils

Video Available
Hints & Tips Instruction
8 Videos

Derwent Intense Blocks Shade Chart Derwent Intense Pencil SetsDerwent Watercolour Pencil Sets

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

Notions Videos

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Wind bobbins while you are sewing with this portable bobbin winder.

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

Superior Threads Videos
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Glitter Hologram Metallic by Superior ThreadsKing Tut Quilting Threads by Superior ThreadsBottom Line Superior Thread

Creative Grids
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45 Degree Double-Strip RulerCreative Grid Dresden Plate Templates
Cathedral Windows RulerCreative Grids Square Rulers

Fons & Porter Rulers:
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Fons & Porter Flying Geese Triangle Ruler
Flying Geese Triangle Ruler

Marti Michell's Templates, Rulers & Books 10 to 20% off

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

Marti Michell
Machine Quilting in Sections
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Machine Quilting in Sections

by Marti Michell
Marti Michell
Book & Rulers
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Log Cabin ABC's
Log Cabin ABC's

by Marti Michell

Jodi Barrows Books & Rulers
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Square In A Square
Square In A Squar
Technique Reference Book

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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

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

Paper Piecing Photo Transfer and Printing on Fabric Quilt-Pro Repligator Scanners Tessellations Website Design

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