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In Tradition, Innovation, Art & Computer Quilting
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Sharla R. Hicks
Dedicated to Supporting the Expressive
Quilter in Tradition, Innovation, Art and Computers
We know our browser's interests are wide and varied. They also do not
want to be bombarded with unwanted e-mail. Our remedy to this dilemma
is to offer 5 different Pick and Choose Subscriber Lists. Topics
covered will include but not be limited to:
- Laurel Burch and Jenny
Haskins will each have their own list.
- Monthly news will include Sales, New Products, Hints and tips,
tutorials, how-to and frequently asked questions about products
we carry and how to use them.
- Expressive Quilters will find product and tutorials on how to
use paints, pens, photo transfer, fabric printing and much more.
- Sharla will continue to explore computers and writes a quilt
software review for each of the major players like:
Electric Quilt, Quilt-Pro, QuiltSOFT, PCQuilt, VQuilt, Sew Precise,
Foundation Factory, Creative Impulse, and more.
- Local news and events for the store here in Anaheim, CA
Below see the FAQ's, Tutorials, Reviews and
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If you have an Article, Software Review, Hint or Tip you would like
to see included, let Sharla know. If you have an article you would
like to include let us know!
Index to articles in past Expressive
Quilters' Newsletter issues
vision does Sharla Hicks bring as the editor of
the Online Expressive Quilters Newsletter, online store & website, teaching,
- 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.
- 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."
Her skills building journey started at age 9 and continues through today:
- Age 9: knitting and hand embroidery
- Teens: began constructing clothing for herself and family.
- Mid 20's: moved into freestyle machine embroidery and the occasional art
- Early 30's: made her first traditional quilt, needless to say she was hooked.
- Formal Art Education: as Sharla's quilting skills grew she wanted more information
on design and returned to college to received her Associate Degree in Art
from Fullerton College.
- The last few years, Sharla has been actively pursing mixed media exploration
with Zentangle® and Mixed Media: dyes, paints,
pens, acrylics, alcohol inks, photo transfer, and more
In the mid 1990's Sharla authored a series of computer quilting how-to books
that are now out of print.
Today Sharla's teaching schedule is light AND her online presence is her teaching
Sharla expertise offered in Lectures, Classes, Workshops and the written word.
- lectures & workshops on Zentangle®, computer
quilting, design, color, adding the edge to your quilting style and more
- traditional machine piecing for quilts
- machine quilting (one of the first machine quilting teachers in Southern
California in the early 80's)
- machine appliqué
- computer quilting in a computer lab setting and lecture format
- freestyle machine embroidery
- quilt embellishment using designer threads (thin to thick), beads, charms
and more for embellishment on quilts and wearable art.
- fabric painting, foiling, glitter work, and embellishment
- last years of teaching are being directed toward the quilter who wanted
to explore how to see color, make design decisions and use mixed media
and Zentangle® for the tradition or innovative
Scan Fabric to use in Quilting Software & Convert Internet Fabric
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
- Computer Quilting has come of Age! What
does it have to offer you the quilter? Very helpful overview of what
is available in quilting software and how your computer skills fit into
picture when making choices.
- Quilting Software Reviews and helpful tutorials
- 1-2-3 Quilt: Simple to use quilting software for
traditional quilters and beginning computer quilters who love fast piecing
quilts and rotary cutting techniques.
- Auto Cad
- Block Factory (paper piecing software): Themed blocks
libraries for the computer quilter that prints blocks and template, a
Quilt-Pro Systems product.
- Clip Art that is useful to Quilters
- Electric Quilt: Quilt design software review and related
articles on how to use
- Foundation Factory (Paper piecing software)
- Freeware: helpful to the computer quilter. YesUcan,
KeepHere, Triangles, IrfanView, and Graphic Paper Generator
- Organized Expressions . . . Diary and Notebook for
Quilters, Needleworkers, Scrapbooks, Rubber Stamps, Knitters and Crochet:
Track purchases, record projects, log descriptions in Diary of progress
and finished, includes thread numbers and much more for helping you track
- Paper Piecing software: Section lists all the software,
books and related products we offer
Many books have YouTube Videos
are 20% off
Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery
Projects by Zentangle
How to & Color Charts
Great in Fabric too
10% off Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze & Souffle Pens
Classic, Moonlight, Stardust (glitter pen), Metallic, Shadow, Souffle & Glaze
|Crafters Workshop Templates & Stencils
Derwent Watersoluble Media
Inktense Pencils, Inktense Blocks, & Watercolour Pencils
Hints & Tips Instruction
Tim Holtz's Adirondack® Alcohol
Use on Grungeboard, Metals, Plastics, Slick Surfaces, Fabrics