Easy Strip Piecing
by Sharla R. Hicks © 2008
How do you introduce a software program to the quilting market and not
have to reinvent the wheel? Jenny Haskins did just that by teaming with
Quilt-Pro Systems and reintroducing a wonderful software under her new
brand name Perfect Quilt Expressions Quilting Software Modules. This
line consists of 5 outstanding modules: Perfect Quilt, Perfect
Quilt Express, Easy Strip Piecing, Mariners
Compass Collection, and 1200 Classic Foundations.
Easy Strip Piecing is a stand alone 400 block library
program (no drawing tools) designed for rotary cutting and strip piecing
methods. The interface allows access using a browsing window with pictures.
The blocks can be imported into Perfect Quilt
and Quilt-Pro for Windows
Note: When opening in Quilt-Pro a few errors
pop-up but eventually it opens.
No drawing tools.
Simple and easy-to-use is the foundation of this program
and learning it is no exception. Instinct will lead the user through
To locate a block by name click the
Printing block and charts.
Before printing charts and blocks you are allowed to determine
measurement choice: English or Metric. This is located under the File
Select Metric or English Measurements
Double-clicking on your block choice opens the Print
Chart Screen shown in the next example.
Print Rotary Chart
button to view the Rotary Chart's Piecing & Yardage Recommendations
on your computer.
button for printout of the Rotary Chart to take to the fabric shop, cutting
table and sewing machine.
buttons to see more or less on the screen. (See last example and next
includes how many strips, squares & triangles need cut for
block(s) & the fabric strips length that was set before previewing
the chart is listed.
In the Strip Piecing Chart box, click on the
Button to see (and print) a piecing diagram of the block. The piecing
diagram "explodes" the block to show you how to put it together and also
letters each patch. (See next example.)
You can also print out a single reference block per page if desired.
Print Preview of Piecing Diagram
If you are traditional quilter who knows how to layout and sew a quilt
and all you need is the ability to print out a block and the required
yardage and strips, triangles, and squares to create a block, then this
program will meet those needs very well.
Easy Strip Piecing's
Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
- 128MB RAM
- CD-ROM Drive
- 800 x 600 display
- Internet Access