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Stash Clearance:

Add to Fabric Library in Electric Quilt

Stash Series is the fabric library CDs by Electric Quilt. Stash is a fabric store right at your finger tips with over 3,000 fabric swatches on each CD from popular fabric manufacturers. It allows you add fabrics to a shopping bag that can be used in Electric Quilt. This is a fast and simple way to bring the latest fabrics to Electric Quilt.


Stash Spring 2011
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Stash Spring 2011

Item Code: E02
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Stash Fallk 2010
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Stash Fall 2010

Item Code: e02ab
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Stash Fall 2009
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Stash Spring 2010


Item Code: E02AB1

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Stash Spring 2009
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Stash Spring 2009

Item Code: E02SPR03
ISBN / SKU / UPC: 657920635418
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Computer Requirements:

  • Stand alone program, No other software required
    NOTE: Best when used with Electric Quilt
  • CD-ROM
  • 8 MB hard disk space
  • 16 MB RAM suggested
  • No other software required
  • Runs on Macs using Windows conversion software such as Virtual PC.

Stash
The easy way to add to Electric Quilt's fabric library or search or research the latest fabrics.
Think of Stash when you need to create a bitmap for other quilting software libraries.

By Sharla Hicks ©2003

Stash is a fabric CD that has brought the fabric store right to your computer.

Are you a fabric shopping junkie with lots of fabrics. Want to use them in your quilting software or as bitmaps in other programs? No time to scan fabric? Don't own a scanner or know how to use the one you have? No problem, Electric Quilt Company has solved all your issues with the twice-a-year release, Fall and Spring, of Stash showcasing the latest quilt fabric releases from the majority of the quilting industry's fabric manufacturers. Now you have can thousands of fabrics at your finger tips.

What are the advantages of getting Stash CDs.

  • The biggest one that I can think of is the time savings on scanning. No fabric preparation for the scanner or need to know how to use other software to optimize the fabric scan before it is ready to be used in your quilting program. (See my article on preparing fabric for scanning and how to optimize fabric for fabric libraries, click here.)
  • The next one is the ability to try a fabric out to see how it is going to feel in the block and quilt design.
  • Another little thought of advantage is the ability to try out a fabric before you buy.

Easy Interface

Stash's easy-to-use interface with its sliding navigation bar down the left side lists the manufactures included on the CD. Click on the manufacture name and the lines featured that season are listed below.

Bottom line, name a designer or a line of fabric you love and Stash has it.

To see the fabric lines included on each Stash CD, Click Here

 

Self-explanatory icons guide you quickly to each feature found in Stash. Hoover the mouse over the bottom right corner of each icon and the little hint box appears to tell you what that icon will do. It also has a feature that grays out the icons not available when using a specific function of search, shopping bag creation, or browsing the Stash fabrics.

Simple to use tabs at the bottom of the screen quickly take you to the fabric line in the Stash, show you what you have added to your Shopping Bag, or the results of a color or category search.

tabs

 

icon bar

Search features

Stash has two ways to look for 4 to 50 fabrics per search.

  1. Search by Color
  2. Search by Category

Search by color dialogue box

Search by Category dialogue box

Save

Once you have found the fabric you want, save all as a Shopping Bag and import right into Electric Quilt and you are off to your latest snazzy quilt with a few clicks of the mouse.

Save Dialogue Box

Print

Now that you have shopping bag ready to go, think about printing out your shopping list. It is simple, hit the print icon and up pops a well formatted page of your fabric selection ready to print.

Print Stash Shopping List

Exporting Stash Fabrics to other quilting software

A frequently asked question is:

Question: Can Stash fabrics be used in other Quilting software besides Electric Quilt?

Answered by Sharla Hicks: The Stash CDs interface is best suited to be used in conjunction with Electric Quilt but Stash does have the ability to export one fabric at a time as a bitmap. The exported bitmap fabric can be imported into the following software: Bargello Designer, Creative Impulse, PCQuilt, Quilt-Pro, QuiltSOFT, Repligator, and graphic programs like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. Each of these programs uses bitmaps as their fabric file or fill format. NOTE: Stash also can help narrow down fabric choices to color and theme included on the CDs making it easier to find the fabric style needed. It also creates printouts of fabric selections that can be taken on a shopping trip. Overall, even though only ONE bitmap file at a time can be exported it is still faster than doing an individual scan each fabric.

For more information on scanned fabric or Internet gleaned fabrics, click here.

You do not even have to own Electric Quilt to use Stash effectively, because it exports bitmap fabric files, the standard format for fabric libraries in quilting software programs like Quilt-Pro, PCQuilt, QuiltSOFT and other graphic programs and word processing programs. It takes a little longer to export individual fabrics than to create the shopping bag feature designed to interface face directly with Electric Quilt, but it certainly is faster than doing all the work yourself.

Exp[ort dialogue box

Installing Stash

Stash has two ways to install the program. NOTE: You can install multiple Stash CDs that all can be used from the same interface screen.

1. Run from CD.

  • Advantage: If your hard drive space is limited this is an attractive option.
  • Disadvantage: You have to keep the Stash CD handy at all times.

2. Install all the fabrics at the same time you install Stash.

  • Advantage: Instant access to the fabrics in Stash
  • Disadvantage: Bitmaps can add up quickly in hard drive space. With today's 20-100 Gig hard drives this is not an issue, with older computers it can be a problem, especially when installing multiple Stash CDS.

Computer Requirements:

  • Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP/7/8
  • CD-ROM
  • 8 MB hard disk space
  • 16 MB RAM suggested
  • No other software required
  • Runs on Macs using Windows conversion software such as Virtual PC.