Soft Expressions supporting the expressive quilter in tradition innovation art and computer with Sharla Hicks

Search Website
Nav Bar Galleries, be inspired by others expressive quilters work Help to get the most out of browsing Newsletter with how-tos, tutuorials, reviews on quilting software and quilt embellishment for the expressive quilter Quilting Software Reviewed Home Page: Supporting the Expressive Quilter in Tradition, Innovation, Art and Computer Quilting with Sharla Hicks contact info and site map

50% to 70% off Clearance
Online Only, Limited to Stock on Hand
Many Notions, Books, & Gift Items
Click Here

Nav Bar storefront Search Log-in: Account / Wish List Product List Checkout Basket Contents

Expressive Quilters' Newsletter
Subscribe to Interest List(s)

Sale and New Items
Laurel Burch
Art Girlz Felt, Charms, Stamps
Jenny Hasking Magazines, Embroidery CDs, Quilting Software
1000+ Helpful Books for Quilting and Computer Quilters, find helpful books on quilt construction, design, printing on fabric, using the software programs and more.
Magazines: Quilting Arts, Creative Expressions, Cloth Paper & Scissors
Quilt Patterns
Notions for Quilters like Marti Michelle Templates, Rulers, Mats, Rotary Cutters, Sewing Accessories, Machine Quilting Supplies and more.
This is a expanding category with quilt giftwrap, jewelry, helpful must have tools, watches, organizers and beautiful storage boxes.
Paper Piecing Software and helpful tools like finger press, foundation printer sheets, rulers, books and . . . .
Helpful products for quilting memory quilts and labels like Bubble Jet Set 2000 and June Tailor Fabrics
DVDs, CDs and Videos
Find all the popular programs like Electric Quilt, Quilt-Pro, PCQuilt, Paper Piecing programs, Redwork, Designing CD, Repligator, Creative Impusle and more for the traditional and innovative quilter.
Dyes, Paints and Pens
Foils & Glitter
Iron-on Applique Patches
Beads and Charms
Angelina Fibers for Innovative Quilter
Threads, Yarn and Fiber
Needle Felting Roving & SuppliesThis section will answer your questions about shipping methods, costs, handling and more.
bullet iconShip International
bullet iconCompany Profile
bullet iconMail, Fax Form
bullet iconReturn, Exchange, Damage
bullet iconWebsite Use Disclaimer

Find Soft Expressions on Facebook

Block Factory, Quilt Pro companion program


Block Factory CDs

Block Factory Review by Sharla Hicks: It is easy to print blocks and templates to any size

  1. Quilter's Newsletter Magazine CD that includes Block Factory to print out blocks from last 5 years and 170 projects and articles.

line break
click here More Quilt, Embroidery, Instructional & More

NOTE: Opened Music, Pattern & Instructional CDs, DVDs, Videos, Computer Software are NOT returnable.
Exclusions: 1. If defective, the item will be replaced. 2. If UNOPENED in original sealed and undamaged case or box, the item may be returned for a refund.

line break

QNM CD package


Quilter's Newsletter Magazine on CD
Over 170 projects from the last 5 years (1995-2000) available now at your finger tips on CD!

View articles on any MAC or PC. Using Quilt-Pro's Block Factory technology, PC users and Mac users with Virtual PC can print any size block and templates from the projects

Sold Out, No Longer Available


Block Factory Review

by Sharla Hicks © 2000
Slide Show Available

The Block Factory CDs (KC Star Quilts, Mariner Compass, and Quilter Newsletter CD) are stand alone block library programs (no drawing tools) that are designed to print blocks and foundation paper piecing blocks quickly and easily.

If you own Quilt-Pro, you may select the option to add the blocks to your Quilt-Pro block library when you install a Block Factory CD to your hard drive.


Simple, everything you need is on one screen. Clicking on self-explanatory menus, buttons and blocks leads you to the next step.

Four simple steps and you are ready to start selecting fabric and piecing!

  1. Use the block menu (to the left).
  2. Click on the selected category and the blocks appear in the right frame.

  3. Select the block to print. Block highlights in blue.
  4. Select your print options by selecting one of three buttons: Templates, Foundation or Print.

Print options found in Block Factory.

Quilt-Pro has created an easy interface for printing. There are three ways to bring up the print screen: Select one of three button, Templates, Foundation, or Print. Selecting the Print button, automatically selects the print option the program thinks is best for the block. You can print any size block by changing the print size.


Fig. 1

All the blocks can be printed with templates.

Identifying Foundation Blocks (paper piecing) for paper piecing printouts.

  • Foundation Piecing Block Indicator: The Foundation button stays the same color as the other buttons (see Fig. 1.)
  • NOT a Foundation Piecing Block: The foundation button grays out (see Fig 2.)
Fig. 2


Below are examples of the Apple Leaf Block using the template and foundation piecing printing wizards.

Print Foundation Block Wizard
for Apple Leaf Block

  • The foundation wizard allows you to select:

  • Example of number foundation printout.

Print Template Wizard
for Apple Leaf Block

  • The program automatically selects only 1 of duplicate templates, (see red templates above. Only the red templates will print.
  • Optional: You may select any or all the templates you wish to print.
  • The blocks are drawn square, but you have the option to create rectangle blocks by removing the Keep Proportion check and adjusting the Height and Width.



  • Block Factory Computer requirements:

  • Windows 95/98/NT/ME/00/XP/Vista/7
  • 8 MB RAM
  • 25 MB available disk space (can run program from CD to save space)
  • Mouse or other pointing device (pen)
  • High color or true color video recommended.

Block Factory Releases:

Back to Top

50% to 70% off Clearance
Limited to Stock on Hand— Online Only
Books, Stabilizers, Threads,
Laurel Burch Gift Items
Click Here to go Store

Site Map
& Picture Indexes

Paints, Pens, Dyes
50% off Inks

70% off Beads, Charms
70% off
Beads, Charms, Yarns
50% off
Perfect Pearls
70% off
Stitched Appliqués


Soft Expressions
NOTE: Email is best way to communicate


Search Website

Expressive Quilters' Newsletter
Subscribe to Interest List(s)
Find Soft Expressions on Facebook

HomespacerStorespacerReviewsspacerNewslettersspacerGalleriesspacerHelp spacerWebsite Conditions of Use
Website Design by Sharla R. Hicks, Soft Expressions, all text and art contained on this site © 1996-2019