Block Factory Review
by Sharla Hicks © 2000
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!
- Use the block menu (to the left).
Click on the selected category and the blocks appear in the
- Select the block to print. Block highlights in blue.
your print options by selecting one of three buttons: Templates, Foundation or
Print options found in Block Factory.
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.
All the blocks can be printed
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.)