The Foundation Factory, Designer Edition: Carol Doak Version 3 includes all the blocks from Carol's popular books, including her latest book, Easy Paper-Pieced Baby Quilts, 35 new blocks! (Excluding 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars.)
335 blocks plus 50 bonus designs from her personal collection from Carol Doak's best-selling foundation block designs are on one easy-to-use CD-ROM. (Excluding 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars)
Foundation Factory Review
by Sharla R. Hicks
With Foundation Factory you can do the following with the blocks on the CDs:
The 3 versions of Foundation Factory CD's are stand alone block library programs (no drawing tools) that are designed for paper piecers who want to find and print blocks quickly and easily. The 3 CD's also include an interface that allows you to access any of the 3 version's blocks from the opened version.
You do not have to own Quilt-Pro to use them, but the libraries from the Standard Edition and Designer Edition by Jean Ann Eitel & Debby Kratovil editors of Quilts Magazine can be imported into Quilt-Pro 2 & Quilt-Pro 3.
Double-clicking on the Foundations Factory Program Icon opens the above screen. If you own more than version of Foundation Factory, all three versions will appear in the file management box that works like Windows Explorer.
Double-clicking on your block choice opens the Block Print Screen. (See above) The Print Screen addresses all the choices needed for printing a foundation block like:
Foundation Blocks can be created in Quilt-Pro 2 and 3 and saved to Foundation Factory to be printed when needed.
One of the most often questions I get is, "Does the program tell me how to make the block?" Well folks, Sewing Help has arrived in Software! Foundation Factory has Help Sewing Files that include hints and tips for sewing and construction of a large range of styles of paper piecing. The graphics include photographs of actual block construction which are very descriptive. One version even includes 5 quilts with instructions. The buttons to the left, show access to all sorts of goodies and information.
Foundation Factory runs in the standard Windows Format that we all are getting used to. It has 3 screens, the Block Selection/View Screen, the Print Screen and the Help Files Screen.
Menus and Toolbars
The built-in simplicity of Foundation Factory translates over to the Menu and Toolbars. The View Block screen uses the standard File Menu and a Help Menu only. Included are Buttons that open the Print and Help functions.
No drawing tools.
Simple and easy-to-use is the foundation (no pun intended) of this program and learning it is no exception. Instinct will lead the user most of the way through the program. There is no manual included with program, Foundation Factory's extensive and well created Help Files replace the manual. The Help files are rich with Contents, How-to for the program, Frequently Asked Questions, Quilt-Pro Demo, and How-to for sewing foundation blocks! The Help files are hyperlink rich. Hyperlink means click on an underlined subject to jump directly to additional subject material.