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Editor 1996 to present: Sharla R. Hicks

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Sharla Hicks' vision for Newsletter?

  • Sharla has a life long background in teaching what ever she enjoys doing at the moment. To view her Online Zentangle®, Art Quilts & Mixed Media Gallery, Click Here.

  • She understands the journey of the expressive quilter because she has taken it herself and appreciates all styles and forms of quilting.

    • Expertise in: Zentangle®, computer quilting, design, color, adding the edge to your quilting style and more
    • traditional machine piecing & machine quilting.
    • machine appliqué, freestyle machine embroidery & quilt embellishment using designer threads (thin to thick), beads, charms and more for embellishment on quilts and wearable art.
    • mixed media fabric painting, foiling, glitter work, and embellishment.

  • Sharla poses the following question to students, "How do you make your style of quilting (traditional, innovative or art) stand out from the crowd with an exciting edge."

In the mid 1990's Sharla authored a series of computer quilting how-to books that are now out of print.

Zentangle Classes
Zentangle Class Exampels
in Southern California
Sharla Hicks (CZT)
Certified Zentangle Instructor

Scan Fabric to use in Quilting Software & Convert Internet Fabric to bitmaps

FAQs, Review & How-tos: Computer Quilting using Quilt Design Software and Other Programs

Other Software & Ideas that are helpful in designing quilts, applique, innovative designs, and wearable art

Quilting Software Reviews & How-To Information

Electric Quilt Products: To purchase, CLICK HERE

Hints and Tips for Electric Quilt User Series:

Gordon Cooper Series on Electric Quilt:
Customize the EQ Default Palette with your favorite fabrics so that it automatically opens when you start up the program
Block Size Considerations in Electric Quilt
The Electric Quilt Sketchbook

Patti R. Anderson Series on creative uses for EQ:
Insert Photo Scans Into a Quilt Layout in Electric Quilt. Patti R. Anderson. This new idea is going to make GREAT memory quilts!
Simple Shape Quilting Designs for Borders Patti R. Anderson. Design and print long runs for the border using simple quilt stencil motifs you design yourself.
Featured Photo Inspired Quilts designed in Electric Quilt by Patti Anderson shown on Sharla Hicks Simply Quilt appearance

More How-to and help for Electric Quilt Users:
Using Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs. by Sharla Hicks
Clearing up the Mud surrounding Copyright for Electric Quilt, BlockBase, SewPrecise and their Support Books. by Penny McMorris
Electric Quilt Website Review by Sharla Hicks: a great resource for all EQ users
Info-EQ Archives -- how to use them by Penny McMorris of Electric Quilt
EQ's Stash Fabric CDs: How to Convert Fabric Bitmaps from Stash to CorelDRAW pattern fill by Myrna Giesbrecht
How to Create Tessellations using your Quilt Software Instructions for EQ, Quilt-Pro and PCQuilt by Sharla Hicks

Paper Piecing

Quilt-Pro: To purchase, CLICK HERE

Quilt-Pro Series: Hints and Tips on How to Use and Drafting Blocks Quilt-Pro by Frank Smith

Drafting Complex Blocks in Quilt-Pro, a series of articles by Frank Smith.

Quilt-Pro's Block Factory & Paper Piecing Foundation Factory



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FAQs about Computer Quilting answered by Sharla Hicks

  1. Computer Quilting has come of Age! What does it have to offer you the quilter? helpful overview of what is available in quilting software and how your computer skills fit into picture when making choices.
  2. What is the Best Program?
  3. ARTICLE: Should I Upgrade my Computer Quilting Program? by Sharla Hicks
  4. Why would I need a Quilt Program when I have a Graphic Program that I can create a quilt in?
  5. When is a Paint/Draw program better than a Quilt Program?
  6. Can I export a block or quilt to another "quilting program".
  7. Can I export a block or quilt to another Paint/Draw program (Corel Draw, Illustrator) or Desktop Publishing program (Word, Word Perfect, Claris).
  8. Can I "scan" in my block and use with my "quilt program"?
  9. Can any of the quilting software programs do an accurate job of estimating yardage?
  10. Scanners: What are they, how do they work, and how do I get my fabrics to a quilting software using my scanner?

Photo Transfer and Printing on Fabric

Fabric & Fabric Scanning for Quilt Software Libraries

General Information for Computer Quilters on this website

IrfanView (a graphic file converter, use for fabrics)

Organized Expressions™ . . . Diary and Notebook for Quilters and Needleworkers

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Zentangle Kit in Green Box
Zentangle® Kit

34 tiles, DVD, Zentangle Vol. 1 booklet, 2 Pens, 2 Pencils, Sharpener, Die
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By Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts, Zentangle® Developers

Zentangle ® is a technique for patterning and doodling usually done with black pen on white background. Create easy to do abstract designs, optical illusions, quilt labels & more.

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Derwent Intense Blocks Shade Chart Derwent Intense Pencil SetsDerwent Watercolour Pencil Sets

Adirondack Alcohol Inks Tim HoltzTim Holtz's Adirondack® Alcohol Inks:
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Wind bobbins while you are sewing with this portable bobbin winder.

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