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Marion Smith16/06/2008 20:34:00
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I'm fairly new to quilting and have a quilt designed in my mind but I need to set pen to paper.  I wonder if anybody has used quilting software?  If so, how do you find it.  It seems to me to be a really good idea but would love some feedback before I invest.
Alison17/06/2008 10:47:00
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Marion,

I use Quilt Pro 5 to help design quilts, it does everything I need to get an idea of what the quilt will look like when finished. It will calculate how much material you need to buy, but I find that it is best to use this as a guide, I like to have more than enough just in case.

It has a library of blocks and drawing your own is easy with a little practise.

There is also a fabric library to which you can add your own fabric if you want, provided you have a scanner. 

I  enjoy English paper piecing, and the template part of the program allows me to print pages of templates which are ready to cut and use, no more drawing around plastic templates, it saves so much time.

 The program does many other things as well, which I haven't got round to using yet.

Hope this helps,

Alison. 

Marion Smith17/06/2008 10:54:00
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That's great, thanks Alison
Caz17/06/2008 19:06:00
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 Marion, as a newbie I use Quilt Wizard which, compared to quilt pro 5, is very basic. It has a limited library of blocks and fabrics, but it gives you printable instructions for quilts.

                                    Caz.  

                                         

Marion Smith17/06/2008 19:51:00
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Thanks Caz.  I've just order Quilt Pro 5, so I'm looking forward to receiving it so I can plan my next quilt!

 Marion

Liz Bonsell04/08/2008 14:27:00
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Hi, I've read the above comments with interest and wondered if anybody has used EQ6 (Electric Quilt) software, and do they have any idea as to how it compares to Quilt Pro5?  I'm currently using Corel Draw which allows me to draw and control the fill of blocks but it is a drawing package and I bet the designers never considered it being used for quilts!

Liz

Francoise Vrabel09/09/2008 10:30:00
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I've just been looking at quilt software and have decided to spend my money on fabric instead. It's easy enough to download graph paper and various grids for free , then play around with coloured pencils.

Francoise 

Babs09/09/2008 12:28:00
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Francoise, I absolutely agree and that's how I set about designing a quilt. Start with a scribble. I bought a Quilt - Pro package years ago - used it a couple of times - was fiddly (in those days) and found it dampened my creativity. Package may have improved but I find a sketch book plus water-colour pencil crayons best suited to my creative needs. Babs.
Jenny B18/11/2008 17:02:00
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I was given a quilt designing programme but I never even undid the package as i prefere to scribble a design and see how it works out. perhaps if I was more confident on the computer it would be more interesting

rosemary Rosenfeld20/12/2015 18:25:06
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Hi All....I am planning a new quilt for No1 son and girlfriend! I thought it might be easier using the computer since they live near Leamington Spa! That was until I saw just how much it cost ....... EQ7 is now over £140.00!!! Is there anything else out there? Is it worth spending that much? Any help/remarks/suggestions gratefully received!

Best Rosemary

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