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    Hi all

    Despite how much I enjoy putting together and hand sewing my patchwork for quilting I have never got much enjoyment out of making templates and drawing round them onto paper. I just hate the chance of inaccuracy at this point.

    Do any of you use a computer programme which allows you to print out template papers, do you think it would allow me to print these patterns over again for a repeat and do they let you construct your own blocks.

    If you do I would be really grateful if you could tell me which programme. I am looking at buying one but with no one I know who does patchwork and quilting I would love your opinion on your chosen one.

    Thank you
    Anita

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    I have never used a computer Anita, but I would love to know how - it would save hours of work and, as you say, cut out the inacuracies so I am watching this space avidly.
    Ah - I tell a lie - I have bought the odd template off the nett.
    I hope someone responds to your plea.
    Good luck
    Carol
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    • #3
      I work alongside designers and they use packages from Adobe... Illustrator in particluar, however this is very expensive for non-commercial use. I use it also for my graphic design tasks as it is a vector based package which allows for scaling images to any size you want without having distortion.

      I think the printing pattern query relates to a printer setting called "tiling"/"multiple pages per sheet". (although i'm not 100% sure of this). If you have an image and you want to print it in pattern blocks, larger than the size your printer is capable of i.e. A4, you can set the printer settings to "tile" your work or combine pages etc. You can then tape the pages together and you have a "wallpaper" type result.

      If this isn't what you were thinking a package such as illustrator also has the capacity to save an object as a "pattern" then fill a space (your page) with the pattern...

      I hope this helps, unfortunatley I don't know other packages that well but paint, coral draw etc may also have these capabilities.

      Jane
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      • #4
        Jane

        Thanks for that idea. I had not thought about such types of programme.

        I more had in mind some of the dedicated patchwork programmes that people might use already. I wondered how flexible they where and if they would be of use to me as a hand quilter who wanted to do repeat blocks over a king sized bed so many reprints of the same block. I like the idea of being able to look at different colour combinations before making my mind up and buying fabric.

        So anyone using commerical patchwork/quilting programmes please let me know what you think of their flexiability for a hand quilter, acuracy of templates etc is always great for paper piecing.

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        • #5
          Patchwork templates from EQ6

          Hi!

          I use EQ6 for printing off patchwork templates. It comes with hundreds of block designs and you can use these to design quilts (in the broadest sense). You can also design and print templates for blocks (the templates include theseam allowance) you design yourself and arrange and re-arrange the blocks within a quilt design to please yourself.

          You can add and design your own applique patches and print those paterns off too. You can even work out what quilting design you're going to add. It will also work out fabric estimates although i think that it over-estimates somewhat. I don't think it's an intuitively easy piece of software. I've had to persevere with it but I enjoy it now.
          Julia

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          • #6
            Thanks for that.

            I have been looking at EQ6 and some forums said that it was quite difficult to learn to use but it is good to know that it is worth stuggling with until you get really used to it.

            Do you know if you can print templates without seam allowances as I wouldn't want them as a handsewing paper patchworker. I just add the seam allowance onto the fabric as I cut it out around the paper.

            The estimation of fabric requirement sound good, I always keep my scraps for hexagons so a little over is never a problem. You never know it might stop me buying 3 or more yards if I really like it and wondering what to do with spare bits, I only really like cutting scraps up for a hexagons quilt.

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            • #7
              More of EQ6

              I went and got the manual out just so I know I'm not leading you astray. It says that you can print 'foundation patterns' ie patterns for paper piecing. In designs you 'design' youself you can choose to print a pattern with or without a seam allowance. The other thing I would say is that any pattern pieces you print out - the shape of the pieces are outlined and the seam allowance is outlined outside of the pattern piece. Hope that makes sense. What i'm trying to say is that you can cut the seam allowance off and use it for paper piecing.

              All the pieces within a pattern are labelled so that you can see how it fits together - all those mysterious bits you get when you cut out a patterns will have an obvious home.

              You can save your design/project and print out the bits as many times as you need. That bit I'm really thankful for.

              I'm pleased that I've persevered with this. It's been worth it. I suspect that this program does all you need it to do and there is probably a lot more functionality you'll never use.

              Best wishes!
              Julia

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              • #8
                Thanks so much for resorting to the manual, I really appreciate it.

                It sounds like it will be very useful to me, you never know, I may end up machine patchwork and quilting one day which may mean that I will get full use of it.

                Well my birthday is coming up, I will have to see what I can manage as a treat for myself. When I get it and I can get along with it I will let you know what I think to it from a hand patchworkers point of view

                Thanks once again

                Anita

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                • #9
                  You're very welcome. . Patchwork is really addicitive. IMHO.
                  Julia

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                  • #10
                    Quilt pro will also let you print off templates and is easier to get to grips with than EQ.

                    Have a look on the internet for info. Both are sold by 'the man from Rio' in the UK and he is very helpul he will talk you through a technique to resolve a problem. He is at various quilt shows doing demo's. He has a website as well. www.riodesigns.co.uk/
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                    • #11
                      Must admit I am a bit of a lazy blighter. I buy fabric pre cut into the size I want. saves needing templates.

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                      • #12
                        you r very clever,I will sustain u .

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                        • #13
                          Question..

                          I can see why you'd want it all cut out but one day.......... you'll feel the need to try something else and then where will you be ?....... (You'll want something for the backache!)

                          Just teasing!
                          Julia

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                          • #14
                            I have 'designing patchwork on your computer' by Carol Phillipson published by http://www.abcblack.com ISBN no; 978-1-4081-0143-8 priced at £19.99 on the reverse of the book.

                            It is a hardback book with a computer designing patchwork CD attached. Although I have never used it (I won it) something on my never ending 'to do' list LOL.

                            It has 100 patterns & templates on CD with easy to follow instructions and 127 page book. It does look very good, I need to try it. It has full instructions in the book on how to use the program and tons and tons of quilt blocks and examples etc.

                            I hope this helps
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