The Quilter's Computer Companion: Hundreds of Easy Ways to Turn the Cyber Revolution into Your Artistic Revolution

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Creativity has no bounds when you know how to combine traditional quilting with modern technology. Whether you are just beginning with computers or a practiced old hand, The Quilter's Computer Companion will show you how to use your computer to design amazing quilts with ease, accuracy, and speed. Never before published techniques show you how to:

  • Use popular quilting and drawing software like Electric quilt,...
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Overview

Creativity has no bounds when you know how to combine traditional quilting with modern technology. Whether you are just beginning with computers or a practiced old hand, The Quilter's Computer Companion will show you how to use your computer to design amazing quilts with ease, accuracy, and speed. Never before published techniques show you how to:

  • Use popular quilting and drawing software like Electric quilt, Quilt-Pro, CorelDraw, Canvas, SuperPaint, and others.
  • Employ special drawing tools (like slanting, stretching, mirror-imaging, and more) to transform ordinary blocks into extraordinary designs.
  • Experiment with different fabric combinations without sewing a stitch by using scans of actual fabric to fill quilt designs.
  • Incorporate photos, drawings, and other artwork into your designs to create stunning appliqu patterns.
  • Create stencils and negatives for fabric painting or sun and blueprinting-with a computer printer!
  • Calculate yardage, print templates, and paper piece patterns in minutes.
  • Formulate custom grids for fashioning unique designs.
  • Make perfect Bezier curves and use arcs to create hearts and tulips, roses and stars, and other free-flowing designs.

A 16-page, full-color quilt gallery showcases spectacular computer-designed quilts, and the "Quilter's Internet Yellow Pages" reveals where on the Internet to download free patterns, read free publications, get advice, view online quilt galleries, and more.

This is the book you've been waiting for. With The Quilter's Computer Companion in hand, your quilting will explode into the realm of the truly spectacular with a few clicks of the mouse!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886411159
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Heim, is a columnist for PC World and prolific writer on needlecrafting.

Hansen has won many awards from her computer-designed quilts. She writes a column for The Professional Quilter.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 A Quilter's Computer Store Adventures 3
Ch. 2 A Quilter's Computer Store Adventures, Continued: Why You Should Buy Software and How 15
Ch. 3 Quick-Start Tips and Sneaky Ways To Draw Quilt Blocks with Quilt Design Software 41
Ch. 4 How to Set Up Your Drawing Area and Draw a Quilt Block with Drawing Software 55
Ch. 5 Beyond Pale Lines 69
Ch. 6 Patches, Patches, and More Patches! 85
Ch. 7 Moving Patches Around Your Screen to Create Bigger Designs 99
Ch. 8 Use Computer Tools to Transform an Old-Fashioned Quilt Block into Something Really Cool 113
Ch. 9 The Log Cabin Block: A Case Study 127
Ch. 10 Exploring Shadow, Shade, and Color 135
Ch. 11 Good Stars Above! 143
Ch. 12 More Marvelous Design Ideas 153
Ch. 13 Old-Fashioned Applique from Quilt Design Software 169
Ch. 14 Marvelous and Painless Ways to Draw Applique and Stencil Patterns 193
Ch. 15 How to Turn Photos, Drawings, and Other Art into Applique Designs 213
Ch. 16 Putting Fabric in Your Computer 237
Ch. 17 How to Use Your Computer to Print Photos and Other Art on Fabric 257
Ch. 18 Use Your Printer to Create Stencils and Negatives for Fabric Painting, Sun Printing, and Blueprinting 281
Ch. 19 Gloria's Gallery: Patterns for Many of the Quilt Designs in this Book 289
Ch. 20 A Quilter's Guide to Cyberspace 317
App. A The Quilter's Guide to Computer Graphics 331
App. B Books We Think You Should Buy 343
App. C Drawing Program Mini-Primer 345
Index
The Quilter's Internet Yellow Pages
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