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    How do you design you quilt?

    I am trying to design a quilt. I have read that you can use excel to do this. Well I can make my squares and copy and paste a picture into each sell but would like to assign a number to each picture and just have to type the number and the picture is attached. Some say it can be done but I can't do it. So my question is does anyone here design their quilts in excel and are able to insert pictures of their own fabric scanned into their computer.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Crystal

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    Re: How do you design you quilt?

    I have never tried doing it in excel. I have EQ7 and I can scan and use my fabrics with that program.

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      #3
      Re: How do you design you quilt?

      Thanks mommadeb. Unfortunately right now if I can spend almost $200 on something I would rather spend it on fabric. Especially if I can do the same thing with Excel for free. LOL

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        #4
        Re: How do you design you quilt?

        I use graph paper and colored pencils. I don't usually quilt using prints so it's not that big of a deal for me. I just color in the shapes with a color that matches as best it can.

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          #5
          Re: How do you design you quilt?

          I use prints. And right now I am trying to make a memory quilt for my daughter. I will have 12 pictures of her daughter and I want to use fabrics that I have used on things I made for her. I would like to be able to preview it before starting to cut. I made a quilt for her friend who just had a baby and after I cut all the squares out and laid them out on a bed I found some I did not like so I bought other material and cut squares. So in the long run I probably have about 10 or more squares of fabric that was not used. I would like to omit that. Don't like to waste. Then stacked them in rows and numbered the stacks so I did not mix them up. So being able to see it on the computer with the exact fabric I am using would be awesome. I can copy and paste or insert to each cell. But it is very time consuming.

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            #6
            Re: How do you design you quilt?

            I just print off blank squares in excel then use colored pencils to color code the squares. Then I layout the design. If I don't like it with the laid out design, I adjust my squares.

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              #7
              Re: How do you design you quilt?

              I have tried the quiltography app. It's pretty cool, and helped me through a Jacob's Ladder. You can download your fabrics to design it. I think it was about $15.
              My friends call me Peggy
              The government calls me Mary Margaret

              Proverbs 13:22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.

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                #8
                Re: How do you design you quilt?

                I sketch out like others do in a little graph paper sketch book, usually a moleskin.

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                  #9
                  Re: How do you design you quilt?

                  Well thanks Peggy. But I don't have a iphone or ipad. I have android.

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                    #10
                    Re: How do you design you quilt?

                    I do most of my designing in my head and then good old fashioned paper and pencil. . . and I have EQ7 . . . I find I just get lost in trying different things and end up spending the day doing that instead of quilting!!
                    Murphy :icon_wave:

                    www.quiltparadigm.blogspot.com

                    Quilting forever, housework - whenever!

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                      #11
                      Re: How do you design you quilt?

                      Hehehe Murphy. I do too but sometimes I just can't imagine it. I cut out the pieces and place where I want and don't like it after. Sometimes I wind up using completely different then have scraps/waste. Now I saw that the Bernina Embroidery software may do like EQ7 also. And I was wanting that software. Just can't justify spending $1500 for it. I did do it in Excel. Just takes a lot of time. But it is free, right? lol All I wanted was to be able to get the actual fabric I am thinking of using in the cell on my computer so I can preview it before buying and especially cutting.
                      Happy quilting.
                      Jholeah

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                        #12
                        Re: How do you design you quilt?

                        I use MS Paint. It is quick-n-dirty but it is free if you use a windows PC.
                        Loosely based on a true story.

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                          #13
                          Re: How do you design you quilt?

                          I see a fabric, decide how much of it I can afford, and how I want to use it (D4P etc). I consider what I have at home to use with it. And then I picture it in my head and make it.

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                            #14
                            Re: How do you design you quilt?

                            Well don't I feel silly. I have the Bernina Embroidery Software V5 Editor Plus and I just found that I can design a quilt in it. I have not had it long. And was watching a update to V6 for it and the lady selling was telling me about some video's that show you how to use the V6 software. Well I went look at mine and you would know know. It does it too. Hahahaha I tried it and ya hoo. I can do it. I can put my fabric in and see what it looks like. Would't you know it. I had it the whole time. Oh well. Live and learn.

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                              #15
                              Re: How do you design you quilt?

                              I do not at all enjoy computer stuff, so I am a paper and pencil quilt designer.
                              Cathryn

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