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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR A DRAWING PROGRAM

    Unless you are pretty tech/computer savvy, I wouldn't recommend EQ7. It's a program for a somewhat advanced user and it's not cheap. It takes quite a while to learn it and I'm thinking that taking a class on using it would probably be the best way to learn all the ins and outs of the program.

    To simply draw up your quilts, you might want to start with one of the less expensive, easier to use programs.
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR A DRAWING PROGRAM

    EQ7 allows you to create ahead of time, but I am too cheap.
    I use MS Excel and merge rows and or columns and scan my fabric into jpgs, so my design actually is the fabric.
    This is basically what Electric Quilt does for you.
    If you have a computer and you have an Office suite, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint or simply Paint will work the same way.
    You create what you want and arrange it as you wish.
    I've attached a sample Excel sheet I turned into a PDF for the upload.
    I'm making my daughter a king size quilt and there are many more squares than are shown, but what I created gives me enough information for me to sew. The accurate fabric colors show me what it will look like before I start cutting. So I can rearrange if I need to. Have fun and give your everyday software a go before you open the wallet and spend a fortune.
    Good luck!
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    How do you do this in excel? When I insert pictures, they "float" on top of the excel sheet and are not "in" a cell. I love excel, but am not sure how you are doing this. Lisa


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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR A DRAWING PROGRAM

    Quote Originally Posted by ilive2craft2 View Post
    How do you do this in excel? When I insert pictures, they "float" on top of the excel sheet and are not "in" a cell. I love excel, but am not sure how you are doing this. Lisa
    I think you'd have to import them no? I've copied and pasted images into Excel and get the floating...but if you actually import them you can "lock" them I think. I'm curious about this also!

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    Does anyone have a site that teaches you how to do this is excel. I am very interested to design a quilt like this. I know a little in excel but not too much. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR A DRAWING PROGRAM

    Graph paper and colored pencils are the way I go.

    editing because I forgot to add, I have in the past drew the blocks, colored them then cut them out so I could 'lay out' the quilt. Sometimes on white paper, sometimes on colored paper. This way I could see the different layout and get idea on the color I should look for for borders.

    Because I am REALLY bad at choosing fabric combinations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    Does anyone have a site that teaches you how to do this is excel. I am very interested to design a quilt like this. I know a little in excel but not too much. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    If that is a product by Microsoft, which I believe it is, they offer free courses on their website. I have taken a couple different ones and they are very helpful.
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    Thanks. I actually found a lady who wrote down the directions at quiltingboard.com. I will try it. Also will go to Microsoft and look for the courses. You can never learn enough, right.....

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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR A DRAWING PROGRAM

    OK. That worked a bit. Just very time consuming. Does anyone know if there is a quilt design software that I can scan my own fabric into?
    Thanks

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