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Thread: does anyone know how to use excel for quilting?

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    Senior Member turtlerouge's Avatar
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    I would like to know if anyone knows how to put excel into use for quilting purposes. If so, PLEASE pm me, turtlerouge.

    It will be very much appreciated.


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    What are you wanting excel to do for you? I use it a lot of keeping records and lists.
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    i want to use excel to help me make quilt patterns & whatever else I can put it to use.

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    Can't help you with excel, but I was wondering how your doll quilt turned out?

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    I use Excel all the time in my quilt designs. Alone or combined with Publisher, it's all I use. Adjust the spreadsheet grid to squares and treat it like graph paper (don't forget to save a blank sheet as a template).

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    Do you also use it to calculate yardage & the # of cuts for you? If you do, a tute would be f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s because then it would be way better than using EQ6!

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I use Excel all the time in my quilt designs. Alone or combined with Publisher, it's all I use. Adjust the spreadsheet grid to squares and treat it like graph paper (don't forget to save a blank sheet as a template).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilteddove
    Do you also use it to calculate yardage & the # of cuts for you?
    For some designs, yes; for most, no. I find the math parts of quilting extremely easy so usually just use a calculator and a scrap of paper.

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    I have used excel to design a few quilts but I am not sure how to explain it. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I use Excel all the time in my quilt designs. Alone or combined with Publisher, it's all I use. Adjust the spreadsheet grid to squares and treat it like graph paper (don't forget to save a blank sheet as a template).
    great idea

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    I'm not an excel user, but I do use Powerpoint. I create shapes and can color them, etc. I'm sure there is a better way, but it helps me to visualize what I'm trying to create. I've just about finished the design for the memorial quilt that I need to start this weekend.

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    I never thought about using Excel for quilt patterns - great idea - think I'll go play now... :)

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    Squares I understand, but how do you do curved lines or triangles in an excel spreadsheet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by thequilteddove
    Do you also use it to calculate yardage & the # of cuts for you?
    For some designs, yes; for most, no. I find the math parts of quilting extremely easy so usually just use a calculator and a scrap of paper.
    Both using Excel to sketch, and then doing math with a calculator is exactly what I do too

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Squares I understand, but how do you do curved lines or triangles in an excel spreadsheet?
    Curved - probably out of luck. Triangles, you can use the drawing tool (View - Toolbars - Drawing), and draw straight lines through squares, and voila, you have triangles. I mainly use it when I'm thinking about buying fabric online and want to see how it looks together. I'll take a "swatch" of it from the website, cut it to size in Paint, and paste it into Excel. That way I can move it around easily (which is difficult in Paint after you do the initial work).

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    This is a quilt my students did. They each made a block and I had to figure out how in the heck to lay them all out. I took pictures of all the blocks hanging on the wall. I made a few colored squares in Excel, and then cut the blocks out from the pictures I took, and put them in Excel. And this way, I was able to easily move them around to get an arrangement I like. The blank spaces were for AWOL quilt blocks, which did eventually show up
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    I'm not great in exel to begin with, I just broke down and got EQ6. Now that I have it, I've soooo busy, I haven't had time to use it!! Go figure!! :lol:

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    I've used Excel and PowerPoint both.

    The problems with excel are two-fold. For HST and other triangles, it is hard to color just half of a cell, and if you are printing, the results are not always exactly what you are seeing on the screen. The second problem I got around by embedding the spreadsheet into PowerPoint.

    Powerpoint is great, and depending on how precise you are with your mouse, you can draw some great applique designs. By using the "group" function, you can create one block from autoshapes, then copy it through many iterations to see what a whole quilt would look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    This is a quilt my students did. They each made a block and I had to figure out how in the heck to lay them all out. I took pictures of all the blocks hanging on the wall. I made a few colored squares in Excel, and then cut the blocks out from the pictures I took, and put them in Excel. And this way, I was able to easily move them around to get an arrangement I like. The blank spaces were for AWOL quilt blocks, which did eventually show up
    Very clever!
    I use Excel, but have not tried to design a quilt with it. That would be the ultimate and this idea and the others will help me.
    I look forward to seeing more posts on this topic.

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    I use Excel to keep track of prices on thread, batting, etc. Never even thought of using it to design quilts other than to print out a grid like someone previously suggested.

    I use Quilt Pro to design all my quilts. It's very simple to use and was quite a bit cheaper than Electric Quilt back when I bought it. Quilt Pro also makes a very simple program called 1-2-3 Quilt that you might want to download the demo for. http://www.quiltpro.com

    Also, I got a notice today that EQ7 will be released in June so you may be able to get a deal on EQ6.

    Beverly

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    I've scanned my fabrics and "inserted" a picture in a cell, resizing it for the cell size. I would think this only works with squares or rectangles (no triangles or curves). I haven't taken the time to figure out a formula for calculating fabric requirements but I bet it could be done! :D

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    I would never have thought ot use Excel for quilting. How about that!
    Will have to try it after school's out and have more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I use Excel all the time in my quilt designs. Alone or combined with Publisher, it's all I use. Adjust the spreadsheet grid to squares and treat it like graph paper (don't forget to save a blank sheet as a template).
    This is exactly what I use it for - graph paper. Then I also have a list of what quilts and made and who I gave them to.

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    I have used power point

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    Quilt Wizard is a great inexpensive intro version of EQ and very handy. I have used Quilt Wizard for a couple of years and now feel like EQ would be a worthwhile investment for me. Was not ready for the expanded features of EQ when I got Quilt Wizard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie1
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I use Excel all the time in my quilt designs. Alone or combined with Publisher, it's all I use. Adjust the spreadsheet grid to squares and treat it like graph paper (don't forget to save a blank sheet as a template).
    This is exactly what I use it for - graph paper. Then I also have a list of what quilts and made and who I gave them to.
    To clarify, I use Excel for more than simply graph paper in the design process, Debbie. Adjusting the grid to squares is merely the first step.
    An example from Excel
    [img]http://i89.servimg.com/u/f89/13/49/5...h/005_co10.jpg[/img]
    and one from Publisher.
    [img]http://i89.servimg.com/u/f89/13/49/5...h/005_co11.jpg[/img]
    NB: both designs and images are copyright protected

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