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Thread: How long do companies leave up their Free Patterns?

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    Today I found a great cat fabric (notes from the cat) made by In the Beginning fabric company, while I was trying to find it for less money I ended up at the manufactur's web site (I've never been there before). When I just had to look at their free patterns. And they have a Splendid Quilt, I may just HAVE TO make. http://www.inthebeginningfabrics.com/freepatterns.htm It's called Wintergraphix and the copyright is 2008. Now I'd just print the pattern out, but I don't have a printer and it's Adobe Reader Format, so I can't seem to SAVE IT. Anyone care to guess how long it will be there? (or tell me what other options I have?)

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    I run Windows 98 and even though we've tried a printer that said it would work on 98, Lexmark told us it was a typo on the box (that is when we couldn't get the printer to install). So while I'd love to have a printer....

    I tried to go to edit copy all. And then into a Word Document, it wouldn't paste, is there another program I should paste into?

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    I got it! There is a silly little "floppy disk" icon, and that's the way it eventually allowed me to save. Thanks!

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    Another way to save the file - go to your link, and right-click on the link. You should get the option "Save target As..."
    Tell it where to save on your computer, and you are in business.

    Before !@%#$^# Vista would accept my printer, I had to e-mail myself files, go to my local library, and open and print them there.

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    You could go to your local library and print it out there. Ours is 10 cents a sheet. :D

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    Moonpi ~
    Another way to save the file - go to your link, and right-click on the link. You should get the option "Save target As..."
    Do you mean at the top of Explorer, the link in the address line? When I right click I only get the move, copy, paste, stuff, must be stupid Win 98.

    As least I have this one saved, I've never had this much trouble before... As for printouts, currently I swivel the computer screen around to face the sewing machine. Works ok... Except when someone else is using the computer, and I sew to the wrong side of the triangle (yesterday) rippit, rippit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth A.
    Moonpi ~
    Another way to save the file - go to your link, and right-click on the link. You should get the option "Save target As..."
    Do you mean at the top of Explorer, the link in the address line? When I right click I only get the move, copy, paste, stuff, must be stupid Win 98.

    As least I have this one saved, I've never had this much trouble before... As for printouts, currently I swivel the computer screen around to face the sewing machine. Works ok... Except when someone else is using the computer, and I sew to the wrong side of the triangle (yesterday) rippit, rippit....
    first ... try looking in a thrift store or pawn shop for a printer that will work with windows 98. i'm very surprised you can't find a new one that will work, but i guess that's another sign of the times. :roll:

    second ... to save a file from a web site to your computer, follow Moonpi's instructions. the "link" she refers to is the link you would click if you wanted to open the file to view online.

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    Thank you Patrice and Moonpi, I see now, I checked and that does work. I'm glad to as that seems to be a much easier way! :D

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    Sorry to say that Windows 98 is no longer supported by any hardware or software manufacturers so you won't find a new anything that will work with it. You had trouble saving the file only because it is a PDF format and the "rules" are different. The floppy icon is the easiest way, but you can also use 'File, Save As' on the menu. You can't copy and paste PDF files. At least you can save most of them these days, used to be they wouldn't let you do that at all.

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    Oh the File Save As wasn't avail., not sure why the icon was there and worked if the Save As wouldn't...

    I do understand it, copyrights and all. It's original work, etc. It's not that I want to sell it or anything. I just want to make it later when I have less on my plate (and more money to spare) and don't want them to delete it while I'm working on it, and then I'm stuck with a half finished project. Thanks to everyone that I now have it saved. :D

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    We sure do have some very smart and computer savvy women onsite. There are no problems that can't be solved on these boards....YAH TEAM! :D

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    Elizabeth, I like the Wintergraphix pattern, but I LOVE the XO,The Cat Pattern! I want to make my cat, Pandora, her very own quilt and have been looking at various patterns and fabrics, but none so far have seemed to reflect her "purrsonality" until I saw this combo of pattern and fabric. Now I'm on the hunt for this fabric also. Thanks a lot! LOL

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    I have a lexmark printer also. When i first tried to install it, it wouldn't work either. But...........I went on the internet, downloaded new drivers for it and it worked just fine. I burnt the new drivers to a cd and now when I have to reinstall, I just use that cd and it always works. Just type in lexmark.com (I think!) and it should list the downloadable drivers. Hope this helps.

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    Norton, has it on sale in their "fabric attic" but it's still over $8 http://www.norquilt.com/default.asp, I was trying to find it for less money, but all I would find were fat quarters that cost more, so I made dh promise that when he finds a job he will get some for me, so I have to have my fingers crossed until then. It comes in three colors, red, black, or blue, though my favorite was the blue.

    I was amazed by that Wintergraphix pattern, I think because of the scale it would be easier with each round of blocks. :D

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    Thanks Cresha, but my husband did that, he even called them when it wouldn't work, and they explained rather rudely that that printer had never supported Win 98, it's a real shame I don't know someone who could write a driver for me.

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    I would suggest going to your local library, if they have a computer lab, you can pull up the site and pay pennies per sheet to print the copy. I wouldn't wait too long, as they probably rotate patterns on their site. Let me know if this works.
    Blessings - :)

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    a lot of patterns come in adobe format to prevent the cut and paste methods...Loretta is right to save in a file on your desktop. To begin a new folder, click on your desktop and right click your mouse or fingerpads (laptop). You can rename your file by clicking on the "new folder" and send all your patterns to it until you find a compatible printer.

    I've seen several older printers at garage sales lately, probably due to(*&#$(*&(#*$&@! Vista (LOL MOONPI) updates. I do have Vista as well...since I didn't have a choice. Bought a new laptop and hired a tech to change it back to XP to no avail. Can't downgrade the new stuff and can't upgrade a good part of the older or any of our sewing software/hardware.

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    Oh yes, I know about quilterscache, you can't be here at the board for very long without hearing about quilterscache, Bebe brought me into the loop about a month go, it took a little getting used to but now it's a dream of creative ideas waiting to be tapped!

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    Source for the fabrics:

    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ItemList--In-The-Beginning-Fabrics-XO-XO-The-Cat-by-Wendy-Slotboom--m-916

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    Oh I was so excited to see that, but theirs is the half yard price which means $8.98 a yard, which is more than Norton at $8.26 a yard. :(

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    If there is someway you could send me your mailing address I'd be happy to print one off and mail it to you.

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