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    Has anyone used this software? Does it figure your amount of fabric to buy? I cannot even afford the Electric Quilt 7 software, so thinking about this much less expensive quilting software.
    Maybe there is other design software out there, I do not know about. I could use the help with designing and the amount of fabric to buy for my quilting projects.
    Hoping someone may be about to help. Thanks, Hugs, Dee

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    hi Dee, I was looking at differnt programs just last night. I'm with you cannot afford the good stuff. So i will be watching this post with you :)

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    I have it and can't figure it out.

    I can do Excel, Access, Word, etc.

    This is a complete puzzle for me.

    It was a waste of my money, just my thoughts.
    I hope someone chimes in that was successful with it.

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    are you talking about this software program:

    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/QDW/QDW.asp

    It's on sale right now for $20 and I believe it's downloadable.

    I've used it and it will print your design and calculate your yardage. But like EQ (I have EQ5) it will calculate what you need for each fabric type. Sometimes it over calculates, but I would rather have too much then not enough.

    Just a thought
    Mona

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    I forgot to mention, I found it simple to use but very limiting in that you can not design your own blocks, you have to use the pre-progamed blocks. Though there are a lot of them in the program. :)

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    It is the only one I have and I love it!! You are limited but if you have never used the higher priced ones and want a starting point I think it is goo. It give yardage and cutting and sewing instructions.

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    I have the qpro6 and have a hard time with it I get about half way through a design and loose it

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    I have it and find it very easy to use. It has videos to learn how to do things. It is very limited but give you yardage, Rotary cutting guides, and full size templates. It's great to start with. My DH just ordered EQ7 for my birthday so I hope I'll learn that one as easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiedee
    Has anyone used this software? Does it figure your amount of fabric to buy? I cannot even afford the Electric Quilt 7 software, so thinking about this much less expensive quilting software.
    Maybe there is other design software out there, I do not know about. I could use the help with designing and the amount of fabric to buy for my quilting projects.
    Hoping someone may be about to help. Thanks, Hugs, Dee
    Thanks to all...I went ahead and ordered the Quilt Design Wizard. Yes, it was on sale for 20.00..8.00 shipping ups...but it is a starting point for me. I need simple and they do have quite a collection of blocks. I just needed something to help me determine yardages...I have a hard time with that..and usually grossly overbuy. I will have a lot of scraps though...LOL.
    Thanks to all for the input...y'all were so helpful. Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by MzMcKee
    are you talking about this software program:

    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/QDW/QDW.asp

    It's on sale right now for $20 and I believe it's downloadable.

    I've used it and it will print your design and calculate your yardage. But like EQ (I have EQ5) it will calculate what you need for each fabric type. Sometimes it over calculates, but I would rather have too much then not enough.

    Just a thought
    Mona
    Yes, that is the one...I went ahead and ordered it...I am like you, I would rather it over calculate...just leaves scraps for another quilt, right? Thanks a bunch. Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    It is the only one I have and I love it!! You are limited but if you have never used the higher priced ones and want a starting point I think it is goo. It give yardage and cutting and sewing instructions.
    I ordered it...I am sure it will do me a great job...just what I needed and not too complicated...I hate complicated.
    I did not know it gave sewing instructions..that is a bonus.
    Thanks so much, Dee in Oklahoma

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    I have it and it is not to bad really but can be limiting to the blocks you use. You have the ability to download added squares from the past few years from their site and coordinating fabrics, they also add to that each month.

    It did take me some time to figure out how to make it do what its supposed to do but I could have saved that if would have watched the videos, I can be stubborn.

    I think this program is perfect for me as a beginner but can see where I will want to step it up when I have the skills.

    All in all 2 thumbs up :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiedee
    Quote Originally Posted by okiedee
    Has anyone used this software? Does it figure your amount of fabric to buy? I cannot even afford the Electric Quilt 7 software, so thinking about this much less expensive quilting software.
    Maybe there is other design software out there, I do not know about. I could use the help with designing and the amount of fabric to buy for my quilting projects.
    Hoping someone may be about to help. Thanks, Hugs, Dee
    Thanks to all...I went ahead and ordered the Quilt Design Wizard. Yes, it was on sale for 20.00..8.00 shipping ups...but it is a starting point for me. I need simple and they do have quite a collection of blocks. I just needed something to help me determine yardages...I have a hard time with that..and usually grossly overbuy. I will have a lot of scraps though...LOL.
    Thanks to all for the input...y'all were so helpful. Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma
    Don't forget to register. They have new designs each month which include blocks and fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    I have it and find it very easy to use. It has videos to learn how to do things. It is very limited but give you yardage, Rotary cutting guides, and full size templates. It's great to start with. My DH just ordered EQ7 for my birthday so I hope I'll learn that one as easy.
    Thanks for the input...I did order it...as a beginner, it will do the job for me...it looks easy enough ...and I love that it gives full size templates. I am wondering if it will give me quilting stencil for my hand quilting.
    Enjoy your EQ7...I bet there are a lot of online help..tutorials and such. Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumtree
    I have it and it is not to bad really but can be limiting to the blocks you use. You have the ability to download added squares from the past few years from their site and coordinating fabrics, they also add to that each month.

    It did take me some time to figure out how to make it do what its supposed to do but I could have saved that if would have watched the videos, I can be stubborn.

    I think this program is perfect for me as a beginner but can see where I will want to step it up when I have the skills.

    Thanks hon, for the input...I will go to their site and look at the goodies they have to download. It will be quite sometime before, I would want to step it up...this will do me for quite awhile...I did order the program. Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma

    All in all 2 thumbs up :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I have it and can't figure it out.

    I can do Excel, Access, Word, etc.

    This is a complete puzzle for me.

    It was a waste of my money, just my thoughts.
    I hope someone chimes in that was successful with it.
    You are not alone, I have heard this from so many that I haven't looked into it and I do computer work for a living!

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    I like the quilt wizard. My 6 year old designs quilts on it. He thinks I am going to make them all for everyone he knows.

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    Thank you everyone, I've been looking at the quilt wizard and found all of your comments helpful. I'm new to quilting and to sewing so believe I will begin here. I'm making two quilt tops and went crazy trying to decide fabric colors, placement (crazy but fun), so the computer program will help quite a bit with that I hope. Warmly, Debbie in California

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    I bought it when just starting quilting. I love it.
    Simple to use and great for trying out colors.
    Free patterns every month at thier website to download.
    You are limited to the blocks in the software but there are alot.
    It helps for borders and sashing. It is also good to check out blocks that go togather to see the all over design.
    Great software for the price.

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    Now wouldn't it be nice if it were $20.00 now But I do think its something I might check into a bit more ... thanks for the input folks
    Amythyst

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    Thanks again, I've ordered it and paid $30.00 from the Electric Quilt website. Could have found it cheaper by a few dollars most likely.......I'm excited to try it out! Debbie in Nor Cal

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