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    Quilt Program???

    For Christmas Mom asked for a quilt program. She wants to be able to design quilts, try out different layouts, print out copies of her designs etc. She has not looked at which program she wants, she just asked for one. Any tips or suggestions? There are TONS out there and I do not know which ones are good and which are not. Also working on a budget. Thanks in advance.

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    I recommend EQ7.

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    Where is a good place to buy it from?

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    Many places offer the EQ7 product. I have heard Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day shop seems to have it on sale right now or at least $40 cheaper than I have seen it elsewhere. http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...ay.asp?i=28132

    I would just google the product (EQ7 or Electric Quilt 7) and shop around on line for the best price.

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    I would also recommend EQ7. Take a minute to check out their blog. You'll find lots of info there and will give you an idea of how others use the program.

    http://doyoueq.com/blog/

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    EQ7 is my recommendation too.

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    EQ7 has a steep learning curve. Some people take to it like a duck to water; others (we will not mention exactly who, and I am a former systems programmer) have difficulty catching on to it. However, EQ7 is probably the most widely used software and there are lots of online classes for it.

    QuiltPro offers a few less options than EQ7, but it is said to be more user-intuitive (i.e., easier to learn). I have been tempted to try this one, but am afraid it will go unused along with EQ7.

    There are much less expensive software programs on the market too. These do a lot less and are less flexible, but are a lot easier to learn. These would not do all that your mother is asking for, though. I think both EQ7 and QuiltPro would.

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    Before you buy, make sure your mom's computer has all the right "stuff" to support the system you choose. Each one will tell you on the outside of the box what kind of computer specs (? is that the right word?) you need for the program to run correctly and completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    EQ7 has a steep learning curve. Some people take to it like a duck to water; others (we will not mention exactly who, and I am a former systems programmer) have difficulty catching on to it. However, EQ7 is probably the most widely used software and there are lots of online classes for it.

    QuiltPro offers a few less options than EQ7, but it is said to be more user-intuitive (i.e., easier to learn). I have been tempted to try this one, but am afraid it will go unused along with EQ7.

    There are much less expensive software programs on the market too. These do a lot less and are less flexible, but are a lot easier to learn. These would not do all that your mother is asking for, though. I think both EQ7 and QuiltPro would.
    I totally agree with the steep learning curve! I purchased EQ 7 and just couldn't figure it out so I sold it. This past summer, a friend came to visit and he gave me his copy because it was too difficult for him too. I have played around with it again but I just haven't figured it out yet. There is hope though! I think that maybe the best route would be to get one of the other less advanced programs (and less costly) - Quilt Pro or Quilt Design Wizard and see if your mother even likes it.
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    Thank all of you for replying. I will check to make sure they will work with her computer. It is good to know also how user friendly they are. I do not know if mom would take the time to learn the program or just get frustrated that she can not figure it out.

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    You mean it's not just me? I bought EQ6 years ago. Just couldn't keep it all in my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raynhamquilter View Post
    You mean it's not just me? I bought EQ6 years ago. Just couldn't keep it all in my head.
    I think those of us who haven't been able to figure it out are reluctant to post publicly about our difficulties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnanddbyz View Post
    Thank all of you for replying. I will check to make sure they will work with her computer. It is good to know also how user friendly they are. I do not know if mom would take the time to learn the program or just get frustrated that she can not figure it out.
    Quilt Design Wizard is easier to figure out and you can get it for about $30. Might be able to use a coupon at Joanne's and get it for even less. It's a pared down version of Electric Quilt and will give your mom an idea how the full program works. But it does have limitations.

    Here's a link where you can compare the two programs.

    http://electricquilt.com/online-shop...zard/#tabs-top
    Last edited by quiltsRfun; 11-27-2012 at 03:29 PM.

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    I own both. (I inherited EQ7 and gave it a serious try. I really dislike it.) QuiltPro is easy to use just out of the box and does not require huge amounts of study. Recently, I broke my leg and need to keep it elevated. I don't know how I would have managed without my QP. Of course, one of the great advantages of either one is that you can play with patterns, layout, colors and fabrics without any waste at all. DH often looks over my shoulder and asks how one of my designs would look in a different colorway. Being sure you will have enough fabric for the job is another real plus. Both programs have great add ons it you want them. For paper piecing, it is great to be able to print what you ant easily. QuiltPro has (had?) a partial short time free download you can have her try out.

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    Darn. They had Quilt Pro on sale for 50% off on Black Friday ($65). Now it's back to full price. I might have to wait a year to get it!

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    EQ7 has excellent lessons as part of the software, as well as a manual that covers everything. The user interface isn't perfect, but it isn't that bad either. I didn't find it particularly difficult to catch on, once I realized that I could answer most of my questions by looking at the help files. I still refer to those files whenever I need to use another aspect of the program.

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    Quilt Design Wizard is cheap and easy to use.
    You do not design the blocks but use the ones in the software.
    You can download new designs from the website.
    It is fun to use. Great for seeing how different blocks go togather and for colors.

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    Is there a simple product for Mac? I really want to just design patterns and do not want all the extra features that I probably would never use. EQ is just so expensive. I use graph paper and colored pencils right now. It would be so much easier on the computer.

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    I got an EQ (whatever number last years was) and it isn't for everyone. I wanted to be able to use it to design art quilts and landscape quilts, swirls and whatever seemed right for an ocassion or for a specific person. I paid $50 to take 3 classes (but the first was already done so I only got 2) and I specifically asked if they did non-block, more freelance, and both the salesperson and the class instructor said "yes". Not a word or help for either. It was a total loss for me.

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