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Old 11-30-2015, 04:41 PM
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Hi I am looking for quilting software.With this software I would like to be able to design quilt blocks, be able to know how to cut the blocks and know how much fabric to buy. I am using window 8 on a desktop. I would like free software if possible. I have been searching the internet and have not found anything that seems user friendly to me. I did down load a program called Quilt Assistant but I don't like to to much. I would like a program that I can use when I am hooked to internet and when I am not.
What software do you use, is it user friendly and why did you choose it?
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:04 PM
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The only software worth anything is EQ7. It does over estimate a bit on the yardage but I have never heard of any program tell you how to cut your blocks. EQ7 will tell you the dimensions to cut for each piece for a single block. What I like best about EQ7 is if I take a picture of a quilt, I usually can reproduce the pattern. It also makes enlarge or decreasing the size of a pattern I already own and is so easy to PP a block and get an accurate printout. I have owned a version of this program since 1995. I just drew this pattern today for a Vets homeless housing project that is occurring in the state of NY (thread is located under Requests):
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I also use EQ7. I had originally used Quilt Design Wizard which is kind of an introductory program with limited capabilities. I liked it but wanted the additional features of EQ7. To my mind it has been well worth the price.
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EQ is worth every penny. there are limitations as listed above, but i would never give mine up. i have version 5 and have not found a need to upgrade.
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If you decide to purchase EQ (which I use and love), be sure to get the latest version. There was a huge improvement made between versions 5 and 6. 7 added even more features.
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The free versions, if any available now, have been a waste of time for me. I recommended EQ7.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:46 AM
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I have EQ5. Have used it for years. Never felt the need to update.
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
The only software worth anything is EQ7. It does over estimate a bit on the yardage but I have never heard of any program tell you how to cut your blocks. EQ7 will tell you the dimensions to cut for each piece for a single block. What I like best about EQ7 is if I take a picture of a quilt, I usually can reproduce the pattern. It also makes enlarge or decreasing the size of a pattern I already own and is so easy to PP a block and get an accurate printout. I have owned a version of this program since 1995. I just drew this pattern today for a Vets homeless housing project that is occurring in the state of NY (thread is located under Requests):
Really like this...I use EQ all the time..
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:21 AM
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EQ7 also has files for an Accuquilt Go
http://doyoueq.com/project_download_...ilt-downloads/

I will try it.

Kind of basic, but do give layouts for some dies.

I just wish they would make some of the software backwards compatible as to files. I have EQ6 on an OFFLINE XP box. It's offline because it's XP and it is getting less support from some security companies. EQ6 doesn't require an online check every time you use it which is why it's on the offline box. 7 does require a license check.

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