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Thread: What Quilt Design Software do you have/like?

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    Senior Member MaineGirl76's Avatar
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    Forgive me if this has been asked already at some point, I'm new to the board and I would like to purchase quilt design software and am looking for opinions, EQ6 seems to be the all the rage but I would like to try it out before I buy it and apparently they don't have trials. Any others out there with a try before you buy? Thank you in advance~!

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    I have EQ6, and get on with it very well, but then I had EQ5, and updated, so I was used to that first, and I also have several of the books, which I worked through the lessons to get a really good grounding in it.
    BTW, Congratulations on your anniversary.

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    I have Jenny Haskins Perfect Quilt Express and am somewhat unhappy with it - Limited on what you can do with it. I wished I had bought EQ6

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    The EQ6 has a website with videos of what it can do and how. There's a help icon on the toolbar too. I don't own it but just researched it yesterday on the net. Spoke with several in chat room last night who have it. Most have not used it extensively yet. Let us know if you buy it and like it.

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    Thanks so much! I really want Eq6 as that seems the way to go, just need to start saving my pennies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I have EQ6, and get on with it very well, but then I had EQ5, and updated, so I was used to that first, and I also have several of the books, which I worked through the lessons to get a really good grounding in it.
    BTW, Congratulations on your anniversary.
    Thank You!

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    I thing EQ 6 is the gold standard. I use it, and I love it, even though I still haven't figured out how to do everything I want to do on it yet. There's definitely a learning curve involved for the more advanced features, but as a beginner you can jump right in and start having some fun! I'd highly recommend it--you won't outgrow it.

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    I have EQ6. I find that I'm using it more and more often for all sorts of tasks. I do think it's worth the money. I also have Quilt Wizard, but I've never really used it very much.

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    Thanks so much for the info ladies!

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    I have quilt wizard and it was a wonderful starting point, but after about six months I invested in EQ6 and have not looked back.

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    I love my EQ6 program!!! I don't think you would be disappointed with it :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    I thing EQ 6 is the gold standard. I use it, and I love it, even though I still haven't figured out how to do everything I want to do on it yet. There's definitely a learning curve involved for the more advanced features, but as a beginner you can jump right in and start having some fun! I'd highly recommend it--you won't outgrow it.
    I think that's a really good point... as your quilting skills improve, EQ keeps up, you just use more and more of the advanced features. I would imagine that you wouldn't ever outgrow it.

    I have had it for about a year, and I absolutely love it. From the simplest task of getting the measurements for a single block, to designing a large quilt with multiple blocks and borders, it's just awesome. :-)

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    I started with Quilt Wozard...Like 20 bucks at JoAnns...to see if I would use a software program to play around with and design quilts...
    After about 6 months of that, it convinced me to get EQ6...
    It was hard because I could've spent that money on fabric but I have to tell you...any block I choose, I can make any size and get the Rotary cutting directions for...
    I can import my fabric choices for the quilt I want to make and see how their auditions turn out.
    With EQ6 it is like making the quilt before commiting time, fabric and money to the quilt...If I don't like it, I can change it.
    And EQ6 is not hard to learn. I did the lessons in the book and now belong to the group on planetpatchwork...so I am learning all the time.
    Kirsten

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    I'm like dunster. I originally bought Quilt Wizard and played with that a little, but it didn't do some of the things I wanted to do. I eventually ended up buying EQ6 and love it. There IS a learning curve, and I certainly don't do everything it can do, but the things I DO use it for make it priceless for me! You won't be sorry if you invest in it (and yes, it is an investment for most of us).

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    I still have EQ5 but love it! I will upgrade to EQ6 at some point but so far have not seen the need to do it. I went through the books to learn it, so its pretty awesome in what it does for me. To be honest, I bought mine on ebay for $35.00. I wanted to see if I liked the program before I invested the bigger bucks in it.

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    I don't have either. Just my books.
    But, I will admit, that sometimes when someone posts a picture of something they are making with EQ5 or 6, I'll download the picture.
    I told hubby that once we get back to the states, I want to get EQ6

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    Great info ladies! What are the difference's between Eq5 and Eq6?

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    I did not have the funds for EQ6 but did buy Quilt Wizard. It is well worth the 29 dollars. It is fun and you can use the blocks to design quilts.
    You cannot design your own blocks with it. You can size your blocks and turn in different directions. And you can download a new pattern every month from thier website.
    It is good preparation for the more expensive software.

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    I just now purchased the Quilt Design Wizard software. I REALLY want EQ 6 but I need to save up first.

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