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Thread: Designing from digital photos of fabric

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    Whenever I have digital photos of fabric to work with, which is almost always the case when you can find fabrics online, I use my computer's paint program to compare how the fabrics look together. You can then also resize the pics to scale, paste and cut and design many sewing possibilities. I also purchased a program called Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 and have found that very helpful for deciding if a fabric will work well for One Block Wonders. Both of these methods have saved me from buying fabrics that wouldn't work well many times over - and they are tremendous fun to play with.

    Never thought I'd be interested in purchasing a quilt kit, since I enjoy designing and cutting with fabric. But i fell in love with a series of Kaffe Fasset fabrics and couldn't find them for sale, even with online searches. Finally, on my favorite online auction site (don't know if we are allowed to mention the name here on the board) I came across a seller (jordansoforegon) who had done up the fabrics in the nicest log cabin squares as kits.
    So I used my computer's Paint program to decide on coordinating fabric for borders and come up with a final design. Though not a perfect representation, this technique lets me see what a quilt might someday look like. I'll paste a picture below.

    Many Fassetted Log Cabin Quilt (arr, arr)
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    Gorgous quilt! What version paint do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1234Irene
    Gorgous quilt! What version paint do you use?
    LOL! I don't know if I'm more impressed with the fabric or the rendition in Paint. ;-)

    Looks just as good as EQ.

    And the quilt is divine.

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    Huge thanks for that info and illustration.

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    Ah, ok, you used their picture of the finished block. Got it now!

    It's a great fabric combo.

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    Beautiful quilt

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    that is a lot of work...great use of what you have though..very creative thinking! Thanks for sharing!

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    Beautiful

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    Nice! I've bought from that seller before...great to deal with and quick shipping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Ah, ok, you used their picture of the finished block. Got it now!

    It's a great fabric combo.
    Oh poop, here I was trying to make sure I gave jordansoforegon the credit for the log cabin block, but just to be more clear: before I decided to purchase the kit, I used their photo of the finished block and pasted into the Paint program, figured out which arrangement I liked best and then which fabrics to use for borders. That way I could see what a beautiful quilt it would be when done. But you certainly can, and I have, use Paint to design the whole square from scratch.

    1234Irene, I'm not very computer literate, but we have Windows 2000 on our computer and the Paint program came with it. Not sure if that will tell you which version it is or not. One of the draw backs with this program is that it works easiest with straight lines.

    I'd like to show you another quilt design that I used Paint and Kaleidoscope creator to create. (My design inspiration curve is too far ahead of my quilting learning curve) ;) This one happened to come into my mind when I fell for the Imperial 6 collection of fabrics from Robert Kaufman. It makes a very large quilt though, so I need to play around more if I wish to make a smaller one.

    Imperial 6 Moonlit Cranes
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble
    But you certainly can, and I have, use Paint to design the whole square from scratch.
    But I have not, which is why I was totally blown away by the image. I'm still blown away by your use of the crappy add-on Paint program to make your rendition with borders. ;-)

    I am now inspired to try something in Paint other than just drawing lines on an image. :mrgreen: Thanks!

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    [quote=MTSLooks just as good as EQ.[/quote]

    This is going to sound ignorant, but what is EQ?
    I use EQ fabrics for my ink jet printer... is it the same company and what do they make to use in designing?

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    Electric Quilt. It's a quilt design software.
    http://electricquilt.com/
    And, yes, same company that makes that photo fabric.

    And it's not cooperating with me at the moment. GRRRRR.

    But it usually does. Wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Electric Quilt. It's a quilt design software.
    http://electricquilt.com/
    And, yes, same company that makes that photo fabric.

    And it's not cooperating with me at the moment. GRRRRR.

    But it usually does. Wonderfully.
    Oh my goodness MTS.... does that ever look like fun! But it isn't cheap. I now have something else to save up for / dream of buying someday / beg for for Christmas / etc. It can do so much more than Paint! Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble
    Oh my goodness MTS.... does that ever look like fun! But it isn't cheap. I now have something else to save up for / dream of buying someday / beg for for Christmas / etc. It can do so much more than Paint! Thanks for the link.
    They have a very "lite" version called Design Wizard.
    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/QDW/QDW.asp

    I've never used it because I have EQ, but it's a way to get some experience and use out of design software, and the price is right.

    It's like some people only use 1% of what Word or Excel software is capable of and don't even realize it.
    You might find DW fits your need. And if you ever did want to switch to EQ, you're not out a ton of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    They have a very "lite" version called Design Wizard.
    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/QDW/QDW.asp
    Hahah! That's great too MTS - and it still beats using Paint to design! :thumbup: I had no idea I was such a glutton for punishment. After taking a gander at what EQ can do, well Design Wizard sort of seems closer to that old Paint program. I'm just going to have to sell some stuff and buy EQ 7!

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    That is a beautiful quilt.

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    Gorgeous, gorgeous quilt

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    Gorgeous, gorgeous quilt

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