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Old 03-07-2011, 12:53 PM
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Using Fabrics in Shapes ...[quote]
My previous post should have been titled differently for the Microsoft Office part: Fabrics in Graphic Shapes. That's because you insert a graphic and change its shape.

However, the original question was how to use fabrics in shapes -- not graphics. Use the following instructions to use fabrics in a shape in Microsoft Office.

Using Fabrics in Shapes

Microsoft OfficeMac 2011 - Excel
1. Insert menu - > Shape…; draw the shape.
2. With the new shape selected:
⁃ Format tab -> Shape Fill (left side -- not the text fill on right side)
⁃ Fill Effects
3. On the Format Object dialog:
⁃ On left, select Fill
⁃ On Right, select the Picture or Texture Tab; click the Choose Picture button; select your file and click the Insert button.

▪ Alternative step 2: Right mouse button on shape and select Format Shape.


Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows - Excel
1. Insert tab - > Shape…; draw the shape.
2. With the shape selected, Format tab -> Shape Fill -> Picture; select your fabric picture and click the Insert button.

▪ An alternative to step 2:
⁃ Right mouse button click on shape and select Format Shape
⁃ Select Fill on the left; select Texture or Picture Fill on the right; Select Insert from File; select your picture and click the Close button
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Good job! I use excel and paint often!
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:22 PM
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I'm not so puter savy. I got the Quilt Design Wizard and do most of my stuff with it. Gives you different patterns and fabrics to add to favorites in the program each month and you can change everything to your tastes. Cost less then $25 and can be purchased at JoAnns now. Only thing is everything is squares or triangles. No curved lines or applique but you can improvise. LOL Can do on point, with or without sashes, and any size quilt, runner, or wall quilts. Lots of fun and easy as pie! Also gives you the option of rotary cutting or templets to print out. Once you get your quilt formatted you can also print out how much fabric you need of each color. Lots cheaper then the QE programs.
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Very interesting.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by thrums
Thank you so kindly for this tutorial. I realize it took you a very long time not only to design the process but to put it into a tutorial. I appreciate your time and willingness to share.

I have tried to download the Wizard of Oz link but it is not working. Could you repost it please.

Thank you. :D
My guess is it's because it's in OpenOffice format and you only have 2003 without the .xlsx patch? I tried to resave it as an Excel file, so it should hopefully work. Sometimes I have issues converting from OpenOffice to Excel
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ty I will try this out.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:28 PM
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What a great web site and Thank you for sharing this information. I an eager to give it a try.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:29 PM
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What a great web site and Thank you for sharing this information. I am eager to give it a try.
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Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
Originally Posted by thrums
Thank you so kindly for this tutorial. I realize it took you a very long time not only to design the process but to put it into a tutorial. I appreciate your time and willingness to share.

I have tried to download the Wizard of Oz link but it is not working. Could you repost it please.

Thank you. :D
My guess is it's because it's in OpenOffice format and you only have 2003 without the .xlsx patch? I tried to resave it as an Excel file, so it should hopefully work. Sometimes I have issues converting from OpenOffice to Excel

This file worked like a champ. Thanks!
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