Apr. 98: Import Quilts created in Quilt-Pro to CorelDRAW or Corel PhotoPaint to add innovative Coloring & Distortions by Sharla Hicks. Find additional information for CorelDRAW including hints and tips, mail list and more. For computer quilting, find helpful links, information on transfer paper, creating labels, printing fabrics, and scanning.
Hints and Tips:
I have decided that what I am is an Internet Junkie. I seem to be trying to make up for lost time after writing the Computer Quilting Made Easy Books, sooooo on to the Web I went. Need-to-know always helps and when I took on the task of Webmaster, the Web became even more interesting to me as I started to look for things that I could use to enhance my own Website.
The hunt is on and I will continue for some time. I will share with you my finds in the form of new links to great information articles, good hints and tips, and some great articles. Overall that is the content of this newsletter. Gleaning GOOD information from sources across the Web! ;->) PLUS I have included a couple of promised articles by me about Importing into CorelDRAW from Quilt-Pro and the freeware review of Triangle Illusions.
Announcements about Soft Expressions Website Additions and Changes:
Stolen Quilts: Recently Pat Lemmons lost 3 quilts she had entered in a quilt show at Heritage Center in Abilene, Kansas. See Quilts below. For additional information, I have listed them under Stolen Quilts Page. If you have a quilt that has been stolen and would like it listed let me know.
Here are Pictures of Pat's 3 quilts
I have a very special place in my heart for humanitarian efforts and things that impact our lives greatly, for this reason I have added 2 categories to my Link Page: Philanthropy and Stolen Quilts. I have even dedicated a page to Stolen quilts! If you have a Philanthropy Project that you would like added to my links let me know. And if you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of a Stolen Quilt let me know. (As a teacher I have had 3 stolen from stores and know how it feels to know they are gone and that I want them BACK). If you have a web page, I will link to it or if you do not, send me a small Jpeg and I will add to my Stolen Quilt Page.
Transfer Paper's DID YOU KNOW QUESTIONS?
NOTE: We carry Inkjet Transfer Paper, and blank jigsaw puzzle, coasters and mouse pads for your transfer needs at discount pricing?
PROBLEMS WITH INKJET SMEARING ON TRANSFER PAPER (Especially with Epson Printers when using Cannon transfer paper)
Gloria Hansen co-author of the book, Quilter's Computer Companion, writes: I have an Epson 800. Epson has a new driver (you can download it through their web page -- www.epson.com) that purports to help with transfer smearing problems. I found that regardless of the new driver, Epson's ink smears on Canon transfer paper (I've had great results with Canon paper on other printers), although you can lessen the smearing by using either the transparency setting or the photo quality glossy setting. Also, don't print over 720 dpi.
Interestingly, I've tried a couple different "no-name" brands of image transfer paper that I purchased at computer fairs. They each worked great -- as in absolutely NO smearing and very sharp images. So, if you've only tried Canon, try another brand. Good luck!
USING AVERY LABEL TO BACK FABRIC to GO THROUGH LASER PRINTER
Debra Hosler of Rocklin, California writes: Have you tried using a full-page paper-backed Avery laser label as backing for your fabric when feeding through printers? Works great, and since they come already sized at 8.5"x 11" you only have to trim your fabric to the edges of the label after you apply it--no measuring with a ruler on your freezer paper to cut the right size first! They are a little more expensive than freezer paper--you have to buy a box of 100, but as I recall it came out to around .25-.35 apiece, which to me is worth the convenience in the time they save alone, and one box will last me for years (you could find a buddy to share them--or maybe you need that many a year!). The product ID is Avery 5165. If I need a smaller label than the full page, I use my desktop publishing program to design two or more on a single page and print them out for cutting apart later .... Another option would be to cut the label into halves or thirds before applying it....Whatever sheet thickness setting you use with the freezer paper method to prevent smearing should work for the label method, as they both add about the same thickness to the fabric; but the label may be less stiff than the freezer paper, which I find to be more of an advantage........Good luck!
Freezer Paper, the Computer and a little bit more
GIF VS JPEG for pictures to Send via e-mail or add to your Website
HINT, Gifs are magic in e-mail: Did you know that if the person receiving your e-mail is using an e-mail package that supports html (all the newer versions of any worth do), that when attaching a picture as a Gif, the picture will show up at the end of the e-mail in all its colorful glory? This is a great way to send your computer designed quilts to show off or even that very special Birthday greeting for that extra special touch! Hint by Sharla Hicks, Editor
The following article is helpful in determining when and what to use or send!
I have been on a mission the last month or so to get my equipment up to speed to accommodate my slide collection so that I can incorporate my photography images into my art quilts to be used in conjunction with my Linoleum Block Printing experiments. The first thing that I did was go browsing for information about scanners and the following were helpful!
Until Next Time:
Computer Quilting BYTES Editor