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Oct. 99 summary: Overview: Introducing new products that will enhance your computer quilting experience. Software News about Creative Impulse (lower price) and Repligator (upgraded and Winner of the Best Graphic Shareware Industry Award.) Articles on using Help Files found in quilting software, Website building, and Graph Paper Printer, a freeware. Also included, are Sharla's best finds on the Internet.

Expressive Quilters' Newsletter
Supporting The Expressive Quilter In Tradition, Innovation, Art & Computer Quilting

Issue 6: October 1999
Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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From the Keyboard of Sharla Hicks

I hope you had a good summer, mine was crowded with the creation of a new working studio with lots of closets (8 feet just for the computer), 13' 6" for fabric, counter space, plenty of electrical outlets, a 6' x 8' cutting/light table, sewing area, great lighting and even a sink. It is almost complete and the really hard work is soon to begin as I start to organize the 'stuff' I have accumulated through the years before I can even use the space :-(

This issue of the Computer Quilting BYTES includes our regular feature Software News about how two great programs just got better. Creative Impulse has a new considerably lower price and a free upgrade offer and Repligator just Upgraded again to Version 5 and was honored with a prestigious award. Sharla's additions to the newsletter are: Sharla's best finds on the Internet, in depth review of the freeware, Graph Paper Printer, and an article on how to use Help Files found in quilting software effectively. We are also pleased to welcome our guest authors, Myrna Giesbrechtm who offers us advise on Web Design and Dr. David Mutch who speculates about color palette choices for Websites.

My summer also included a fervent search for the promised new products to add to our store that will help enhance your computer quilting experience, be sure to check them out.

Enjoy this issue and remember we always appreciate feedback!

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New Products to Enhance the Computer Quilting Experience.

Here is a quick look at our new Notions and Printer Aides for Computer Quilters, Mouse Pad Central and Screen Savers, Price Changes and New Upgrades.


That Patchwork Place Screen Saver

Quakertown Quilt Saver.

Bubble Jet Set for permanent fabric printouts

The Color Printer Ideas book for some exciting ways to use your computer

Quilting Your Memories: Inspirations for Designing with Image Transfers by Sandy Bonsib

Juno: Free E-mail and More by Bob Rankin

stationary logosQuality stationery and business cards by Quilt Image on high quality paper and card stock that can be run through your laser or Inkjet printers and copiers. You can even use them for hand writing if you wanted. These products have wonderful quilt block logos taken from antique quilts. It really is a perfect gift for your favorite quilting buddy.

Foundation Piecing Paper for printers

Magni-Clips for maturing eyes that need a little help

Pageminder for an easy way to stand up books in front of the computer and any number of other places.

Rainbow Color Wheel to help the computer quilter find just the right color combination when working on the screen

Perfect Square and Perfect Triangle for quick fast piecing that eliminates the need to trace or tear away paper, what a time saver. Multiple sizes to chose from.

Holiday gift giving made easy with Transfer Kits for Mouse Pads, Coasters and Jigsaw Puzzles



Software News

One of our favorite programs just got better! Creative Impulse has just under gone a new price change from $89.95 to $49.95 Plus, the program will be upgrading in late spring of 2000 and anyone who orders now will receive their upgrade free. How can we offer you this great new low price? As those of you who have followed the articles on Creative Impulse know, we imported Creative Impulse from England into the USA and this added greatly to the cost. To reduce costs, we have arranged to now offer Creative Impulse as a e-mail shipped program. This reduces costs all the way around by eliminating the printed manual, disk production, shipping, and customs costs. We are very excited. The wave of the future for software is e-mail exchange to keep the cost down and we happy to be one of the first quilt software websites to offer you this cost saving option for some of our software. To review past Computer Quilting BYTES Newsletter articles about Creative Impulse, go to CREATIVE IMPULSE by Birte Hilberg the program developer and PLAYING WITH QUILT DESIGN TOYS By Claudia Wade, both are very enlightening about how creative this program can be.

I bet you did not know how great Repligator really is. Microsoft does and selected repliGAOTR as the Pick of the Week for this upcoming week of Oct. 10, 1999. Also, In the shareware industry, Repligator has proven to be a gem by winning the 1999 Best Graphic Shareware Industry Award. Competition was fierce as it was up against the likes of PaintShop Pro by JASC, Inc. and Microangelo by Impact Software. Repligator won this honor with their new upgrade to version 5 that we have in our store with a demo copy. Repligator 5 adds many new features and printing options. For additional details about the new enhancements, go to the review page. If you have version 3 or 4, you can upgrade for only $10 to Repligator 5. To check out additional information about Repligator's quilt design potential, check out Claudia Wade's article in an earlier issue of Computer Quilting BYTES called, Playing with Quilt Design Toys.

Remember, Repligator is a shareware, that means that you have a chance to test the product to make sure you like. If you do, be sure to come back and order your personalized copy at our great discount price of $37.50, regularly $39.95, because we are currently working on quota set up by the distributor through December. If we do not meet the quota by the end of December, we will no longer be able to offer Repligator as one of our products and I would really hate to see that happen because it is a great program. If you have been a fence sitter, order your copy today, you will not regret it.

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    May all your time Computer Quilting be a Joy, filled with right brain escape, and result in that much sought after finished Fabric Quilt, if not at least a very nifty Virtual Quilt that you send to me to display in the VIRTUAL QUILT GALLERY.

    Sharla Hicks
    Editor of Computer Quilting BYTES


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