QuiltPro Quilt Software

I’ve used QuiltPro software for about a decade now, choosing it first because it worked on a Mac as well as a PC (I’m a Mac user, and Electric Quilt has ignored people like me).  I’ve been reading about another quilt software program that you rent monthly, and thought I ought to talk about an alternative to that, especially since QuiltPro is having a sale right now of 30% off. 

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What I like about this program is its simplicity.  It didn’t take me long to figure it out–click on the square icon and draw a square, click on the triangle (there are two kinds) and draw a triangle.  Click on the paint can and color in your shapes.  It does have a fabric library, but after a few times, I’ve skipped over that and just use the solids, coloring in what I want to show value and placement. (And sometimes I wonder if that’s not why we’ve had such a surge of popularity in using solids–we see them in our quilt software and then want to make those quilts? Who knows, but I’ve thought about it.)

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And if I want to, I can change the colors by double-clicking on one of the little squares.

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There’s a block library if you want it, but I use QuiltPro mostly to work up a design that’s in my head, like this one:

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Which became this:

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and this

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Or this design, to make use of some lovely bits and pieces from a cherished set of fabrics, which became this:

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A quilt for a friend who needed some quilty hugs.  And I’m now thinking about how to make this one, dreamed up recently:

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Sometimes when I read quilty blogs, I get the feeling that whatever is being shown, or pitched, becomes an extension of that quilter.  That is to say, that if you buy this, or shop here, then that’s like a ‘vote’ for that quilter, and you say you like her better.  I don’t really care if you use QuiltPro or not.  I do use it and I’ve had great success with it as a tool to help me get done what I really do love: quilting, so I thought you might want to know about it.  I used to draft blocks using graph paper, pencils, rulers, drawing out the templates by hand.  This program does all that for me (yes, it prints the templates too, so I can measure them to use with my rotary cutter and rulers).  It’s my tool.  I’ve used this tool in my little quilt group, Good Heart Quilters, when we do our block swaps, or someone needs me to draft up how their chevron quilt will look.  It’s been very helpful in a lot of ways.

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Here’s a photo of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat.  She was recently profiled in the New York Times–go read the article; it’s short and sweet and makes you want to cheer.  But I liked what she said here:

“Q: When you wake up do you feel a sense of loss when you realize what happened to your legs?
A: Of course. But I have a different perspective for what my legs are now. Now they’re just tools, you know? If I still had my legs, I would be in line for a battalion command, and instead I’m flying a desk.”

I want to fly my version of a desk–my sewing machine–making quilts and sewing and playing with cloth and squares and triangles and designs.  I love quilting and am happy to have my rotary cutters and rulers and yes, my QuiltPro software.  It’s just a tool, you know, to get the quilting done.

8 thoughts on “QuiltPro Quilt Software

  1. Hi Elizabeth! Glad you posted about this. I think I’ll check it out. You know I use Illustrator and it works for me but something made for quilting might be better. Have a nice day.

  2. Like your perspective on tools. I think we sometimes get bogged down in having the “right” tool, or the perfect fabric. Scrap quilts are a great reminder that any fabric can be the right fabric in the right setting.

  3. It’s really fun to see the plan and then the finished product. I wish it were as easy to turn other types of plans into such lovely fruits!

  4. It is always interesting to hear what other people use. I have tried the new Threadbias program and it is all right, but I’m not interested in paying for it. Personally I just use a pencil and some graph paper; I am pretty good with quilt math and I feel like it gives me the most flexibility.

  5. Thank you for sharing both your information about the software and Congresswoman Duckworth. I saw her on tv during the Bengahzi hearings this week and was impressed. Had no idea about her combat service or injuries.
    I think you nailed it on the head when you said, your software is a tool, much like the pen and paper we used before the software. The ideas are yours, in your head first and foremost. The software does not define you, just like my job, or Ms Duckworths injuries define the person, but are simply tools.

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