Threadbias Blog Tour

 

Today I’m very happy to have the chance to participate in the Threadbias Blog Tour. Threadbias is an online community built just for you – fabric lover, sewist and quilter. You can create a fabric library, browse and upload projects, participate in discussions and using the new, subscription based Quilt Design Tool…digitally design your next quilt!

This web-based tool is super easy to use. I spent some time over the weekend playing with it to mock up a quilt design. I’ve had flying geese on the mind, so I thought I’d try my hand at making a quilt top.

Creating a new project is very straightforward. I love how the program auto-saves as you are working so you don’t need to worry about losing your project if, say, your 4 year old decides to hit the on/off button on the power strip where your computer is plugged in. Not that THAT has ever happened around here…

Using the Line Tool, I easily created my first Flying Geese Block.

I quickly copied and pasted to create a column of 4 Flying Geese.

Then I filled in the geese with fabric that I had added to my “fabric stash” library, via the Threadbias website. This is my favorite part. I love to be able to see how the fabric will look in the design.

Once I had my set of 4 Flying Geese, I locked them together as 1 block. This made it easy to copy and paste them as a group, and create my quilt top quickly.

So have I gotten you excited? If you are looking for a new, convenient, affordable way to start designing your quilts, I highly encourage you to check out the Threadbias Quilt Design Tool.

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tour – some stops have giveaways!

Monday, March 25 – Freshly Pieced
Tuesday, March 26 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
Wednesday, March 27 – Generation Q Magazine
Thursday, March 28 – The Sometimes Crafter
Friday, March 29 – Diary of a Quilter
Monday, April 1 – Swim, Bike, Quilt
Tuesday, April 2 – Me!
Wednesday, April 3 – West Coast Crafty
Thursday, April 4 – Sew, Mama, Sew!
Friday, April 5 – Alison Glass
Saturday, April 6 – Pink Castle Fabrics
Sunday, April 7 – Ellison Lane Quilts

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27 Comments

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    Becky Greene

    April 2, 2013

    I love that you can actually add the fabric swatches to the design elements. I have a hard time visualizing so this is perfect!

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    kaholly

    April 2, 2013

    Looks pretty cool! Thanks for the link. I’m not very tech savvy, so have shied away from these programs, preferring paper and pencil instead, but how nice to be able to ‘add the fabric swatches to the design elements’ (thanks, Becky)!

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    Bobbi

    April 2, 2013

    What a great tool. I would love to win. Thanks

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    Jackie

    April 2, 2013

    I’ve been following this blog hop and I’m glad to hear all the positive feedback. Sounds like a great program–I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

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      Faith

      April 2, 2013

      Hi Bobbie and Jackie – Yes, it’s a great program! Just wanted to let you know that some stops have giveaways for the tool but not on mine this time, since I’m hosting a different giveaway this week – The Great Big Giveaway Day. πŸ™‚

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    Shawn

    April 2, 2013

    What a great program. I actually made a quilt with flying geese in a similar pattern to your example. How funny. I knew I should have written instructions and printed it. Wish I knew all the copyright laws and all to create quilt patterns.

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    Carole Price

    April 2, 2013

    Thanks for the link! Will definitely try this!

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    Mary

    April 2, 2013

    First a huge thank you as Faith you lead me to Threadbias almost a year ago and it has so improved my quilting life!! It is a wonderfully supportive and inspirational community. And the tool is incredible and so easy for those of us not tech savvy. I have already designed and made quilts using it:-)

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    SharonG

    April 2, 2013

    This program seems to be really a wonderful way to design your own quilts and every inexpensive. Thank you for giving us your take on this program. I think I still need to get some more info on it or maybe just play with it myself because I defiantly need user friendly…lol Thanks again.

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    Vidya

    April 2, 2013

    Thank You ! I love the site and have signed up .

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    Grace Capuano

    April 2, 2013

    Hi Faith, I would love to win this program because it is user friendly. Designing should be enjoyable not stressful, so user friendly is just what I need. Thus, I can dive into my creative flow. That can only happen with a user friendly program.

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    Rosalee

    April 2, 2013

    This looks like a great program and fun too! Thanks!!

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    kris

    April 2, 2013

    I spent a few minutes with the tutorial and the free tool but I was having a bit of trouble. I think I need more time on it and a better computer. πŸ™‚

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    Kerrie

    April 2, 2013

    I need the tool! It is just what I have been looking for since I discovered EQ did not run on a Mac πŸ™‚ I love the idea of importing fabric swatches too!

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    Susan

    April 2, 2013

    Their library of blocks is limited, currently. I think that when they add more design tools it will really be a great resource! They have improved it dramatically since I first visited the site and it can really help with color and fabric choices.

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    Kathie L

    April 2, 2013

    Thanks for the intro to the tool. Looks interesting.

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    Katy

    April 2, 2013

    Always good to know it survives ‘accidental power surges’ πŸ˜€

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    shirley tener

    April 2, 2013

    learned a little more, would like to see your progress.. what would it be if we did a hope that we did for say Do Good Stitches and each added a block to where you could share your design with others. Did I say that right

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    Jane Brown

    April 2, 2013

    I hope there’s a Mac version and/or an iPad app.

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      Faith

      April 2, 2013

      Hi Jane – yes! It works on a Mac. That’s what I have. πŸ™‚

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    Heather

    April 2, 2013

    Thanks for walking us through an example. I never take the time to look at the “help” or tutorials that come with software (probably why I still don’t know how to use EQ7)!

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    Fran

    April 3, 2013

    This looks like a fantastic design tool, clever but very approachable & not too ‘tech-y’.

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    annieb

    April 3, 2013

    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks, Faith for inspiring me.

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    Annie K

    April 3, 2013

    Oh wow, this looks like an amazing site…going right now to check it out! thank so much for the info!

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    Mama Spark

    April 4, 2013

    I would love to win a free month. I really want to try this out I just have not had time to do it yet. Looks like fun!!!

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    Lori

    April 9, 2013

    Faith,
    I wanted to give you a huge THANK YOU for supporting Threadbias. I first learned about their site on your blog sometime last year and became a Threader. Their site has been a fantastic connection for me to meet others passionate about sewing without having to have a blog of my own. I have had a great time on their site and had to give you a big thanks for cluing me into them. They are celebrating their one year anniversary this week. Time has flown! Thank you, Faith! I love your blog and have been following for roughly a year.

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    Annie

    May 8, 2013

    Just FYI…EQ7 has tons of help videos and you can import fabric and draw your own blocks.

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