If you've read my blog in the past, you might have seen comments from Cop Car, complaining that I have created a MONSTER!!!
It's a quilter's joy to addict someone to quilting. Can you envision us rubbing our hands in glee, plotting each step to drag you to the DARK SIDE??? Well, she's well and truly addicted, and I'm proud to say that I had a hand in it.
Unfortunately, you have to be careful, or your student might turn on you. Cop Car found a quilt store just a mile from her home, and she discovered a quilting software program called "Electric Quilt 5." She's shared with me the ease of designing a quilt, and even importing pictures of the actual fabric you wish to use in your quilt. I stood in awe of her progress, but resisted getting the software, thinking I simply didn't have the time to learn a new program.
I was at my favorite quilt shop yesterday. I made it to check out with only six or eight yards of fabric that I hadn't intended to buy, and was congratulating myself on getting off easy, when I saw something I HAD TO HAVE!
The Electric Quilt Company must have known that some of us couldn't resist a compilation of star patterns by Judy Martin. Judy specializes in stars, and has done some incredible settings using a variety of star patterns. Of all the quilt blocks, those have to be the ones that make my heart go pitty pat.
So here, on the counter behind the cash register, is "Stars and Sets." I thought that I had managed to keep Cop Car from luring me into more software, but the comments about how EASY it was to design, with just a click of the mouse, had me falling for this CD.
You know, she was right. It IS easy. I stayed up late last night so that the cat and I could play with it. Now, I just have to settle on the first pattern I want to make. This package offers over 200 blocks and 40 sets (different ways to sew the blocks together). It allows you to import fabric designs, and you can totally change the color choices from their original registration.
What boggles my mind is that Cop Car is working with a much larger program, and the block are not restricted to star patterns. I'm a little afraid. I can see that I will have to quit my job, give up gardening, and tell Elegant Mother that she will have to do the cooking from now on....