Friday, March 29, 2013

Quilt Design Tool from Threadbias


I'm so excited today to share a little bit about a brand-new quilt design resource available online from Threadbias. First of all, if you are not familiar with Threadbias, let me introduce you. Threadbias is a recent online sewing community website, run by real live sewists, where you can connect with groups, find and sell patterns, and be a part of a sewing community. You can create your own free profile any time!

And now Threadbias is launching their brand new Quilt Design Tool. This is a web-based tool where you can go to create your own block and quilt designs. I first heard about this design tool at the Sewing Summit last fall while it was still under construction. I was so impressed with the designers and builder and their vision of creating an intuitive, simple to understand quilt design tool for people like me.

While I would love to someday learn Adobe Illustrator, frankly, it scares the pants off me, and is probably more tech-y than I really need most of the time. I have other quilt design software, but I often feel frustrated by it's complexity and have only figured out how to do limited things with it. As a result I've been anxious to give Threadbias' Quilt Design Tool a try. And after having played with it this week, I'm already loving it and have signed up for a paid subscription myself.
This is a block I created today. It came together so quickly! I highly recommend watching the simple YouTube tutorials Alex (the Design Tool builder) has created to show you all that the program can do.  You can watch all of them in a short amount of time and will suddenly have the ability to create lots of snazzy new block and quilt designs.  
And this is the quilt design I made from my block. After designing your blocks/quilts in the Quilt Design Tool you can easily export them as jpg or vector images. And feel really cool about yourself.

Another one of the great features of the Quilt Design Tool are all the swatches of current and recent fabrics from most of the major fabric manufacturers available to use in your designs. You can choose fabrics from the site and add them to your profile "stash". Then they are ready to use when you are designing. Most of the fabric 'swatches' show up so nicely in the digital designs, but I did notice a few of the fabric images repeated with the ruler or looked a little 'out of whack'. 

I'm not worried about it though. It's very obvious that customer satisfaction is a high priority to the folks at Threadbias. Because the tool is so new, there are a few bugs to work out, but there are updates made to the Design Tool daily and new capabilities being added all the time. Alex, the builder, is very engaged in the Design Tool forum, welcomes suggestions and fixes issues sometimes by the next day. Clearly this is a tool that the folks at Threadbias want to be useable and helpful, and simple and intuitive enough for people like me to use.

If you're looking for a computer quit design option, I highly suggest you check it out. You can try the limited-capability tool for free when you sign-up for a free account on Threadbias. Full access to the Quilt Design Tool is available for a monthly $10 subscription which you can cancel at any time.

And today, Threadbias is giving away a free month-long subscription (or a one month credit if you're already a subscriber) to one of you readers! To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. Giveaway is open until Thursday, April 4, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winner: jbsewsApril 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM
I am just more and more impressed by this tool the more I see. :) Thanks for your input!

To read more about the Threadbias Quilt Design Tool, find out more about the cool things it can do, and for other chances to win that month long subscription, visit these other sites:

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 - Fresh Lemons
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

107 comments:

Cathy said...

I was on the website last night and i will be subscribing. I would love a free month credit. thanks

Margaret said...

I'm so happy to hear about this website. I have been curious about quilt design software, but unsure about making a purchase because of the cost and the complexity of the program. This sounds great!

Lynette said...

I could really use a shot of tech-y in my quilting arms!! Please enter my name in the giveaway, for the free one month subscription. Thank you

Jo said...

I saw this a while ago when they were looking for financial support, think it's a wonderful idea! I would love to try it out.

Melanie B said...

I'd love a month's worth subscription. It would be great to see if this is better than EQ!!!

Alyce Rodriguez said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I need all the help I can when it comes to designing a quilt. wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

quasiquilter said...

Looks like a great tool for a visual person like me. I love the block you designed, Amy!

paulette said...

Sounds like a wonderful tool...believe me, I need all the help that I can get!! :o)) Thanks for the chance to win a month's worth subscription!! Great give away!
Paulette

Kathy said...

I love your quilt. Can't wait to try out the program.

Elise Lea said...

Can't wait to check out the site. It looks like it could be very useful!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the chance! I really, really want to subscribe :)

Kathy said...

I'll be checking it out for sure. Thanks for the great info on it.

Megan said...

This looks like it would be a lot of fun! I'd love to try it!

Laura Raquel said...

What a wonderful tool, cannot wait to try it out!!

M-R Charbonneau said...

I too am frustrated by other quilt design software so I'd love to give this a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany said...

I've been anxiously waiting for this tool to be finished! It looks like something that would fit my needs perfectly!

Erica said...

This looks like a great program! I'm excited to check it out.

Chelsie C said...

So cool! I would love to work with this program

Kelsey said...

This is such a neat tool! Cannot wait to give it a try!

Nikki M. said...

i love that the design tool works on Mac, yay!!!

james and bess said...

looks like fun - great giveaway! :)

bess

Colleen said...

Great website!

Jennie said...

What a great site! I've been wanting to play around with quilt design but didn't want to invest $200 for EQ7. This is a nice toe-dip in the water!

SewCalGal said...

I am definitely interested in checking out Threadbias. Looks like a fun tool.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Ashley Elin said...

I have been looking for a quilt design tool that is easy to use! I will have to check it out!

the mrs said...

I saw the demo of this a few weeks ago and thought it looked really interesting.

Beginners Luck Quilter said...

thanks for sharing! Sounds like a terrific idea and I really love the quilt you designed with your new block. I want to make that!

Rachel Booth said...

I started playing around wiht TreadBias and I'd LOVE a subscription! :)

mrsrachelsbooth{at}gmail{dot}com

pinsandneedles said...

I like how you can design a quilt block and a quilt layout with this tool. Very cool! Thanks for a chance to win a trial.

Lisa said...

That would be great to get to play around with it for a month!

Brittany said...

This looks like so much fun!

true2beeme said...

I have been on Threadbias for almost a year and it is an amazing community for support and inspiration! I cannot believe how it has changed and improved my quilting life. And that was before the Design Tool came to be...I have been using it for over a month now and have already designed and made quilts using it! I have never used anything other than graph paper to design quilts and this is an amazing tool...easy to use and does amazing things. And the Threadbias team rocks...I have never experienced people so wanting to meet the needs of their "customers". And I happen to know Alex is working on the "bug" that makes those rulers show up in the swatches. Come on over it is a great place to be as a quilter.

Zoe said...

This is so awesome!

Anita211 said...

it looks like fun... and it looks a lot easier that EQ!

B Greene said...

Love your design - this tool sounds amazing! Thanks for teh chance to win!

Claire said...

I subscribed a day or so ago I've been having fun ever since. A free month's subscription would be great

Laura K said...

Oooh this looks like a really neat idea! When I have a bit more time I will have to pop over there and play around. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Jess said...

Going to watch the youtube videos now!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have EQ but haven't really tried it. I would love to try this one.

Sherryl said...

Awesome! I'm so excited to try this out. I've already been over to Theadbias to sign up... can't wait for the weekend so I can play. :-)
- sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Lynn said...

I have been wanting to give it a try! Hoe perfect it would be to get to try it out!

Brooke Boon said...

OK, this just looks too cool. I have to get over there and try it out!!!

brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

Patti said...

This looks so much easier to use than software! Thanks for the chance to try it.

llavmc said...

I signed up for a subscription after seeing some ads for this tool!

Katy Cameron said...

I love the sound of this software, thanks for the chance to win :o)

Charlotte E said...

It sounds and looks great. I'd love to give it a trial with a free month's subscription. Thanks for the chance to win.

Patty D from NC said...

looks like a great tool. I'd love to give it a try.

Fan4may said...

I would love to try this software. Fan4may at aol dot com

Ashley P. said...

I would love to win. This looks like a great tool to use

M.W. said...

Oh I would love to win. This looks so cool. Thanks for the chance to win
Shawn

Carly R. said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I'm new to quilting, but am up for anything new!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance!

Books_Bound said...

Very cool! I hate watching YouTube tutorials, but I will do it because I would love to make designs not using graph paper!

needle and nest said...

Oooh! I'm crossing my fingers that I win - what a wonderful tool! Thanks for the chance to win some time with it! :)

Shay said...

Oh wow! This is just what I need especially because I am such a visual person!

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

I would be really scared to try it, but I guess it would be really fun to try. I have never designed a quilt in my life. Maybe I could become a designer if I had the tool, however.

Kathy said...

I had An EQ early edition and really couldn't do much with it, am looking forward to simple ness!

LaraS said...

Oooo, what a fun tool!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Sharon K said...

I would love to win a free month. I'm new to quilting and could really use some help! Thank you!

Amanda said...

I've just looked at some of the instructions videos and it looks like a great tool, so I'd love to win a free month's subscription to really try it out.

Claire said...

I'm loving playing about with this already, so a month's subscription would be great, thanks

Sharon said...

Wow this sounds almost to good to be true. A system to make your own blocks (quilts) that does not cost a fortune, hmmm I am hesitant because I am not tecky but is it really user friendly? Thanks for info on this I might just check it out.

Nana-Bob said...

What a great tool to be able to use! Thank you for the giveaway!

Harvey said...
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Heather said...

I've already started playing with this ~ so awesome!

Vickie said...

I could sure put that to use and have some fun !

Becky said...

Sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it.

Carla said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love a month to really play around with it!

Unknown said...

This looks and sounds amazing, would love to try it! Thanks! Rose in IN

Peggy said...

I love it !!.

Sharon said...

I really want to try this out, especially if it's easier to use

Mama Spark said...

I am dying to try out this tool. I love my Mac and it would be great to be able to test this.

SIMPLESEW said...

I have been dabbling with it. I wish when you idle over the icon the description would stay up long enough to read. I am not by any means a designer, but I did made a triangle and square on it. LOL

Kathie said...

I love your block!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the opportunity - looks like a great design tool!

Caitlin said...

Having a fun time playing with the design tool

Rebecca @ Threadbias said...

Hi SIMPLESEW! Thanks for trying out the Quilt Design Tool. The tool tips boxes that give the description of what each thing does should stay as long as your mouse is hovered over the icon so you have time to read. Please let me know if that isn't working for you.

Carol D. said...

This tool sounds like a great idea. Count me in.
csdillman at gmail dot com

Anita said...

I sure would like to try this one out!

Fran said...

I'd love to try this clever design tool. Thanks for the chance to win.

DK said...

As a "newbie wanna be" quilter this sounds like a really awesome tool. I would love to win!

Donna W said...

This is such a fun way to "learn" about this tool. Thanks!

Donna W said...

This is such a fun way to "learn" about this tool. Thanks!

Amanda S. said...

Great giveaway!

Andrea said...

Looking forward to checking this new tool out! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jo said...

This this looks like such a fabulous tool, would love playing with it!

Lorna Costantini said...

I jumped in with both feet to use this tool. It is easy to learn and a terrific time saver.

KMSC said...

I would love to be able to design my own quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

KMSC said...

I would love to be able to design my own quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Pauline G said...

I like the fact t is web based

Susan Pfund said...

This looks like so much fun and good news for Mac users since no other software for quilt designing is availabe for Macs! Thanks for the givewaway!

Yvonne Maus Wecker said...

Love your block. Already subscribed so the fun begins.

Hannah V said...

What a great giveaway - thank you!

L said...

Looking forward to trying this out!

Karen said...

I haven't had the chance to try this yet, but the blog hop is really intriguing me.

jbsews said...

I am just more and more impressed by this tool the more I see. :) Thanks for your input!

Kathryn said...

I'm intrigued. I'd love to give it a try.

Jeneta said...

Wow! That is fantastic!!

Rachel Lynsey Duncan Sanford said...

Hurray! Finally a program that's useable by all!

All8 said...

Sounds wonderful. I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

Kathy Sue said...

Looks like a terrific - and useable tool. Would love to try my hand at designing some blocks/quilts with it.

Jen Olson said...

Looks fantastic!

Julie V said...

I'd love to give it a try... thanks for the opportunity!

Jennifer said...

This tool looks so awesome!

lisabeth said...

I love that there is a community like this, and the tool looks amazing!

chibidani said...

Cool block design! I think I may have to try this program out, though I know I do well enough in Photoshop right now.

Meg said...

It's neat to see how a single block comes together to form a complete quilt design, and how different it looks with all the blocks together! It would be so fun to play with this.