Argh! It’s Halloween and the pirates have come ashore! They are trolling for treasures hidden at You Can Quilt This. Can you find them before they do? Here’s how to play:
Trick-or-Treat on the site from October 29 – November 2 by looking for hidden treasure chests.
Find three treasure chests and jot down the name of the pattern page on which you found them.
Post here on the BLOG and tell us where you found three of the treasure chests.
Once you’ve posted the 3 you have found, then you’re done! Easy!
We’ll choose winners randomly from the responses to win one of these great prizes:
Amy Butler Softwares by Electric Quilt
$50 Bundle Package to You Can Quilt This
$50 Bundle Package to You Can Make This
And why all the fun? Well, I had the opportunity to review some new Amy Butler software created by Electric Quilt! Our friends at the Electric Quilt Company came to us a few weeks ago and asked if we wanted to give one of our customers a copy of Amy Butler Softwares—and well, we jumped!
If you love Amy’s patterns and her fabrics (and we know you do!) you absolutely must have the software. Amy Butler and Electric Quilt have teamed up to create a piece of software that revolutionizes the pattern process and puts some amazing tools into your hands. I actually own this software and have been working with it over the past several months, and I have to tell you—I love it! I have 22 original Amy Butler patterns in this one piece of software, plus 9 bonus projects. Here’s the best thing: Most of the patterns are customizable. You can make a few simple changes to the software (they tell you how to do it, step by step) to re-size the pattern you’re working on, to add things like borders or blocks to quilts, and to audition different Amy Butler fabrics on any pattern.
Have you ever had a pattern that you loved, but wished it was a different size, or wondered what it would look like in the fabric of your choice? What if I told you that quilt, handbag, and home dec patterns are quickly becoming customizable to the sizes you want, with the ability to audition your favorite fabrics right on the computer, before you cut into that precious yardage?
Let me give you an example: I wanted a boudoir pillow to put on my sewing table as a pin cushion. (I have tons of pins!) I went out to the software and found the gorgeous Pinwheel Floor Cushion pattern. The original size of the pillow is 26”. Well, I wanted to REALLY test the software, so I went into the projects file and selected the cushion, then went to the print file and changed the size to 6”. Voila! I printed the templates and followed the assembly instructions—and now I have a wonderful mini-version of a designer pillow just as I like it. Since then, I’ve made several of the pillows on the software in various sizes, including the one pictured.
For $30, I think the value in this software is exceptional. Not only do you get several dozen customizable designer patterns that you can save by size in the software, you get simple step-by-step lessons on how to use the software, and instructions with each pattern. EQ6 users can use the projects with their EQ6 program. For anyone wondering how EQ6 works, the Amy Butler Softwares use EQ6 functions as the basis for the software, allowing you to get a feel for how EQ6 would work.
What do I love the best about Amy Butler Softwares? The possibilities are endless and I can get exactly what I need by making a few simple changes to the pattern with a minimum of calculation and a whole lot of accuracy!
Want to win a copy of Amy Butler Softwares to try for yourself? We’re giving one away! And you can win by going on the treasure hunt found at www.YouCanQuiltThis.com. Have fun!