Two days later I remembered to call the gift-givers and let them know the package arrived safely and I was having fun with it. Not the most prompt thank you ever given, but it's not my fault I was distracted.
What did they send me? Only the most amazing quilt designing software ever, called EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7).
This software is amazing. Let me just say that again -- Amazing. Basically, this program takes all the math and technical aspect out of the equation and just lets me create. I can even draw my own blocks and designs, with never a care to "If I make this piece this big, then what size does this need to be?" and so forth and so on. No maddening graph paper and pencil and calculations. Just drawing, and pointing and clicking. From my heart and head to the computer, in a few clicks. And from there, all the information I need to go from drawing to sewing, all the fabric calculations done for me. Amazing.
To put it another way, it lets me do this:
|...And Read All Over|
the final layout for The Writer's comic strip quilt
(except the red parts of the border will be centered...)
|Flora and Fauna|
a design I played with for a website challenge
|and, last but not least, The Brazil Quilt|
I'm not 100% sure of the final coloring, but this is the quilt I've been drawing for ages,
based on the cobblestone sidewalk designs here.