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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SYS 2015 - Tutorial 8 (1) - Software tools

Unfortunately Kat couldn't make her knitting tutorial by the deadline (life! we all know how it is :) ), so I came up with the idea of putting together a short series of tutorials about software (because I don't know anything about knitting, but I know a thing or two about software tools ;))

The idea is that I will have a new tutorial every week about how I use different tools for my crafts.

Before you run away screaming "I am not good with computers, I don't like new software, they are too complicated" please remember that you don't need to know everything about these software to make them work for you.

The tutorials are written in a very simple way, with tons of screenshot, so, let's Stretch our Skills and get our tech love going!!

The eigth tutorial of the series is brought you by "Yours Truly" Alida (, you are here ;)).

The first tutorial is about how to take a picture and turn it into a Paper Piecing pattern and how to turn the different parts of the pattern in a single pdf file with information about the designer, links, embroidery details, etc.

Everything done with FREE tools!

The pdf (links below) contains detailed instructions on how to make that pattern from start to finish!!

The link up for SYS2015 is still open for your Syndrome blocks, FPP projects, free motion quilting/tangle stitches pieces, crochet projects, pixel quilts, fabric postcards and cross stitching projects!

We won't have prizes this month since there are many tutorials coming and I want you to get some time to catch up on past projects.

And speaking of prizes...

For the forth time there were no new entries since last month, so no winners of the great cross stitching kit offered by Lisa! :(
I'm very sad to see that there is not much participation... but I want to go on and I have high hopes for the future months!! :)

All the information about the series (as well as all the previously published tutorials) will be available at the SYS 2015 page.

If you have any question about the series, don't hesitate to contact me via email or add a comment here on my blog (and if you want an answer, make sure you are not a no-reply blogger!).

So now let's go and Stretch Our Skills!!! :)

Until next time
Happy stitching!!


  1. This might be very interesting. I'm not very good at knitting so maybe the change for this month is a blessing. I love learning about crafty software especially if it helps make my life easier. Bring it on.

  2. I love you ha ha. Thanks so much for this tutorial I really needed it. By the way small quilt world, I made a Grease Movie themed quilt a couple of years back and just noticed that I used one of your FPP blocks in it. The treble cool :)

  3. Amazing and thank you for the tutorial! :)

  4. Thanks for this Alida, I've tried once or twice and found it tricky with internal bits and have to keep telling myself think in straight lines - this really helps!

  5. I am attempting to create a paper piece pattern. I have followed all the steps in the tutorial up to naming the pieces. How do you do this manually? I see that the QA program will do it automatically, but it puts the letters in a crazy order. Great tutorial by the way! It has helped a lot so far!

    1. Hi Tanya, you are a no-reply blogger so I hope you come back to read the answer. In QA there is a "Name" mode (similar to the one where you color the pieces) and when you activate that, you can give names to the pieces just by clicking on it (or right click and change it to a different name). If you have questions don't hesitate to write me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com


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