I came over all of a dither this afternoon when I read the latest newsletter from Jessica Schick at Digi-Tech. I am now listed as one of the pattern designers on her site ... and I'm not overly sure what to make of it. I'm excited and bewildered somewhat too - probably because its another step out of anonymity. Its also been a real flurry of activity for me over the last couple of days too as I sent through a number of patterns for her to look at. Technology laid us foul though as we discovered that a .dxf (drawing exchange file) does not exchange so well when you have a MAC talking to a PC. I am a MAC user - I love my MAC - I even loved my MAC when I worked for IBM - oops! They are fantastic machines that just do! No fuss , no nonsense - they just get on with the job and look pretty too. But they dont talk to PC design software - I discovered. Well that may not be true. I have been corresponding with some software developers to see whats what, so maybe - just maybe we might be able to parlez soon.
In the meantime I have hastitly had to download a trail version of Adobe Illustrator and learn how to use it so I can send patterns over to her - configured in a way that the myriad of computerised quilting and embroidery machine software out there can read. In the past I haven't had to do this - so this was novel for me too. I have what I would call the MAC equivalent of a computerised quilting machine - an Intelliquilter which has a different operating system to other brands (so to speak) but guess what - they dont talk to each other either! The IQ software is really quite sophisicated and does a good deal of thinking for you. You dont need to tell it for example, what quilting path to follow (unless you want to of course) - it will work it out for you. Other machines need to be directed. Anyway as you can imagine, I have had to do some fast learning. I've a-ways to go but its fun and I have some ideas in my head for new and better designs - I'm not thrilled with the three that went on line today but I figure its a start and its better to have something rather than nothing. You can see these designs and more from some wonderful designers at Jessicas site - www.digitechpatterns.com and you dont have to be a digital guru to use them - Jessica converts all the patterns she lists for in a full range of quilting and embroidery machine formats as well as paper patterns and downloadable PDFs.