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Foundation Factory
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Christmas Blocks
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Quilt Magazine Edition
Standard Edition Volume 1
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Carol Doak Designer Collections
Carol Doak Designer Edition
50 Fabulous Stars
40 Bright and Bold

Mariner's Compass Foundations
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Volume 3

Strip Piecing
Strip Piecing Wizard: Volume 1
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Block Collections
2014 Collection
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Frequently Asked Questions for Foundation Factory
all versions

The Questions....

  1. The Foundation Factory serial number isn't working. What do I do?
  2. I installed the Carol Doak Edition to be run from the CD.   But when I try to run it with CD in, there are no help files, no contents, or fabrics.  What do I need to do?
  3. I tried to load all three versions of Foundation Factory on my computer using the CD option.  I have had no success in accessing the programs.  They (all 3) want to put the same icon on my desk top.  However, when I click on the icon I keep getting error messages.  How do I set these up?
  4. I want to print some of the blocks in color as well as printing the patterns, can I?
  5. I've installed Foundation Factory, but I want to be able to import blocks from FF to Quilt Pro. How can I do that?
  6. I tried to install FF blocks into Quilt-Pro, but I don't know if that worked since I can't find the blocks anywhere in Quilt Pro.  Where are they?
  7. I own the Carol Doak Edition of Foundation Factory and the help menu has an listing for Sewing Instructions.  Yet when I click on it nothing happens.  Why can't I access it?
  8. I found some really nice blocks in the instructions, but I can't seem to find the blocks in Foundation Factory and I have looked through all the different folders.  Where can I find them?
  9. Can I use Foundation Factory blocks in other quilting software?
  10. The print screen says I can print 4 patterns on a page, yet when I print I only get one pattern on a page.  Why?
  11. Foundation Factory - Quilt Mag. Edition the Leaning Book block can not be pieced as numbered.
  12. If I have other questions where can I get help?

And the Answers....

Q. The Foundation Factory serial number isn't working. What do I do?

A. If you have problems with the serial number use this information to make installation easier.

Add your serial number "FFW0200-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX" with the following in mind:

-Do not use the caps key, let the installer capitalize the letters.
-Be sure to use zeros instead of the letter 0.
-Use all the dashes as shown and do not add spaces between the numbers.
-Do not include the quotes shown above.

Q. I installed the Carol Doak Edition to be run from the CD.   But when I try to run it with CD in, there are no help files, no contents, or fabrics.  What do I need to do?

A. It's possible that the icon properties are corrupt.   Creating a new shortcut to Foundation Factory is easy. Start with all programs closed and the desktop showing. Then follow these steps:

  1. Delete the current Icon on your desktop.
  2. From the Windows Start button, select Find.
  3. From the menu, select Files or Folders.  The Find Files dialog box will appear.
  4. In the Named box, type in FoundationFactory95.exe and select the drive where Foundation Factory is installed. The default installation for Foundation Factory is in the C drive but you are using Foundation Factory from the CD then choose the CD drive letter.
  5. Click the Find Now button.  The search will locate the Foundation Factory application file.
  6. Click your right mouse button on the file and select Create Shortcut.
  7. You may get an message saying "Can not create shortcut here.  Place short cut on the Desktop instead?"   Click the yes or Ok button.
  8. The shortcut appears on your desktop.
  9. Double click the icon to start the program. All the files should now be available.

 

Q. I tried to load all three versions of Foundation Factory on my computer using the CD option.  I have had no success in accessing the programs.  They (all 3) want to put the same icon on my desk top.  However, when I click on the icon I keep getting error messages.  How do I set these up?

A. The programs were designed to be installed into the hard drive and all work together as one program.  But since you want them to work off the CD you will need two separate icons for the three programs.  Edit them as follows:

  1. If you still have the original icon on your desk top, just copy, paste and rename that icon to: FF-StdED.
  2. Then right click on the icon and from the popup menu select Properties.
  3. In the box labeled Target type in:   X:\FFStdEd1\FoundationFactory95.exe,  where X= CD drive letter.
  4. The Start In box type in:X:\FFStdEd1.
  5. Now test it with the Standard Edition Disk in the drive.
  6. Then rename the other icon FFDesigner.
  7. Then right click on the icon and from the popup menu select Properties.
  8. In the Target box type in:  X:\FoundFac2\FoundationFactory95.exe,   where  X=CD drive letter.
  9. The Start In box type in:X:\FoundFac2. 
  10. This Icon should run either of the two Designer Edition CDs.

Q. I want to print some of the blocks in color as well as printing the patterns, can I?

A. There is no way to print the patterns in color, however, you can print in shades of gray.  This allows you to see the positions of the fabric by value rather than by color.  Select the option, "Print with Grays", in the print dialog box.

Q. I've installed Foundation Factory, but I want to be able to import blocks from FF to Quilt Pro. How can I do that?

A. Normally you would select that option during the initial installation of Foundation Factory.  Since you already have Foundation Factory installed you may copy the blocks from th CD.  Each CD has a folder named: FFBlk4QP  (Foundation Factory Blocks for Quilt Pro.) You can copy these blocks over to the Quilt Pro directory.  You may also keep the blocks on the CD and use the Quilt Pro file browser to access them. 

However, only the CDs for Quilt Magazine Edition and the Standard Edition have the folder with blocks for Quilt Pro.  The Carol Doak Designer Edition has no such folder due to contractual stipulations from Ms. Doak.  The patterns are copyrighted by Ms. Doak and as such, were not to be made available for changes to the design.

Q. I tried to install FF blocks into Quilt-Pro, but I don't know if that worked since I can't find the blocks anywhere in Quilt Pro. Where are they?

A. The blocks will be installed in the a folder named FoundFac within the Quilt Pro Block folder. Once you open the FoundFac folder you will see the that the blocks have been further catogorized in folders by type.

Q. I own the Carol Doak Edition of Foundation Factory and the Help menu has an listing for Sewing Instructions. Yet when I click on it nothing happens.  Why can't I access it?

A. The underlying program for the current version of Foundation Factory is used for all three separate editions of Foundation Factory.   However, the Carol Doak Edition is based on books written by Ms. Doak and Quilt Pro could not infringe on the copyrighted instructions included in those books.  The books would be wonderful additions to any quilters library.

Q. I found some really nice blocks in the instructions, but I can't seem to find the blocks in Foundation Factory and I have looked through all the different folders.   Where can I find them?

A. I believe what you are looking at is a preview of other editions of Foundation Factory.  Over the picture of the blocks is a picture of the CD cover of the Edition the blocks are in.  You will have to purchase that edition in order to use those blocks.

Q. Can I use Foundation Factory blocks in other quilting software?

A. No, the files are proprietary and as such are only usable in Foundation Factory and Quilt Pro.

Q. The print screen says I can print 4 patterns on a page, yet when I print I only get one pattern on a page. Why?

A. You can easily print multiple copies of any block by adjusting the "Number of Copies" setting on the Print Screen.  Many users intrepret the "Number of Copies" setting to be the number of pages to be printed but in reality it means the number of patterns.  So if you want 6 patterns enter 6 in the box before clicking the print button.

Q. Foundation Factory - Quilt Mag. Edition the Leaning Book block can not be pieced as numbered.

A. We have corrected the block. Click here to download. Save the file to your desktop, then double click it to install. It will install into the default installation location for Quilt Magazine Edition of Foundation Factory.

Q. If I have other questions where can I get help?

A. If you have any questions not covered in this FAQ, please contact usat our tech contact page.

 

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