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Quilt Pro Version 2 On-Line Tutorial

Printing Templates Part II

Q. How do I print templates for the quilt I just designed.

A. Quilt Pro can print templates from blocks, borders, and sashes in your quilt project. You will get tips on printing that will ensure that templates you get for your quilt are accurate. Printing templates for any of the individual files not in a quilt project is covered in Part I.

Printing Templates From Your Quilt Project

I recommend that you print templates after you have completed the design of your quilt as minor design changes you make to your quilt could effect the size of the templates you need. If you are the type of quilter who changes their quilt design as the quilt get made (as I often do) you should print templates as you go along. In other words, print block templates first, make your blocks then print the next level of your quilt, either rings or borders.

This Quilt has the following dimensions:
Blocks size: 6" X 7", Block Count: 4 Across & 4 Down, Block Setting: Sampler
Border 1: Horizontal width 2", Vertical width 1", Fitting Specific Count 1, Type: Corners
Border 2: Horizontal & Vertical Width 4", Fitting: One per Block, Type: Corners
Overall size: 40"X 34".

The quilt is designed and we are now ready to print templates. To print block templates we choose Patch Templates from the Layout menu. Next Zoom in on the block to get a good look at the block. If you look at the image below you'll see that I painted the star image white, this was done for illustration purposes only but it may also help you identify the templates you want to print. To select multiple patches first press the select tool button, then press and hold the shift key. As you continue to hold the shift key, select the patches by clicking your left mouse button on each patch you need. If you'll look at the illustration below you will notice that I have selected 6 patches. Quilt Pro keeps track of how many patches you have selected.


I have added the letters above to show which templates I choose to print. Now you may think that triangle B is the same as triangle D and shouldn't have to print a separate template for it. But if you will look at the quilt block dimensions you'll see that the block size is 6" X 7" making it very important that you print the right templates to make the block the correct size. Now choose Templates for the File menu. The dialog box below is what you will see next.

When the dialog box opens you will note that the Finished Block Size boxes are grayed and not adjustable. The reason is that you have designed the quilt to be a certain size and you don't want the to be able to change the size here as that would seriously affect the way the rest of the quilt goes together. Select Ok and use the templates printed to make your blocks.

Once your blocks are made the next step is to make Border #1. The Border #1 dimensions are listed as Horizontal width 2", Vertical width 1", Fitting Specific Count 1, Type: Corners. This means that the border is all one section across the sides but has corners added to the borders. By looking at the plain border on the screen we can't tell how long to cut the piece but we do know that a template won't be necessary. So how can Quilt Pro help us to cut a border the exact size of border? First, be sure that you have told Quilt Pro exactly how you really want to piece the border. Because it is a plain border you may think that the layout is simple and it is but Quilt Pro can only give you the information you need if the setup is correct. At this point you may want to evaluate whether you really want to add the corners to the border or if you'd rather sew it as a horizontal or vertical border and bypass piecing the corners. In the case of the quilt above border 1 would be better pieced as a horizontal border. Having made the change to a horizontal border for border #1 select the vertical of the border and select Print from the File menu. But DON'T Print, when you get the information you need, shown below, select Cancel.

What Quilt Pro is telling us here is that Finished Size of the vertical side of Border # 1 is 28" X 1". Great, but what's missing? What is missing is the seam allowance. I like to add 1/4" seam allowance so I will rotary cut two border sides 28.5" X 1.5". If I do the same for the Horizontal border I will find that I need two pieces 26.5" X 2.5", including seam allowances. Once cut and pieced to the quilt move on to Border # 2.

Border # 2 Dimensions: Horizontal & Vertical Width 4", Fitting: One per Block, Type: Corners. Notice that the fitting is One per Block and if the blocks were square and if border # 1 was the same width on both sides we use the same templates for both the horizontal and the vertical sides. But they are not, therefore, we need separate templates for each side of the quilt. Look at the illustration below and you will see that one repeat on the vertical side is 8" X 4" and on the horizontal side the repeat is 4" X 6.5". The 4" is constant on both sides because that is the width we chose for our border.

1 Repeat on Vertical side/Border #2


1 Repeat on Horizontal side/ Border 2

Now all the templates for the quilt have been printed except for the corner block of Border #2. Select the one corner section and select print templates. Assuming you have cut carefully and sewn carefully you will have a perfectly pieced quilt top.

Barring any printer driver problems the templates will be dead on accurate. If you find that your templates are not accurate look for a printer driver for your model printer on the Internet. Most printer manufacturers have a web presence and will have the drivers available for you to download free of charge.

To Print Templates from a block go to Part I.
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