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Quilt Pro Version 2 Tutorial Part 2

Drawing a Block

Welcome to Part II of this online Tutorial. In Part II we will be drawing a Churn Dash Block. The Quilt Pro manual also has a section on drawing a block beginning on page 30(Win) or page 18(Mac). Refer to your manual if parts of this tutorial are unclear. In later sections we will cover drawing a border, sash, quilt layout and other topics of interest to you. If you have a particular area of interest please let us know.


Let's Begin

If you don't have Quilt Pro open please open it now by double clicking on the program icon. The Quilt Pro block design screen can be little daunting to some people because it seems so large and you may not know where to begin. If this is true for you then you should use the Patch Guidelines. The guidelines, while a very helpful tool, are just a visual aid to help you organize your drawing when you are first learning the program. Soon you will find that you are not calling on the patch guidelines for help. For this tutorial we will make use of the guidelines. To use the patch guidelines select Options from the menu, then Patch Guidelines. See the illustration below.


Setting the Patch Guidelines

As you see in the illustration we will be using a 9 Patch Grid to draw our Churn Dash. Using the arrows to change the numbers set Patches Across to 3 and Patches Down to 3. For our purposes the patch width and height are not important so use either the default size or change them to whatever size you desire. Later you will see that most times it will not matter what size you draw your block because Quilt Pro will resize the blocks automatically whenever you want to print templates or make a quilt. Once you make your changes click OK.


Drawing a Triangle

To start drawing our block we will choose two tools, the snap to grid and the triangle. Snap to grid will help keep the patches aligned along the grid as we draw. This will help give us smooth lines, and no gaps between the patches. To draw with the the triangle you start at the bottom left corner of one of the guidelines, press & hold your left mouse button and drag it to the right across the guideline section and release the mouse.

When you release the mouse button you will have a triangle filled with the active color. The active color is shown on the status bar on the top right hand corner of the open screen. In the illustration above the active color is Color 2 or Blue. Choose a different color for the next triangle by clicking on the Yellow (Color 15) for the next triangle you will draw. Although the next triangle is not shown in an illustration follow the above instruction but this time start your drawing on the opposite corner and drag your mouse to the left. When you release the mouse button you will have a square in two colors. If you don't understand why your movements are reversed when drawing the two triangles it is because the triangles are facing each other, it's like looking in the mirror.


Duplicating Patches

For the Churn Dash block we will need the four corners of the block to be the same. To accomplish this the easy way we will duplicate the two triangles we have already drawn. First select the two triangles by using the select tool . Starting above and to the left of the two triangles press and hold the left mouse button and draw a box surrounding the two triangles and release the mouse button. You should now see a selection box , with 8 little black "handles" around the triangles. The status bar should say "2 Selected". To duplicate the patches go to the edit menu and select Duplicate. The duplicated patches will be selected and ready to move into position. Place the hand on the selected patches and move the patches to the lower right section of the guidelines. Repeat this procedure until you have two triangles in each of the four corners.


Rotating Patches

Select two triangles at a time. To rotate the patches click on either the Rotate Right or the Rotate Left Tool . Then click on the selected patches to rotate it. Continue rotating until you have all the triangles in position as shown below.


Drawing a Rectangle

Now we will work on the center rectangles. First select the color blue from position 2 as before. Now select the Rectangle Tool . Place the cursor on the middle of the center guideline, press the left mouse button and drag the mouse diagonally across the patch guideline as shown below. When you release the mouse button the rectangle will fill with the current color.


Second Rectangle

Next select the color Yellow and draw a rectangle directly above the previous one. See illustration below.


Moving & Rotating Rectangles

We will need the mid-sections of the block to be the same. To accomplish this the easy way we will duplicate the two rectangles we have already drawn. Duplicate the rectangles as discussed above then move into position. Now we will need to rotate the rectangles into position. Select two rectangles at a time. To rotate the patches click on either Rotate Tool. Then click on the selected patches to rotate them. Continue rotating until you have all the rectangles in position as shown below. We are almost done!


Drawing a Square

Now we will work on the center Square. First select the color yellow as before. Now select the Square Tool . Place the cursor on the top left of the center guideline, press the left mouse button and drag the mouse diagonally across the patch guidelines as you did when drawing the rectangles. When you release the mouse button the square will fill with the current color. There you go! You have successfully drawn a Churn dash block.

Now that we have finished drawing our block we need to save it. Select the Block/Save As menu item. You will be in the Block parent directory. Since this block is a Nine patch block we can save in the the Nine directory. Double click the nine directory. Now type OLtutor.blk in the filename box. In the file title box type Churn Dash Block. Click the save button. Now you are done!

Please note You are not required to save blocks according to the directories designated . Feel free to make your own directories using Windows Explorer, File Manager, or the Mac Finder. Do what feels easiest to you! One of the reasons why Quilt Pro is so easy to use is that it is so flexible.

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