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Quilt Pro Version 2 On-Line Tutorial

Fabric Scanning for Quilt Design

Anvil Variation Blk Fabric Scanning
2x2 Anvil Variation BLK40166.BLK

Have you wondered what your fabric would look like in the quilt you are designing? With Quilt Pro you can take any bitmap fabric image, put it into the fabric palette, and paint with it like any other fabric in the program. Quilt Pro's use of scanned fabric images is meant to give you an idea how the fabric will look in the quilt, but it is not meant to be exact representation.

Looking to Buy a Scanner?

There are many good quality scanners available for a reasonable price. If you are shopping around for one try to get one that has a graphics program bundled with it. Most scanners come with a basic scanning software but a graphics program may be a better choice as they give you the options to change DPI, image size, file size, lighten or darken images, sharpen and increase the detail of the fabric. We do notmake recommendations on scanners as we have not had the opportunity to test all the different models available. If you have doubts about the quality of a particular scanner buy based on the reputation of the store selling the scanner. Be sure to ask about their return policy.

How to Scan Fabric

Scanned fabric

  • Choose a fabric print that is small to medium in size.

  • Cut a swatch that is approximately 4" X 4" in size.

  • Iron all the wrinkles out of the fabric. If you don't the wrinkles will show up.

  • Scan the fabric according to the instructions that accompany your scanner.

  • After you have scanned your fabric save the file as a 256 color bitmap (Macs versions: 8 bit Pict) , 75dpi and file size should be under 100K. It is important that the file is a 256 color bitmap or the image may turn out black when printed.

  • If possible place your fabric files in the Quilt Pro fabric directory or folder.


How to Add Fabric Scans to the Fabric Palette.

QP Fabric Palette For Windows Version 2 Users: Use your right mouse button to click on a fabric chip right on the palette. When you click the button you will see the fabric dialog box below.

For Mac Version 2 Users:Use your mouse button to double click on a fabric chip right on the palette. When you click the button you will see the fabric dialog box below.

QP Fabric Dialog box


If you saved your fabric here then click on the file name, in box C. You will see the fabric in the preview box F and the name will appear in box A. If you don't see your fabric listed here then you must move to the directory where the file is located. In Box D, double click the the brackets to move up the directory tree or click on a name to move down in the directory tree. Once located click on the file and click the OK button. Your fabric is now in the fabric palette and ready to use. If you saved the files in a floppy disk then move to A or B drive using the arrow to the right of BoxE. You will always be able to see where on your system you are by looking at the directory name listed in Box B.

NOTE: Before closing the program or using a different palette you must save your new palette to preserve the position of the fabric scan in the palette. To save the palette go to the File/Save fabric palette menu item. Name your palette with a name, 8 characters long, that you can easily identify.

Final Notes

  • The fabric is a patch fill and it fills from the left to right. Let me give you an example: You scanned in a piece of fabric 3"X 4" and put in Quilt Pro palette. Then you draw 4 1" patches on the screen horizontally So it measures 1 X 4 and then painted each 1" patch with the same fabric what you would see is the same 1" in all patches from the top left square inch of the fabric.

  • The fabric scale is maintained no matter what size of block you use, however, if you zoom in or out on the block the scale remains the same and what you see is different. What I mean is that the fabric remains at 100 % even if the block is now at 50%. I find that most of the advanced and very expensive draw programs do the same thing.

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