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Baby Block Quilt

Manual layout

Block Setting -  Single

Size: 58 3/8" high X
52 3/4" wide

 

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Using the freeform method of designing

This months lesson  will teach you to draw the Baby Block quilt.   It's our first lesson using the Freeform layout, and

Designing the Quilt

Set the grid:

Begin by setting the grid to the Isometric grid.

  1. To use the Isometric grid, go to menu Options and click on Screen Settings. The screen Setting dialog will appear.
  2. For Grid Type, change the setting from Solid to Isometric. You will see the Isometric Grid in the preview window.
  3. Change the Grid Size to .5 inches.
  4. Click the OK button and you will return to the work area.

Draw the first block:  

  1. The tools we will use for drawing the Baby Block is the Short Diamond SDiamd.jpg (893 bytes)and the Snap to Grid snap2.jpg (934 bytes).
  2. Click on the Short Diamond, and using the illustration below draw the first Baby Block any where on the screen. Notice the perspective in the illustration, it looks 3-dimensional.  Don't worry about placement now, later we will move the block to the upper left hand corner.

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  1. You now have the first Baby Block drawn, does it look like the one in the illustration? If it does, you are now ready to move on.

 

Duplicating the Baby Block.

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  1. You will duplicate the block you just drew. To duplicate the block, go to menu Edit, and click on Select All.
  2. Go to menu Edit, and click on Duplicate.  The duplicated patches are selected and you can move them into position as shown in the illustration.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to select and duplicate both blocks at one time.

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  1. Your screen should now have at least 4 blocks on it and we need 6 across the top so duplicate until you have 6 blocks across the top. 
  2. If you have a specific color scheme in mind, this is a good time to change the colors.

To make duplicating the rows easier we will group them before we go any further.  Please note: If you decide to change the colors you will paint the entire row all the same color unless you choose Ignore Grouping first.(Effects menu)
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  1. To group the row of blocks, go to menu Edit, and click on Select All.
  2. With the entire row of blocks selected, go to the Effects and click on Group.   Then,
  3. Go to menu Edit, and click on Duplicate.  The duplicated row is selected and you can move it down  into position as shown in the illustration.

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  1. Repeat step 3 to select and duplicate until you have 8  rows, as shown in the illustration to the left. Notice that the quilt is not square.  Can you place the quilt in an automatic quilt layout the way it is?  Quilt Pro might allow you to do so, but would you sew your quilt this way?  Probably not.  So let's square off the quilt.

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To square off the quilt sides:

  1. Select the Rotary Cutter from the toolbar.
  2. Beginning at the top of the right-hand, cut through all the protruding babyblocks, as shown in the illustration.  

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To Square off the opposite side of the quilt:

  1. Using the select too, use the Marquee Select method to select all the baby blocks that were "cut off". 
  2. Drag the selected patches from the right side to the left side of the quilt .  This patches should fill in all the missing gaps.  Both the right and left sides should be straight.

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To square off the top of the quilt:

  1. Select the Rotary Cutter from the toolbar.
  2. Beginning at the top of the left hand side, cut through all the protruding babyblocks at the top of the quilt, as shown in the illustration.  

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To Square off the bottom of the quilt:

  1. Using the select too, use the Marquee Select method to select all theparts of the baby blocks that were "cut off". 
  2. Drag the selected patches from the top to the bottom of the quilt .  This patches should fill in all the missing gaps.  Both the top and bottom should be straight.


You have now finished designing the Baby Block quilt but have you designed it in the size you actually want to make it? To determine the exact size, use Edit/Select all.  Make sure that the selection includes only the now straightened quilt.

As you see from the illustration my design was 12" wide and 13.857" in height. Why is this important?  It's important because the Baby Block is not a traditional "Square" block.  It is made up of diamond shapes which are rectangular and forcing the shape in to square dimensions will force the diamond template to become irregular and the patch may not be easy to sew.

What are the measurements of your design?

Width_____   Height_____

 

Save your design

Even though we have been talking about this design as if it were a quilt, Quilt Pro considers it a block.  So we will save the file as a block file.  From the Block menu, select Save As.  A window will open where you can type in the name of the block. 

Taking a Freeform Quilt into a Quilt Layout

The main body of the quilt is complete but it still needs a border.   And because we drew the block fairly small, it will need to be enlarged. 

The layout:

Layers:  We will begin this quilt without Layers.   If you do NOT have the layers enabled you may skip to the next paragraph.   With only the work area showing, right click on the Layer buttons.  From the flyout menu, select Collapse Layers.

From the Layout menu select Quilt. A Quilt Layout dialog box appears. The quilt preview will show the default quilt layout on the upper right hand side of the dialog box, as well as the quilt measurements for this setting. While you are adjusting the quilts using the instructions below, notice the measurement changes as you make changes to the quilt.  However,  wait until you are done with all adjustments before determining if the quilt size is correct. If at the end of all your adjustments the size is incorrect then review the all the layout screens to be sure they match up with the numbers shown below.

Adjust the block settings: 
  1. Select Straight from the Layout arrangement box.
  2. Change the Block Count to: Across 1, Down 1
  3. If the Keep Proportion box is checked, remove the check mark.
  4. Change the Block Size to: Width 12" and Height 13.857".
  5. Click on the Keep Proportion box to add the check mark.
  6. Change the Block Size to: Width 36" and the Height should automatically adjust to 41.58".
  7. Change the Block Setting to: Single
Clear medallion rings:
  1. If your current layout indicates you have no rings, go on to adjust borders. 
  2. If your screen should indicate that the quilt has rings, click Clear All Rings. 
Add borders to the quilt:
  1. Select the Borders tab and border settings appear.
  2. Add borders to your quilt by clicking on the Add Borders button until the dialog box indicates Quilt has 3 borders.
Adjust borders:
  1. Select 1 in the Current Border box.
  2. Change the Border type to: Miter
  3. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 2", Count - 1.
  4. Select 2 in the Current Border box.
  5. Change the Border type to: Miter.
  6. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 6", Count 2.
  7. Select 3 in the Current Border box.
  8. Change the Border type to: Miter.
  9. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width .75", Count 2. This border is to simulate what the binding will look like.
Remove sashes:

If you don't see any sashes in the quilt, move on to the next section.

  1. Select the Sashes tab, and Sash settings appear.
  2. Click Enable Inner Sash to remove the check mark

The quilt should now measure 52" w X 57 5/8" h. If the measurements in your quilt are the same, click the OK button. If the measurements are off then return to the settings indicated above. The quilt will appear with the Baby Blocks in it.

Paint the border

Paint the borders with your desired colors or fabrics.

Save your Quilt design.

  1. From the File menu, select Save.  Your design is now complete.

Next Lesson:

Print templates for English Paper Piecing.

 

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