Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tech Sunday - Line and Spline

Over the next three weeks, we will be working in PatternCAD in the Pattern | Draw and Pattern | Edit features of the program.  From the Home Screen under Design & Create tap on Pattern.  
On the right side of PatternCAD we will be working under the Pattern heading.  Today we will be covering the difference between a line and spline.  Just looking at the buttons you can tell one is straight and one is curved, but they can look the same when you are not in edit mode.  So, it is worth going over how to use both options.
 To draw a straight line.  You want to tap on the Line button and have the Node Spacing button off.  You can tell it is off because the will not be a number in the Node Spacing window.
If you want to draw a curved line you would tap the Node Spacing button and then choose the amount of spacing you want between the nodes.  Notice that the smaller the number is the closer the nodes are to each other.  
To draw a spline you will tap the Spline button.  Notice that the Spline and the Line look the same at this point.  You will not see a difference until you go to edit screen.  
To illustrate the difference I have put a line and a spline on the same screen.  In the edit mode, I have selected all so that all of the nodes on the screen are highlighted.  This will also cause two blue boxes to show up on the spline.  To make the spline curve you tap and drag the blue boxes.
If you are making large changes in the spline you may need to zoom out to be able to move the boxes and get the curve you want on the spline.
If you are editing a straight line and both of the nodes are selected, the entire line will move when you drag the line.
If you want to change the length or direction of the line, you will want to only select the node at one end of the line.

Editing of the curved line is more involved and will be covered in a future post.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tech Sunday - Block Lock

Block Lock can help you when you are trying to set something within a space.  To view this feature, from the Home screen go to Select & Sew | Pattern.  Select a triangle pattern.
Then click on settings and choose Multi-Point and Border Fill Method.
 The triangle design will disappear for the next part, but it will come back on it's own later.
 Draw your shape.  I drew this very wonky hexagon.  But you could also trace a shape on your quilt top.  Just move the first point, tap add point and work your way around the shape adding points.
 Once you have the shape you want tap the Lock Block button.  Notice your shape turns purple.  Now you can use it to set your triangle.  Go back into Settings and choose your Triangle setting.
 As you can see I found the center of my shape and am using the sides to place my triangle.  This means that I can place multiple triangles into my hexagon.
Here is the second triangle.  This feature gives us many possibilities in how we are setting designs into shapes. Time to go and play!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tech Sunday - Using Criss Cross Triangles in QuiltCAD

In this tutorial we will be continuing our exploration of QuiltCAD.   This week is about the Criss Cross Triangle.  For this tutorial, I have set up a quilt that has 4 blocks across and 4 blocks down. 
Click on the Tools tab, which is between Layout and Size.  They tap on the Triangle Blocks tab.

You will see three options.  Diagonal from the bottom left to the top right, which I will refer to as right because it leans towards the right.  Diagonal from the bottom right to the top left, which I will refer to as left.  And Criss Cross.  For this tutorial we will be using the Criss Cross option.
This is similar to the diagonal options that we discussed last week.  If you uncheck any part of the criss cross block, that part will not be effected by your design.  At this time you cannot put a different design in those parts.  You can use this feature in many ways, but for now I want to show you how you can use the triangle blocks that came installed with your system and make them into blocks.  Some of them are really cool and others, let’s just say they will probably never be quilted. 
On the top of QuiltCAD tap on Select | Select All. 
The tap on the Criss Cross option under Tools | Triangle Blocks.   For now leave all four quadrants checked.  Now go back to Select and tap Unselect All.  Then tap on the top left block so that only that block is selected.  On the right tap on Layout and Select Pattern. 
We will be putting the first 16 blocks into our quilt so that we can see what happens to them when we use them with the Criss Cross Triangle.  So tap on 1.gpf and then tap open.  Then tap on Place Pattern.
See how different it looks.  And you can see you would get secondary designs if you placed another one next to it.  Click on the block so it is deselected and then click the second block on that row.  Go back to Select pattern, select 10.gpf, tap OK and then Place Pattern. 
Continue doing this until you have placed the first 16 patterns onto your Quilt. 

This gives you an idea of how the patterns would look quilted out.  Some of them I will probably never use, but there are several that I know will make it into quilts in the near future.  So, as you are looking for patterns to place in blocks, don’t just look at block patterns.  Look at your triangles too.  

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tech Sunday - How to Use Triangles in QuiltCAD

In this tutorial we will be continuing our exploration of QuiltCAD.   I am using a quilt that was given to me by a dear friend, Sheri of Maxine and Me Quilting.  She did use Quilt Path to set the individual squares and triangles, but I wanted to find way to do it in QuiltCAD. 

Here is a picture of the quilt that I am using for inspiration.  I will try to get a better picture of the quilt next week.  

In this case she quilted all of the white areas using Quilt Path and then did horizontal and vertical lines in the prints using rulers by hand. 
This is a large quilt, I have not measured it but I would say it is larger than 60 x 60.  I decided to use a 15 inch block for my tutorial.  This is a tutorial that you can use any size blocks you want, as long as you end up with a 4x4 grid.
On the right side of QuiltCAD, click on the Size button.  You want 4 blocks across and 4 blocks down.  Also set the desired block sizing.  The number of blocks in the rows and columns multiplied by the block sizes will equal the size of the quilt. Then tap OK. 

Now click on the Tools tab, which is between Layout and Size.  You will then have a Triangle Blocks tab.                 
You will see three options.  Diagonal from the bottom left to the top right, which I will refer to as right because it leans towards the right.  Diagonal from the bottom right to the top left, which I will refer to as left.  And Criss Cross.  For this tutorial we will be using Diagonal Right and Diagonal Left.  
The first thing I want to explain is that this part of Quilt Path seems to be designed to create mirror images.   You can have it only quilt one side of the mirror, or both sides of the mirror, but you cannot put different designs in the two halves, unless I am completing missing something.  I will double check this with Grace, but for this tutorial we are going under the assumption that we will either be quilting only one side of the triangle or both sides. 
The basic shape of our design is a huge Ohio Star.  You will notice that I have put triangle shapes into the corners and have made the two in the center of each side mirror each other just like you would if you were piecing an Ohio Star.  Remember that you have to click on the square that you were just working on to deselect it before selecting the next square you want to work on. 
The next step is to take away the parts of the triangles you do not want to quilt feathers in. 
Highlight the second square on the top row.  Then take the check off the box on the left triangle.  Notice that the triangle no longer shows on the quilt layout.  Click on that square again to deselect in and then keep working your way around the quilt.
You should now have the star shape on your screen.  Now we want to select the pattern we will be using.  I used a stock pattern called Feathered Triangle.

If you click the blue square in the top right corner of your design it will select all 12 outside squares.  Then tap place pattern.  It will place all of the patterns in all of the squares at once.  

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Friday, July 4, 2014

There are quilts on the walls!

This week we got quilts on both of the walls as you enter the store.  It is so funny to watch people walk, or drive, by and then stop to get a better look.  It is like they have never seen quilts, or 5 totally awesome longarm quilting machines.  We have been the topic of discussion for the strip mall.  It is so much fun telling people how huge quilting really is!  

We have all the fun options to play with.  The light kit is terrific.  And I am now completely in love with the hydraulic lift.  The first quilt has been quilted on our Freedom.  It was done by my hubby, it is the first quilt he has ever quilted and he did a fabulous job.

The quilts on the walls were all quilted either by my friend Sheri, of Maxine and Me Quilting, or by myself.  A huge thanks to Sheri for all the support she has given me!   Janice, of Anything But Boring loaned me the Medallion Star BOM Quilt for the APQS booth at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo and it is safely hanging in the showroom.  It has been so much fun having it back in my world for a little while.  Thanks to Mom for giving me a long-time loan of her Feathered Baskets quilt.  And Thanks to Dad for helping me come up with a way to easily hang the quilts. (The poor guys at Home Depot and Lowes may never get over my not traditional use of building supplies.)  My hubby is the best quilt hanging elf in the world! Without all of you, my walls, and my world, would be empty!