Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tech Sunday - Triangle Template 3

We will be using the information that we used in Triangle Template 1 and Triangle Template 2, in this tutorial.
 On the Quilt Path Home Screen, tap on Design & Create - Pattern.
On the File Menu Bar, tap on Tools. 
Tap on Triangle Template 3.
In this template you will notice you have two green lines.  A bold line on the left of the triangle and a lighter green line on the right.  We will be drawing next to the bold line on the left in the bottom left small triangle.  This is a double mirror so we will get 3 repeats of our design.
We will be drawing an Arc line from the top of the small triangle to the bottom left corner.  Remember that you will want your Node Spacing off and Continuous Lines selected.  The directions on how to do this are in the Triangle Template 1 tutorial.
Once you have the three Arc lines drawn we will want to got to Edit under Pattern, on the right panel and select all.  You will need to be viewing nodes to see the arc handle.  When you select and pull the lines in the bottom left triangle, all of the reflections of that like will also curve.
When you curve all three lines, you get a continuous curve design.   
You can also double the triangles by adding and curving a small triangle inside the first triangle.
If you want a curvier line, use a Spline line.  You can also draw your own designs. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tech Sunday - Triangle Template 2

We will be using the information we learned in Triangle Template 1 in this tutorial.
On the Home Screen go to Design & Create Pattern.
Tap on Tools. 
Then on Triangle Template 2.
The Green line that bisects the triangle is a mirror.  Mirrors let you draw on part of  a design and then they fill in the other part or parts of the design.  In this case it is a single mirror, so you will be getting a single reflection of what you are creating.  You will want to be in Edit under Pattern on the right panel of PatternCAD, have your Node Spacing off and have Continuous Lines Selected.
As we did in Triangle Template 1, we will be drawing arcs to make a Continuous Curve motif.  In this case we will want to only draw the line on the bottom to the mirror.  You will start at the top, draw an Arc line from that point to the bottom left corner then tap on the point where the mirror line and the bottom line of the triangle touch and then tap the top corner.  This will draw the three Arc lines so that we can curve them.
Notice that when we click on and pull the handle for the Arc line on the left, the line on the right also curves.  
You can curve all three lines.
 If you need your quilting to be more dense, you can add a triangle into the center after you click the mirror point at the bottom and then click the top point.
If you want to have a more curvy look, like Terry Twist, you would use a Spline line.
Or you can draw your own design.  

Now go play!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tech Sunday - Triangle Template 1

In Quilt Path go to Design & Create - Patterns.  
On the File Menu bar tap on Tools.  

Today we are going to be talking about Triangle Templates.   Tap on Triangle Template 1.  
Notice that it puts a triangle on the bottom layer of Design & Create.  
You can tell it is on the bottom layer, because it is a blue line and if you are showing nodes, you will not see nodes.  
You can swap layers and move it to the top layer if you want to, or you can design with it on the bottom layer and then choose whether or not to merge the layers.  For this tutorial, let's say we have a quilt that has flying geese on it and we want to do continuous curve in them.  
 On the right side of PatternCAD, you will want to click on Edit under Pattern.  The tap Arc.  We will want our Node Space off, so make sure that the button is not selected ant that there is not a number between the - and + buttons.  We will also be using the Continuous Lines features, so make sure that it is enabled.

Then you will draw a line from the top of the triangle to the bottom left corner of the triangle.
 Because we have Continuous Lines, after you draw the first line you just need to tap on the next corner and Quilt Path will draw the second line for you.  Then tap on the top and you will get Arc lines on all three sides of the triangle.
Now we are going to edit the lines to make them curve.  On the right panel of PatternCAD, tap on Edit under Pattern.  And tap on Select all.  If you are not seeing your nodes and handles tape the Nodes button on the left panel of PatternCAD.  The blue boxes that are on the lines are the Handles for the Arcs.  When you tap on them and drag them across the screen they will curve.  
 You will want to do this on all three of the lines.
 This will give you the classic Continuous Curve quilting motif.  Depending on the size of your triangle you may need more quilting.  When this happens, I like to add a second triangle to my motif.
 Or if you use Spline instead of Arc you can do Terry Twist.
Because you can also draw freehand by turning Node Spacing on, the possibilities are endless.  

Now go play!  

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Visit us at the Davie Quilt Show!

Thread Waggle Quilting and the APQS Raleigh Showroom will close at Noon on October 9, 2014 and will reopen at for our normal business hours on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. 

Lucey and George are attending the Davie Quilt Show this weekend.  If you attend the show, stop by and say hi! 

Davie Parks and Recreation Gym
644 N. Main Street
Mocksville, NC 27028
Friday, October 10 and Saturday October 11


Angela can be reached at 919-576-9897

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Demo Machines Are Available!

APQS has Demo Machines that are available for sales.  These machines come with a LIFETIME warranty.  The machines have been used in workshops, classroom and shows.  These machines are available at an awesome discount.   A $500 fully refundable deposit will hold a machine.  These machines will move fast, call Angela at 919-576-9897!

Demo Millie  - $16,500 
It comes with a NEW 10, 12, or 14 foot table!
Free Quilt Glide
Free Power Fabric Advance
That's a $4000 savings!

Demo Freddie - $15,700

It comes with a NEW 10, 12, or 14 foot table!
Free Quilt Glide
Free Power Fabric Advance
That's a $4200 savings!

Demo Lucey - $11,300
It comes with a NEW 10 or 12 foot table!
That's an $1100 savings!

Demo Lenni - $10,300
It comes with a NEW 10 or 12 foot table!
That's an $1100 savings!

Demo George - $6050
That is a $600 savings!

Bliss can be added to any frame system for $1000 on the Demo machines.  Quilt Path can be added for $9500.

All machines come with a LIFETIME Warranty, a free beginner's class and a starter kit.

If you want to put a hold on one of these machines.  We can do that with a $500 refundable deposit.  Call me to reserve one of these machines.  919-576-9897

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tech Sunday - Quads

When you go to Select Pattern, have you ever wondered what Quad means.  During the first Quilt Path Camp we played with Quads.  When you off set them the negative space repeats the same design.  
In PatternCAD, go to Select Pattern and choose Leaves1.gpf. 
With your Nodes on, under Pattern go to edit and Select All.  

Then go to Layers on the File Menu Bar and Select Copy to Bottom Layer.  Drag the Leaf on the top layer so that it to the right and touching the leaf on the back ground layer.  Then Tap the Merge button on the bottom left of PatternCAD. 

Now go back to Layers and Copy to the Bottom Layer.  Make sure that you have Selected all of your Nodes and then drag the top design so that it is below the one on the background and touching.  
Go to Layers - Merge on the bottom left of PatternCad and then you get the design in the screenshot below.  
Notice the fifth design that is in the center of the four designs.  That is what Quads do.  When you place four designs together, the negative space from those designs forms the center design.  

Time to go play!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Christmas 2014 Quilts

This day seems to come sooner every year...  I will not be able to take in any more quilt tops that need to be quilted for Christmas 2014.   If I can work on your quilt after Christmas, please contact me and I will be happy to get you on that schedule.  I may also be able to refer you to a longarmer that still has Christmas slots available.   

It has been an awesome year and I am truly thankful to all my customers for their continued support and friendship!