Drafting Article 3: Drafting a Block in Quilt Pro from a book or another source

This article will assist you in future drawings for geometric type blocks

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Quilt-Pro Series by Frank Smith:

Drafting a Block in Quilt Pro from a book or another source

Quilt-Pro Series by Frank Smith © 2002

The quilt block shown below, Crossroads, is the pattern we will draft into Quilt Pro. For use in this example imagine that Figure 2 is a picture in a quilting pattern book. We will measure the block with the rulers shown. The name "Crossroads" comes from "The Collectors Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns". No origin was given. If you have this block from any other source I would appreciate the information. It is not in Blockbase or the Quilt Pro library so you can add it to your library after completing the exercise

Figure 1. Crossroads block

It is time to measure the block you want to draft into Quilt Pro so you can establish the setup of the work space. Figure 2 shows the block in QP with rulers. From this we can get the basic measurements of the block. Normally you would be measuring a block or a picture or patches, whatever you have that would depict the block

Figure 2. Crossroads Block with rulers shown.

First we see that we have a 10" block and that it is square. Measuring the top edge reveals that the corner triangles are 2" on the sides and the rectangles are 1" wide. The inner triangles are also 2" on a side. All the patches have even inch dimensions. From this information we know we need guidelines that total ten inches square and are broken down into even inch segments on our workspace. Prior to setup select new in the block menu.

The following instructions apply to both Quilt-Pro 3, Quilt-Pro 4, Quilt-Pro 5 & Perfect Quilt

1. To setup the workspace: Go to the top menu bar and select the Options menu.

2. In the Options menu, select Patch Guidelines.

3. In the Patch Guidelines dialogue box, make the settings as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Patch Guidelines dialogue box.


4. To exit the dialogue box, click OK. The workspace appears as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Workspace with a square 10" patch guideline.


5. Before you start drafting make sure your grid snap is selected in the tool bar.

6. You will be using three patch drawing tools from the Tool Bar. The square , the right triangle and the rectangle Since we are looking at the workspace, if you want a quick review now is the time for a little practice at drawing patches. A description of using these tools is located on page 33 of the Quilt Pro 3 manual or page or use the Help Wizard in Quilt-Pro 4.

7. After practice, clear the workspace by opening the Edit menu and selecting Delete All.

8. Select the Right Triangle tool from the Tool Bar. Draw a two inch right triangle in the upper right corner of the patch guidelines as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Right triangle in upper right corner of the patch guidelines.

9. Draw a second right triangle to complete the square. See Figure 6.

Figure 6. Square completed.

10. Select the rectangle tool from the Tool Bar.

11. Draw a rectangle two inches by one inch as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Rectangle added

12. Select the right triangle tool from the Tool Bar.

13. Draw three right triangles as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. Three right triangles added.

14. Select the rectangle tool from the Tool Bar

15. Draw a rectangle two inches by one inch as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. Rectangle added

16. Skip a one inch space adjacent to the rectangle you just drew and draw another rectangle one inch by four inches as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10. Rectangle added.

17. Select the Square tool from the Tool Bar.

18. Draw a one inch square in the space that was skipped. See Figure 11.

Figure 11. Square added.

19. Select the right triangle tool from the Tool Bar.

20. Draw a two inch right triangle as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12. Triangle added.

We have now drawn as many patches as we need, less the center square, to duplicate and rotate patches to complete the block. These ten patches represent one fourth of the block less the center square which we will add later. I have drawn all the patches white to avoid the confusion of switching colors as we drew patches. It is now time to color the patches to avoid more work later on. You can use any colors you desire but you need to keep the pattern intact.

21. Select the paint tool from the Tool Bar.

22. Paint the patches as shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13. Patches painted

23. In the Edit menu select Select All.


24. The Status bar should indicate 10 Selected.

25. In the Edit menu select Duplicate. See Figure 14.

Figure 14. 10 Patches duplicated.

26. In the Tool Bar select the Rotate left 90 degrees tool. See Figure 15.

Figure 15.
Duplicated patches rotated left 90 degrees.

27. Move all 10 patches as one as shown in Figure 16.

Figure 16.
Rotated patches moved to a position to align with patch guidelines.

28. In the Edit menu select Duplicate (10 patches) as before and again select the left 90 degrees rotate.

29. Move as indicated in Figure 17.

Figure 17. Second duplicate group moved into position.

30. Again duplicate,rotate and move the group into the position shown in Figure 18.

Figure 18. Third duplicate group moved into position.

31. The block is now complete except for the center patch. In the Tool Bar select the Square tool..

32. Draw a square on point as shown in figure 19.

Figure 19. Center Patch added.

33. Select the paint tool from the Tool Bar.

34. Paint the center patch the desired color to complete the block. See Figure 20.

Figure 20. Completed block.

35. Save if desired:

  • Quilt-Pro 3: In the Block menu select Save As.
  • Quilt-Pro 4: In the File menu select Save As.

36. In the Block Save AS dialogue box browse to the folder you want to save the block in. Enter the name Crossroads and click Save. See Figure 21.

Figure 21. Block Save As dialogue box.

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