Want to use the rotary cutter
on circle patches, ellipse patches and
containing freehand and bezier curves?
Use the Backdoor!
4 users can also cut joined patches that use the Arc.
Series by Frank Smith © 2002
Note: You can use the rotary cutter on the geometric patches, but Quilt-Pro
does not cut anything related to a curve like a circle, ellipse, pie, arcs, freehand,
or bezier curves. Frank has found a backdoor work around that will allow you to
just that. Wow!
The backdoor to use the rotary
cutter is to export drawn circles, ellipses, and patches drawn with the the
freehand and bezier curves that have been joined. In Quilt-Pro 3 the backdoor
does NOT work on the Arc or the Pie patches.
backdoor to use the rotary cutter is to export drawn circles, ellipses, and
pie shapes. In Quilt Pro 4 you can also use the backdoor to rotary cutter joined
patches created from arcs, bezier curves and freehand lines. This must be done
before the export/import function outlined below.
3 and Quilt-Pro 4: Drawing Circles and Ellipses
1. Open Quilt Pro
or open a new workspace if Quilt Pro is running
2. In the Tool
Bar, select the Circle tool .
Draw a circle patch on your workspace. See Figure 1.
the Tool Bar, select the Ellipse tool .
Draw an ellipse patch on your workspace. See Figure 1.
Figure 1. Circle and ellipse patches on workspace.
6. In the Tool
Bar, select the Select tool .
Select both patches by dragging the mouse cursor across the patches.
7. In the Edit menu, select Copy.
8. In the File menu, select Export. See Figure
Figure 2. Export clipboard as metafile dialogue box.
Note: If you do not
have an Import and Export Folder under Quilt-Pro folder, it is easy
to create one after the dialogue box is open.
- Click on the
Create New Folder Icon. A New Folder will appear.
- Rename the folder Import and Export. Then continue on with
9. If not looking in at Import and Export folder, browse to
that folder. Use the drop down arrow and select Enhanced metafile
as Save as type and enter file name Oval-Circle.
11. In the File menu, select Import. The dialogue
box opens. See Figure 3.
Figure 3. Import data from dialogue box.
12. Locate the Import and Export folder,
the file name is Oval-Circle and in the files of type pull down
menu has Enhanced Metafiles selected (see blue highlight in Fig.
13. Click .
See Figure 4.
Workspace showing both the original patches we exported,
on the right, and the Imported patches on the left.
14. Delete the selected items on the right.
Note: The patches on the left can
now be cut with the rotary cutter tool.
15. In the Tool Bar, select the Rotary Cutter tool .
16. Test the patches by cutting them into two sections
with the Rotary Cutter .
See Figure 5.
Figure 5. Workspace with both patches cut.
Create Patches using the Effects menu option Join to
use with the rotary cutter backdoor export.
Draw the shapes you wish using the
line and in Quilt-Pro 4 ONLY you can also use the .
2. To join the patches, use the
Select tool and drag across the lines you wish to join.
3. Go to the Effects Menu and select Join.
4. To cut the joined patches with the rotary cutter,
repeat steps 6-16 in previous exercise.