The reason for
doing this is because Quilt-Pro snaps the top left selection-box-handle to the
grid first. If only one handle will snap to the grid it will be the top
left selection box handle.
To elaborate further, we will use the
- If you draw the vertical curve starting at the top
and drawing left, the top right point will be locked to the grid.
when we duplicate the curve, (select the curve, then use Ctrl + D keys) and flip
the curve (use ),
the top left corner will snap to the grid and form a perfect symmetrical shape
with the top right point of the original curve.
- See Figure 2.
The same logic works for the horizontal curve.
you need more than one curve or a combination of vertical and horizontal curves,
they will all snap together perfectly if drawn as noted above.
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2: 90 Degree Arc Patch Stamp Tool that can be joined to Lines or Bezier Curves
Frank Smith © 2000
Want a 90-degree arc tool that is a
Patch Stamp you can join to Lines and Bezier curves to make patches? Draw one
and save it in your tools folder!
Drawing and saving instructions:
From the Tools Bar: Select the Snap to Grid |
Block menu: Select New.|
Options menu: Select Screen Settings Tool Palette.|
Screen Setting Dialogue box:
- Select Grid Type Circular.
- Size 1.000.
- Rings 6.
- Offset 0.
- Select OK and a 12 inch Circular Grid is
placed in the work space. See Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Twelve inch Circular Grid in workspace
From Tools Bar: Select the Line Tool .
To Draw the 90 degree arc:
- Commencing at start.
twenty short lines around the outer ring ending at finish.
To Group the Lines for the 90 degree arc:
- In Edit menu:
Choose Select All.
- Verify 20 selected in status bar (see red box in Figure
Figure 2. Twenty short lines selected for grouping.
3. In the Effects menu: Select Group.
To save the 90 Degree Arc in the Quiltpro 3 Tools folder: |
- In the
Block menu: Select Save As.
Figure 3: Block Save As Dialogue box.
2. Find Tools Folder using Save in: shown
Type 90 Degree arc in File Name. (See Figure 3 to the left.)
- The 90
degree arc is now part of the patch stamp tool library and can be used like any
other patch stamp even though it is a line and not a patch.
- To use the
90 degree arc, select the patch stamp
in the tool palette. See Page 35 in Quilt Pro 3 Manual for additional instructions.
90 Degree Arc Tool you have created can be joined to Lines or Bezier Curves!
HINT: Patch stamps can be distorted in drawing by varying
the horizontal and vertical dimensions as the shape is being drawn. To maintain
a perfect arc of a circle, keep the horizontal and vertical dimensions equal.
With a little arithmetic you can make the arc any number of degrees you need and
by varying the start and finish on the circular grid you can position the arc
14 Quilt-Pro Hints and Tips
by Frank Smith
4 Block & Border Drafting
Articles by Frank Smith
Quilt-Pro Resource on this website and on the Internet
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the review for Quilt-Pro,
About Frank Smith in His Own Words
I was born
in Haywood, West Virginia in 1935. In 1953 I joined the U. S. Marine Corps and
after working my way up through the ranks, retired a Major in 1977. For the next
nineteen years I worked in Service and Sales management at the local Ford and
Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. I am now fully retired living in Beaufort, South
My Father and Mother taught my older brother and I quilting and
other needlecrafts when we were 7 or 8 years old, joining in family projects.
Quilting was a dormant activity from my teens until shortly after retiring from
the Marine Corps.
While in the Marine Corps I was a computer maintenance
officer the last eleven years of service. The tactical computer I worked on in
1966 filled an 8 ft x 8 ft x 12 ft communications van. That did not include the
monitors or other peripherals, just a fully transistorized, state of the art processor.
It did not have a fraction of the capabilities of the PC I am sitting in front
My wife and I share an interest in quilting. My favorite is hand
piecing quilt tops, which on occasion she quilts for me. I have completed one
quilt (one) from start to finish, but most have been cooperative efforts. Come
see our work at Linda Breshears' site. (www.compuquilt.com)
joined the Quilt-Pro list to learn more about the program and stayed a member
because of people I have met there. To join the Quilt-Pro List, go here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quiltpro
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the author of the Quilt-Pro Series, Frank Smith
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