|1. In the Block Menu select New. A blank draw block screen appears.|
2. In the Options Menu select Screen Settings.
Figure 3. Screen Settings dialogue box.
3. In the Screen Settings dialogue box, set up the Circular grid as shown in Figure 3.
4. To return to the drawing screen, click OK.
Why use this setup for this block?
If the squares are 1" then the curved section shown in Figure 2 has a 2" radius. The grid (distance between rings) is 1/4" so we need eight rings to measure 2 ". In order to draw 5 pointed patches per quarter we need 10 radials per quarter or 40 total radials.
We will now draw the pointed patches.
1. On the horizontal radial, starting at the fourth ring click and go to the second radial and click and go to the third radial and click and go to the eighth ring and the second radial and double click to complete the first pointed patch. (See Figure 5.)
Amplification of 90 degree Arc.
We are going to need a 90 degree arc later to complete the block so we might as well draw it right now and at the same time position it where it will go.
To draw the arc:
1. First select the Line Tool from the Tools Bar.
2. Start at the junction point of the horizontal radial and the eighth ring, click and move to the next radial clockwise clicking each to the vertical radial. Remember, there are radial points behind the filled patch. (See Figure 8.) This will draw a 90 degree arc composed of 10 short lines lying on top of the outer ring. We will join the line to other lines and arcs later to make background patches to square out the block. NOTE: You will not see the 10 lines, because they will look the same as the outside arc.
To prepare to rotate the selected patches, go back to the Edit menu and select
NOTE: Do NOT click on the duplicated
patches or any part of the screen before going to the next step.
4. Reposition the duplicate as shown in Figure 9b above.
Setup the Screen (see Figure 10 below) to a solid grid to prepare to draw the next half of the block.
1. In the Options menu select Screen Settings.
2. Configure the Screen Settings dialogue box as shown in Figure 10.
3. Click OK. The grid type and settings will change and Figure 11 will appear.
2. Draw 1" squares as shown in Figure 12.
3. To setup for the next step, decrease the screen size . Go back to the Tools Bar and select zoom out .
5. Move the patch 4" to the right.
6. In the Edit menu select Duplicate.
7. Go back to the Tools Bar, and Click Flip Horizontal once.
8. Reposition duplicate as shown in Figure 13 below.
Remember: The 90 degree arc we drew on the curve around the tips, well it's time to see if our prior planning pays off. Those lines should still be there and duplicated every time the rest of the patch was duplicated. So all we should have to do is draw a line across the curved opening from square to square select the arcs and the line and join for a patch.
To draw the final background patch:
1. First select the Line tool in the Tools Bar.
2. Draw a line across the top of the two patches from the corner of the square across the opening to the corner of the other square. (See Figure 14.)
3. Next, select all patches and previously drawn arc lines. Go to the Edit menu and choose Select All. (The number you should have selected in the status bar is 45. Remember the previous Selected All was 22, now add 22 more and the one line, for a total of 45.) (See Figure 14.)
4. In the Effects Menu select Join. If all the lines where drawn correctly, the background patch in Figure 14 will form.
5. To prepare to complete the next section of the block shown in Figure 15. Go back to the Edit menu and choose Select All.
6. In the Edit menu select Duplicate.
7. Go to Tools Bar and select Flip Vertical and position as shown in Figure 15.
To complete the block, all we have to do is close in the curved open sides with lines as we did before and join them to finish block. Complete one background patch at time. (See steps 1-4 above.)