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Tip 6 Tricks for working with grids that do not line up with patches.

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Tip 6: Simulated Grid Sizes

Tricks to use when the snap-to-grid points do not intersect properly for drawing a patch.

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What do you do when you need to snap to the grid half way up the side of a patch and the is no snap-to grid point because you are in the .125 grid size and you have and odd number of grid crossing points?

Well you could approximate with the snap-to-line feature, but wouldn't it be nice to have the III 1/16th inch grid size and then you would have grid lines crossing exactly in the center of that side and could have the precise patch you want.

Yes, but since Quilt-Pro does not, here is a way to achieve the same results.


Figure 1. Drawing Problem
1. The problem as shown in Figure 1 is to draw the red, right triangle snapping to the blue pointer. NOTE: The tip of the red triangle does not snap to a grid intersection point.

The solution is to double the size of the white triangle as shown in Figure 2 below. Then draw the red triangle twice as large using the snap to grid which now has a grid point (see Figure 3) precisely in the middle of the side (Blue Pointer) of the white triangle.


Figure 2. White Triangle doubled in size using Effects Menu and Resize option. Note now that the midpoint at the arrow does intersect with a grid-snap point.


Figure 3: Red triangle double size. Note now that the midpoint at the arrow does intersect with a grid-snap point.

Instructions:

To double the size of the white triangle:

3. Choose the Select Tool from the Tool Bar.

4. Click on the white triangle.

5. Go to the Effect Menu Effects menu and select Resize. The Resize to dialogue box opens.

Resize Dialogue Box

6. Type in twice the size shown in the Width and Height and Click OK.

7. Then draw the red triangle twice as large (See Figure 3.) using the snap-to-rid which now has a grid point precisely in the middle of the side (Blue Pointer) of the white triangle.


Figure 4: Patches back to original size

Now the final step is to reduce everything that was enlarged back to its original size. See Figure 4.

To reduce the size of the white and red triangle:

1. Choose the Select Tool from the Tool Bar. (See above)

2. Click on the white and red triangle.

3. Go to the Effect Menu Effects menu and select Resize. The Resize to dialogue box opens.

Resize Dialogue Box4. Type in half the size shown in the Width and Height and Click OK.
NOTE: In Figure 4, even though there is no grid point crossing the snap-to-function point, the red triangle is properly positioned.

Summary: This will work equally well on vertical or horizontal sides of a patch. If you need to divide the patch side into three equal segments this can be accomplished by enlarging 3 times bigger, drawing the patches and then reducing back to one third size.

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