Tip 7: Use marker tags to draw a variety of patches more efficiently.

Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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Hints and Tips for using Quilt-Pro 3
Tip 7: Using Marker Triangles (Tags)
To Assist in Drawing Patches.

NOTE: Quilt-Pro 4 has a Marker Triangle built into the Tool Bar. Follow the direction below on how to use it effectively.

By Frank Smith © 2000

Sometimes in a larger or more complicated patch or patches using curves, I use little marker triangles; I will call them tags, to mark where I want to move the cursor while drawing the patch or curve.

When to use the tags:

Use tags when drawing odd shaped patches that do not snap-to-grid cleanly.
Note: Using tags allows you to snap to your drawing point since the tags are in reality small patches.
Use tags to create reference points to help you remember the points you used to create a curve.
When drawing a curve, the curve smoothes out into a shape that does not cling to the same points used to draw it. In order to have more control over redrawing the curves or experimenting to get the exact shape you want, using tags as reference points helps you remember what points were used to draw a particular curve.


tag/mark the position for drawing the curve with the bezier curve
Figure 1.
Bezier curve drawn using tags.

Figure 1 shows the tag points used in drawing the Bezier curve.

NOTE: The following drawing instruction assume you are using the default preference of Draw Press/Drag.

To draw the curve shown above:

1. Start at lower left tag, click and drag to the top center tag.
2. Then click and drag to the lower right tag.
3. And click again to finish the curve.

Once I draw the curve I can add, move or delete tags to change the shape of the curve. This may seem a duplication of the Reshape function at first glance, but in reality it is an extension of that function.

tool bar
Tools Bars


To reshape the curve and give you ideas of where to place tags:

  1. You can draw another curve tagging new points.

  2. Select the Reshape tool from the Tools bar.
  3. Click on curve and the curve reshape handles appear. (See Figure 2.)

    see tag at the tip of hanle to mark where to adjust curve for a specific shape

    Figure 2.

  4. Drag handles to reshape the curve. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Add Tags to handle nodes points used to to refine your curve. (See Figure 2.)

NOTE: The tags help you remember the points of the final curve shape you want to keep. When you have the exact shape you desire, clear all the trash (unused tags and curves) in the work area and redraw the final curve and save.

Use tags to create reference points needed to create a large patch for drawing Applique Backgrounds and other large patches.

NOTE: Drawing the large patch has a unique problem associated with it called Parallax. Parallax is when large spaces of white make counting small grid spaces while moving the cursor in the proper direction difficult.

Square drawn with reference tags
Figure 2.
Drawing a large background for applique block.


1. Pre-positioning tags first.
2. Draw the patch use the tags as reference points. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2, shows a background patch for applique often is quite large. Set up with the tags, the drawing is much easier to do since you can see the background appliqué position before creating the square.

Example of using tags to draw odd shaped patches.

Irregular polygon that does not snap to the grid, uses tags for reference
Figure 4.
Note: The example uses the snap-to-point function because the patch's corners do not snap to the grid. Look closely at the grid and note that tags do not touch the grid. (See Figure 4.)

tool barTo draw the odd shapped patch:

1. When unable to use the snap-to-grid function, select the snap-to-point tool Snap-to-Point Tool from the Tool Bar.

2. Draw patch using the Polygon Tool polygon tool. Click on the tag point when drawing the patch. (see Figure 4.)

Use tags to create reference points to help you remember the points you need to create a patch stamp.

1. To create a Patch with The Patch Stamp Tool, patch stamp tool, draw on the diagonal like you would to draw a square.

NOTE: There are several patch shapes to choose from so check them out.

Patch Stamp Tags for Figure 5
Figure 5.
Drawing with Patch Stamp tool

2. To make a perfect copy of the patch stamp you need to start at a point (tag) and go down (drag the mouse) as many grid squares as you go right, like drawing a square. Use the tags to show the corners you will draw to. (See Figure 5)

NOTE: You may want to distort the patch stamp by changing one corner or the other. This can result in some very interesting shapes. In either case use tags to show the start and finish points for the shape you desire.