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Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Many times there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.

Since the IQ system is constantly evolving, please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones.

Monday, August 14, 2017

iQ Project #1. Part 4. Placing the Block Patterns.

Simple Custom Quilting.   iQ Project #1. 2017

4. Placing the block patterns.

Want to watch the video on Youtube? This is the link.
This post does have some step by step written instructions to follow but please watch the video first.
If you are new to iQ or new to doing custom quilting with iQ, watch it three or more times before working on your own project. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
I do not write every single step (I omit telling you to touch the finished button, for example) but give you a good guide. It should be obvious when you have to touch finished or continue.)

There is one place in the written steps that improves upon the way I do something in the video – you might want to follow the better method note rather than copy what I do in the video at that point.

So, let’s get started!
At the main menu, choose Design/Sew Quilt, then Edit/Sew Existing and retrieve your quilt map.

Add/Edit Pattern > Block Pattern > Select Block  - touch the top left hand 10” block.
Select the project pattern catalog and touch the feathered heart.
Zoom in and turn your zoom lock on.
Finished > Add Pattern> Block Pattern > Use Current Block – select the geometric catalog and select line.
Move line so one end snaps to the top left corner of the block.
Stretch. Touch the end you just moved to anchor it in place. Grab the other end of the line and move it until it snaps to the bottom right corner of the block.
Select – touch the feathered heart. Rotate 45º.
Move – move the heart until it is centered over the diagonal line. Note that this pattern is not symmetrical so ignore the bottom feather when moving the pattern into place. Turn on the grid to a quarter inch to help you place the pattern and equal distance from all 4 sides of the block. Scale it up if necessary.
(Note – the pattern has to please you – if it’s a little different to mine, that’s o.k. You may not want it to be quite as big, that’s o.k.)
When you are happy with the placement and scale of the pattern, touch finished > Add Pattern > Block Pattern > Use Current Block > select project catalog and choose double heart.
Scale it down, rotate it and move it into place using the diagonal line and the grid to help. Zoom in when necessary.
Finished > Delete Pattern – select the diagonal straight line and delete it.

(Better method note: it might be easier to leave the diagonal line in place and copy it along with the other 2 patterns. Then, at the next step, after rotating the patterns, you can simply make sure the diagonal is snapped to the upper right and lower left hand corners of the block for perfect placement rather than having to move just the 2 patterns around as I do in the video. Delete the two straight lines after doing that step)

Copy Pattern(s) > touch both the patterns, or select all.
Rotate the patterns and move them into position using the grid as a guide. Zooming in really helps too.

Copy Patterns > Select All > rotate. Grab the center reference point that lies between the 2 patterns and move them until that point snaps to the center point of the middle block of the bottom three.

Add Pattern > Block Pattern > Select Block – touch the top middle block.
Select CQ feather square 7. Move it into position, matching a corner reference point with a corner of the block. Scale it up to fill the block.
Copy Pattern > select CQ feather and move the copy into place in the left hand side empty block.
Copy Pattern and select both CQ feather square patterns.
Move them into place.

Add Pattern > Block Pattern > Select Block – touch the center block.
Choose Simply Feathered motif and move it into place. Scale it up if you feel it’s necessary.

Add Pattern > Block Pattern > Use Current Block – select spiral and scale it down to fit in the center of the simply feathered motif.

Look over everything to make sure nothing needs modifying, and that everything looks good to you, then select save quilt/pattern > save the quilt. Give it a name and save it in your project catalog.

Next time we’ll add the sashing and border patterns.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Creating a 1" straight line panto.

How to Create a 1" straight line grid across your quilt using the Intelliquilter computerised system. Alternating directions and continuously stitching. How to use the Panto assistant on IQ.

A video by Tracey Browning.

Go here to watch it on Youtube.

Some help with motor alignment

Erin explains how to physically align the iQ motors in this video.

If you prefer to watch it on Youtube, use this link

Monday, August 7, 2017

iQ Project #1. Part 3. Preparing the Patterns.

Simple Custom Quilting.   iQ Project #1. 2017

3. Preparing the Patterns.

The next step in this project is to find all the patterns we are going to use and place them into in a project catalog. This will be a temporary holding catalog, created simply to make finding the patterns we are going to use easier. At the end of the project, it will be deleted. The new patterns we create will be placed in this catalog. If you want to keep the new patterns, they need to be moved to another catalog at the end of the project, or at any time during the project.

All the patterns we use in this project are on your iQ.
They are : intf2 (Keryn Emmerson)
CQfeather square 7 (Keryn Emmerson)
Heart (Patterns by Helen)
Lob, or Lob cont. (Patterns by Helen)
Spiral 2 (Patterns by Helen)
Simply feathered border, and border corner (Wildflower Quilting)

I will not be writing complete step by steps for this installment, but just an outline of the steps. You will need to watch the video for a complete description of how to move the patterns and how to create the variations.

If you prefer to watch this video on Youtube, go to

First, search for and move copies of each pattern in turn into a catalog named (space)Project. Putting the space before the name places the catalog at the top of the library list, which makes retrieving the patterns faster.

Return to the main menu and start new. Block pattern. Go to the preferences (local configurations) and set both to disabled.
Make a10”x10” block.

Choose heart. Reduce it to 100%.
Move the start/end point.
Copy the heart, reduce the copy to 80% and move it so that both start/end points match.
Combine, and save.

Delete double heart.
Add simply feathered border corner. Copy. Rotate 90º. Move the copy so the start matches the end of the original.
Copy both. Rotate 90º twice, move them into place, making a complete motif.
Combine and save.

Delete simply feathered motif.
Add lob. Add pattern, select arc-2 from the geometric catalog.
Place arc-2 on top of lob. Move it by grabbing the start point and matching it to the S/E of lob. If arc-2 isn’t the same length as lob, use stretch – anchor the start point, then grab the end point and snap it to the right hand end of lob. (this isn’t in the video)
Combine. NOTE: if you see a pink line when you combine these two patterns, you need to swap the start/end point.


This installment is now complete. There is no need to save the block, just exit out.

Additional Note:
A new user reminded me that new IQ's have some included patterns saved in the catalogs in a different orientation to mine. Arc-2 is an example of that. I have it saved as a horizontal pattern so when I selected it to make lob cont. it came into my block horizontally. In most iQs, arc-2 is at an angle in the catalog so that's how it will be placed in the block. If that happens to you, touch the start point of arc-2 and move it until it snaps to the start/end of lob. Select stretch and select the start point as the anchor.Then touch the end point of arc-2. Zoom in, then move the end point so it snaps to the right hand end of lob.
Hope that helps.