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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.

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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.

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