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Create a Curved
block using
Quilt Pro

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Many users have a problem designing using the Bezier Curve.  This lesson
will cover a very simple block design but will hopefully give you the basics for creating
your own curved blocks.  Have fun with the lesson and don’t be afraid to start over
again if you get it wrong.  Be sure to save the file when you get it right so if
anything happens you don’t want to have to start over when all was going well.

Points to keep in mind before we start: 

  • When drawing with the curves or lines, before you can make two patches you must
    have the lines or curves that are unique to each patch.  Adjacent patches can not
    share the same lines.  For that reason you will find that we will *duplicate* curves
    that may be hard to replicate.
  • You should *Join* the lines as you create each patch.  Only after Joining
    will the patch become solid, paintable, and enable you to print templates. You can not
    print a template of patch made up of unjoined lines.
  • In the instructions below, when discussing points to click on, the first number
    will be on the vertical ruler and the second will be on the horizontal ruler.  For
    example:  if the point is (1,2), it means 1inch down and 2 inches over from the upper
    left corner of the block.  To see the images full size, click on the thumbnail.
      Then click on your back button to return to this screen.

Begin to Draw

  1. To begin, clear your screen of any open blocks and/or quilts. curved1.gif (6346 bytes)
  2. Using the bezier curve, draw the first line, as shown in the illustration. Start
    at position 4,4 and click on each of the following points: (3,2) (1,2) and (0,0). The
    mouse will release when you have clicked the last point.

 


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  1. Because we will want to place a patch next to this line that fits smoothly, we
    will duplicate the line before we finish the patch. So select the line and duplicate it.
    Use Edit, Duplicate menu. 
  2. Using the bezier curve, draw the next line, as shown in the illustration. Start
    at position 4,4 and click on each of the following points: (2,4) (1,2) and (0,2). The
    mouse will release when you have clicked the last point. 

  1. As instructed above, duplicate this line, as well. Use the Edit, Duplicate menu.curved3.gif (4552 bytes)
  2. Use a straight line to connect the two curves.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key, on your keyboard, while you click on each of the
    three lines.
  4. With the three lines selected (see the number selected on the status bar above
    the ruler), select Join from the Effects menu. You may have to zoom in to get a better
    view of the lines.

 


  1. Move the joined patch to the left for a moment. curved4.gif (6329 bytes)
  2. Move the first line duplicated to the corner of the window. It will look the same
    as the first line drawn.
  3. Using the bezier curve, draw the next line, as shown in the illustration. Start
    at position 4,4 and click on each of the following points: (4,2) (3,2) and (2,0). The
    mouse will release when you have clicked the last point.

 


  1. As instructed above, duplicate this line. Use the Edit, Duplicate menu.curved5.gif (6240 bytes)
  2. Use a straight line to connect the two curves.
  3. Again, press and hold the Shift key, on your keyboard, while you click on each of
    the three lines to select them.
  4. With the three lines selected, select Join from the Effects menu.

    You should now have two patches and two lines.

  5. Move the left side line into position, and the newly completed patch next to the
    patch previously moved, as shown in the illustration.

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  1. Draw two stright lines from 4,4 to 4,0 and from 4,0 to 2,0.
  2. Again, press and hold the Shift key, on your keyboard, while you click on each of
    the three lines to select them.
  3. With the three lines selected, select Join from the Effects menu.
  4. You should now have 3 patches and one duplicated line. See illustration.

  1. Move the right side line into position, and move the three patches out of the drawing area.curved7.gif (5470 bytes)
  2. Draw two straight lines from 4,4 to 0,4 and from 0,4 to 0,2.
  3. Then to join the lines, press and hold the Shift key, on your keyboard, while you
    click on each of the three lines to select them.
  4. With the three lines selected, select Join from the Effects menu.
  5. You should now have 4 patches. See Illustration. 

 


  1. Select the four patches and duplicate and reposition as shown in any of the three
    blocks.  Your choice.
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That the end of the lesson on curved block design. This was a very simple block
but hopefully it gives you an idea how to draw using the bezier curve.  Here are two
quilt designs using the block, click on thumbnail to see a larger view. Also added is a
curved block a user sent me.  

CurvedQlt.jpg (37689 bytes) CurvedQlt2.jpg (22792 bytes) Loops.jpg (7672 bytes)

 

 

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