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Anvil Variation
Right-click on the image above and choose ‘Save Link As’ or ‘Save Target As’ to download the block in a packet

Have you wondered what your fabric would look like in the
quilt you are designing? With Quilt Pro you can take any bitmap fabric image, put it into
the fabric palette, and paint with it like any other fabric in the program. Quilt Pro’s
use of scanned fabric images is meant to give you an idea how the fabric will look in the
quilt, but it is not meant to be exact representation.

Looking to Buy a Scanner?

There are many good quality scanners available for a
reasonable price. If you are shopping around for one try to get one that has a graphics
program bundled with it. Most scanners come with a basic scanning software but a graphics
program may be a better choice as they give you the options to change DPI, image size,
file size, lighten or darken images, sharpen and increase the detail of the fabric. We do notmake recommendations on scanners as we have not had the opportunity to test all
the different models available. If you have doubts about the quality of a particular
scanner buy based on the reputation of the store selling the scanner. Be sure to ask about
their return policy.

How to Scan Fabric

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  • Choose a fabric print that is small to medium in size.
  • Cut a swatch that is approximately 4" X 4" in size.
  • Iron all the wrinkles out of the fabric. If you don’t the wrinkles will show up.
  • Scan the fabric according to the instructions that accompany your scanner.
  • After you have scanned your fabric save the file as a 256 color bitmap or
    as 24 bit True Color (Macs versions: 8 bit Pict) , 75 – 100 dpi and file size should be 100-200K.
  • Save the fabric files in the Quilt Pro fabric directory or folder.

NOTE: if your files are
too large, the fabric palette may not show the files correctly and the screen will be very
slow in showing changes to the quilt. Reduce the file size to correct.


How to Add Fabric Scans to a Fabric Palette.

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  1. Right click on a fabric chip on the palette.
  2. When you the right click menu appears, choose New Palette.
  3. Then right click again and choose Browse Fabrics.

For Mac Version 3 Users:

  1. Press and hold the Control key while you click the mouse button on a fabric chip.
  2. When you the menu appears, choose Browse Fabrics

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When you right click on the fabric palette, the right click
menu will appear.  Use the Windows Pane A
to locate the folder where your fabrics are stored.  Use the scroll bars B &C to
make navigating easier. Select the folder where your fabrics are located and you will see
your fabrics in the preview box
D.  Use the scroll barE to see more fabricswithin the same folder. Drag and drop the fabric by selecting the file and
press and hold the mouse key as you move from the preview window on to the palette F.
Release the mouse button and the fabric will appear in the palette. Your fabric is now in the fabric palette
and ready to use. You may close the browser by clicking the close button H.

NOTE: Do not
click the Open button G when creating fabric
palettes. You will get an error message.

Before closing the program or using a different palette you must save
your new palette to preserve the position of the fabric scan in the palette. To save the
palette go to the File/Save Palette/Fabric Palette menu item. Name your palette with a
name, that you can easily identify.

Final Notes

  • The fabric is a patch fill and it fills from the left to
    right. Let me give you an example: You scanned in a piece of fabric 3"X 4" and
    put in Quilt Pro palette. Then you draw 4 1" patches on the screen horizontally So it
    measures 1 X 4 and then painted each 1" patch with the same fabric what you would see
    is the same 1" in all patches from the top left square inch of the fabric.

  • The fabric scale is determined by the setting
    "Fabrics Draw Scaled" preference item.(File/Preferences):

    • With Fabrics Draw Scaled unchecked – the fabric
      scale remains the same, 100%, no matter what zoom percentage. What this means is that the
      fabric remains at 100 % even if the block is now at 50% and the fabric pattern shown in
      the block or quilt may change depending on the zoom level.

    • With Fabrics Draw Scaled checked – the fabric
      pattern remains the same no matter what zoom percentage. What this means is that the
      fabric pattern will look the same if the block is 100% or 50%. The Fabrics Draw Scaled
      option is good for adding photos images to quilts.

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