We have a wonderful new feature for Quilt-Pro. Now you can import (and export) SVG Files! If you have a cutting machine, such as a Cricut or Silhouette, now you can import, re-size, edit and export SVG files from Quilt-Pro to use in your favorite cutting machine. Let’s see how it works by looking at a simple baby quilt we created.
In this quilt, we’ve imported one SVG file (the diaper pin) and created an SVG file from a heart shape we found in Quilt-Pro’s library. We’ve also converted simple letters into SVG files so that you can cut these shapes to form the baby’s name.
How to import SVG files. It’s easy!
- From the File Menu, click on Import.
- Choose SVG as the file type you want to import.
- Browse your computer to find the SVG files you want to import.
- Click the open button to place the SVG file onto the Quilt-Pro design wall.
Tip: Quilt-Pro will place the SVG object on top of anything else already on the design wall. You can select it and move it wherever you’d like.
A few tips about SVG files in Quilt-Pro
Once imported, here’s what you can do with an SVG object. Basically, it becomes a Quilt-Pro patch, just like one you drew from scratch. You can rotate it, change the shape and size and fill it with your choice of solid color or fabric.
Once you are happy with your SVG object, save it as a block so that you can use it in a quilt.
Tip: watch out for cutouts!
If you have an SVG object with “holes” like our diaper pin, the white “hole” areas are separate objects (not cut-outs) that lie on top of the main object—like appliqué. Be sure to select all the objects that make the diaper pin.
The white areas in this SVG file are “appliquéd” on top of the overall green shape instead of being cut-out.
Making SVG Files from letters
Did you know that you can now convert ordinary text into SVG Files? Just imagine what you can do to personalize your quilts!
To create letter shapes, you’ll need to create a text object first: Here’s how:
- Use the text tool to draw an area where you want your text to go on the design wall.
The text dialog box will open. Type in your text.
- Click the “choose a font” button.
- Choose the style font you want.
- Choose the font size. This is very important. Although you can enlarge your letter once it’s on the design wall, the larger the initial font, the more “points” the SVG object will have and you’ll have smoother curves and a better looking letter. We recommend at least 144 points. Quilt-Pro has sample point sizes, but you can type in any point size you want.
Size matters! The letter on the left was enlarged from 24 points —the letter on the right was enlarged from 144 points—see the difference?
- To convert the letter into a shape, click the “Create text as shapes” Box.
- Click on the OK button to place the letter on the design wall as a shape.
Tip: If you want to type in more than one letter, you can. Once on the design wall, you can separate each letter and change it as you choose. For ease of use in your cutting machine, you might want to export each individual letter into a separate SVG file.
My Letter is on the Design Wall: now what?
- Remove the background box by clicking on it and then press the delete key.
- Change the color of the letter with the paintbrush tool.
- You can rotate, flip, stretch, etc. this letter just as you can with any Quilt-Pro patch.
- To import into a quilt, save the letter as a block.
- Don’t forget, letters that have “holes” do not have cut-outs, each blank area is a separate shape “appliquéd” on top of the main shape.
Exporting SVG files to use in your Cutting Machine
Now that your letters are saved and ready to put into a quilt, you are now ready to export them out of Quilt-Pro as SVG files. Here’s how:
- Open the file that has the letter to export. (Note: you can select a single item in a group to export, such as a single letter in a name. Just select what you want to export.
- From the File menu, select Export.
- Choose SVG as the file type.
- Name your SVG file.
- Click the Save button to create the SVG file.
Using the SVG files in a cutting software
Now that you have used Quilt-Pro to create your baby quilt and have exported the patches you need to SVG, open your cutting software and import the SVG files into the program.
The program I am using is one named Make-the-Cut and it is compatible with the Pazzles cutting machine I use. However, there are many different programs and cutters available and you should use these instructions to give you a general idea of how they work.
With the program open, use the File Menu and select Import. Choose SVG as the file type and navigate to the location where you saved your SVG. Select the file and click open. For this lesson, select each of the letters J, a, c, and k. Your screen should look like this:
You’ll notice that the letter A has the center intact (the larger piece is solid) We need to remove the center to make a good cut. Select both parts of the letter A and use the Boolean Join to remove the center part.
This is what it looks like with the center removed:
Enlarge the letters to match the quilt block:
Cutting out your letters
To cut 100% cotton, I’ve found that applying Heat N Bond Lite to the fabric will add a plastic backing to the fabric and makes it firm, thus easier for the cutter blade to cut completely through the fabric
Heat N Bond Lite is a very easy product to work with. The instructions will be included in the packaging of this product.
Once the Heat N Bond Lite has been applied to the fabric you can remove the paper backing and then lay the fabric, Heat N Bond Lite side down directly on your mat. You can use your standard sticky cutting mat to cut fabric.
Please refer to your cutter instructions for Blade length and pressure. Be sure to run a practice cut with scraps before using you best fabric.
Here are the cut letters, ready to iron on to the background fabric and sew as you would for raw edge applique.