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Fall Splendor

Straight-line layout,

Block Setting - Sequence

Size: Twin Size 79"W  X 93"H


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The quilt layout for the Fall Splendor Quilt uses Quilt Pro’s Straight-Line block setting option. A straight layout has blocks laid out in horizontal rows and columns. It is the most traditional all the settings for quilts. In this lesson, we will be designing a Twin-size straight quilt. You may increase any of the settings to make your quilt larger.

Sequence is one of Quilt-Pro's Block Settings. You can use the Sequence setting to layout alternating blocks, or a repeating sequences of three or more blocks. If you choose two in a sequence, every other block will be the same. If you choose 4 in a sequence then every 4th block will be the same. The Fall Splendor quilt, illustrated above, uses a sequence of three and every third block is the same.

Note 1: If the sequence number is the same as the number of blocks across, the blocks will be placed in a vertical rows as shown in the illustration. Always set the sequence to at least one more or one less that the number of blocks across to avoid this problem.

From the Layout menu select Quilt. A Quilt Layout dialog box appears. The quilt preview will show the default quilt layout on the upper right hand side of the dialog box, as well as the quilt measurements for this setting. For this exercise, notice as the measurement changes as you make changes to the quilt, but wait until you are done with all adjustments before determining if the quilt size is correct. If at the end of all your adjustments the size is incorrect then review the all the layout screens to be sure the match up with the numbers shown below.

To adjust the center blocks:

  1. Select Straight from the Layout arrangement box.
  2. Change the Block Count to: Across 4, Down 5
  3. Change the Block Size to: Width 12"
  4. Change the Block Setting to: Sequence 3.

To add borders to the Quilt:

  1. Select the Borders tab and border settings appear.
  2. Add borders to your quilt by clicking on the Add Borders button until the dialog box indicates Quilt has 3 borders.

To adjust borders:

  1. Select 1 in the Current Border box.
  2. Change the Border type to: Corners
  3. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 2 ", Count - 1. (Note 2)
  4. Select 2 in the Current Border box.
  5. Change the Border type to: Corners.
  6. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Horizontal Width 9.75", Count 3,  Vertical Width 9.75" Count 4.
  7. Select 3 in the Current Border box. This border allows you to see what the binding will look like.(Note 3)
  8. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width .75", Count - 1.
Note 2:The border Horizontal and Vertical settings is to Specific Count - 2, indicating that the border is made up of two sections. Because the size of the quilt is larger than 45", the border if cut from one long piece, or Specific Count - 1, would have to come from the lengthwise cut of the fabric rather than the usual crosswise cut of fabric. A lengthwise cut will require you to purchase more fabric than a crosswise cut. Even with the specific count set at two, each piece of the outside border still measures slightly over 43 inches. If the fabric you intend to use is less than 43 inches, (after you remove the salvage), you will want to increase the specific count to 3.

Note 3: Border 3 allows you to see what the binding will look like.  Change the color of this border before calculating yardage so the amount will not be added to the amounts needed for the rest of the quilt.  Actual yardage requirements for binding is calculated differently for binding than what Quilt-Pro will calculate.

To add sashes:

  1. Select the Sashes tab, and Sash settings appear.
  2. Click Enable inner Sashes box.
  3. The height and width 2" each.

The quilt should now measure 79 inches wide by 93 inches high. If the measurements in your quilt are the same, click the OK button. If the measurements are off then return to the settings indicated above. The blank straight setting layout will appear, as shown below.

Now that we have a straight grid on the screen, we can add our blocks and borders to the quilt. We will use three blocks. The middle border will be a pieced border and the other two will be plain borders. Use the Illustration above for the directions below.

Adding Blocks to the Quilt Grid

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  1. Place your mouse cursor over the blank block position (where Block is shown in the Illustration above) and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the pop up menu, select Browse Blocks. The File Browser dialog box will appear.
  3. Go to the Block folder of the program and locate the Five folder.
  4. From the Five/Five Patch folder, locate the Five Star and the Flying Geese blocks. The Jack in the Box block can be found in the Five/Five Patch with Sash folder.
  5. Drag and drop the Five Star on the first blank block on the grid.
  6. Drag and drop the Jack in the Box on the second blank block on the grid.
  7. Drag and drop the Flying Geese on the third blank block on the grid.
  8. Click the close button on the File Browser.

Add the pieced border to the quilt design.

  1. Place your mouse cursor over any blank border on the layout grid and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the pop up menu, select Browse Borders. The File Browser dialog box will appear.
  3. Go to the Workbook folder of the program.
  4. From the Border folder, locate the Dogtooth Border.
  5. Drag and drop the Dogtooth Border on the middle (and widest) border on the grid.
  6. Click the close button on the File Browser.

Saving your Quilt design

  1. From the File, menu select Save As. The Project Save As dialog box appears.
  2. Type a name for your quilt inside the box named "File Name:" The name can be any length you would like up to 256 characters.
  3. Click the Save button.

Painting or Coloring the Fall Splendor quilt.

The Green-Yellow-Red-Purple fabric palette was used to color this quilt. 

  1. To open the palette place your mouse cursor over the fabric palette and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the flyout menu, select open palette. The open Fabric Dialog box appears.
  3. Choose Green-Yellow-Red-Purple palette from the list of palettes.
  4. Click the open button.

Special Note on Printing Templates for this Quilt.

If you look at your quilt design you will notice that one border has more repeats per block than the other does. Although the pattern is the same you will need to print templates for each side of the border or your quilt will not be the same as you designed it.

Tips for laying out Repeating Sequences of Blocks

  1. You can layout up to 19 different blocks in a repeating sequence.
  2. For a diagonal sequence of blocks, select one more row of blocks across than the block sequence. For example, a sequence of 5 blocks laid out in a quilt 6 blocks across will produce a diagonal layout.
  3. If you repeat the same number of blocks across as are in the layout, the blocks will arrange themselves in vertical rows. For example, a 4 block sequence in a quilt with 4 blocks across will produce blocks in vertical rows.
  4. You can use repeating sequences in medallion rings as well as the center of the quilt. Select the medallion ring and then select repeating sequence. Then place the blocks into the medallion ring.

TIP: Don't be afraid of changing to your quilt design

The quilt you have just designed is the first step toward completing a quilt you will actually finish. There is no reason your design has to stay as you first designed it. As you choose the fabric you want to use, start making your blocks, add sashing you will think of ways to change the design. Most of my quilts go through several design changes before they are completed. In fact, one quilt has been through seven changes. Why? The medallion quilt I designed had block rings and the borders that kept getting progressively better and the center block I bagan with no longer fit with the rest of the quilt. I designed and redesigned the center until I had one that fit the rings and borders. I had to applique the new center over the old one and cut the old one out. What started out as a wall hanging turned into a twin-size quilt.

The moral of that story is save your original design then as you change the quilt design save the changes as a new quilt file. If your design gets too wacky, you can always return to a design you do like.

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