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Watercolor Rose

Part 1

Straight layout

Block Setting - Single

Size: Wallhanging 55 1/2" Square

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The quilt layout for the Watercolor Rose Quilt uses Quilt Pro’s Straight-Line block setting option. In this lesson, we will be designing a wallhanging quilt using one very easy 10 patch block we will design especially for this quilt.

Designing the Block:

We will not spend a lot of time in this lesson discussing how to make the 10 patch block as it is very easy to make.  If you try to make the block and find you are having problems, contact us and we will put up a lesson for making the block.


Watercolor block 10" square

Watercolor block 10" x 10"

The block is made up of 10X10 1" squares and looks like the illustration to the left.

Make the block with one 10" square and then use the rotary cutter to cut the block into 10 rows and 10 columns of 1" squares. Then Save.


Make the 10" block using the square tool. Then Save.


Download the block by clicking the illustration.  The block will be in a self-extracting zip (compressed) format. Double click on the downloaded file (watercolor.EXE) and unzip the file into your block directory and use it to create the watercolor quilt.


Creating the Watercolor Rose Quilt

Layers:  We will begin this quilt without Layers.   If you do NOT have the layers enabled you may skip to the next paragraph.   From Preferences select the Layers Tab.  Deselect Layers enabled. Click OK. You will return to the Work Area and the Layer buttons should be gone.

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 block: 

  1. Select Straight from the Layout arrangement box.
  2. Change the Block Count to: Across 4, Down 4
  3. Change the Block Size to: Width and Height 10"
  4. Change the Block Setting to: Single  (later we will change this setting)

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: Mitered
  3. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 1 ", Count - 1.
  4. Select 2 in the Current Border box.
  5. Change the Border type to: Mitered.
  6. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 6", Count 1.
  7. Select 3 in the Current Border box. This border allows you to see what the binding will look like.
  8. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width .75"(3/4") Count - 1.

To disable sashes:

  1. Select the Sashes tab, and Sash settings appear.
  2. Unselect both Enable Inner and Outer Sash box.
  3. You should not have any sashing in this quilt.

The quilt should now measure 55 1/2 inches Square. 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.

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Now that we have a straight grid on the screen, we can add our blocks and borders to the quilt. We will use the 10" block made in the first section of this lesson...the Watercolor Block.  All borders are plain borders.

Adding Block to the Quilt Grid

Watercolor Block
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  1. Place your mouse cursor over any of the center blocks  in the quilt grid. (where R1C1 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 folder where you saved the block you made for this quilt project.
  4. Locate the Watercolor block and Drag and drop the it on the Center blocks on the grid. Because you have block setting set to single the watercolor block will fill all of the blocks.  The entire quilt should now be white or cream colored.


Painting or Coloring the Watercolor Rose quilt.

The Handdye2 solid color palette was used to color this quilt. 

  1. To open the palette place your mouse cursor over the solid color palette and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the Flyout menu, select Open Palette.
  3. From the list of solid color palettes choose Handdye2.pal, then click Open.
  4. From the Layout menu unselect "Affect All" so that you may be able to color one patch at a time.
  5. Using the illustration and colors shown below, carefully color in the Watercolor Rose Quilt. You may want to use a straight edge to enable you to stay on the right row and column.  This takes time and patience.
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Numbers on colors correspond to the position on the palette.

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Saving your Quilt design

  1. From the File menu, select Save As. The Project Save As dialog box appears.
  2. Type "Watercolor Rose" as the name for your quilt inside the box named "File Name:"
  3. Click the Save button.

Click here for Part II of the Watercolor quilt.

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