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Watercolor Rose

Part II

Straight layout

Block Setting - Switch to Sampler

Size: Wallhanging 55 1/2" Square

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This project is a continuation of Watercolor Rose Part I.  If you have not worked on Part I go back and do that now.

Set the Default Solid Color Palette:

The Handdye2.pal solid color palette was used to color this quilt.  If this palette is not your start up palette it is a good idea to set it as the start up palette for this project.  You can always revert to your original palette later.  Do this before opening your Watercolor Rose project file.

  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. Again place your mouse cursor over the solid color palette and click the right mouse button.
  5. From the Flyout menu, select Set As Startup Palette.
  6. Exit from Quilt-Pro and restart.  Quilt-Pro will now open with the Handdye2.palautomatically.

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At the end of Part I you were left with a quilt that looked like this:

Coloring the little squares was a little tedious until you started to see the rose take shape, then it all seems worthwhile. The Rose looks complete except for some small details.  However, it's the little details that will make a leaf look more like a leaf and the rose more like a rose.


Change the layout:

The first thing we will do is change the layout from Single to Sampler.   As we make the necessary changes to the quilt blocks below, we want to be able to replace only one block at a time.  Leaving the block settings at Single would cause Quilt-Pro to replace all the blocks with one block all through the quilt. You don't want to do that after all the hard work it took to color the Rose.

  1. With the Watercolor Rose quilt project open, select Quilt from the Layout menu.

  2. Click the Blocks tab.

  3. In the Block Settings, change the settings from Single to Sampler.

  4. Click the OK button to return to the quilt.

Change the individual blocks:

Before we work on the details, let's practice with an advanced feature that is not listed in the Quilt-Pro users guide.  This feature allows you to take a block directly from the quilt, change it and put it back in the quilt without ever opening the block library.  It may sound like a strange concept but it is very easy and this is how you do it.  It is very important that you understand how to do this part of the project before you go on. 

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  1. This quilt is made up of 16 blocks.  The top left corner block (R1C1...on the grid below) is still all white. We will use this block to practice NOT save while you are practicing.

  2. Using the quilt grid below, double-click the R1C1 block.   A new block window will appear with the R1C1 block.

  3. Paint one patch a different color. (Remember this is just practice.)

  4. From the Edit menu, choose Select All.

  5. From the Edit menu, choose Copy.

  6. From the Windows menu, select the Watercolor Rose from the bottom of the menu. The quilt project will reappear.

  7. On the quilt, select the R1C1 block. 

  8. From the Edit menu, select Paste. What you see is the newly painted block in your quilt.  Amazing isn't it?

  9. Ok, now that you have practiced with one block, repaint the patch white (for now).  And now you are ready to work on the Rose and leaves.

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** See Page 34 of the Users Manual for  instructions on QP's rotary cutter.
  1. There are seven blocks to be changed. Using the instructions above and the block images below, double-click and change each block one at a time until all changes have been made.
  2. The changes to the marked blocks  require that you cut white squares into triangles using the rotary cutter.**  None of the pre-colored squares will be cut.
  3. After all the squares have been cut use the blocks images to guide the coloring of   the triangles. Use the Color Pick (toolbar) to select the colors from patches previously painted.
  4. Copy each block and paste back into the quilt.
  5. As you paste each block, save the quilt using a different file name than the one you used for your original quilt.


Individual Block Images

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Click here to see what the quilt should look like after all the block changes have been made. 

Paint Inner Quilt and Borders.

The innner quilt, not including the rose and leaves, is painted black.  Using the Color Select Tool, click on a white square then click on the black chip on the solid color palette. 

Using the Paintbrush, paint the inside and outside border green.

The Middle border is painted red with either solid color or fabric.  The quilt shown above is painted using a red fabric from the Lunn Fabrics Prima Materia Fabric collection, which you may download from and use.

Save your Quilt design.

  1. From the File menu, select Save.  Your design is now complete.

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