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Thread: Rhonda's Electric Quilt Class - Week 11 - More Arc Info and Sun Compass

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    Rhonda's Electric Quilt Class - Week 11 - More Arc Info and Sun Compass

    Rhonda’s EQ Class - Week 11 - More Arc Info and Sun Compass

    Here are a few more things about using the Arc Tool.

    Click on New Block and slide over to Easy Draw
    Then click on Easy Draw and then click on the Arc Tool
    Refer to the Drunkard’s Path Class if you need to see these directions


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    Start your arc on one side and connect it to another side.
    Then using the brezier tool click on the arc and you will
    See a node appear on the line. I circled it here.
    Now still on the Bezier tool click on the node and you can draw the
    Arc line out to the corner of the dotted line if you want or any where inbetween


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    Here you can see the starting point for the arcs. Always
    Start on a line and end on a line. Here I only did part of the arc to show you
    That if you start on the left side it always arcs up. If you start on the right it always arcs down. You can see the direction of the arc for the top and bottom Any arcs that end on a dot will not remain when you go to color or they will not stop the color from filling in the whole area.

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    If you start an arc and while it is moving you can press the spacebar on your keyboard and the arc will flip from arcing down to arcing up or the other way around. But you have to be drawing the arc when you flip it or it won’t work.


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    Sun Compass

    Now to make a Sun Compass block with the arc tool and the Bezier tool
    First draw an arc from the bottom right corner to the upper left corner.

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    Next you need to find the spacing for setting the second arc in. So I used the rulers at the top and the side. Here you can see an inch from the right at 3” into the 2” mark
    And on the left I marked it from the 0” down to the 1” mark. These are your
    Marks to use to place the second arc.


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    On the top ruler you can see a line to the right of the 2” mark. This line moves when you move the cursor. So you can see a line on the top and also on the left side ruler. Watch these and keep track of them and use them to place the second arc. Look for the 2” mark -your moving line should lay ontop of the 2” mark and also on the 1” mark on the left.

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    Now you can see the second line set in place

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    Click on the Bezier tool and then rt click on the mouse - the Edit box will show up. Name:  10.jpg
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Size:  32.0 KB When you click on Edit you will then see the Edit Arc box. Name:  11.jpg
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Size:  32.6 KB You can see the numbers and the buttons that say Partition and Stagger. Decide on the number of divisions you want to use and change the numbers Name:  13.jpg
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Size:  6.3 KB Ok Click on the top line and then click on Partition. This will place 6 nodes(that’s the number suggested in the manual) evenly placed on the line Name:  14.jpg
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Size:  32.6 KB I kept forgetting to use Stagger for this step and kept clicking on Partition. It doesn’t work as well! LOL So here you need to click on the second arc and then click on stagger. This will put the 6 nodes staggered on the line so they are inbetween the nodes on the top line Name:  15.jpg
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Size:  31.1 KB Once you have both arcs with nodes then you need to click on the pencil drawing a straight line. Click on a node and draw straight lines from all the nodes so you get the triangle sections. Name:  16.jpg
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Size:  34.0 KB You can see the whole design here. Next just color your design Name:  17.jpg
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Size:  34.0 KB The final quilt block with color!! A Sun Compass Quilt Block Name:  18.jpg
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    Here is the PDF file

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    These are great Rhonda, but you know what I have the hardest part doing. A straight line!!!!! If I go from 2" at top to 2" at the bottom of a block, I get a little z in the line. Nothing you can help with, just practicing a straight line for me....how hard can that be....LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene View Post
    These are great Rhonda, but you know what I have the hardest part doing. A straight line!!!!! If I go from 2" at top to 2" at the bottom of a block, I get a little z in the line. Nothing you can help with, just practicing a straight line for me....how hard can that be....LOL
    Katie If you are using the line tool it will be a straight line automatically. You dont' have to be steady handed to use the tool. The line tool is the pencil drawing a line. It's easy to use!!

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    The nodes show clearly on my 2nd line, but not on my first. Have deleted all and tried again, but must be missing some little step. Will try again later, thanks again for all your work.

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    Make sure when you do the second one you click on stagger instead of partition. You should see the nodes if you use stagger.

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    thanks for another great tut
    Nancy in western NY

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