This week we are going to look at PatchDraw. This is a group of tools that allow you to create some applique or stencil designs. They could be used to trace off for quilting designs or you can applique a quilt block with them or you can use them as motifs. If you are going to do applique you can print off templates to use to transform them into applique pieces.
This is a great place to play and explore your creativity! It isn't piecing but it is exciting to see what comes out of playing with the tools.
Here is an Angel I made with the tools and I am going to show you how to do this yourself.
find Block in the top tool bar and click on it
Then click on patchdraw in the menu that pops up.
In EQ5 you will see the Patchdraw tools in the tool bar on the right side of your screen
In EQ7 go to the bottom of your block and click on Applique to get your Patchdraw tools to pop up on your left tool bar
Here you can see the Patchdraw tools in your left tool bar in EQ7. If you don't see all of the tools then click on any tool and this menu will pop up. click on add/remove buttons. Add any buttons you want to use. I think the swath and brush stroke buttons are fun to play with.
Click on the shapes to be able to pop out the shape bars. I had trouble getting mine to pop out so just play with clicking and I tried holding down the left click and dragging it out. Sometimes it worked.
In EQ5 you will see your tools in your right side tool bar. Click on the little black arrow beside the bottom box where you will see a shape. This should pop out your row of shapes.
So choose a shape to play with
On the worktable left click and hold it down and pull the shape across the worktable. As you play with it you will get a feel for how big or how little you want it to start.
After you have your shape find the Bezier Tool
This tool allows you to move a line any way you want.
Just click on a line and you will see two black boxes appear at the ends of that line. You will see a dotted line coming out from each box.
In EQ7 you will have more black boxes in the middle of the lines too. It makes it a bit easier to move and shape the lines.
Each dotted line has a small box on the end. Click on that box to move that end of the line and then you can also shorten the dotted line and or move up and down with it to change and shape your line.