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Old 03-07-2018, 08:24 AM
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Hello, I'm in the process of making the Kool Kat pattern and I took it into EQ7 so I could have a printout on what size to cut each section. Made a slight change on the kat body so the block came out as it should at 8.5 unfinished. The snail trail block though came out at 9.5 unfinished using what EQ7 told me to cut. Don't know why but it did. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get it down to the 8.5 unfinished to match up with the kat body block. Does anyone know how to resize this block as I'm clueless. I've done a couple trial runs changing the section sizes and just about have it done but wonder if there's an easier way to resize blocks. Thanks for any assistance.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:30 AM
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This is a link to the Kool Kats pattern. Is this what you are using? Or, just EQ?


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Old 03-07-2018, 11:12 AM
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Yep! Those are cool cats! I don't have an answer to your problem as I have no knowledge of how to use EQ. But, I usually just reduce the pattern to the size I want on my printer, cut apart, and add 1/4" then stitch out to check for accuracy.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:50 AM
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it does not matter what size you draw the block in EQ. in the quilt layout, make all of your blocks 8" and drop your two blocks in. then you can choose the block and choose rotary cutting and it will give the measurement of the pieces, hopefully.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:15 PM
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When you print a block with EQ it gives you a chance to input the finished block size for the printout, even if it's a different size than the one you drew or put in your quilt. I think snail's trail blocks are difficult, so I usually paper piece them.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:48 PM
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What Dunster said. Don't waste your time adjusting the size in the program itself; do it when you print templates or paper-piecing patterns. Will take you all of 4.7 seconds. Much easier!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:08 PM
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I have the Kool Kat pattern and because I printed the instructions on both sides I hadn't seen the measurements. Some of it seems a bit weird but the snail trail measurements are there and what I finally came up with were very close. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Now I can move on with it. Just got all the kitty body sections cut today. What a chore for 80 blocks of kat bodies. Now on to the snail trail sections. Will still make a trial run to be sure it fits before I cut into the rest of the fabrics. I'd cut a strip 6.0 x WOF from each fabric so have enough leftover for re-dos.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:10 PM
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QuiltnNan, that's what I did in EQ and the block came out 9.5 size for the snail trail. The kitty body came out almost okay but the section between the ears was incorrect, easily fixed though.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:01 AM
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If you haven't already made the cat body blocks, I'd not cut down the snail trail blocks. Instead I'd make the cat body blocks 9.5" to match.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:10 AM
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Snooze....how did you get a block to print out at 9.5 inches in EQ??? Granted, I have EQ5 but it is giving me fits trying to do this with another pattern (hunter's star). Trying to paper piece that block. Have it drawn in EQ; have the block dimensions at 9.5 in all the places I can find in all the dialog boxes and the stupid thing still prints out as a 6" block! Grrr. Any hints or clues as to printing a 9" (finished) block would be greatly appreciated.
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