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Quilt Assistant / Re: Experiences using the program.
« Last post by wulfae on 26 October 2013, 18:02:18 »
Used the program a bit more now, and I finally went to printing things.

I ran into a pretty big problem... When I created my art, it was at 72ppi. I assume that's pretty standard, since that's what screens can actually display, and is what most pictures on the internet have. I just assumed that it would be the same dimensions as my photoshop image (my mistake!) and went forth and did all my work.

Turns out it was about three times too big. So I just went and printed out all the pieces I needed to do on 11 by 17 paper... Turns out I can print it myself on 8.5 by 11 paper on my home printer. Sooo... Now I'll need to double check the sizes for all of these images, and fix them all.

Is it a problem with the ppi? What is the program assuming? How does this (input) become this (export)? I used a .png, is that why the image size went from about 32 cm to about 154cm? (That is actually bigger than my entire quilt, haha.)

Here are some other suggestions from working on a rectangular design over the past couple of days.

It would be nice if I could click a point (vertex) and then shift or control click to select more. Then you could right click and go 'merge' so you could have some control over just where the program is going to merge. Sometimes it would *completely* ignore the point I was desperately trying to get it to merge with, in favour of one much, much further away.

When I'm trying to fix the little circles that appear, I seem to always do more damage than I fix. Sometimes the circles don't make much sense... What's wrong? Is the line bent? That's okay, I'm having a division of pieces right there. They are named, Quilt Assist, do you see that they are separate pieces? Is the angle too sharp? I'll fix it... Suddenly, all of my angles are wrong! So many more red circles! Don't judge me, Quilt Assist! How is this line wrong, anyway? I remember putting it down, it was a single line.

This seems to stem from two things. I would be great if I could constrain the axis that I can move the point on, so it slid along the line that *isn't* bent while I fix the angle of the line that *is* bent. By holding down shift, maybe? That's the usual constrain in adobe products.

The other thing that would help is if you could select the entire line, instead of only moving the line from one corner to another. There have been times where I want to rotate a line, and I basically just need to draw a new one.

Drawing a new line only works, however, if it's *cutting into* what I've already done. If I want to make those shapes bigger, then I some how have to extend all of those lines. An option that would allow your line to 'snap' to the previously created lines would be *so handy*. I can never seem to drag my mouse the same way, and I wind up creating tiny little pieces.

Sometimes 'remove line' and 'remove corner' don't work in editing mode. I also found myself usually switching back to 'design' mode so I could just right click and get rid of lines right away, without having to select something from a menu.

Getting rid of colours myself, by right clicking and choosing 'discard' from the colours window that pops up in 'colour' mode. Sometimes the program will get rid of vastly different colours, while leaving the two that are nearly identical the same. I then have to manually recolour, hoping I find the one little piece that is the wrong colour.

Having a 'reduce colour' button in the colour window would also be very helpful. Having to go through the edit>reduce colours step was a little time consuming.

Can I please turn the automatic colouring 'off'? Or just be able to freeze it to the colours I already have in my palette/design? It was frustrating when I had already gone and reduced all the colours I needed to 14, fix a couple of lines, and then back and my number of colours is back up to 26!

It would also be handy to be able to designate certain lines as 'seam lines' and have them be thicker, or something. Sometimes I'll get an error where Quilt Assist will want me to straighten up a line, and I look and tell it 'no', because that's a different 'patch' of the pattern all together.


Forgot to put in how excited I am to try to make my pieced pattern! I definitely like how you can colour multiple pieces by just clicking and dragging, as well as how you can select or deselect the same way. Using the right click to deselect felt very natural! I also am excited to see the printing option for fabric usage. Looking at it, it means I definitely bought enough fabric. Whewph!

I really enjoy the basic functions of this, it's really nice to be able to draw a bit of a line and have it automatically extend as far as it needs to. Much easier than photoshop or other image editing programs where you need to worry about keeping the ends neat.
Quilt Assistant / Re: Problem spacing points in a ring
« Last post by Arnout on 17 October 2013, 19:16:34 »
Hi Madhu,

If you want to draw a compass or other shape with radial symmetry, the easiest way is to use the "Symmetry Settings..." in the "Display" menu. There you can switch on "Rotational Symmetry" and specify how many lines (64 in your example) you want.
With rotational symmetry, if you draw one line, the other ones are drawn automatically. Just experiment to get a feel for it.

When naming pieces for paper piecing, two things are important:
1. All pieces in the entire design must be named, before the software can print the sections. This is because the software will re-group the shapes internally before printing them.
2. The pieces must be suitable for paper piecing. If not, the software may still print them as separate pieces even if you manually assigned them to the same named group.
Again, it is best to experiment first with a small test design.

The mirroring option in the print menu is there mostly for paper piecing: when you sew onto the printed paper, the completed patchwork will be a mirror image of the design. So by printing the paper piece sections mirrored, the final result will match the on-screen design.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for this amazing tool! I am drafting some blocks with 15" circles, so this has been a great help!  :)
However, I have some problems, which I hope you shall be able to help me with!
1. Snap to angle - am not sure exactly how it works. To draft a mariner's compass I need radiating lines but am unable to get the correct angles! Also, it rounds off the angles to the tenth ( one decimal place). Can you not add an option of how many radiating lines one wants in the circle, instead of specifying degrees? Thus if I want 64 radiating lines , that is the option provided! Instead of 360/64 degrees!
2. I name the sections for paper piecing, but the naming cannot be saved. Also despite naming the sub assemblies, the print preview shows all the pieces separately.
3. What is the purpose of the mirroring option under the print menu?
Thank you!
Quilt Assistant / Re: Experiences using the program.
« Last post by wulfae on 03 September 2013, 15:46:54 »
Haha, I am nothing if not verbose. I have no programming knowledge, so I never know how difficult something is to actually do within a program, but there you go.

I think I also solved my 'irregular outlines' problem... I'm just not going to select them to be printed, and it'll be close enough. I plan on printing the actual size picture of what I'm doing anyway, so I'll be able to match up my edges there. I saw you mention that in another reply, but it wasn't in the tutorials or documentation, so that was why the confusion.

I've done about half of my bookshelves, now I just need a little more time to finish 'em!
Quilt Assistant / Re: Experiences using the program.
« Last post by Arnout on 02 September 2013, 08:17:25 »
Thank you for the extensive feedback. I am not a Photoshop user myself, but there are definitely some interesting workflow suggestions in there. It might take a while for me to be able to process them, but meanwhile: enjoy your design work!


P.S. Yes, the "Don't Panic" comes from Douglas Adams, the dolphin is coincidence.
Quilt Assistant / Experiences using the program.
« Last post by wulfae on 31 August 2013, 18:10:15 »
First off, fantastic!! I'm really excited to have a program that is designed to do this, since I haven't really designed paper piecing patterns before and can use all the help I can get.

I'm coming from an art background more than a quilting one, so I'm always using photoshop and flash keyboard shortcuts.

Here are my impressions!

My immediate problem was zooming, and controlling it. I have a 21UX cintiq, which is a monitor from Wacom that you can draw on. Not the one linked, but that's close enough. As such, I am using my stylus and not my mouse. The zoom on the mouse wheel was a nice surprise when I discovered it, but what I would really love are some keyboard shortcuts to zoom. Specifically (since they're pretty standard photoshop ones) control + and -.

It would also be nice to not have the project you are working on snap to the upper left corner of the screen when you maximise the window. I was able to get around that a few times by keeping it in the window, zooming to an appropriate level, and then maximising it.  However, if I adjusted the zoom level at all, it snapped to the upper left corner of the screen.

I am in love with the photoshop option of having your canvas in the middle of the screen, and then being able to move it so that whatever corner I'm working on is in the middle. Specifically, 'full screen with menu bar'. If you're unfamiliar with the option I'm talking about, here's a video explaining it in exhaustive detail. (sorry.)

I also use the photoshop hand tool (brought up with the spacebar) to move the image around the screen, instead of the scroll bars on the bottom and side. It's a little easier to just move it from a point, instead of having to adjust two settings.

The piece that I'm trying to do is a very large applique piece for the background of a very large pictorial quilt, so it's not quite what your program was designed for. However! Here is how Quilt Assistant has worked for me, so far.

I tried to zoom in to the level I wanted, and then maximise, but the image was caught on the lower right corner of the screen. I couldn't manipulate the scroll bars to work on it at all, so I basically had to just work on it in a window. I wasn't able to replicate the error, so... Not sure what happened there.

I was also having difficulty doing lines that ended at the division I wanted them to end at. It kept extending to the next one, which was annoying.

When I try to right click with my stylus, it won't recognise it. It thinks it's just a normal click. I'm not sure how hard it is to have the program work with wacom drivers, and I know not many people have cintiqs, but I'm sure there are some users with bamboo or intuos tablets in the crowd.

It would be nice if I could somehow indicate an irregular outline, even with just a heavy paintbrush line. That would also be nice for indicating details like embroidery or something like that. I just tried to add in a border that I was going to make all the same group and name something else, but it changed all of my names. Also colours, for some reason, I just had to re-colour it. Then I was trying to rename groups in the shape tree, which I just learned about in the pdf documentation, when I learned that you can't 'undo' a name change. I got a nice, friendly 'Don't Panic' message. (Combined with the dolphin image used in the first tutorial, I'm going to conclude that you are a Douglas Adams fan, haha.)

Is there a way to add stitching order? Mine goes A>B>C ABC>D F>G FG>H etc. Eventually it all connects. I just wanted to write it down now, while I'm thinking about it.

I also really, really like that you've added in ways to print something larger by having a glue edge. I was confused at first, since it wasn't mentioned in the documentation, but once I thought about it for a second, it made perfect sense. Thank you!! Some of my pieces are too large, even with the paper set to 11 by 17. (Which I will be printing on, at staples, eventually.)

I don't seem to be able to scroll through the pages using the scroll button on my mouse, I have to click the little arrows next to the page number. It would also be nice to have an indication of just how many pages this is going to be, without having to go into the full preview window and then click that little arrow until it won't show any more pages.

I think that is everything! Thanks again for the program, I am really excited to do the next ten bookshelves I need to do and then print it off and start! The paper piecing is making the background of this quilt much more exciting.
Hallo zusammen,
den Quilt- Assistenten habe ich zwar schon länger am dem PC gespeichert, aber noch nie so richtig genutzt.
Das soll nun anders werden und ich hoffe, Einiges von Euch lernen zu können.
Seit 2008 bin ich dem PW- Virus verfallen, neuerdings auch dem Taschen- Virus. Ebenfalls ganz toll und unheilbar. ;D

Ich nähe meist mit der Maschine, liesel aber auch mal gerne.

Kurz etwas zu meiner Person:
Ich bin 49 Jahre alt, verheiratet, habe 2 fast erwachsene Kinder und einen Hund.
Außerdem habe ich einen kleinen Blog und freue mich über Besuch.
Quilt Shops / Basel Switzerland
« Last post by MaryKatherine on 21 June 2013, 03:30:25 »
I will be travelling to Basel in July. Can you tell me where to look for fabric shops?
Quilt Assistant / Re: Naming?
« Last post by Arnout on 12 April 2013, 07:56:30 »
You should be able to name the sections yourself without the automatic function. Things that might cause problems:

- the size of the design
- the complexity; it might contain a subtle flaw that the software stumbles on

You could try to make a very simple design to test with: 5" x 5" with a couple of straight lines. Name your sections manually, do a print preview and select the "Paper Piecing" tab (top left, next to "Templates"). That should work and show the basic principles.

Quilt Assistant / Naming?
« Last post by bassarchery420 on 12 April 2013, 03:28:06 »
I am creating a paper pieced pattern.  If I choose to name the sections myself (without help from the program's automatic function) will the program recognize my selections and allow me to print the correct pieces.  Thus far, my attempts have failed.  The program wants to print each piece separately instead of printing the sections together. I hope this makes sense!

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