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Tip 8: Switching Snap-to Functions During The Drawing Of A Patch

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Hints & Tips for Quilt-Pro 3
Tip 8: Switching Snap-to Functions During The Drawing Of A Patch

By Frank Smith © 2000

I have not found any reference to the ability of Quilt Pro to switch from Snap-to-Grid to Snap-to-Point to Snap-to-Line while you are in the process of drawing a patch, either in help or in the manual. The capability, however, does exist and is very useful in drawing complex blocks. Below is an example.

drawing example used in this exercise
Figure 1.
Example of changing snap-to function while drawing a patch


  1. Draw the blue-green triangle without the snap-to-grid functions on. You can use a triangle or polygon tool.
    NOTE: Draw the triangle so it does NOT touch the grid (see Figure 1), this will allow you to complete the following snap-to exercise.

Draw the red polygon using the snap-to-functions for accuracy.

  1. In the tool palette select the snap-to-point snap-to-point
  2. Then select the polygon tool polygon tool.
  3. With the cursor at point A, click and release the left mouse button and move the cursor to point B and click and release the left mouse button.
  4. Now move the cursor to the tool palette and select the snap-to-grid tool snap-to-grid.
  5. Move the cursor to point C and click and release the left mouse button. Move the cursor to point D and double-click to complete drawing the red polygon.

Conclusion: The Snap-to functions are not the only tools that allow you to change functions in the middle of an operation. Some cause absolute mayhem to your patch, some will not change and still others allow you to perform a function that will aid you in future work, like the example above. I would suggest you play around with the tools.

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