11. Now, click
View the Sketchbook. You'll see two identical SQUARE blocks, no sign
of the short fat block, nor the tall skinny one either.
12. Go back to the Drawing Board SetUp, set the size to Horizontal
to 6 and Vertical to 36. On the Drawing Board, this will look
exactly the same as the Horiz. 1 and Vert 6. block.
So what's the point of all this?
1. The first important point is that the Block Drawing Board
does NOT show or save the size of any block. The Drawing Board does
show the shape of a block, and uses the full width or height of the
screen for this. This can become a bit silly, try setting the sizes
to H 1 and V 40 and see what your block looks like now.
2. The outside shape of a block (the ratio between Height and
Width)is lost when you Save it to the Sketchbook. In the Sketchbook,
all blocks are shown as squares.
3. The Sketchbook DOES retain the relative shapes and positions
of all lines drawn in the block. This means that you can return to the
original design of any block simply by setting up the Drawing Board
to the same Height to Width ratio as was first used.
4. The Block Drawing Board remembers the last SetUp that you
used - even when the computer is turned off. This setting has upset
a few users when they have recalled a block from the Library or the
Sketchbook, only to find that it has an unexpected shape on the Drawing
5. When you come to Print a block you will asked to choose the
Horizontal & Vertical sizes. These settings will decide the dimensions
of your printed block, NOT the settings that you used on the Drawing
Another Question - When does EQ4 use Block Size?
1. Block size is considered when Blocks are used in a quilt.
2. On the Quilt Worktable, the Layout Tab brings up a dialog
box with provision for you to set the number of blocks - Horizontal
and Vertical for the quilt, and to set the Size of the Blocks.
3. Both Horizontal and Vertical size are asked for in the Horizontal
and Variable layouts. On-Point and Baby blocks retain their shape at
all times, so only one dimension is needed.
4. EQ4 does remember and save block sizes WHEN the blocks have
been used in a quilt design, and that design has been saved.
Finally, a comment about quilt size. EQ4 adds up the blocks, sashings,
and borders and shows the overall quilt size at the very bottom right
of the worktable. Block sizes are not shown.
4 April 2001.
Quilt Software review
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