Computerized Quilting on the B 790 PRO, Part Two

Welcome back to the Jump for Joy Quilt Along! In Part One of this series, we got our quilt and machine all set up for computerized quilting so we could finish our first block: a circle in a square!

a quilted motif on the blue diamond block of the Jump for Joy quilt.

Let’s do a quick recap for those of you who may be seeing this for the first time. Feel free to join along right now whenever you are seeing this! There are so many great posts before this one for you to check out that will walk you through everything you need to get started.

In today’s blog post, I’m going to help you run through a few more ways to use computerized quilting (CQ) on your quilts, using the B 790 PRO. If you haven’t seen the first part of this series, please go back since it will help you set up your machine and quilt your first block. I’m excited to dive in!

Materials for CQ the Jump for Joy Quilt

Step 1: Half-square Triangles

Right next to the diamond pieces in the Diamond Blocks, we have some half-square triangles in different shapes. At first glance, this might seem intimidating or impossible, but let’s break it down to make these triangles a cinch.

Close-up view of quilting on the Jump for Joy Quilt Diamond Block section

Choose your desired half-square triangle design. #6 from the Quilting Designs folder in the machine is my favorite. When you open this design, it will be too big for the hoop. Let’s go to the Information icon to resize the design.

Display screen for Design #6 in the Quilting Designs folder on the B 790 PRO.

I resized the design to 45%, but don’t stress too much about it. We will resize it perfectly with Pinpoint Placement. Pinpoint Placement will resize for you as well, but since the design is too big for the hoop, we need to first get the parameters of the design within the hoop before using Pinpoint Placement.

Need help to resize? Check out the breadcrumbs to help you get to this screen.

Display screen showing a resized Design #6.

If we went to Pinpoint Placement now, the machine would actually give us a rectangle around the design (which is not what we want today). But no worries! We can change it.

Display screen showing a rectangle around the deisgn on the B 790 PRO.

Go to Rotate in the Information icon and rotate your design to 45 degrees, or the closest increment to where you want your design to go. This will put the point of the triangle into one of the corners and make it a square shape to place. To create the square shape, you will want to rotate your design to 45, 90, 180 or 225 degrees. I change it up depending on the direction I want my design to go.

Note: Mine says 44 degrees because the simulator does not move in the same 1-degree increments the machine does; you will want yours at 45, not 44.

Display screen showing a design rotated 44 degrees on the B 790 PRO.

Now, when we go to Pinpoint Placement, we can see the square around the design with the point in the corner! Isn’t that cool how we can change the orientation of Pinpoint Placement so easily?

Display screen showing the 4-point Pinpoint Placement button selected the B 790 PRO.

Now we need to create the 4th point for our Pinpoint Placement to align to. Using a ruler, mark the rest of the square. This will ensure our triangle stays the right shape.

A closeup view of a blue pen marking the square around an omnigrip ruler.

Use Pinpoint Placement to align to the three corners of the triangle and your fourth marked point, just like we did with the Circle Block. Don’t forget to turn on that laser for Pinpoint Placement!

Closeup view of the laser centered on the point of the square on the Jump for Joy quilt.

Bring up your thread and quilt the design… Beautiful! Now you’re ready to do every half-square triangle in the design!

View of the Diamond Block panel on the Jump for Joy Quilt, with quilting over blue, pink, and white diamonds.

Step 2: Fit to a Rectangle

Up to now, we have been only using Morph to place our designs, so let’s play around with Fit!

Fit allows you to center a design within a set area. This is great for using 4-point Pinpoint Placement to get words in a specific shape. Fit won’t morph and skew the lettering. It will keep everything nicely together and center it perfectly in even the most irregular of shapes.

View of a quilted white panel between the Diamond Blogs of the Jump for Joy Quilt.

First, I opened Quilting Design #10 from the machine. This design is pretty, but I thought it could use a little more interest, so I resized it to roughly 50%. Then I duplicated the design and moved each one so the spines fit together.

Your machine has so many pretty quilting designs in it that look great as they are, but don’t forget you can change them up to look exactly how you want for your quilting!

Once you like how the design looks, select Pinpoint Placement.
Display screen showing how a design has been duplicated on the B 790 PRO.We will still select 4-point Pinpoint Placement.

Display screen showing the Pinpoint Placement button selected on the B 790 PRO.

We will now choose “Fit”, the icon to the right, instead of “Morph” (which is what we have been choosing for the other designs).

Once again, work in a clockwise manner to position every point at the corner of your rectangle.

Display screen the radio buttons for positioning the points for a design on the B 790 PRO.

If you’d like to lock the size of your design to ensure it stays full size, you can select the Lock icon to lock the scale of the design.

I wanted to add a margin like we did with our circular design, so I tapped the Margin icon until it gave me a 1/2” margin.

Display screen showing the Margins button selected on the B 790 PRO.

Now you can quilt it as we have with the other designs and viola! A beautiful, centered feather in our rectangle.

Closeup of the quilted design on a light blue fabric, using the B 790 Pro computerized quilting capabilities.

Step 3: Big Diamond

I love the design in my machine, but I wanted something a little different for the Diamond Heart Appliqué Block.

Closeup of the Heart Block 1 design quilted over the Diamond Heart Block on the Jump for Joy quilt.

For this shape, I wanted something with more hearts to match the heart in the center. I headed to and chose the Hearts Block 1 design from Amanda Murphy because it came in a bqm file (meaning I could use it for this technique).

I downloaded the block as a bqm and uploaded it to my machine.

Graphic of the Heart Block 1 by Amanda Murphy

I love that I can see the file types on the 790 PRO so I can double check I have the right design and design type before I get started.

Display screen showing the newly uploaded Heart Block 1 design on the B 790 PRO.

You know the drill by this point. We’ve gotta resize this design to get it within the hoop. I got mine down to about 60%.

You might be tempted to rotate this design as well, but don’t do it! We will rotate the design with Pinpoint Placement.

Display screen showing the Heart Block 1 design overlaid on the hoop on the B 790 PRO.

Use the Morph feature and work on the radio dots in a clockwise motion. Take your time to make sure each position is perfectly placed.

Display screen showing the Morph feature being used on the Heart Block 1 design on the B 790 PRO.


This block will go over the appliqué you created. If you want to avoid this, you can finish the block with ruler work or free-motion quilting instead.

I love the way the corners fit so beautifully in each point.

Closeup of the Heart Block 1 design quilted over the Diamond Heart Block on the Jump for Joy quilt.

My favorite way to work with CQ is to do something we call mix-and-match quilting; this is where we use different techniques together to finish one project.

I could use free-motion to finish the triangles around the heart diamond, straight-line quilting in the chain blocks, etc. I find this really helps me hone in my attention span and actually get my quilt finished because any time a technique gets a little monotonous, I move to another one!

I hope you had fun learning about computerized quilting. I can’t wait to see what techniques you incorporate in your final quilt!

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