Creating New Designs with Q-matic Software

Creating New Designs Q-matic - finished pillow

When I discovered that you could take the designs built into BERNINA Q-matic Longarm Quilting Automation System and create new designs from them using the Attach feature in Connect, I was so excited that I had to share with everyone! I took a triangle design, rotated it, and used the Attach feature to arrange it in two different ways to get this wonderful block design that I used on a pillow. But this design would look great used in many different ways and on a variety of projects.

What you will need:

Creating the new design using Attach in the Connect tool.

  • Add SwirlPaisley Triangle to your Tool Center.

Set Quilt Size to 24” x 24” or to the size needed for your pillow.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - set size

 

 

 

 

 

  • Double click on the design to add it to Quilt Area. (Remember if a Safe Area is not defined, the design will go to the center of Quilt Area with the first stitch in the center. We will set Safe Area)

Creating New Designs Q-matic - safe area

  • Select the design and Duplicate three times for a total of four designs.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - repeat

  • Select each design one at a time, and Rotate by 45% so that they look like corners of a square. Make sure that the start points (circles with green line inside) are in sequence around the square. You will need to click 45% more than once on some of the designs.

Creating New Designs Q-matic- rotate

  • Select the upper left design and open Connect.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - connect

 

 

 

  • When secondary screen opens, select Attach.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - attach

  • Click or touch second design.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - second attach

  • Click or touch the next design around the square.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - third attach

  • Click or touch last design.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - fourth attach

  • Confirm with the check mark in the green box on the secondary screen.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - attach

  • With your new design selected on Quilt Area resize to 16” x 16”.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - resize tool

 

 

 

  • Using Key Pad, enter 16.00 in width and make sure Maintain Ratio has a check mark. Click or touch Apply, and then Confirm with check mark in the green box.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - resize dimensions

  • Move the design over so you can work with the next one.

Double click the same design again and place on Quilt Area.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - add design

  • Select design and Duplicate three times for a total of four as you did before.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - add four

  • Now Rotate making the long side of triangle as the outside of a diamond shape.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - rotate

  • Now open Connect again and select Attach. Click or touch each design to form the diamond. Remember that Attach will move the start point of the second design selected to the end point of the first design selected. In my example, I needed to go around the design counter clockwise.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - diamond attach

  • With the last triangle in place, touch Confirm.
  • Now make sure the diamond shape is selected, and Resize as you did before to 15.5 inches.
  • We are now ready to align the two new designs we created.
  • You will see looking at the quilt grid that there are some darker grey lines and some lighter grey lines. The darker grey lines are four inches apart. So depending on how far you are zoomed in will determine how far the light grey lines on grid are. When you have a Quilt Size set, the darker grey lines will be centered. We will use the darker grey lines to align our two designs.
  • With one design selected, open the Align

Creating New Designs Q-matic - align tool

 

 

 

  • We will align vertically first, so select Vertical Center and place a vertical line on the center line of the grid.

Creating New Designs Q-matic- align vertical

  • Select Select Design on the Align secondary window.

Click or touch each design so that they are placed centered on the line.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - align and place

  • Touch Confirm.
  • Select one of the designs and open Align
  • This time Place Line 

Creating New Designs Q-matic - horizontal line

Now touch Select Design and click or touch each design to make them centered on the line.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - align horizontal

  • Confirm.
  • Set your Safe Area.
  • Baste all four sides of the fabric on the frame.
  • To stitch out, sequence to stitch the middle design first, and then the outside design to stitch second in Sew Options.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - sew options tool

 

 

 

Creating New Designs Q-matic - sew options display

 

  • Stitch and then remove from frame.

Creating New Designs Q-matic - sew out

  • Trim to the size you wish. I trimmed to 18.5” by 18.5”.
  • Created the pillow cover and insert the pillow form.
  • You’re finished.

Have a great time with the Attach feature in Q-matic to create all kinds of new designs to be used in your quilting. Don’t forget to save them so you can use them again and again if you like.

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