Lesson 8: Embroidery
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Lesson 8: How to add Embroidery Images to Blocks and Quilts


In this lesson, youll learn how to use embroidery images and add them to your blocks and quilts.

Youll quickly see how adding embroidery opens up a new world of quiltmaking.


About the Embroidery Images

Perfect Quilt includes images of all of Jenny's beautify embroidery designs and over 2,000 embroidery images from Great Notions. Click here to preview a list of Jenny's designs


The embroidery images in Perfect Quilt are bitmap images of the actual embroidery patterns. The backgrounds of the embroidery images are transparent so that you can see how the embroidery will look on top of fabrics and blocks.


You will not be able to sew the embroidery patterns directly from Perfect Quilt. To sew the embroidery patterns, you will need to order the patterns directly from Jenny Haskins and Great Notions.


How to Order Embroidery Patterns from Jenny Haskins

http://www.rnkdistributing.com



How to Order Embroidery Patterns from Great Notions

http://www.greatnotions.com


Working with the embroidery images will give you the opportunity to audition your favorite embroidery designs.


Adding an Embroidery Image to a Quilt Block


Heres how to add an embroidery image to the center of a quilt block.


1. Click on the Block Library Tool to open the Block Library.

2. Select any quilt block and open it.

3. Perfect Quilt will place it on the Design Wall



Open an Embroidery Image

1. Click on the Embroidery Library Tool to open the Embroidery Library. We are going to use an image in the Country Crafters Folder

2. To find this folder, double click on the folder or click the drop-down box to scroll through the list of folders. Double click when you find the Country Crafters Folder.

3. Now, click on image labeled 53901 This image says Bless our Home.

4. Now click on the Design Wall next to the quilt block. Do not click on the block itself.Perfect Quilt will place the embroidery image on the design wall.



Now that the embroidery image is on the design wall, you can move the image, resize it, flip it, rotate it or duplicate it. We will see how to place the embroidery image on the quilt block and how to make it fit inside the block.



How to Move an Embroidery Image

1. Click on the Select Tool.

2. Click on the embroidery image You will see the Select Box.

3. Move the cursor inside the embroidery image. The cursor will change into an open hand. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the image to where you want it to go. Lift up the mouse button.

4. You can see that the embroidery image is too large for the block, so now we must resize it so that it will fit into the center of the block.



How to Resize an Embroidery Image

1. Click on the Select Tool.

2. Click on the embroidery image. You will see the Select Box.

3. Place the cursor on the corner of the select box. Hold down the SHIFT key (this will prevent the image from distorting.)

4. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the corner diagonally to make the image larger or smaller. Lift up the mouse button.



Hint: Enlarging an embroidery image in Perfect Quilt will result in a loss of quality.


Hint: If the embroidery image doesnt fit into the square center of the block, You can drag the select box to the left or right to stretch the image to make it fit, but this will distort it.


How to Rotate or Flip an Embroidery Image

1. Click on the Select Tool.

2. Click on the embroidery image. You will see the select box.

3. To flip the image, click on either the Flip Horizontal Tool or the Flip Vertical Tool.

4. To rotate the image, click on either the Rotate Right or Rotate Left Tools.



How to Duplicate an Embroidery Image

1. Click on the Select Tool.

2. Click on the embroidery image You will see the select box.

3. Click on the Edit Menu and select Duplicate. Or, press CTRL +D on your keyboard. Perfect Quilt will duplicate the image and select it. Move the duplicate whereever you wish.



Can I Resize and Flip Real Embroidery Patterns?

Floriani sells several software packages to help you flip, resize and re-color embroidery patterns. For more information, please go to www.florianisoftware.com


Saving Blocks with Embroidery Images

1. Click on the Save Icon in the Ribbon Bar.

2. Type a name for the block and click on the Save Button.


You will save a copy of the block with the embroidery into My Library. The original block will not be changed.


Adding Blocks with Embroidery in Quilts

You can now place your block with the embroidery images into a quilt. (See Lesson 2 if you need help with creating a quilt.)


1. Save any blocks you are working on and close all the windows

2. Click on the Quilt Wizard Icon in the Ribbon Bar. This will open the Quilt Wizard.

3. In the Layout Tab, set whichever layout you prefer.

4. Set the Block Placement type to Sampler. This will enable you to drop a variety of blocks with embroidery images into the quilt.

5. Click the Finish Button to put the quilt on the Design Wall.

6. Click on the Block Library Tool . Click on My Blocks in the dropdown box and then click on the block you want to add to the quilt.

7. Click on the quilt where you want to place the block.

8. Click on the File Menu and select Save when you are ready to save the quilt.



Adding Embroidery Images Directly to Quilts

You dont have to add an embroidery image to a block, save it and then add the block to a quilt,

you can add embroidery images directly to quilts: Heres how:


1. Close all the open Windows and save any blocks.

2. Click on the Quilt Wizard Icon in the Ribbon Bar. This will open the Quilt Wizard.

3. In the Layout Tab, set whichever layout you prefer.

4. Set the Block Placement type to Sampler.

5. Set the Size, border and sash as you wish.

6. Click the Finish Button to put the quilt on the Design Wall.

7. Click on the Embroidery Library Tool and then select the image you want.

8. Click on the quilt where you want to place the embroidery image.



Hints for Working with Embroidery Images in Quilts

When you place an embroidery image directly on a quilt, Perfect Quilt will place the embroidery image on top of the block and enlarge or shrink it to fill the block. You will not be able to resize the embroidery image independently of the block.

Perfect Quilt will add only one embroidery image at a time to a quilt.

For the best control of how your embroidery images will look in your quilt, we recommend that you add the embroidery images to your quilt blocks and then create your quilt.


Scanning and Using your own Embroidery Images

Do you have a favorite embroidery pattern that you want to try out in Perfect Quilt? Yes, you can!

Scan and use your own embroidery images in Perfect Quilt. Heres how:


1. Using the Scanning Wizard, scan your embroidery pattern. Select Embroidery Design as the image type to scan. See Lesson 10 to learn how to use the Scanning Wizard.

2. Before you save your scan, click on the Edit Image Button. This will open Windows Paint.

3. Paint the background white. The background must be pure white (RGB color 255, 255,255) to make the background of the embroidery transparent.

4. Close Windows Paint and click on the Save Tab.

5. Perfect Quilt will automatically save your embroidery scans into the My Embroidery Library. Click the Save Button to save your scan

6. To use the scans, click on the Embroidery Library Tool, select My Embroidery from the drop-down box, click on a scan in the library and then click on the Design Wall to open the scan.