Last time I just showed you how to draw and colour a straightfoward square before turning lots of these squares into a simple 9-patch block and quilt.
If you haven’t read that blog yet you might like to read it first before trying triangles as I am likely to assume you know a few things by now.
First find the Shapes menu as you did before. There a number of different triangles in the menu to play with but the one we use most often in patchwork is the right-angled triangle so that’s the one we will choose today.
You will see that if you just drag the cursor across the page you can make all different sizes and shapes of right-angled triangles but, as with the square, if you want one with equal right-angles sides you need to hold the Shift key as you drag. (What happens if you hold the Control key?).
Now copy and paste your triangle. With it still highlighted (selected) go to the Drawing Tools tab and open the Rotate menu. Turn the triangle and then drag so it fits neatly against your original triangle to make a square. Group them to make a Half-Square Triangle unit and make it a sensible size – I chose 1 inch.
Colour the triangles and copy and paste as many as you might want for a block – so eight for a simple Sawtooth Star. Draw some squares, make them the same size and colour them.
Shuffle them all around on the page to make the beginnings of the Sawtooth Star block and rotate the Half-Square Triangles. Oh, but wait a minute – that design looks quite interesting . . .
Let’s just rotate our HST units again and draw a big square to fill the middle.
But what if we draw a 4-patch in the middle?
And then group it into a block, copy and paste so we have four of them and then flip alternate blocks? That looks as if it might be very interesting.
Group those four into a block, copy and paste to make four of them, put them together to make a quilt . . .
What else can you make? It is an excellent way to pass a rainy afternoon, although it is a little too easy to get carried away and absorbed in play only to be roused by hungry cries from the rest of the family!
And if you want to make templates or papers for EPP? Draw your shapes and change the size to the one you require (with or without seam allowance). Copy and paste as many as you need or that will fit on a page, then print. But don’t print as a Word document – the shapes will not always come out the size you specified – search your Printer menu (there should be a little arrow next to the name of your printer) for something like ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’ and choose this. Your computer may then ask you where you want to save the document so choose somewhere sensible; or you may get the PDF printer menu come up. Make sure you choose ‘Actual Size’ when printing PDF templates – and check the measurement before you use them.