Social media makes it easy to connect people. And sometimes it leads to collaboration. For example, I received the following from Pam V., instructor of appliqué techniques and blogger at My Sassy Notions:
I replied to Pam, letting her know I had developed a workflow that might work, and in the process would help eliminate frustration. The workflow is detailed in the Free PDF Tutorial we co-authored. It is linked with the Adobe Acrobat icon on the right. Click to download the 12-page PDF; it is 8.4MB – it is large, because it contains high resolution graphics illustrating the steps in the workflow.
Clicking on the icon will load the PDF on your browser. But right-clicking on the icon gives you a chance to download the document.
Right-click on this PJ7 file link to download. Or right-click on the icon on the right, and save to your computer.
The Process to Create Great Template Prints-Outs from EQ7:
The following extract is included in the Tutorial.
- Create a small quilt, including background fabric, one border, and
one butterfly appliqué.
- Using the free CutePDF writer, “print” the templates to a PDF document.
- Specify printing in “Finished Block Size”, and “no seam Allowance”.
- Preview the printout. The preview shows the total number of pages required.
- Open the PDF in the Open Source (free!) Vector program called Inkscape, click on the templates, and Ungroup all template shapes if necessary.
- Once ungrouped, select all the template pieces and increase the line Stroke to make a thicker line. This will make it easier to see the outlines on paper.
It is really this simple. The six-step process may seem long, compared to printing in one step. Hang on to your hats, as Part 2 will expand on the capability to print rotated templates, and more!
— Al Navas, EQ7 Instructor