Category Archives: Corel Draw

Month 07 – Digitizing & Design

July felt like a month where we really were demonstrating our cumulative learning. I gave myself grace for July. I started the month – July 1 with an emergency room trip. By Sunday, July 3, I went into surgery for an unexpected/anticipated ‘pacemaker’! I just finished myt 6 week mark.

I decided to focus on ‘Christmas’ for this project because I believe in eternal, love, joy, hope, and peace. My goal is to make this design a medallion center surrounded by 12 blocks reflecting the twelve days of Christmas. Most of my hooping for this project uses my 272mm x 408mm hoop. The only exception is my center design that uses my 200mm x 200mm hoop. I created 3 versions before I got the design placed successfully, including breaking my outer ribbon for July’s design. I ended up with 7 hoopings to stitch out, excluding the quilting.

Below are pictures of my first version, including cutting the applique. For the second version of the design, I tested the stitching without using my applique. For this test I used the ‘knife’ tool to ‘split’ the outer ribbon. It was much closer than my first stitch out but you can still see the ribbon has not fully lined up correctly. As I stitched this one, I revised the design a third time for my final version.

For the third design, to break the ribbon, I created a circle 22.5” in diameter. Next, I used the ‘12’ and ‘3’ clock positions and digitized an open shape, tracing along the curve from “12” to “3”. Next, I zoomed in and ‘reshaped’ the curve to match the 22.5” circle. Then, using the ‘circle layout’ tool, I replicated 3 times. Finally, I zoomed in to make sure the 4 arcs were laying on top of the solid ring. Finally, I was able to delete the initial 22.5” circle and changed the ‘4 arcs’ stitch type from single stitch to ‘single motif’. Below are images of my final design files, the applique cut using my ScanNCut SDX330D, stitchout test1, amd stitchout test2.

Class 6 – Digitizing & Design

June was challenging for many reasons beyond class. I am happy to have been able to create the assignments. I will need to continue cleaning up and moving my connectors for a more continuous design. I am a longarm quilter and want to be able to create continuous motifs. I have one I created that includes freehand connector lines/swirls. I am hoping to adjust so I end up with one continuous design.

Month 05 Digitizing all about color

This month we focused on color. In Corel Draw, we learned to create a color wheel, how to assign color to the color wheel. We also learned how to download fabric manufacturer’s bitmaps of their fabrics. This provides the ability to then build a color wheel of fabrics for projects. I was able to download several of my favorite fabrics for inventory.

We learned about color values: pure, secondary, and tertiary. We also learned about color tone, tint, and shade that is created by adding values of black and white to pure colors. Next we learned about color schemes such as: monochromatic, analogous, complementary, and split complementary.

Below are my Color Wheels created in Corel Draw, along with my ‘stash’ fabric. I am not a big fabric stash collector, mostly so I don’t overwhelm myself. I have enjoyed working with the color wheel. I found doing the exercises really helped to understand the ‘digital equivalents’ of the various colors.

I really enjoyed putting together the various schemes with fabrics and threads. It provided me the opportunity to record fabric and thread colors I can use on my future projects

Busy week filled with lots of projects!

This week was a very productive week! There was a ton of learning, quilt piecing, quilting on the longarm, embroidering, and even a new paint job on the house.

I finished up month 4 of my digitizing master class. Our project required using our Corel Design skills, Hatch embroidery digitizing skills, to creation of our cut files and embroidery design files. We then stitched out what we created. This month we are learning all about color.

My sweetie has been busy piecing his own quilts. When he finishes his quilt tops, he passes them on to me for the longarm. This week I quilted another ’fish’ themed quilt, a ”Christmas Doxie, and also a ’Touchdown Football’ quilt. (I will post pictures later today)

I was able to longarm my ”Little Red Wagon” quilt and finish up with binding. This was also a learning opportunity. For the first time ever, my machine threw the thread off the upper tension spring (of course when I wasn’t here watching) When I discovered it happened, it had completed two rows and sewn a pleat in the back. Yes, I really did pick out all the stitching. Since there was essentially no top tension, the bobbin thread was just laying on the back. This made for quick picking. Fortunately, I was able to place my zones again and am quite happy with the result. Thank goodness it was on my own quilt, I would have been panicked if it was someone else’s project.

My other project is my “Simply Dreaming Quilt” designed by Sarah Vedeler. I started this quilt right after my Mom passed away last year. I was able to work on Month 07, one of the outer borders. It was the perfect month because it is filled with lots of beautiful flowers. Mom and I used to spend a day in May visiting our favorite nursery together. With the one year anniversary of Mom’s passing, along with Mother’s Day, these beautiful bouquets remind me of our time together.

We also had our house painted this week – by a company and not us! This was a definite first – paying someone to paint our house. The last time we rented scaffolding, replaced siding, added cedar shingles, and painted. The crew that did the house pressure washed one day and spent two really long days painting. Love our new colors – navy, cream, and light gray!

Month 04 Stitch out…..

Taking a design from a graphic application, to embroidery digitizing software, and finally to stitch out is a lot of learning! Each time you move from one process to the next, you find areas for improvement. As I stitched my file, I discovered areas to improve my design. Places where there was duplicate stitching, not right type of satin underlay stitches, and missing candle-wicking stamps. As I stitched, I identified the opportunity for improvements to my design. I was able to revise my digitizing then send it back to my machine. I didn’t need to rehoop. I just loaded the new design on the machine, loaded my hoop with the stitching, then moved the revised design to where I was in the stitch out. My design isn’t perfect – all learning is like peeling an onion – you improve one layer, then are able to see what can be fixed next. Before I stitch this design agains, I would like to adjust my placement for the fills on the petals with stars.

Month 04 Digitizing Class

For month 04, we were challenged to create a design with petals that are overlapping and a center that has interlocked (woven) pieces. With the petals, we learned how to remove the overlaps, reducing bulk. For the interlocking pieces, it is identifying all the intersections, then using colors, changing to give the affect of ’over and under’ for each ring. For extra credit, we were challenged to take our design from Corel Draw into Hatch. From there we used our designed cutting files and embroidery designs to stitch out our designs. Below are my Graphic designs for the petals and center, followed by my digitized design within Hatch. Last up…..to stitch out my design today.

Digitizing Master Class – Month 2

This month we are learning to use Corel Draw to design quilts. Our challenge was to create a twin size quilt, with several requirements. They needed to include rectangles, circles, triangles (at least 2 varying sizes for each), pieced blocks, and applique shapes. Adjacent blocks, needed to be different colors. The pieced blocks needed to be the individual pieces and colored. We also needed to have a 4 inch border with cornerstones, and a 2 inch border with mitered corners.

This challenge has kept me very busy! I love the ability to create both pieced blocks and applique pieces. For my six port hole blocks, I am hoping to add embroidery as we move along in class. For the 4 side blocks, next to the flying geese, I am still trying to decide what I would like to do.

I found entering my block sizes and “playing in a sandbox” the best way to work on ideas. For my sand dollars and starfish I played with some of the ‘effects’, ‘object tools’, and ‘property tools’. I have not used a graphic software prerviously and found this software to be intuitive. The trickiest part is trying to keep all the blocks aligned so the quilt will be square. This one still needs some tweaking but I am happy with my first attempt.

Digitizing & Design Master Class – Corel Draw

In month 2 we are learning how to digitize using CorelDraw. Below are pictures of my work for the exercises in the lesson. I went through the full lesson and created differing quilt layouts introduced in our lesson. For setting up CorelDraw 2021, I needed to revise the steps and notes due to differences between CorelDraw SE and 2021. Below are the samples of what I created out of the lesson. Right now, the tricky part is aligning the mitered corners. I am so excited to now be able to start the month 2 challenge.