Let's assume I want to do a quilt with a traditional Bear's Paw block.
Step 1 - Find the Bear's Paw block in your Block library. Or you can draft one with a 7 x 7 grid using Easy Draw.
- Block width: 20 (width of a fat quarter)
- Block Height: 18 (length of a fat quarter)
- Grid: Rectangle
- Snap: 40 horizontal and 36 vertical (every half inch)
- Graph paper cells: 20 horizontal and 18 vertical
So I will draft the following patches using the Polydraw tool:
- 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
- 2" x 2"
- 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" (for the
I find it easiest to draft in the upper left corner as I can see my ruler lines to easily know how far I need to go to create the patch. Remember that in Polydraw you must draw the whole patch.
After selecting the Polydraw tool left click on the 0,0 point on the page. Go to the 3-1/2,0 mark and left click again. Then to the 3-1/2, 3-1/2 and left click. And finally back to 0,0. Now left click twice to close the block.
Once you have completed the first patch, move it out of the way and create the next two patches.
So you can make three Bear's Paw block with one fat quarter.
I needed to move a few of the 2" patches (see those circled in blue) to make best use of my fat quarter.
Also note that you can rotate the pieces as well to optimize your layout. In this case it was most efficient to do the 2" x 5" pieces with the long side horizontally.
I hope you find this useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.