Software Saturday – The Backdrop Tool in My Quilt Embellisher

One of the helpful features of Inspiration’s My Quilt Embellisher is the backdrop tool. The backdrop tool allows you to bring an image on to the screen and audition embroidery in actual time. It’s a surefire way to design beautiful blocks.
First, take a photograph or scan an image of your quilt into your computer. Take note of where you stored the photo on your hard drive.
Open a new file in My Quilt Embellisher. Go to File, Load Backdrop. Locate the image of your quilt block and click OK. MQE_b1
The image appears behind the grid on your screen. Chances are the image is not perfectly square on the screen. That’s ok; it’s an easy fix in My Quilt Embellisher. Hover the cursor over the backdrop tool on the left toolbar. MQE_b2
Click on the small arrow under the icon to access the Backdrop tools. Select Define horizon. MQE_b3
Place the cursor on one corner of the block and with the left mouse button depressed, drag the cursor across the block to the opposite corner. Release the mouse. The image will straighten on the screen. MQE_b4
In the properties box, notice the size of the image – it’s quite large. MQE_b5
That measurement is the size of the image, not the block. So let’s tell the software exactly what size our block should be.
Select Define Scale from the Backdrop tool menu. MQE_b6
Place the cursor on one corner of the block and with the left mouse button depressed, drag the cursor across the block to the opposite corner. Release the mouse. A window appears. Type in the correct measurement. My actual block measures 7” so I type in 7”. MQE_b9
The image shrinks and in the properties box, the size of the image changes too. MQE_b10
The properties box measurement is larger than 7” because it’s illustrating the size of the image – all the white/gray space that’s actually part of the image.
Now that you are viewing the block in actual size, it’s time to audition embroidery designs in the patches. This block was created for a sweet couple, Liz and Mike Tucker. The monogram font is August, the heart is Block Frill Heart (found in Embellishments) and the bird is #57488 in My Quilt Embellisher Free Designs.MQE_b12

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6 Comments on Software Saturday – The Backdrop Tool in My Quilt Embellisher

  1. Gail Beam
    February 28, 2015 at 9:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks for your easy to understand tutorial on using the quilt embellisher software.
    Gail

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  2. claudine
    March 1, 2015 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

    I love the font. You said it was August, but who is the designer of that font?

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    • eileenroche
      March 1, 2015 at 10:52 am (5 years ago)

      The font is built into the software. Just click on the Text icon and scroll through the fonts, you’ll find the August font.

      Reply
  3. Dawn Duke
    March 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Just wondering which make of machine this article refers to? I’m using a Pfaff

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  4. Carlee
    December 27, 2016 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

    All of these articles have saved me a lot of hedaechas.

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