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Quilt Fill

This tutorial explains how to fill empty area with Quilt fill pattern. It is also possible to fill color areas of converted background image.

Note: See also Double-click to Fill Empty Area in Editor, Fractal Fill, Redwork Fill, Celtic Knots Fill, and Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.

1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.

2 - Open some design using "File > Open" menu, for example open free design "squirrel".

3 - Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches (Picture No. 1).

1. Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches

Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches

4 - Select the "Quilt" type of filling (Picture No. 2).

2. Select Quilt fill type

Select Quilt fill type

5 - A dialog with "Quilt" fill settings will appear (Picture No. 3). Select pattern, change parameters and click "OK" button to fill clicked empty area.

3. Quilt fill settings

Quilt fill settings

Quilt Fill Settings

There are eight types of quilt fills there, with various parameters for each fill available, allowing you to create a lot of combinations:

Point distribution:

Random - Centers of quilt elements are random but covering whole filled area.

Triangle - Centers of quilt elements are distributed in triangle form.

Grid - Centers of quilt elements are distributed in grid form.

Hexagonal - Centers of quilt elements are distributed in hexagonal form.

Boundary - Centers of quilt elements are along boundary (of "squirrel" in this example).

Offset - Specify the offset from outside boundary (i.e. offset from hoop edges in this example) which is not filled.

Bounce - Specify the bounce from cavities (i.e. offset from "squirrel" in this example, because this is cavity in filled area).

Settings:

Stitch Length - Specify the stitch length.

Layers - Specify the layers (strands of thread) for stitching.

Fill Pattern:

Distance - Specify the distance between elements.

Scale - Specify the relative size of elements, multiply it with Distance to get absolute size.

Spacing - Specify the spacing between elements in some patterns.

Subset - Specify less than 100%, e.g. 80% to create two color fill with second color having smaller (80%) elements (Nestled, Regular).

Twin - Specify less than 100%, e.g. 50% to append to chosen element its twin having 50% size (Branching, Nestled, Regular).

Angle - Specify angle of element rotation, above 360 deg means random angle/random mirror (Regular).

Seed - Specify the size of first element, other will have 100%-Seed size, etc. Specify 50% to have the same size elements. (Nestled).

In Circle - Put element into circle (Nestled, Regular).

Check pictures below showing various fills:

Stipple Fill Pattern

4. Stipple fill pattern

Stipple fill pattern

Scratches Fill Pattern

5. Scratches fill pattern

Scratches fill pattern

Vine Fill Pattern

6. Vine fill pattern

Vine fill pattern

Fixed Fill Pattern

7. Fixed fill pattern

Fixed fill pattern

Branching Fill Pattern

8. Branching fill pattern

Branching fill pattern

9. Branching fill pattern, element with Twin

Branching fill pattern, element with Twin

Nestled Fill Pattern

10. Nestled fill pattern

Nestled fill pattern

11. Nestled fill pattern, element with Twin

Nestled fill pattern, element with Twin

12. Nestled fill pattern, two colors with Subset 60%

Nestled fill pattern, two colors with Subset 60%

Wanderer Fill Pattern

13. Wanderer fill pattern

Wanderer fill pattern

Regular Fill Pattern

14. Regular fill pattern

Regular fill pattern

15. Regular fill pattern, two colors with Subset 60%

Regular fill pattern, two colors with Subset 60%

Custom Elements

6 - It is possible to add custom elements for filling (valid per one session). Click button "Font Engine" (no. 1 in Picture No. 16).

Note: This feature requires registration of Font Engine Plug-in

16. Custom elements are available

Custom elements are available

7 - Select some font, e.g. "Windings" and specify which characters you want to use as custom elements. Finally, click "OK" button to add the new elements to the end of the list (no. 2 in Picture No. 16).

17. Create custom elements from TrueType font characters in Font Engine

Create custom elements from TrueType font characters in Font Engine

18. Nestled fill pattern with custom elements from Font Engine

Nestled fill pattern with custom elements from Font Engine

19. Regular fill pattern with custom elements from Font Engine rotated randomly (angle 360 deg)

Regular fill pattern with custom elements from Font Engine rotated randomly (angle 360 deg)

Boundary Element

8 - There is special element "Boundary" in the list, which is dynamically changed, based on boundary of filled area (or its cavity) (Picture No. 20).

20. Regular fill pattern with "Boundary" element and 8 mm bounce

Regular fill pattern with "Boundary" element and 8 mm bounce

Image Converted to Stitches

9 - It is possible to convert color areas in background image to stitches and fill them with Quilt patterns (Picture No. 21 and above).

Note: See also Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.

21. Image converted to contours and stitches, Regular fill pattern with multiple elements (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

Image converted to contours and stitches, Regular fill pattern with multiple elements (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

22. Image converted to stitches, Stipple fill pattern (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

Image converted to stitches, Stipple fill pattern (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

23. Image converted to stitches, Fixed width fill pattern (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

Image converted to stitches, Fixed width fill pattern (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

24. Image converted to contours and stitches, Nestled fill pattern with multiple elements (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

Image converted to contours, Nestled fill pattern with multiple elements (offset and bounce are 0 mm)

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