oad patterns from the library. You will be asked for < LOADING >
the grid type you are interested in and then you will < FROM >
see a list of the files of that type on the disk .If you < LIBRARY >
do not see the file you want or for any other reason
want to abort the load, simply type "A" at that prompt
and then continue. Otherwise, hit any key. Use the name
of the file -without - the extension when prompted for
pattern name- that is, STAR or CARDTRIK. You will also
be shown the files that are on the B drive if any
exists. These are loaded by typing b:filename. If you
misspell a filename or it simply isn't there you will get
a "file not found" error message and another chance to
type the name. After you load the first file, you will be
asked if you wish to continue loading that type of block.*
This is because very often you want to combine the same
type of blocks. When you have loaded the blocks you want,
type "END" to return to the Edit Menu.
aint a pattern. This option enables you to add color < ADDING >
to your design. If you are using QUILT.EXE, you will be < COLOR >
able to paint in four colors including the background
color. You will be asked to choose which pattern you wish
to paint. Then that block will appear on the screen and
the little pointer again. Simply move the pointer into the
space you want to paint and press the number you wish to
paint with. Numbers 2 and 3 and 0 can be changed as you go
along but- Number 1 is permanent since the block is drawn-
-in color number 1. This is true of color 6 also.- I have
also included colors 4 though 9 which are variations on
the four basic colors available to the IBMPC. This is
simply to add a little variety and I think more of a
fabric look in the bargain. If you wish to change to the
other palette , type "C". Type "B" to try other background
colors.(See below for color differences on the JR).The
pattern you paint will become a new block so you still
have your original unpainted block if you wish to try
different colorings. You can use the rotating feature
within the block to quickly paint a symmetrical block.
Paint the upper left hand corner of the block. Now either
lip or otate to finish painting. When you press
, you will be asked if you wish to save the painted
If you do save it , you will then be asked if you want < REVERSING >
to reverse the colors. You will also be able to save < COLOR >
this block and create some interesting patterns with the
reverse colorings. However remember that you cannot
repaint any reversed patterns. All patterns to be
painted must have the Cyan or Green grid depending on
which palette you are working with. If you attempt to
repaint a reversed pattern the paint will leak and flood
the screen. However you can use the edit option and
redraw the lines in green and then paint them again.
rase blocks from memory. This option is added because < ERASE >
of the nine block limit. Often you find you have nine < BLOCKS >
blocks that you are tired of working with but every time
you draw or load you have to substitute your new block for
one of the nine. If you have saved the blocks you care
about or the whole page, and you choose this option, all
the blocks currently in memory sill be erased and you will
have a clean slate to work on. You are given a second
chance before this happens but use this option carefully
none the less. At this point, you can try saving your whole
screen of blocks (SAVE TO DISK above) and THEN erasing what
you have. These can be loaded up again using the option
on the EDITMENU.
On the PCjr, all the above is true except that you have < JR COLOR >
the option of 16 colors to paint with. I have drawn the
block in number 7 (light gray) so that is the color that
will be unchangeable and is indicated on the color list.
You do not have the option to change background but
may change individual colors during the quilt design
iles- this will show you all the files on the disk. < DIRECTORY >
You can also use the "dir" command when you are back to
the system. Any new blocks you create and save will
appear in addition to the ones included with the disk.
-Loading a Days Work- This will allow you to load those < LOAD >
files mentioned earlier with the extension .day. These are < SCREEN >
whole screens of blocks that you saved earlier. Because < OF BLOCKS >
of this they will override anything now in memory, so you
should save what you now have if you like it. (Again, you
do get a second chance here.) When the screen is loaded,
you will be asked the number of blocks on the screen so the
program can keep track of the count. These blocks can now
be played with as any others and can be saved individually
if you want.
otate or flip one block- you will be asked which block < ROTATING >
you wish to flip (as in the paint option). The block will < BLOCKS >
appear on the screen. If you press , the block will be
flipped horizontally,-vertically. If you choose to
otate the block, you will be asked how many rotations
(1,2, or 3). In other words, for each number, the block
will be turned 90 degrees. Think of taking your graph
paper and turning it in all four directions. At any
point, if you like the new block and wish to add it to
your collection, simply press .
As I have mentioned, you have room to create or load up < NINE >
to nine blocks at a time. After you have reached the < BLOCK >
limit and make the tenth, you will be asked which block < LIMIT >
you want to give up. At this point you will be able to
save the old block to disk if you wish. If you have
created something wonderful, it is probably a good idea to
save it to disk before you forget and turn the computer
off or there is a power-out!
If you now go back to the Main Menu (press "M") and press < QUILTS! >
"Q" , you will see all the designs you have on hand and
will be able to choose two of them to design with. The
program will prompt you to input pattern # 1 and pattern
# 2 . Choose any of the blocks you have designed or
painted or rotated.You will then see combinations of
these two. You can switch to other blocks by pressing "R",
and change palette by pressing "C"or background with "B".
Although it is not indicated on the screen, if you press
"P", you can paint the whole quilt at this point.
Sometimes you will want to see how two blocks go together
before going to the trouble of painting them and for some
people, it is easier to paint the whole quilt at once.
There are two advantages to this. One, you may want to
paint different areas of the quilt in different colors for
different effects. Two, you can et the two upper hand
left blocks and add them to your collection. More about
this in Felt Board Design.
You can save any of these designs to disk by pressing "S". < SAVING >
You will then be prompted for the name of the quilt < WHOLE >
(remember file names can be only eight letters long) and < QUILTS >
a description of the block. You can type up to the line
above the quilt name. When you hit the quilt
will then be saved. Again, these disk files are quite
large so it may be useful to save to a separate disk (you
can use the b: option when prompted for a name) You should
be able to print any of these designs at this point by
using the prtSc function if you loaded graphics before
loading QUILT.EXE. If you want to remove the text from the
screen before printing press Fn1 before pressing PrtSc.
The instructions can be returned by pressing any key.
On the junior, if you press "P", you can replace any < MORE JR >
color with another color. This will cause a temporary < COLOR >
palette change. The next time you paint a block, the
palette will revert to normal and these color changes
will be lost. This is just to enable you to see how you
can vary the idea with color. You may also change the
middle block to add more variety to your design. Press
"M" and you will be prompted for a number of a block to
substitute in the center. This, of course, must be a
block you have already designed or loaded into memory.
You may try several different middle blocks and then
proceed on to more designs. This option may be useful in
designing medallion type quilts.
<4> and 7 patch designs. Because of the restraints of the < 4 AND 7 >
system, 4 and 7 patch blocks are drawn in a smaller square. < PATCH >
They will still appear with your other blocks but if you < DESIGN >
want to see nine of them (without spaces) you must choose
- This is similar to the rotation option above < FLIPS >
except that at this point you will see four blocks
either otated or lipped or n-point.The main
purpose here is to allow you to create some new
geometric designs. You can use the Fn1 option to remove
the words from the screen if you wish to print any of
these designs. You can also use the "S" key to save
these screens in the same way as you saved whole quilts
above. These quilts may be loaded with oad whole
quilt function and redesigned and painted. An fun thing
to do when rotating one of the larger blocks (3,5,6
patch) is to tell the program it is a 4-patch. The
resulting design will overlap sometimes in very
* hole quilt design- This option works in a similar < FELT >
fashion to the option except that it allows you to < BOARD >
design the whole quilt surface at once instead of in < DESIGN >
blocks. This could be useful for designing medallion
type quilts or for people who have become accustomed to
"felt board" type designing. Within this option, you can
paint as before and save to disk. When you hit ,
you will be prompted if you want to save to disk. These
quilts will not be saved in memory due to memory
limitations so it is wise to save to disk if you have
anything you may want to go back to. You do now have the
option of saving two blocks from the quilt (the top two
which would normally be blocks one and two on your block
screen.) This option was mainly created so that you could
use the two blocks from a quilt loaded from disk but may
also be handy in the design phase. You may want to work
with the whole quilt for a while and then take these < SAVING >
parts form it and see what they do with other blocks. < WHOLE >
After saving to disk, press any key to continue. You < QUILT >
will still have the option of designing some more,
painting etc. This occurs so that you don't lose your
quilt if something goes wrong with the save, a full disk
or a bad file name for example. If you do not get an
error message your file should be saved. Press any key
oad finished quilt- this option operates much like the < LOADING >
load function on the Edit Menu. You will see a list of < WHOLE >
files on both drives of whole quilts. These may be loaded < QUILTS >
into memory, reworked, printed and saved again. If you opt
to paint or design, you will be asked for a grid type. This
is so that PCQUILT knows where to move the arrows as you
are designing. If you have forgotten the grid type, you can
figure it out by counting the spaces between the lines and
dividing by three. (e.g. a three-patch will have nine
spaces, a four-patch, twelve). If you do not change the
design in anyway there is no need to save it again. If you
do change it you may wish to rename it when saving it.
Otherwise DOS will write the new quilt over the other one.
A few more words about the esign choice: If you press 0 < HELPFUL >
when prompted for a grid, you will of course have no grid < HINTS >
lines and the cursor arrow will move one space a time.
This allows for really free form drawing which naturally
can be the hardest to do and get right. With this option,
you could draw your own grid.
If you choose a grid type but not to have it show, the
cursor will move as if the grid were there (which is in
divisions of the grid spacing divided by two). This option
is there so that you do not have to have all the extraneous
grid lines but can still have a hidden structure if you
want or need it. Later this grid can be added to the design
to see the structure which is helpful in determining actual
When you are entering a letter or a number, you may get the
message, "? Redo from start". This is BASIC's way of saying
that you didn't enter what it expected or it didn't
understand your input. Simply type the number or letter
again making sure you are giving a number if it wants a
number or a letter if that is what is asked for.
I have tried to capture and deal with all errors that might
come up but you may see the message "error hit any key". If
it causes great problems, please let me know, along with
what you were doing when the error occurred.
Recommended books with traditional and original patterns to
Beyer,Jinny.-Patchwork Patterns.- Mclean,Virginia:EPM
Patchwork Patterns.- Mclean,Virginia:EPM
Brackman,Barbara.- Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.-
Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.-
Hopkins, Mary Ellen.-The It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book-
The It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book-
Westminster, California:Burdett Publications,1982.
Gutcheon,Beth.-The Perfect Patchwork Primer.-New
The Perfect Patchwork Primer.-New
Martin,Judy.-Patchworkbook.-New York:Chas.Scribner's Sons,1983.
Patchworkbook.-New York:Chas.Scribner's Sons,1983.
I have included the following questions to help me ascertain
what problems exist in the program and what improvements
would be desirable. I would also like to gather more
information on which computers it works on as well as
printers. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to
jot down any errors you come across as you are working with
the program or any particular problems you have as you go
along. After you have used the program for a while, I would
like to hear what improvements you suggest ( and of course,
what you liked about the program). If I am able to make the
improvements or solve the problems, I will send you an
updated disk. I appreciate any help that I can get to improve
this program. Thank you.
Please return to: Nina Antze
7061 Lynch Rd.
Sebastopol, Ca 95472
WHAT COMPUTER ARE YOU USING? PLEASE INCLUDE NUMBER OF DISK DRIVES, TYPE OF
GRAPHICS CARD, ANY OTHER ENHANCEMENTS AND MEMORY.
WHICH PRINTER DO YOU USE?
WERE YOU ABLE TO PRINT OUT YOUR DESIGNS?
(IF POSSIBLE, SEND SAMPLE.)
PROBLEMS OR ERRORS THAT YOU FOUND:
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
HAS THIS PROGRAM HELPED YOU IN A PRACTICAL WAY IN DESIGNING QUILTS?
( I would of course love to see any slides or pictures of quilts
or work in progress actually designed with this program.)
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN AN UPDATE (at a nominal fee) IF YOUR
SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS WERE INCLUDED ?