The Building Block Bar

Generations’ Building Block Bar is amazing! It’s a repository of objects you can use in your designs. It comes with a number of items, but the best part is that you can save your own. For example, I’m currently working on a font called Midnight Constellations (as if you didn’t know that already). Every letter has at least one star. The stars are tilted at different angles and of different sizes, but they are pretty much the same across the board.


Maybe we should insert a cautionary tale here. When I first started adding things, I made a chain of mistakes that resulted in my losing everything. I could have gotten it back by reinstalling, but then I would have lost the items I had added.

  • This is Tammy. She didn’t read the manual. Don’t be like Tammy.
  • If something does go wrong, the files are located in the Super Tech folder on your hard drive. The full path is Super Tech\Generations\BuildingBlock (no ‘s’ on the end). If you make a mistake, it’s very likely that the files are still there, but Generations can’t find them because the file structure has changed. As long as you get them back in the BuildingBlock folder, they should work.

To add building blocks to your collection,

  1. Either create the object in a new page, or copy and paste it onto a new page. (You can have more than one object, but everything on the page will be saved as a grouped building block.) In my case, I drew a complex fill star, added a border and applied embossing. I also adjusted my stitch directions and ins and outs, and applied the colors I planned to use.
  2. Go to Accessories > Building Block > Save Building Block.
  3. A window will open showing all the tabs in your Building Block collection. Select the tab under which you want the item to be saved.
  4. If you want to create a new tab, right-click in the list and choose one of the options.
    1. Insert page lets you add an existing folder (in the Super Tech\Generations\BuildingBlock folder) to the list. It also functions as an “unhide” if you have previously hidden a page.
    2. Hide page lets you remove a page from the Building Block Bar. You might need to do this when you have so many tabs that you can’t read them, or if they are just in the way. You get it back again with Insert Page.
    3. Add page allows you to type the name of the new tab.
    4. Del page deletes the page, but not the folder or the files (as far as I can tell). You can add them back later.
  5. The name of the first file in the folder will be displayed. You’ll need to change this unless you intend to replace your first file. It will warn you if you are about to overwrite a file.
  6. Click Okay.
  7. If you were on the tab to which you saved the file, it won’t show up until you go to another tab and come back.

You can also insert, hide, add and delete pages by right-clicking on a tab in the Building Block Bar. However, you can’t save items by dragging them to the bar.

Once you have a building block saved, you can drag it onto the screen whenever you need it. You can edit it just like any other object. It’s like copying and pasting or merging a file in just one step. It’s a huge time-saver.

You can rename the tabs, but I don’t see a way to rearrange them. If you hide a tab and then insert it back, it goes to the end of the list, so if you were absolutely determined to change the order, you could do it that way.


Midnight Constellations CHere’s the next letter of the Midnight Constellations Font.

You are welcome to use these file to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files. Be sure to test first.

Midnight Constellations C 3″

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