I have just figured it out. My first misunderstanding was that the boundingRect()'s coordinates must be (-0.5,-0.5) which means they are relative to the current item's position and not absolute on the Scene. and so this is the correct one: QRectF GIPoint::boundingRect() const { // return QRectF(pos().x(), pos().y(), 5, 5); return QRectF(-0.5, -0.5, 5, 5); } My second misunderstanding was in paint(). Do not use the pos() or scenePos() coordinates in order to draw the item. Instead draw it at (0,0). So the corrected paint() is this: void GIPoint::paint( QPainter *painter, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget ){ (void )option; (void )widget; QRectF rect = boundingRect(); qWarning() << "painting: scenePos " << scenePos() << ", rect " << rect; QBrush brush = QBrush(Qt::black, Qt::SolidPattern); painter->fillRect(rect, brush); //painter->drawRect(rect); } The original program in my question still needs to be modified. Or shall I edit the changes in?