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Meet Kim Boisson of Prairie Patchwork Co.

This month in the Longarm League, we published a coaching call featuring Kim Boisson of Prairie Patchwork Co. I sat down with her to talk about reaching a milestone goal at the end of 2023, taking a new approach with social media, and how embracing discomfort and being a lifelong learner has helped her in her business.

While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Kim to share a little more about herself and her business with our blog readers.

Without further ado, let's meet Kim...

Kim Boisson, Prairie Patchwork Co.

Located: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
In business: About 4 years
Machine and software: Handiquilter Infinity with Prostitcher
In the Longarm League: 3 years

Where to find Kim
Website: https://www.kimquilts.ca/
Instagram: @prairiepatchwork
Best way for someone to contact you for quilting? Filling out the Quilt Intake Form on my website to get the ball rolling or email me with any questions.

 

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Oil Spill Longarm Quilting Digital E2E Design

 

 

 

This is Oil Spill, a digital edge-to-edge design created for multi-directional movement!



I've always wanted to design a version of a serpentine meander. It was one of the first styles of free-motion quilting I fell in love with twenty years ago. With this design, I E-X-H-A-G-G-E-R-A-T-E-D all of the lines and curves to make it look distinct from "traditional meandering", but with the same idea at heart: varied shapes, random-looking, and not directional. 


I started playing around with this pantograph design in mid-2022 after my grandma asked me to quilt a vintage top containing "found" blocks. 

My grandma will be 91 next month. In the 1950s, when she and my grandpa were stationed at a military base in Arkansas, she was randomly given the Sunbonnet Sue blocks you see in the quilt below. Her mother (my great-grandma Estelle) added the interesting sashing made of recycled clothing.

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How to Use Extended-Width Quilting Designs with Bernina Q-matic

 

In an effort to build resources for computerized quilters, I've been looking for tutorials that explain how to set up extended-width designs with the various software options available today. Enjoli Strait of Doodle Quilting Studio created this video for setting up designs with Q-matic. She has even more resources under the Learn tab of her website linked above. Thanks so much, Enjoli! We hope it's helpful to you if you'd like to explore extended-width designs. 

The designs she uses in the demonstration video above are Royal, Fizz and Driftwood

All of the Longarm League extended-width designs come with a PDF that provides the default dimensions. If I use a size different from the default in my examples, they will be noted in the design's blog posts, shop product listings, and PDFs. If you are prone to getting thread breaks when quilting in the right-to-left direction, my files also come with L to R versions that I'd recommend using...

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How to Use Extended-Width Quilting Designs with Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher Premium

 

In an effort to build resources for computerized quilters, I've been looking for tutorials that explain how to set up extended-width designs with the various software options available today. Betsy Green of The Salty Stitcher Quilt Company created this video for setting up designs with Pro-Stitcher Premium. Thanks so much, Betsy! We hope it's helpful to you if you'd like to explore extended-width designs. 

The design she uses in the demonstration video above is Driftwood

All of the Longarm League extended-width designs come with a PDF that provides the default dimensions. If I use a size different from the default in my examples, they will be noted in the design's blog posts, shop product listings, and PDFs. If you are prone to getting thread breaks when quilting in the right-to-left direction, my files also come with L to R versions that I'd recommend using instead.

For general information about extended-width designs, read this article....

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Extended-Width Quilting Designs with Intelliquilter

 

Have you ever bought a digital quilting design and Intelliquilter freaked out when you set it up using the pantograph function?

Maybe resulting in a screen that looks like this?



Instead of the design file consisting of a single motif that gets repeated like this:

an extended-width design looks like this on your Pattern Selector screen.



In this case, the repeats are already built into the design; you just need to place and repeat the rows.

To repeat and place the rows, you must use the Block Pattern feature and NOT Pantograph when setting it up. In fact, you'll get the unquiltable display of red lines (shown in the first photo) as the software attempts to repeat/tile the 100"+ segment both across and down the quilt parameters you've set.

If you have a panto-only version of Intelliquilter, you will not be able to use extended-width designs without upgrading your software to allow block options.

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How to Use Extended-Width Quilting Designs with Gammill Statler Stitcher's CreativeStudio

 

In an effort to build resources for computerized quilters, I've been looking for tutorials that explain how to set up extended-width designs with the various software options available today. Since I couldn't quite find the one I was looking for with Gammill Statler's Creative Studio, Emily Hoppe of So Sunny Quilts created this video at my request. Thanks so much, Emily! We hope it's helpful to you if you'd like to explore extended-width designs. 


The design she uses in the demonstration video above is Rich Girl

All of my designs come with a PDF that provides the default dimensions. If I use a size different from the default in my examples, they will be noted in the design's blog posts, shop product listings, and PDFs. If you are prone to getting thread breaks when quilting in the right-to-left direction, my files also come with L to R versions that I'd recommend using instead.

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How to Use Extended-Width Quilting Designs in Quilt Path and Quilter's Creative Touch

 

In an effort to build resources for computerized quilters, I've been looking for tutorials that explain how to set up extended-width designs with the various software options available today. Since I couldn't quite find the one I was looking for with Quilt Path, Danelle Howard of Cottage Path Quilting created this video at my request. We've heard from Quilter's Creative Touch users that the screens and steps are similar enough that this tutorial will help them, too. Thanks so much, Danelle! We both hope it's helpful to you if you'd like to explore extended-width designs. 

We created a cheat sheet for you here. But if you need additional support or to get official Quilt Path resources, we suggest requesting to join the Quilt Path Central Facebook group.

The design Danelle uses in the demonstration video above is Driftwood

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Royal Extended Width Computerized Quilting Design

 

 

This is Royal, the newest extended-width digital quilting design from your friends (me) at Longarm League! 
 



Royal, as an extended-width design, operates like this:
• The first trip across the quilt will quilt the "crown elements" (aka the spiky shapes) with the circles up.
• Then, it'll quilt a straight line right to left, then stitch two more lines left to right and then right to left.
• Next, it'll stitch the same spikey shapes (circles down this time) left to right.
• This is followed by three more straight lines, ending on the left edge and ready for another repeat unless you need to stop to advance the quilt. 

This edge-to-edge quilting design would look super cute on a princess's quilt (I'm assuming you know one)! But it could also work for a Crown Royal quilt. Have you come across one? They incorporate fabric from the pouches included with Crown Royal Whiskey bottles - it's a thing. Or perhaps you get a Kansas City...

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Meet Emi Takagi Stapler of Emi and Ko Studio

This month in the Longarm League, we published a coaching call featuring Emi Takagi Stapler of Emi and Ko Studio. I sat down with her to talk about balancing her quilting business, which consists of pattern design and longarm quilting, with being a mother of four, teaching piano lessons, and adapting to military relocations. We talked about her experience at Quilt Market in Houston, thoughts on potentially starting a podcast, and how to best leverage social media for her business.

While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Emi to share a little more about herself and her business with our blog readers.

Without further ado, let's meet Emi...

Emi Takagi Stapler, Emi and Ko Studio.

Located: Colorado Springs, CO
In business: Since 2018
Machine and software: Bernina Q24 and Bernina Qmatic
In the Longarm League: Since 2022

Where to find Emi
Website: https://www.emiandkostudio.com/
Instagram: @emiandkostudio
Facebook: Emi and Ko Studio
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Essex Edge-to-Edge Digital Pantograph

 

 

 

My inspiration for this design came from the "ribbon candy" motif that—for whatever reason—always seems so effective in adding great quilting texture.

Ribbon candy is often used in custom quilting to add oomph to certain areas of a quilt top, whether it be in the patchwork or in a thin border or sashing. 



I wanted to translate that ribbon candy idea into an edge-to-edge design that would be effective regardless of the quilt pattern. 

I couldn't help but see the shape of an S in the ribbon candy, and the name Ess-Dog (from the song Jenny and the Ess-Dog by Stephen Malkmus) kept coming to mind when I was trying to name the design. But luckily, during the Christmas holiday break, Josh and I watched the entire series of the BBC show called Gavin and Stacey, and a lot of the show is set in Essex. I thought this was a much more grown-up name than Ess-Dog. :) 

I wanted to keep the repeats somewhat "contained" and...

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