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Echoed Curves Digital Pantograph Design

 

 

 

 

Introducing Echoed Curves! 



Let me tell you, I felt some internal pressure after I finished this quilt top to pick the perfect pantograph for ALL of that negative space! 

I also wanted to use this quilt to test a new design. So, I went through some sketches I'd been working on in my design software and identified this one as being complementary for the funky curves of the patchwork. I love the texture of the quilting, especially when echoed lines are used. There's a magic texture-compounding effect that happens when echoing is present.

I was so happy when I stitched this out for the first time and it worked! Not in the technical sense - I knew I could stitch it out as designed, but in a "I'm glad I made this choice" kind of work. 

Naming a design can be the hardest part for me! I have a design named Echoed Swirls, so I thought Echoed Curves would be the next in an "echoed" series, albeit four years later. ;)

The Quilt

This is the...

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Hexlow Extended-Width Digital Quilting Design

 

 

 

I started working on the Hexlow design a few years ago, but it wasn't until I made this quilt pattern called Jelly Stars by Modernly Morgan, that I knew I wanted to revisit the quilting design and get it ready for use.



If you are new to extended-width pantograph designs, I'd encourage you to visit this blog post that provides more information and help with set-up. They are different than traditional edge-to-edge designs and may require different configurations or settings with your software.

In the blog post I linked above, I explain one of the reasons why I love using extended-width designs as a format, and that's to maintain spacing throughout the design. This design just wouldn't have the same flow as a standard edge-to-edge repeat.



The Quilt

I was in Wisconsin for a quilting retreat and shopped at the Stitch Supply quilt shop located in Altoona. I picked out a jelly roll (precut 2.5" strips) from the shelf and added it to...

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Turnstiles Digital Quilting Design

 

 

 

 

Turnstiles is a simple design that delivers great texture! After I completed this top, I knew I wanted something cute and small scale to use for the quilting.




I struggled with what to call it, so I turned to social media for help and got many great ideas! Two years ago, the design we released was called May Flowers, so even though this is another May release that could very well look like a flower, I knew it needed to be something different.


Another popular name suggestion was Propeller. It makes so much sense, but since we have a design called Propel, I didn't want to confuse them. Whirligig was another popular option, but there are so many other Whirligig pantos out there! 

This is where I shout out Christi on Facebook for suggesting Turnstiles! Thanks, Christi—I liked it right away. It's one word (which I like), unique, and contains 'tiles' as part of the word, which calls back to some other name suggestions because the angled...

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Meet Susan Smith of Stitched by Susan

This month in the Longarm League, we published a coaching call featuring Susan Smith of Stitched By Susan. I last chatted with Susan in the fall of 2022, when she joined our roundtable discussion on Being Visible in Your Business.

This time around we talked about how to determine and prioritize what's most important vs what to set aside when you're running a business with multiple income streams. We also talked about her newly updated Freehand Quilting Masterclass (registration opens in the next several days), and the longarm quilting cruise(!!) she's hosting next January.

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

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

Susan Smith, Stitched By Susan

Located: Spokane, WA
In business: 9 years
Machine and software: BERNINA Q24, occasionally use Q-matic
In the Longarm League: 3 years

Where to find...

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Merge Edge-to-Edge Digital Pantograph Design

 

 

 

 

Merge was released to the membership in September 2020. Back then, I didn't have the time to write blog posts for all the new designs, so I still have some catching up to do with my early designs.




I created the Merge pantograph because I had no idea how to quilt the quilt shown below. Kamie Grangroth made that spectacular top! It is an original design of hers, which she called Merge.

Kamie is such an exciting artist and quilter! I love her use of color and design. Because of the vertical nature of the piecing, I was stumped as to which edge-to-edge design to use.

So, I took inspiration from the patchwork itself to echo some of the parallel and angled lines. 

Most longarm quilters can quilt a depth between 10-20" of space per pass, depending on the throat size of the machine, so it makes sense that most digital pantographs tend to be row-like rather than column-like.  

But not Merge!

Merge is a great...

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Requesting a new Google Business Profile Category

It's been nearly a year since one of our members (shout out to Blossom!) created a Google Business Profile community topic about the lack of an appropriate category for longarm quilters.

Within a few days, we racked up hundreds of upvotes on this topic from other longarm quilters who had the same question.

Since we haven't received any follow-ups from Google (we thought it could take several months to hear a resolution), I recently contacted Google support for help in how to proceed.

Because I contacted support while logged into my own account but was asking on behalf of our industry as a whole, this is the advice I received:

I wanted to make sure I understood what raising a ticket was and the rep explained that it was the same process I took to open a chat with support.

I'll go through these steps with you so that you can open your own ticket. There are no guarantees, but I'm hopeful that if enough quilters request this new category, Google will create it for us. If that...

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Boa Extended Width Quilting Design

 

 

 

Boa consists of a simple, repeating serpentine shape. I designed it as an extended-width file to maintain the consistent spacing of the lines throughout each row of stitching.



If you are new to extended-width pantograph designs, I'd encourage you to visit this blog post that provides more information and help with set-up. They are different than traditional edge-to-edge designs and may require different configurations or settings with your software.

This quilting design is sure to bring whimsy to any quilt top! For that reason, I think a quilt top with bright colors, children's quilts, modern quilts, or even water or snake-themed quilts would be perfect candidates for the Boa design.



The Quilt

I used the Raspberry Kiss block tutorial from Wooden Spoon Quilts to make this quilt top.

The x-shaped patchwork requires only small amounts of fabric, which gives you a lot of bang for your buck when you pair it with a high-contrast...

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Business Spotlight: Meet Julia Ward of Quilting Jules

This month in the Longarm League, we published a business spotlight call featuring Julia Ward of Quilting Jules. I sat down with her to talk about her amazing business growth over the last couple years and an upcoming cross-country move.

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

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

Julia Ward, Quilting Jules

Located: Rio Rancho, NM
In business: 2.5 years
Machine and software: Gammill longarm with Intelliquilter computer
In the Longarm League: I did the first Rookie Season in January 2021.

Where to find Julia
Website: https://www.quiltingjules.com/
Instagram: @juliamcteer
Best way for someone to request quilting? Filling out the Book a Quilt form on my website or email me with any questions.

 

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Tell us a little about your business and the services you provide at Quilting...

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Box Tie and Box Tie Extended-Width Design | Multiple digital formats bundled together

 

 

With the Box Tie design, I'm bundling file formats as I've never done before. So, if you received this as part of your membership or as part of the Digital Panto Club or purchased from our shop, please read carefully to find out what is included.
 

Box Tie is a design consisting of alternately situated hourglass shapes. Horizontal and then vertical, back to horizontal and then vertical.

I don't know what I was thinking when I named it. Instead of Bow Tie, I picked Box Tie as I was in the design process and then... never changed it. I'm not proud of this - I usually change the name to something more memorable.



But here's what I want YOU to remember about this design.

It acts as a "cheater" cross-hatching design.

Cross-hatching is notoriously difficult to execute as a longarm quilter, mostly because every row has to touch the row above and below it to make it look continuous. We try to make it look as though we marked every line on the...

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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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