Trace is a digital quilting design that's built for speed!
Do you ever get quilts that come through your studio for quilting with fabrics that are so busy that you know any quilting you do will barely show up?
Quilts with busy fabrics would be the perfect use-case for a quick pantograph like Trace.
You'll get a sense of loops and multidirectional curves, but it's meant for providing background texture and does not need to be the star of the show.
Through the design process, I thought these simple loopy shapes reminded me of practicing D'Nealion when I was in elementary school. Kids probably don't get this pleasure nowadays.
It's a common refrain by this point because it seems like I only finish projects while I'm at retreat! This quilt top is no different; I started and finished it while at the same retreat. It was super easy and lots of fun!
My friend Shelly of Ma Tante Quilting made a version of this same quilt pattern...
Are you familiar with "extended width" digital quilting designs? Usually, the standard files we upload contain one repeat that's multiplied side by side across and down the quilt by our software when in pantograph mode. With extended width designs, the design itself is typically around 100" wide—give or take—with any repeating sections "built in". If you are new to this kind of design, read more here (including specific info if using Intelliquilter). The main takeaway is that they need to be set up as a block pattern.
Rich Girl is an extended width design that stitches out very quickly. The echoed lines are angled very subtly, but the diamond shapes that result amidst the lines give just the right amount of contrast in their open spaces.
This is a perfect design to use as an alternative to straight line quilting. It will unify a busy quilt top like straight lines do so well, but with a bit...
Each month in the Longarm League, we hold a coaching call with one of our members to talk about their business. This month I sat down with Elizabeth Brakenhoff of Brakenhoff Stitch Co. We talked about the challenges of running a business while also having young kids home with you, balancing a schedule of teaching classes at her local quilt shop with quilting for clients, and looking ahead to getting a second machine.
While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Elizabeth to share a little more about herself and her business with our blog readers.
Without further ado, let's meet Elizabeth...
Located: Merriam, Kansas
In business: 2 years in July
Machine and software: I use a Gammill Statler Stitcher
In the Longarm League: I joined Rookie Season for the April 2021 class, and loved the content so much that I joined Longarm League right after.
Each month in the Longarm League, we hold a coaching call with one of our members to talk about their business. This month I sat down with Chris Batten of Looped Quilting Studio. You may remember meeting Chris last fall, when I talked with her and Erin Case of Birch Tree Creative about the benefits of working with a Virtual Assistant.
I always love getting the chance to have follow-up coaching calls with our members to chat about how their business has changed and evolved since the last time we talked, and look at where they want to go next in their business, and my call with Chris was no exception.
In our latest discussion we covered a range of topics including the history of her business, changing her service offerings, work / life boundaries, and the freedom of shedding false expectations of who she needs to be on Instagram.
While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Chris to share with our blog...
Each month in the Longarm League, we hold a coaching call with one of our members to talk about their business. This month I sat down with Emily Denkers of Sew Em Quilting. We talked about her success in building up her longarm quilting business over the past year while working another full time job, her plans to eventually move to longarming full time, quilt photography, and more.
While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Emily to share a little more about herself and her business with our blog readers.
Without further ado, let's meet Emily...
Located: Fielding, UT
In business: 1 year
Machine and software: Babylock Crown Jewel 3 with Pro-Stitcher
In the Longarm League: Since January 2023
Tread Lightly is named as such because of an embossed design I came across on Pinterest that looked like shoe tread... I don't think it was, but it very much could be, don't you think?
'Tread lightly' is also a key phrase used in a pivotal moment in the series Breaking Bad. Since we watched that series again with our teenagers recently, it was fresh in my mind. Oh boy—on the last watch-through, I really hated Walter White! But that's a topic for another day.
Oh yes, back to "shoe tread". This design is sort of like a simplified serpentine meander with a well-placed circle within each shape. The alternating blob directions—pointing up and then down—make for an interesting way to fill space and result in easy-to-nest rows.
It's always nice to have some wiggle room when realigning an edge-to-edge design.
The design is quirky and fun and would be great for kids quilts or any modern top. I was so excited to use it on this vintage top...
Each month in the Longarm League, we hold a coaching call with one of our members to talk about their business. This month I sat down with Kim Tocci of Quigley's Quilts. We talked about the importance her website and Google Business Profile have had in building her clientele, her soon-to-be-completed purchase of a second longarm, and her plans for the future.
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...
Located: Broomfield, CO
In business: 3 years
Machine and software: APQS Millie with QuiltPath
In the Longarm League: 2 years
First thing's first. It's pronounced shandy.
I didn't want to spell it with an "s" because I think the descending circles give off big chandelier energy and wanted to maintain that attribute as part of the name. Also, I believe there are other chandelier named pantographs, so Chandy seemed like a fun way to distinguish this one.
As far as other design attributes, this pattern features repeated lines at opposing angles and at different intervals that provide interesting texture. Throw in some circles, and you get a dynamic result!
The interplay of the rows is central to the design, so make sure to read the technical details before using this digital pantograph.
True story: I stitched probably a good 20" of another design (that I'll release soon) on this quilt before I decided it was all wrong and unpicked everything. It actually could have been cute at a smaller scale, but against the simple shapes of the patchwork, I...
Hi everyone! Cheryl here, Executive Assistant at the Longarm League (that's me kneeling down in the red Longarm League sweatshirt in the photo below). I'm taking over the blog today to recap my first trip to QuiltCon! Later in the post we're also highlighting several of our members' thoughts on the show. There's lots to dive into, so grab your favorite beverage (coffee anyone? ) and settle in for a fun read.
I’ve wanted to go to QuiltCon for years, but it was either not in the budget, wrong timing, you name it. So when Jess mentioned the idea of vending last summer and asked what I thought, I was 110% in!
Planning for QuiltCon
Months before heading to the show we started planning and working on all the backend stuff, like renting the booth and planning / designing how we’d set it up. In my past corporate life I used to manage the tradeshows my company vended at, so it was fun to revisit tasks like mocking up and designing a...
This week our Longarm League and Digital Panto Club members are getting a bonus design in their inboxes from Heather Derksen of Red Willow Quilts. Meet Petal Pursuit! You can buy it here in Heather's shop.
The initial iteration of this design had twice as many circles but required precise alignment between rows. However, with a bit of tweaking I was able to create a design with only a small amount of backtracking. It has the same feeling I set out to create with a small space between rows to reduce the difficulty of the alignment.
This design is set up with rows being offset, leaving a small gap between the rows. As I mentioned, there is a small amount of backtracking, but it sits right in the middle of the ‘flower’ design and shouldn’t pose too many problems as it’s not overstitching previous rows.
Specifications for this stitch out test are as follows:
Row Height: 3.25”
Rows are offset by 50%
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