pantographs

  • The Best of ...

    Welcome back to our new series called The Best Of ... !

    Every month we'll introduce to  you one of our designers, and they'll share their very Best's.  This March are thrilled to acquaint you with, Leisha Farnsworth and her "best of"!

    Leisha Farnsworth
    Best Quilting Tool ...
    My favorite quilting tool is my own circle set rulers, called Circle2, which come in a set of 6.
    Best Inspiration ...
    I get inspired everywhere I look. From color to texture to fabrics to patterns, inspiration is out there if you look for it.
    Best time to quilt ...

    I would love to only quilt during the day and be done...however evenings after dinner, I get the most uninterrupted work done.

    Best project ever ...

    I’m working on a hexagon flower quilt using the English paper piecing method, which I started back in the summer of 2015.  I have recently finished everything but the edge pieces.  Now it’s time to lay it out and sew the flowers together.
    Best Day Off ...
    I love Sunday’s every week.  I don’t work on Sunday’s so I can recharge by going to church and spending time with my family, which helps me continue to do what I love.
    Best advice I’ve ever been given ...
    Take care of yourself, so you can give to those who need you.  And do be afraid of using the word “no”.
    Best advice I can give ...
    Don’t let someone ... anyone ... tell you that you can’t do something.  If you have dreams, go for them!  Figure out what you need to do, to make them a possibility.  If it gets hard or you fail, don’t give up.
    Best Road Trip ...
    One of my favorite road trips was from northern Virginia (where I was living at the time), to upstate New York, to Boston, to New York City, and then back home.
    Best thing about quilting ...
    For me the most rewarding thing about quilting is seeing how much my clients love the quilts they made, after they are quilted.
    Best Place to Visit ...
    I’ve visited places all over the USA and a few places outside of the country... however my all time favorite place would be at a lake that is about an hour away from where I live.

    Birchwood Pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth

    Although Leisha has been sewing since she was a child, her love for making quilts started in her early 20's.  In the summer of 2005, she started machine quilting her own quilts.  Soon the word got out and she started quilting for others.  In 2014 Leisha started co-designing paper and digital machine quilting designs, with Patricia Ritter from Urban Elementz, which has been an incredible opportunity.  Even with 13+ years of machine quilting experience, she still loves learning new things.
    Leisha has also taught one on one and group machine quilting classes, and loves teaching her students the techniques that have helped her in her machine quilting career.  She recently released her own circle ruler set of 6, called "Circle2".
    While quilting is her passion, she also enjoys water skiing, playing the piano, cooking, and spending time with her family.  She has 10 nieces and nephews, and being their aunt is her very favorite thing.  Leisha lives in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, and thanks God for the talents He has blessed her with.  She is excited to see what comes next.  Her three best selling pantographs are Marmalade, Birchwood and Bubble Wrap - Double Take.
    *NOTE:  You can find Leisha's ruler's on her website quiltingit.com.
    Marmalade Pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth
  • The Best Of ...

    Welcome to our new series called The Best Of ... !

    Every month we'll introduce to  you one of our designers, and they'll share their very Best's.  To kick off our first month, we are thrilled to acquaint you with, Valerie Smith and her "best of" list.

    Valerie Smith

     

      Best Quilting Tool: Seam Ripper. We all make mistakes!
       Best Inspiration: Quilt Shows!
       Best Time to Quilt: Early in the morning. I am an early bird and get my best work down 5 or 6 in the morning.
       Best Project Ever: Whatever I am working on at the time.
       Best Day Off: The day after a big "whoops". We all need breaks even from the things we love. Then get back to it!
       Best Advice You Ever Received: "That's nothing anyone on a horse galloping by would notice" - Gal from my old quilt guild.  Let up on your mistakes and enjoy your beautiful creation.
       Best Advice Ever Given: Do what brings you joy!
       Best Road Trip: Hmmm ... my best road trip is yet to come! I don't travel much with small children, but I did take a trip to Gatlinburg, TN.  That was a lot of fun.
       Best Thing About Quilting: You get something cozy when you're done.
       Best Place to Visit: The quilt shop!
    Valerie has been quilting for more than 30 years, and many of her designs have been published in national publications.  She lives in the northeast corner of Ohio, on the shores of Lake Eerie, with her husband and four children.  Two of her most popular pantographs designs are Lather, Rinse, Repeat and Deja Vu.
  • Delicious Digitizing!

    By Natalie Gorman and Jessica Schick

     

    Did you know that just because you can find the same edge-to-edge pantograph design on multiple sites, it doesn’t mean that all digital and paper pantographs are created equal?

    How so?

    Let’s first talk about how the pantograph "cake is baked.”  A designer draws a design with a trusty pencil and paper. Digitizers then trade in pencil and paper for mouse and monitor, and virtually recreate the continuous line drawing from start to endpoint.

    Oh – how we wish we could just scan in a drawing and – voila – the design in done! Instead, we meticulously work on each design to assure everything that’s stitched by your computerized quilting system is impeccable. What you see in our online images is what you get on your quilt. No additives or preservatives!

    The Perfect Pantograph Recipe

    Every single detail that is digitally drawn will stitch when you use the design. If the design looks messy with wobbles, inaccurate points, egg shaped circles, flat spots, and rows that don’t interlock, that's what you'll get. When you’ve worked so hard to piece together straight seams and perfect points, messy quilting is more disastrous that spilling red wine on a white dress.

    Below are two versions of the same design, Sonata (by Jessica Schick*), showing two examples of digitizing:
    * Example 2 digitized by Jessica Schick/Urban Elementz

     

    Example 1:

    A - Feathers have flat spots, angles and divots
    B - Curls are uneven and appear squished
    C - Wonky curves that will stitch wobbly
    D - The leaves have rounded angles/tips instead of sharp points
    E - When rows are put together, there are gaps

     

    Example 2:

    A. Curls and feathers are rounded and smooth
    B. Sharp points
    C. Smooth lines and curves free of divots and wobbles
    D. Parallel curves for clean nesting
    E. Fully fills the spaces between rows

     

    So while you might be able to get designs from a number of places, we are committed to providing you the cleanest, most carefully digitized designs possible. Like a 5 star restaurant, we carefully prepare every ingredient of the design. From the smoothness of the lines, to the way the designs evenly fill space, every detail is going to be stunning. Your quilt will be delicious.

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