PANTOGRAPH / ROLL PATTERN SIZES:
Most patterns ordered at 7-15" height will be 1 a single row, 4-6" height will be 2 rows each whatever height is ordered, and those ordered below 4" height will usually have 3 or more rows. These arows are in addition to the partial rows that we print in gray for registration purposes.
If you order an 11” roll pattern you will probably get paper that is actually 13” wide, but the pattern itself is 11”height. This doesn’t include any spacing between rows, etc. Roll patterns are generally 140-144” long depending on pattern repeat.
Roll patterns are measured in actual size of pattern, blocks have a little breathing room.
The height is measured from the highest point of the pattern to the lowest point of the pattern so for patterns that are undulating & nest together, the row/pattern size takes into account the entire space that the pattern takes up. Please see example below.
The partial rows that we print on the top & bottom of the roll fill in the space in a “valley” of a pattern. These partial rows are printed just as guidelines for registration.
A double row pattern is printed on our smaller row sizes so that the customer gets two rows of the pattern repeats. Especially useful if the pattern is show with a horizontal offset from row 1 to row 2. In other words the rows are staggered. Some of these have partial rows at top & bottom, so do not. It depends on the pattern. You may order a different size by entering the size you would like in the notes section of the order page. Please be aware of the recommended size range posted on the image, as we do not accept returns on items that are printed outside of the sizing recommendations.
Here is a way to see what size pattern you would like. Decide what size pattern roll you think that you want to stitch, for example a 10” pattern. Please look at the picture on the screen (before purchasing), Now count the number of lines that you would cross if you count vertically along the pattern, for example you have a meander that you are looking at & you can count crossing 12 lines as you count. If you want an average of 1" between lines of quilting then you should order a 12" pattern ht, a little smaller if you like it a little closer, a little bigger if you want it more open. This eliminates the need to determine what people mean by a “dense” or “open” pattern as that can be pretty subjective. What I consider open might be really dense to another person, depending on what I like. The sizing recommendations are just what seems to be the most popular range of sizes ordered and what we think looks good while remaining pretty average.
Some patterns will have a different range of sizes that can be ordered than others because we’ve found that there were some customers who would grossly over size the patterns to the point where they were actually very difficult to quilt – For example a double row of 4” patterns that ended up with the quilting lines being about ¼” apart, or a sashing pattern that was requested at 15”, which put about 5” between quilting lines, which is simply not appropriate for the pattern. We’ve tried to eliminate this issue whenever we come across it to make it easier for ordering without taking all the options away from our customers, in order to serve a wider range of choices & machine models. A final note on ordering from our site is to really look at the pattern that you want to buy & make sure that it’s something that you can & want to do with a laser or stylus. There are some that are very beautiful & intricate but I wouldn’t try to do them by following a paper pattern. We have customers that still want these patterns in paper because they choose to trace them onto the quilt for borders, etc or Wholecloth, so we decided to keep offering them. So please look to make sure that you can see a clear path of quilting with minimal backtracking if you plan to follow them with a laser or stylus. If they are complex & you still can’t resist them, then plan on tracing it more like you would for complex block or Wholecloth designs. --- Not trying to scare you offer, but some of the patterns are seductive and they tend to end up being printed & then maybe never used because they are very complex.
Another option on our sites is for you to order digital files that can be found on our digital venue (BLUE LOGO on landing page) that you can print out from your own home printer. These have the following benefits:
• You can size & print them as you need for each quilt. No buying duplicate patterns in different sizes
• You save a ton on shipping patterns
• You don’t have to wait for the pattern to be printed & shipped. It can be downloaded instantly so you can use it right away
• If you ever plan on getting a computerized system you will not have to repurchase the patterns if you keep the additional digital quilting formats that come packaged together with the graphics files that can be resizes & printed
Drawbacks of ordering this way:
• You do have to spend a small amount of time resizing & printing the pattern.
• You will most likely have to tape pages together unless you have a printer that you can banner print on, or you can also take the PDF file to your local print shop & they will print the roll on the spot. Costs some, but still saves on time & shipping costs.
Personally, I would always choose to order digital formats & print out the pattern if I even remotely had thought about adding a computerized system in the future. This is what I used to do with my own patterns before we started with the computer assisted quilting machines about 6 years ago.
If you have any further questions please let me know. I’d be happy to help.