|The Quilt of Valor I was working on when I took these pictures. Isn't she beautiful?|
To make my QOV quilting go smoother I've found a way that works for me. What I've done is I have taken my most popular QOV patterns and saved them as QOVStars, QOVvines, etc so I I know that these are the patterns that I've used on previous QOV. It is also helpful because most QOV quilts are about the same size usually within a few inches. Then to make the process easier I've taken and resized all my patterns so I can easily get a set number of passes (usually 4) before I have to roll my quilt. Knowing that I've done this I do not have to worry about checking before I start quilting if I have enough room on my final pass before rolling. I know I'm good to go because I've set this pattern up so it fits without needing to check to make sure I'm not going to run out of room. Nothing stinks worse than starting a pass of a pattern and then bumping into the back of your longarm and trying to pull it down to finish the pattern. It is also nice because I used to spend a lot of time moving my pattern on the screen up and down after I rolled it each time trying to figure out where I was again.
I haven't downloaded the latest Pantovision update so this is my "old fashioned" way of advancing my quilt. I load each quilt and quilt my first four rows. My first row of the 4 rows is usually a partial row where I am only quilting in the parts that are on the quilt and the pattern is actually hanging off the top of the quilt on the batting.
Each time I start a new row I mark where I start on the batting with a dot. After I complete the row I come back and line the sew head up with the dot.
Hopefully this gives you some new things to think about when you are quilting. I've found it very helpful to have resized my patterns to fit a certain number of passes on my quilting area. The time I save is definitely the time it took me to figure out how to resize my patterns to get 4 passes in each time before I rolled it to the next.
What have you done to make longarming easier for you?