Jacket / Vest Project: quilting

Hi everyone,

Today I finished the layout in Art and Stitch, changed the sewing order by moving the patterns in the Sequence View panel assigned stitches and sent it to my quilt system -
as one pattern, even though it was larger than the 20 inch throat space. During the quilt process, I have paused the machine, kept the needle down and rolled the quilt. Then realigned and proceeded. Very easy to do.
I have stitched the sample and will finish it, so that I can adapt the final version.

It will be a week before I have time to finish it, but so far I am happy with the outcome :)



Jacket / Vest Project: playing with designs

Hi everyone,

Here's a little update of my Jacket/Vest project. Today I had again some time to play with the layout of the back in Art and Stitch. Most of it is ready. Every color (except for the yellow flowers) is a continuous pattern now. I only have to connect these flowers and then it is ready to be quilted. I plan to do freemotion through the contours of the pattern, to compensate for any draw-in caused by the quilting. Once it is off the system, I will put the paper pattern on it to cut it out.
Having fun here :)

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Art and Stitch and Electric Quilt

Hi everyone,

I just finished a movie showing how to export images from a quilt top in Electric Quilt and use them in our Art and Stitch software to layout a full quilt for your longarm quilt system.

Hope you like it!


P.S.: the movie can also be watched at our artandstitch.tv website, tab Special Techniques:


Jacket / Vest Project: playing with designs

Hi everyone,

Here's a little update. I have locked the vest pattern to the design page so that I cannot accidentally resize or move it and now I am playing with the layout of the vest pattern. I have placed various designs and I will keep moving them around, probably draw some tulips. When the rough layout is finished I am going to connect the various parts, to be sewn in two passes. Main part first and the feather border last.



How to design a quilted vest

Hi everyone,

I am working on a new project: a sleeveless jacket/vest, quilted with freemotion style patterns. Here's the step by step so far.

1. Take your favorite jacket/vest pattern and place it on a cutting board, or anything else with a grid showing. Place a ruler plus measurement tape straight on the pattern (this will be your reference/resizing help line)

2. Make a photo of it and be sure that the grid measurements are showing. Pattern must be straight on the board, photo must be taken in a straight angle, so that the measurements are not skewed or distorted.

3. Open the photo as a Backdrop in Art and Stitch. Draw a straight line over the ruler in the photo, for example from zero to 11.5. Select and Resize that straight line in Properties Panel > tab Transform, so that it becomes the actual size the ruler is showing (in this example I used 11.5). Before hitting Apply look at the percentage of this resizing.
Select the Backdrop by clicking on the Backdrop tool in the Artwork toolbar and resize it by the same percentage (Properties > Transform). Now the background image is the actual size. Make it a little lighter - is easier to trace.

4. Take the Line or Curve tool and trace the pattern piece. Save. I also saved it via menu Tools > Save Custom Shape in my own folder. That way I can make tons of jackets using this "Custom Shape".

Repeat for all pattern pieces.

5. Open a new design page and open the first pattern piece. Start filling with designs! I started by putting some feather designs (from the Custom Shapes Library > folder Judy Allen Feathers) at the edges of the pattern.

6. I opened a photo of my own freemotion work as a backdrop. I am going to trace and draw my freemotion patterns inside my vest pattern and let the computer stitch it for me. That way I am sure that the stitchout is perfect and it will still be my very own freemotion design :)

Your ideas, tips and help how to get my jacket perfect are more than welcome !


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I can't draw - class handout and videos uploaded

Hi everyone,

Our webinar of last Saturday (feb 26 2011) was a "full house"! It was fun to show how quick and easy you can turn your doodles into beautiful quilt patterns with our Art and Stitch vector drawing software.

Meanwhile I have uploaded the videos of all three techniques shown in Saturday's class, a class handout and as requested during the webinar, the set of my doodle quilting patterns.

Take a look on page:


Print the doodle page in the class handout a couple of times and start doodling. Remember, just one rule: start on one sharp point of the triangle and end in the other sharp point. Then let Art and Stitch do the hard work for you.

If you don't have the program yet, get it here:

Hope to *see* you again in the next webinar.