Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday Tech - Pantostacker - Basic Mode - Nest and Fit

This week we are going to start looking at the Pantostacker - Basic Mode.  So far, this is the mode that I use most often.  For this demo I am using a Panto by Dawna Sanders called Hilton.  This is one of my favorite pantos, it creates great movement on quilts!

I put in a quilt that is 42x60, selected Basic Mode and then Selected Hilton.  I then put in 5 Pattern repeats and 6 rows.  I did this so that it would be roughly 10 inches high for each row, because I know that when I stretch the length of the rows, it is going to add to the row height.  I added the repeats to make them close but did not change the shape of the pattern.  Without touching the nesting or fit, this is what it looked like on my screen.

Notice at the bottom of the screen there is an information bar.  It tells me that my pattern is Hilton.gpf, my nest is set to Width, my wrap is set to Horizontal and Vertical and the size of my pattern.  

Over the next couple posts, we will be exploring the nest options.  I want to make sure that we really understand what they do and still make the post short enough that you will stick with me to the end of them.  For this post we are going to concentrate on two buttons.  The top next button and the Length fit button in the pink box on the right.  

Right now the Nest button is set to evenly space the patterns across the width of your quilt.  For this pattern that is not very aesthetically pleasing.  When I tap on the button once it changed to fitting the pattern across the top of the quilt, without any partial patterns.  
My nest is now set to nest-fit. The top circle on the button is selected and there pattern now files most of the quilt top.  For this pattern that leaves large unquilted areas at the ends of both rows.  This still is not the look I am going for.  I want the entire quilt top quilted, from edge to edge and top to bottom.  So let's tap the Nest button again.  
Now we have the rows looking the way I want them too.  Notice that there are now partial repeats, shown in pick at both ends of the row.  The next thing I will do is tap the size button and enlarge the rows until the are the space is removed between the rows.  
Now the rows will not be as noticeable, when quilted, but I still want to take care of the space at the top and bottom of the quilt that is not being quilted.  So deselect the Fit length button.

 I now have pink partial rows on the top and bottom.  Time to tap Quilt by Rows and start quilting.  



  1. Once you have nested your patterns, then how do you line up the second row manually? Does the top of the 2nd row still line up with the bottom of the first row?

    1. Jeannie,

      If there is enough room in my safe area, Quilt Path will tell me I can fit the next row in and will automatically do so. I just need to optimize if necessary. I normally will tap on my toolbox botton and will have Quilt Path move the machine to the start point. If there is not enough room in my safe area, Quilt Path will ask me to mark my registration point when the first row is done. I normally mark the center point by having the computer move the longarm to the top center then put a piece of low tack masking tape under the foot and needle down through the tape.

      If I have made a mistake and have not marked the fabric and need to actually figure it out manually I end up trying to guess where the top of the next row would be and telling Quilt Path were I think it is then, I use the trace feature to see how close I am. Then I can adjust my setting and trace again until I get it right. It is a lot more work when I don't mark my rows.

  2. Thank you, Angela. I am learning SO MUCH from you. Just got my QP last week.