Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tech Sunday - Quilt Path - Pantostacker - Basic Mode Nesting part 2

We are continuing our exploration of the Pantostacker Basic Mode nesting options.

Remember this picture from our last post, we are not going to talk about the middle and bottom buttons in the nest options.  The middle button sets the spacing of your patterns to equal spaced and centered.  When I chose this option here is what my quilt from the end of the last post looks like.

Look how great that looks.  I am still trying to find when I would use this option and here is why.  When I send this to Quilt Motion, I am not overly thrilled with the results.  
There is a jump stitch at every pattern repeat.  Then in itself is not that big of a deal, just optimize it and take it out.  But, then we get this. 

And why would I want that, if I can just do it the way I did in the previous post and get this. 
So let's talk about why there is a difference.  The option that we talked about in the previous post is joining the patterns together and then stretching them across the width of the quilt.  The Center option is stretching and then joining them.  So, you get a jarring connection between the pantograph repeats.    I will continue to play with this option, because I want to find a reason for it to be available.

The bottom button has the same basic issue.  It will fit the individual patterns evenly across the quilt with them the ones on the right and left at the edged instead of centered.  Once again, I can use the top button and link the patterns first and then have it do an edge to edge fit and not get jarring joints.  

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