The Lily Pad: The Journal of White Lotus Quilting


Stacked Snailz pantograph

Posted in my pantographs,news by whitelotusquilting on January 5, 2013
Tags: , , ,

Okay, so I think I figured out how you can see some of Patricia’s brilliance over at Urban Elementz.  Here’s one of our newer pantographs together, Stacked Snailz, the one I used on the little double four-patch quilt.

stacked snailz pantograph

Stacked Snailz pantograph by Marybeth O’Halloran and Patricia Ritter, available at http://www.urbanelementz.com

And while I’m remembering to mention it, I started pinterest pinboards on each of the pantographs I’ve worked on so you can see some of the designs inspirations and sources.  Here’s the one for this pantograph: stacked snailz pinterest board.

The designs are available in paper and digital forms, and if you want a particular custom size printed out, they can take care of it for you.  Patricia has a wonderful cheerful staff that’s there to help.

Here’s another pic of the sweet little double four-patch with this quilting:

double four-patch tutorial - 58

It makes a great quilting pattern on quilts that will get a lot of use and washes, well-balanced and fairly dense.

Happy quilting all!

Latest pantograph from Urban Elements

Posted in my pantographs,news by whitelotusquilting on January 4, 2013
Tags: ,

It was a busy year here in the studio, and personally as well.  Let’s just say that we used all sorts of insurance we haven’t for a number of years (household, car, and unemployment), and survived two tax audits.  Needless to say I’m quite glad that 2012 is over and despite my husband being out of work at the moment I feel somehow hopeful that 2013 can be a better year for us.

One of the bright spots in our troubled 2012  is the amazing Patricia Ritter at Urban Elementz.  Not only has she been a source of digitizing inspiration in her quilting designs, but she has helped me develop sketches into works of beauty.  She’s encouraging and reassuring and a general source of calm.  We have several jointly designed pantographs out now from her website urbanelementz.com and I thought you might like to see them.  Here’s the link to my designs with her: my pantographs.

Eventually I’ll figure out a way to put some of the graphics here, but in the meantime, enjoy a pic of my ‘stacked snailz’ pantograph stitched out on a little quilt (kits to be available soon on Etsy).  Happy new year all!

double four-patch tutorial - 59

Little double four-patch quilt stitched with my ‘stacked snailz’ pantograph

New pantograph available at Urban Elementz!

Posted in news by whitelotusquilting on March 27, 2012
Tags: , ,

I’ve been working on pantograph designs with Patricia Ritter, the owner of Urban Elementz, and the first pantograph, called Nautilus, is now available on her site.  Click here to see it!

Nautilus sketches - 1

A pantograph is a pattern that goes onto a long arm sewing machine and is either stitched out by hand (by tracing the pattern with a laser) or by computer (if you have one on your machine — I don’t).  After many hours of stitching freehand I’ve developed some favorite motifs that I think make great pantographs, and I’ve been working with Patricia to develop the designs, and she’s been digitizing them.  So the patterns are available in both paper and digital formats for those of you who have mid or long arm sewing machines and want to stitch them.

More pictures and posts to come as I stitch these out on a few quilts.  Plus there has been so much going on here at the studio that I haven’t taken the time to upload pictures — just rest assured that things haven’t gone quiet for a lack of activity, but rather the opposite!  We’ve been working on American Hero Quilts over the past year and have donated almost a dozen to the cause.  There have been lots of client quilts too — and awards.  Not only did quilts that I’ve worked on win Best Machine Quilting last year and this year at the Kitsap Guild show — but also a Grand Champion at the Puyallup.

Happy stitching all!