Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #50 – Auditioning Quilting Patterns

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! Its been a busy month on my blog…thank you for following along. The next month we are closing an apartment outside of Boston, so my presence may be scarce here, but I do have 3 tops and 2 benefit quilts to quilt, so I could potentially have some posts! Let’s look at last month’s linkups and then take a look at a fun way to audition quilt patterns without a program like Prostitcher Designer!

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here are February’s links:

Auditioning Quilting Patterns

You have seen a pattern you like – a pantograph – but can’t quite envision it on your quilt. Here is a simple way to do it.

  1. Photograph your quilt.
  2. Find a pantograph you like.
    • I am going to use this one called “a footprint in the sand“.
    • Sometimes you can right click and download a copy but I use a screen shot in this case.
  3. Take a screen shot of the pantograph
    • MAC: Press Shift + Command +4 and crosshairs come on my screen. That will save a screenshot on my Desktop Folder
    • PC: Windows logo key + Shift + S. The desktop will darken while you select an area for your screenshot. In windows 11, these are usually saved in Pictures-Screenshot.
  1. 4Then open your browser and go to
  2. Then download the file. This will give you a line drawing with no background that you can place over a picture.
  1. Open a new document, I use either Pages or Word.
  2. Insert your quilt picture in the document. You may want to make it as big as the page, that is up to you.
  3. Then bring in this line drawing you saved.
    • I duplicated a copy and put a second one one the quilt.
    • You can adjust the size of the images a little but I want you to feel like you can get an idea of how a pantograph may look.

Pretty cool isn’t it? It may not be full size or accurate for thread color but you get the idea. I would probably use a more curvy pantograph on this one, but I do like the way it looks.

Join the Linky Party!

Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. The linky party is open from 12:01 am on the 21st (only this month), through midnight on 31st. The post does not have to be new but should be one that hasn’t been linked to Tips and Tutorials in the past. If you don’t have a blog, please send it to me ( and I will post your tip or tutorial for you!

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Past Tips and Tutorials

In case you didn’t know, if you have missed some past #TTot22, you can check them out in the tab at the top of my page or on my Pinterest board.

Coming Up on My Blog

Nothing specific is planned before next month’s Tips and Tutes. We will see how rearranging/moving goes.

Purple Passion
Sea Glass Joy 
Tips and Tutorials 4/22/24


Fabric in this month: 6 yards (added 2 for backing for a quilt)
Fabric in this year: 6 yards
Fabric out this month: 12 yards (3 quilts)
Fabric out this year: 40.75 yards
NET Fabric:   -34.75 yards

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