I added a robotics package to my longarm last November and have been practicing and getting to know that new technology in between doing custom quilts. I finally feel confident about how to use this efficiently on quilts using an edge to edge pattern or digital patterns in blocks. As a result, I’m offering a 10% discount on all quilts using a digital pantograph. This discount is good only on quilts received during the month of June. Mention this post to make sure you get your discount! Overall designs are a great way to finish those quilts that don’t need a custom treatment – plus it’s a lot easier on your pocketbook! See my pricing page for info on pricing.
I purchased a robotics system mainly because I was not precise enough to suit my tastes while doing hand-guided pantographs from the back of the machine. I also hope to convert some of my designs to digital. While the learning curve (on my own) was a bit harder than I anticipated, I feel great about how my skills improved with each new technique learned. The package I added to my A1 longarm is the Quilt Gallery robotics system (the Butler system when purchased through Quilt EZ). The price — relative to the features — was what finally persuaded me, as well as the ease of purchasing it as an add-on to my longarm directly from A1.
Below are a few pics of some of the quilts I’ve used robotics on so far (both overall patterns and digital block motifs). I need more quilts that want overall quilting! I will be running two calendars in the future – custom quilt and digital quilt calendars. I plan on trying to put at least one or two digital quilts in between each custom quilt job. While the machine is stitching out a digital pattern, I can work on creating the design plans for the next custom quilt in the queue. Sometimes I’ll spend a week on getting the designs planned out for a custom quilt and being able to do a quilt with a digital pantograph at the same time is a great way to multi-task. I can finish a lot of digital quilts during the time I spend designing a custom treatment!