A number of years ago (pre-Intelliquilter) I purchased Volumes 1-5 of the Quiltmaker Design CDs from Electric Quilt. I haven't looked that closely at them in the last few years. Loe Van der Heijden's comment on the Yahoo Art and Stitch group regarding EMS files made me think that these may be very usable designs for those of us with a digital longarm system.
First -- I checked out the copyright information. Digitizing is allowed for use in a computerized quilting system. Just no resale/mass production. Yeah!!!
Now a video tutorial on how i digitized one of these patterns using Art and Stitch. The design in this video is from Volume 3.
After going through this I got hooked on a number of the designs and found it fun to play with new variations of them in Art and Stitch. Even without Art and Stitch, you can create these designs for use on your domestic sewing machine.
Here is what I did with Fantasia (from Volume 4)
Carol Best gave me the idea of a double Magic Square design
90 Degree Units set in a Magic Circle
Fantasia Magic Circle Design (you could do this with any number of repeats)
Here is Heart Song from Volume 4 with my Magic Circle variation in Art and Stitch.
Here is what I did with the Apple Charm Tack from Volume 2. I created a magic circle and then added curved cross-hatching in the center.
If you are interested in the Quiltmaker CDs, they can be purchased on the Electric Quilt website. They retail for $24.95 each and each CD has hundreds of designs. (After this week's tutorial I decided I really needed the remaining three volumes and placed my order. I'm looking forward to the added designs.)
Sign up for my newsletter to stay current on what's happening in my studio and learn more quilting tips. As a thank you, I'll send you a FREE pattern for this small maple leaf quilt.