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  1. Someone had a great idea that I used:

    3 ring binder with clear page protectors.

    Slit the inside and bottom seams of the clear plastic and fold out on the panto. Trace with permanent marker then put in the binder. Great way to keep together and pull out the clear pages to lay on quilt top to "audition" the design. Took a little time, but it'seems really useful now! (probably lay the side on the quilt top without the marker, but I haven't had any issues). Easy to add to when you get new pantos. I even traced a section of my CL boards to put in my binder?! Oh, then I just store my pantos and boards in a cupboard out of sight.

  2. Karen:

    Here is Linda's instructions on those great curvy border feathers:                           

    Hi to all--and those with questions about design placement---

    The bead board border--I measured the full length and divided by a pleasing spacing. Normally I would use the width of the sashing, but some wonky piecing would have been made more evident and obvious with this quilt. I mark at the border seam, stitch from edge to seam, travel in the ditch to the width of the hopping foot, and stitch back to the edge. Sometimes I use the channel locks, but since the machine likes to go straight on the horizontal and vertical, sometimes I just nudge it. That works very well. My favorite way for piano keys/bead board spacing is to use the piecing--I love even piecing at the border seam.

    For marking the sashing design--I mark a faint line a quarter inch inside the sashing to keep the feathers centered. Measure that inside spacing and find a circle that is about twice that width in diameter. Then the fudging begins. I want an odd number of feathers across the sashing so the spiral in the stones will be easy to stitch. Divide the first sashing area into 5 spaces and see if your circle will fit. If it fits across 5 times with some space left over, mark with a little larger circle. If 5 won't fit, find a smaller circle to mark with. Snug the top of the circle to the quarter-inch line to mark lightly. Darken the stitching line--this is where you can adjust to make it fit across. After you mark one, the rest get easier.