How I organized my panto's for showing customers...


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There was a thread about this awhile back. After reading that thread, I started a binder with a copy of each pantograph.

One day when I was shopping in Staples I came accross heavy duty legal size page protectors and an idea was born. I wanted to share my idea, hope you find it as helpful as I.

I cut off the seal at the bottom of the page protectors and used scissors to open up the page so it lays flat. Now I trace each panto onto a page protector with a sharpie marker. Now I organized these in a legal size binder in the same order as my other binder. Now when a customer sees a panto she might like when looking through my original binder, I pull the corresponding panto out of the new binder and lay it on her quilt. Now she can see imidiately how it might look on her quilt. I organized both binders into categories and numbered each category. My panto's have the same number on them and are organized in the same order so are easy to find. I have an index in the front of both binders. I also made a price code and put on each page, so I can easily tell the customer the price, put can easily change my pricing if I need to. I am also working on drawing out my free hand designs in a similar maner.

My customers love it and so do I. Here are some pictures in case this is not clear.

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There was a thread about this awhile back. After reading that thread, I started a binder with a copy of each pantograph. One day when I was shopping in Staples I came accross heavy duty legal siz

I do this also.  I also keep an alphabetical list of all my pantos in the front of my book.  It keeps me from accidently re-ordering a panto that I like.        I made my list on an Excell spread sh

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Great idea! I have done 5-6 quilts for a lady and she was always complaining that I should get my pantos organized and put copies each of them into a notebook. Sooo when I had a free day I did just that. I might mention that she has not brought me a quilt since I made that notebook 3 months ago!:P:P:P Anyway, I love your idea!

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Ardelle what a clever idea...my customers would also love this. My only hurdle in doing this for myself is time :( Oh and another perk is because you trace the pattern it helps with brain/ hand reconigition so when you go to stitch it out the first time you already have the feel for it. Cool! Thanks for the idea. :)

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Great thinking! Thanks for posting and sharing it.

I've been trying to think of a way to show my Circle Lord designs. I often try to draw them from memory and, well, that is not always the best idea!

Maybe I can put the plastic cover on top of the template and let my marker be the stylus to copy each design. Might work.

Off to finish a quilt using the 8 1/2" Feather Wreath template...one of my favorites!

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