Editing pantographs is probably one of the most wonderful things the new computerized quilting machines can do.
But since I don't have a computerized quilting machine, editing them myself is the next best thing. This "Gothic Vine" pantograph, above, is perfect for my customer's quilt. But there were 3 open spaces that were bothering me. So, I edited it.
First, I used a blue dry erase marker to make some changes to the design while the pantograph was under the plastic film on my machine:
I made a photocopy of the section I wanted to edit, and I drew the new lines onto the photocopy using Anita Shackleford's dotted-line method so that the curves would be smoother.
I trimmed down the original sheet and made 5 photocopies of just the area I wanted:
And then the edits were added to the original paper pantograph, with a bit of finessing and some scotch tape:
Now it's ready to go!
Today I'll be making this pantograph fit into the center of a quilt, with one separate border surrounding it. I'll be redrawing the right and left edges for that, and hopefully the end result will be beautiful.