Print, Mark and Resize Designs

Downloading and Printing a pattern:

Our patterns were designed with illustrations of the quilting designs in the collection on the front and back covers with a color photo of the project when available. You can read the document on screen and/or print the entire document or specific pages. You may print in color or use a printer is black only. Be assured that all of the instructional text is in black and that all of the design pages use a heavy line weight that can be easily seen when tracing the designs on fabric.

All patterns and quilting designs, regardless of their size, print out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Designs larger than the paper will print in sections;

  • a top half and bottom half of a tall design,
  • a left half and right half of a wide design,
  • a left and right half of a mirror image that are traced twice,
  • or all four quadrants if the design is not a mirror image.

To assemble multi-page patterns

After printing the pages, trim off the white margin so all lines of the  pattern are visible when assembled. 

To assemble a left and right half two page pattern, trim off right edge of the left page, match design and tape to right half.


To assemble four quadrants, trim off right edge of the left page and the bottom edges of both top pages, match the design and tape together.Taping-multi-pages

Resize designs using a proportion scale to determine the percentage of change needed to set a copy machine. Yes, the proportion scale can be used to resize any patterns for patchwork, applique, foundation piecing, woodwork, stained glass or anything. It is a great tool used to determine what percentage of change to set a copy machine when resizing a design larger or smaller. It has two dials of numbers that I refer to as the “What I have size ” and the “What I need Size”, Match those numbers on the dials and then look in the answer window for the percentage of change needed for your desired size. 

Click on this link to read and/or print How to resize quilting designs with a proportion scale.

Quilters Assistant Proportion Scale

Marking a design on Fabric

When transferring a design that is printed on paper to fabric, if I can see the blue line on the fabric, a water-soluble marker is my first choice.

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1. Tape the paper design to the work surface.
2. Carefully center the fabric over the  design and tape it   to avoid slipping.
3. Trace the design with the marker that shows up best on the fabric.


Why choose Joanie’s products?

It’s all for you! It began with Joanie’s training in art and her good fortune in 2000 to learn Heirloom Machine Quilting from a master, Diane Gaudynski. Since that class, she has focused her life on perfecting her machine quilting skills, experimenting to find the best supplies and workspace set up to make the job as painless as possible. She was trained in pattern writing by her publishers and earned a degree in Graphic Design in 2003 that prepared her to provide professional illustrations. Add to that her passion for beautiful quilts and you see 15 years of dedication to offer the prettiest projects with the best instructions for your success.

More ways to use the designs

Here’s a bonus for you! Joanie’s Quilting Designs are collections of elegant and sophisticated line art designs that are not limited to holding the layers of quilts together. These beautiful outlines offer the versatility of being used for many needlework applications. Just imagine the extraordinary colors you can add to these designs using them for appliqué by hand or machine. You can use these as designs for machine embroidery just as outlines or filled in with colorful stitching. For anyone with computer technology, use these patterns for computerized embroidery machines or patterns for computerized quilting machines. Or, let pens, crayons and paints so widely used in fabric art ignite your imagination in ways even I haven’t considered! OH what fun! Send me your success stories and photos!

Look in the Shop on the website to see stitched examples of how Joanie’s quilting designs can be used for different projects. Enjoy my examples of combining several techniques displayed with the design collection photos see how the designs have need expanded for many purposes in the photos that accompany the

Click here to learn how to resize designs using a proportion scale: