Frequently Asked Questions2023-02-01T12:14:39-07:00

We want you to have the most enjoyable Quiltable experience. If you have a question, please click below to see if it is answered.

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Are There Any Copyright Restrictions On Designs?2020-11-23T18:45:30-07:00

Yes. Please see our Copyright and Terms of Service page for more details.

Backing Fabric is Defined As:2020-09-10T18:35:43-06:00

Backing fabric is the large pieced or solid piece of fabric on the back of a quilt. For longarm quilting, it is loaded onto a quilting frame first and should be approximately 12″ larger than the quilt top’s width and height. Longarm quilt manufacturers will have more information on suggested quilt backing sizes.

Basting is Defined As:2020-09-10T18:24:51-06:00

Basting, as it relates to quilting, is the process of temporarily holding three layers of fabric together in preparation for quilting. Basting can be done by hand sewing, machine sewing, safety pins, spray glue, or more.  When using any form of stitching to baste a quilt, the stitch length is generally at least 1/2″ long or longer. When basting using safety pins or other pins, the pins are generally 4-6″ apart over the entire area of the quilt.

Border is Defined As:2020-09-10T18:28:21-06:00

Borders are defined as strip, or series of strips, of fabric that serves as the frame to a quilt and is sewn to the outside area of the quilt but inside of the binding.

Borders can be wide or narrow depending on your project. Borders may also be pieced, feature applique, or simply used as a design element to grow the size of a quilt.

Border to Border (B2B) Designs Are:2020-09-10T18:06:37-06:00

Border to Border, b2b, B2B, designs are created to connect seamlessly with itself and generally fit within a rectangular border shape. The border is the area of fabric that creates a frame around the center of the quilt.

Border to Border designs can often be used in the sashing blocks that connect the body of the quilt. Some design cropping may be required.

Bundles are Defined As:2020-09-10T18:01:45-06:00

Bundles are smaller groups of designs, usually around 10-pieces or less, sold together at a discounted price.

Can I Change the Design?2020-08-05T19:17:46-06:00

Yes. You can edit a design in Pro-Stitcher Designer or Art & Stitch or other digital stitching editing software. The design must be for your own personal use and cannot be re-sold as an original design. Altered designs are not to be redistributed in any fashion.

Can I Combine Two Or More Designs?2020-08-05T19:09:32-06:00

Not all designs will work for this function.

When laying out a design for quilting, you might be able to connect more than one design to create a unique quilting motif.

Designs that will lock seamlessly with others will be noted on the purchase page. Not all designs will work for this function.

Click Here to See Mix-and-Match Designs

Collections are Defined As:2020-09-11T14:22:25-06:00

Collections are a group of related designs that are derivative from coordinating line work or artwork. Collections may also refer to a group of designs created by a single designer or company.

Corners are Defined As:2020-09-10T18:37:28-06:00

Corners in digital design at Quiltable are defined as designs that fill a corner space and allow a border design to wrap around the quilt’s corner area. Corners often have a suggested complimentary border design to which it connects seamlessly.

Cornerstones are Defined As:2020-09-10T18:39:43-06:00

Cornerstones in quilting are often the smaller squares sewn into intersections of quilt sashing. The cornerstones can range in size greatly, but generally do not exceed the size of the main quilt block. For digital designs at Quiltable, cornerstone designs are simple, contain minimal lines, and are quick-stitch designs.

Design Cropping is Defined As:2020-09-11T14:22:55-06:00

Design cropping is referenced in digital quilting when a design is brought into the robotic system software and a portion of the design is purposefully cut off to fit within a space. The method for cropping a design will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Design cropping is very useful when filling in smaller spaces, like sashing, borders, or pieced shapes on the quilt top.

Digital Quilting Designs Are:2020-09-10T18:17:21-06:00

Digital Quilting Designs are designs used to drive a computerized robotic quilting system. File extensions for digital quilting designs vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Edge-to-Edge (E2E) Designs Are:2020-09-10T18:04:41-06:00

Edge-to-Edge designs are referred to as e2e, E2E, Edge-to-Edge or Edge to Edge designs. These are any design that connect seamlessly to itself to allow a continuous line of stitching over the entire quilt.

The designs are created to literally travel from one edge of the quilt to the other.

In many cases, Edge-to-Edge designs nest so when the project is finished, there is not an obvious “row” of stitching.

Edge-to-Edge designs can be cropped and fit within the body of a quilt (within the borders) and do not have to be used specifically from an edge to an edge.

Half-Square Triangle Is:2020-09-11T14:24:03-06:00

Half-Square Triangle (HST) is a 90-degree triangle formed when a square is cut in half one time diagonally. For the purpose of digital quilting, HSTs are simply triangles.

How can I quilt through my Print At Home designs?2021-10-06T09:37:53-06:00

Please see our Quilt Through page for step-by-step instructions and more information.

How Do I Add Designs to My Longarm?2023-03-06T23:51:05-07:00

For best results, consult your computerized longarm robotic system for instructions on installing your new digital designs.

In many cases, to add your designs to your robotic system, follow these steps:

  • Log into your Quiltable Account
  • Click Downloads Tab
  • Download the design to your computer/desktop (Save the files in a place you can find, such as Downloads.)
  • Plug a USB drive into your computer
  • Open the File Explorer
  • Find the Quiltable File in your computer’s folder
  • Right-click to select COPY
  • Click on the USB folder in File Explorer
  • Right-click to select PASTE
  • A copy should appear in the USB and on your computer.
  • Safely eject the USB and plug it into your longarm computer system.

If you need help, please contact us.

How do I create a stencil?2021-10-06T09:37:47-06:00

Please see our Create Stencils page for step-by-step instructions and more information.

How Do I Print The Design To Show Customers?2020-11-16T15:53:57-07:00

If you longarm for hire, you’ll likely want a printable file to show customers for their selection. You may also want to have a printed/paper library for your own. Depending on the design, a jpg or pdf is included for this purpose. No worries, we have you covered!

How Do I Use a Printable Design?2021-10-06T09:38:03-06:00

Print At Home designs have instructions included with every design purchase. You can also find instructions on our Print At Home Page and on our Youtube Channel.


How do I use Print At Home designs to quilt from the back on my longarm?2021-10-06T09:38:10-06:00

Please see our Using a Pantograph page for step-by-step instructions and more information.

How Large Can I Make the File?2020-08-04T16:26:45-06:00

Scaling files will depend on the individual original file. In some cases, designers create files with much more successful scale-ability. If you have a specific design in mind, feel free to contact us before purchase. We’ll look into it for you.

How Many Designs Can I Add to My USB Drive?2020-08-07T13:26:05-06:00

Most single digital designs are under 1oo KB in size. Each USB drive is sold with a different data storage capacity. On the conservative side, a small capacity (128MB Drive) can hold roughly 1,000 single designs.

How Many Downloads Do I have With My Purchase?2020-09-02T18:59:23-06:00

Unlimited. Your account is always accessible by you.

If we notice excess or abuse, your account may be reviewed.

I Bought A Design and Changed It Up. Can I Sell It?2023-03-06T23:51:37-07:00

No. Please see our Copyright and Terms of Service for

I Cannot Preview My Design on My Computer.2020-09-04T20:25:49-06:00

First, make sure your files are unzipped.

Computers will not be able to show you a preview of your robotic quilting system file, in most cases. If you have a design editing program, such as Pro-Stitcher Designer or Art & Stitch, you can open the design in these programs. The .jpg file or .pdf file that comes with your design or set is better suited to preview the artwork on your computer.

Longarm Quilting is Defined As:2020-09-11T14:41:51-06:00

Longarm Quilting refers to using a large sewing machine to finish a quilt. Sewing the three layers of a quilt, backing, batting and top together is regarded as the quilting step.

Longarm refers to a sewing machine that whose throat space is larger than 15″.  The larger machine is generally on a frame and moves along the frame to baste or finish a quilt. Longarm Quilting can be computerized or hand-guided.  A longarm sewing machine can also be fixed to a table an used as a stationary machine.

For comparison:

Midarm  refers to the size of the throat space of the machine. Mid-arm quilting machines can range from 9-15″ and can be on a frame or stationary.

Shortarm refers to the size of the throat space of the sewing machine less than 9″. Shortarm machines are often domestic home-sewing machines that serve many other functions than finishing quilts.

Machine Quilting Is:2020-09-10T18:21:17-06:00

Machine quilting is defined as using a sewing machine to stitch through at least three layers to create quilt. The typical layers are quilt backing, quilt batting/wadding, and quilt top. Machine quilting can be hand-guided, free-motion, walking foot, ruler-based, computerized, and many more.

Motif is Defined As:2023-03-06T23:52:18-07:00

Motif, as it is used on Quiltable, is defined as a recognizable shape. A Flower, an elephant, a bug, etc would all be motifs. These motifs can then fit into any type of digital design: blocks, edge-to-edge, border-to-border, and more.

Nesting Designs are Defined As:2020-09-10T18:33:45-06:00

Nesting designs are digital designs, often edge-to-edge, that are intended to position into each other. A second row of the design will appear to stitch upwards, higher than the previous row’s lowest point in order to create an all-over look.

Clown Hats Edge-to-Edge Design | Quiltable | Jen Eskridge

Nesting designs do not generally overlap, but it is possible.

Loose Grid Meander Edge-to-Edge | Quiltable | Jen Eskridge

Printable File Isn’t Always an Option?2023-03-06T23:52:32-07:00

Quiltable launched Print At Home designs in October 2021. Look for the printer icon in the upper corner of the design image to immediately know if it has a printable option.

Print at Home | Quiltable

Quilt Sandwich Is:2020-09-10T18:22:23-06:00

A Quilt Sandwich is the term often used to refer to three layers of a quilt: backing, batting, and quilt top.

Sets are Defined As:2020-09-10T18:00:56-06:00

A set is a large group of designs sold together at a discount. Club members enjoy monthly sets. Customers, who are not in a club, can also easily buy sets.

Stationary Quilting Machines Are:2020-09-10T18:19:22-06:00

Stationary Quilting Machines are any machine not on a frame that are used to finish quilts. Stationary machines vary from a domestic home sewing machine to a stationary longarm. The prices range greatly on stationary sewing machine. When quilting, the basted fabric layers, (backing, batting, and quilt top) move under the needle, while the machine is still in or on table.

Stitch in the Ditch is Defined As:2020-09-10T18:13:53-06:00

Stitch in the Ditch (SID or SITD) is when the quilting lines stitch along the seams in a quilt in order to define blocks or shapes.

What File Type do I Need?2021-06-20T10:16:52-06:00

Check your quilting robotic system manual for the manufacturer’s suggested file type. You can also visit our Quilting Systems Reference Page.


BQM – Q-Matic/Bernina

CQP – Compuquilter, DXF – Compatible with most computerized quilting systems

HQF or HQV – Handi-Quilter Pro-Stitcher

IQP – Intelliquilter

PAT – Innova Auto Pilot

PLT – (4QB) – QBot

QLI – Statler Stitcher, Pro-Stitcher, Compuquilter, Shirley Stitcher, Quilt Motion, Quilte Sew Clever, Quilt Artist

SSD – Side Saddle System

PDF – Print-at-Home Pantograph or Block

What If I Find a Problem in the Design File?2020-08-05T19:27:42-06:00

We test our designs to stand behind their quality. In the unlikely event you come across a hiccup in the design file, please contact us so we can help you and correct the problem.

If you own Pro-Stitcher Designer, Art & Stitch, or other design-editing software, you may try to open the file and make the necessary adjustments.

What Size is My Printable Design?2021-10-06T09:38:14-06:00

Print At Home designs have the recommended size in the description. You may have success manipulating the size by using the scale feature in your printer settings. Quiltable cannot guarantee design accuracy once they have been scaled/resized.

Will Quiltable Create Custom Designs for Me?2023-03-06T23:53:08-07:00

Yes! Well, maybe.

Quiltable may be able to create a custom design meeting your design parameters. It will largely depend on time/staffing, etc.  Email us, we may already have your desired theme in mind & can send you a link.

Will the Quiltable Design Fit My Longarm?2020-08-05T19:35:12-06:00

This is a complicated question as all the digital designs are able to resize at your discretion. In many cases, the designs can scale up and down without problem. Some designs are purposefully LARGE to allow you to scale them down in your robotic quilt system software. While your digital purchase is non-refundable, we will work with you to make sure you are able to stitch what you’ve purchased.

NOTE: Designs sold as Cornerstones are generally smaller and may distort if enlarged.


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