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Thread: DO YOU USE GROOVY BOARDS & EZ BOARDS?

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    I'VE SEEN DIFFERENT LONGARM QUILTING SITES ADVERTIZE THEIR GROOVY BOARDS OR SOME PLACES CALL THEM EZ BOARDS. ARE THEY EASY TO USE AND DO YOU LIKE THEM?THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT PATTERNS AVAILABE ALSO - ARE SOME EASIER TO USE THEN OTHERS?

    ANY INPUT ON THIS SUBJECT WOULD BE GREAT. THEY ARE A LITTLE PRICEY AND I AM JUST WONDERING IT THAT WOULD BE MONEY WELL SPENT.

    THANKS

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    and those that have them, do you have to have a special guide to use them?

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    i hope there is some response to this question

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    i like to use them for circles or bubbles because it comes out perfect.

    its very easy to master the skill of using groovy boards.

    you do need a stylist that will sit inside the groove.

    once you have a stylist it will work with any board.

    i have a Grace Stylist and have used it with pattern perfect, groovy boards, ez boards, and independently made boards without any problems.

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    HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR OWN BOARDS?

    WHEN USING THEM - DO YOU NEED TO SET YOUR STITCH LENGTH TO A CERTAIN LENGTH? ARE THEY TIME CONSUMING?
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i like to use them for circles or bubbles because it comes out perfect.

    its very easy to master the skill of using groovy boards.

    you do need a stylist that will sit inside the groove.

    once you have a stylist it will work with any board.

    i have a Grace Stylist and have used it with pattern perfect, groovy boards, ez boards, and independently made boards without any problems.

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    my DH has made them for me. he got some thin acrylic from china town in nyc and then he cut thru it completely to make the design and then he adhered those pieces to thin acrylic.

    it was an easy way of making sure the depth was consistent across the entire pattern.


    i always use a small stitch length regardless of doing boards, pantos, free hand, etc.

    boards and pantos are a very quick way to get a quilt done - its the ruler work and free hand designs that take up the time.

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    i am so glad we got some advice from a user YEA

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    I have a few and use them sometimes. I was haveing problems using it with my stylis so I use them just like a pantograph using my laser light. My favorite is the ramdon stars., and surfs up. I like to use 3 of the same. Due to the cost I now buy pantographs instead.
    I have a 6" feather for sale, either 2 or 3 sections.

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    You can make your own. You'd need a router and a steady hand to do so, however, the ones from Circle Lord and Urban Elementz are especially nice. Keep in mind that buying them retail is quite costly - the Circle Lord boards run a little over $500 for a "king size" length. You do need a stylus - Circle Lord sells them as well, and gives really thorough instructions on how to attach them to the longarm. Keep in mind you've got to be skilled at lining them up, as many of them have trickier interlocks. There may also be more backtracking within them, as it's easier to land the backtracking *perfectly.*

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    I use them and have several boards - my favorites are the circles and the baptist fan. It really makes it fast and easy to quilt an entire quilt - usually takes me a couple of hours start to finish. So if you need a quilt done quick they work excellent. Also good if you do donation quilts - no muss, no fuss. I happily endorse their use.

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    oh now thats what i wanted to hear- which ones don't you care for?
    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use them and have several boards - my favorites are the circles and the baptist fan. It really makes it fast and easy to quilt an entire quilt - usually takes me a couple of hours start to finish. So if you need a quilt done quick they work excellent. Also good if you do donation quilts - no muss, no fuss. I happily endorse their use.

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    I have tried them and liked them. But ... they cost too much for me.

    One of my quilting acquaintences DH made hers using a composite wood and his router. Those were longer and more efficient too.

    ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter girl
    oh now thats what i wanted to hear- which ones don't you care for?
    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use them and have several boards - my favorites are the circles and the baptist fan. It really makes it fast and easy to quilt an entire quilt - usually takes me a couple of hours start to finish. So if you need a quilt done quick they work excellent. Also good if you do donation quilts - no muss, no fuss. I happily endorse their use.
    I haven't found one yet that I do not like - I have an assortment of them and pick them up when I can - its important to have 3 or 4 boards to cover the width of the quilt - I love them.

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    I use the circle lord boards and love them. Yes you do need to pay attention to the backtracking parts, but I find them fun. I like them better than do a panto, but I've only done a panto once.

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    Can you just have two and then move the first - making it the third one and so on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter girl
    oh now thats what i wanted to hear- which ones don't you care for?
    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use them and have several boards - my favorites are the circles and the baptist fan. It really makes it fast and easy to quilt an entire quilt - usually takes me a couple of hours start to finish. So if you need a quilt done quick they work excellent. Also good if you do donation quilts - no muss, no fuss. I happily endorse their use.
    I haven't found one yet that I do not like - I have an assortment of them and pick them up when I can - its important to have 3 or 4 boards to cover the width of the quilt - I love them.

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    You can but it's a lot of trouble. I purchased 2 EZ boards to do the baptist fan and found it really annoying to have to keep moving one of the boards to finish the line. I ended up buying an additional board. I figured I could move one if I needed 4 but just having 2, I was always having to move one!

    Quote Originally Posted by quilter girl View Post
    Can you just have two and then move the first - making it the third one and so on?
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    I get my boards from Ron at RNS Design. I absolutely love them. I do only have 2 of each pattern and leap-frog them across the table. I have put tape on them to mark my endings for certain quilts, I have leaped them 4 across for a king size quilt. I Taped an empty CD case to my table to make sure the beginning section was always in the same place. Works very well for me.
    Amy

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    I saw a circle one used in a shop recently - WOW! I want some! I am new to longarming and am having difficulty with smoothness in my pantograph quilting. I tell my husband that I have the "herky jerkies" - lol. I wish they weren't so expensive - but ... if you spend $500 for a king-size one, and you charge to do a king-size quilt, I imagine it wouldn't take long to pay for one ... or two ... or three.

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    I find that the hardest thing for me to do with my laser are circles or concentric circles. I use rulers or groovey board for those. I also like the clamshell boards.

    I find that designs with s-curves and c- curves such as some leaves and flowers are easiest for me to do free hand. I even found that hearts are easy now.
    Beth in Maryland

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    I love my groovy boards and the RNS design boards. I only have two of each of them. That is plenty. I don't mind the leap frogging. It helps keep me loose.

    My current favorite is Hearts A Flutter from RNS but the Baptist fan is a great gender neutral and allows you to catch a lot of seams.

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    I have several patterns in these boards, and find RnS is the cheapest to buy from. I generally only buy patterns which I would find difficult to execute perfectly freehand by following a pantograph. For instance, I have Double Bubble in pattern boards, because it has perfectly formed cirles all over it. I also bought Baptist Fans in pattern boards for the same reason. I only buy 2 or 3 boards in a pattern and leap frog them. They're expensive, plus there's a storage issue in having so many of each.

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    a friend of mine just showed me some quilts that they had done using the boards and they were absolutely beautiful. I have my stylus on order and cant wait to get started using these boards. She has told me how easy they are to use.

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