I’ve been working on quilting Quilts of Valor this week for the Stitching Sisters QOV group. Forgive the terrible picture of this beautiful top.
I’m trying out something a bit different on this one. I plan to quilt this using a pantograph around the center panel and to do the panel freehand. I chose this pantograph.
I knew quilting up to but not on top of the panel could be a bit tricky, so I decided to use Superior Mono-poly thread on top. I quilted the first two rows as I would any other quilt.
This panto will give great texture and the clear thread means it won’t distract from the piecing at all. All was fine until I got to the third row.
To figure out where to stop and start the panto, I dropped the needle at the corners of the panto like this:
Then I walked around the back and used my grease pencil to mark where the laser light hit the pattern.
I repeated this every few inches until I had the space marked off.
Then I used my grease pencil to redraw the lines of the panto in this area.
I hope to finish the quilting on this today so I can show you tomorrow how this all turns out. This is something I’ve wanted to figure out how to do for a while. I think it will be a useful technique for quilts with panels or medallions.
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