WIP Wednesday ~ Semi-Custom Quilting with a Pantograph

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.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, Freshly Pieced, Quilt Fabrication

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to WIP Wednesday ~ Semi-Custom Quilting with a Pantograph

  1. Kate says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt. Hope the quilting worked out as planned.

  2. Very nice quilt. Good luck with quilting. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  3. What a clever solution! I’m sure it’s going to work out for you Katy. Can’t wait to see the quilting in the panel. This is a wonderful QOV, by the way. Any veteran would be so happy to receive it.

  4. Katy, I am saving scraps to make my first QOV. I saw the eagle panel at some online shop but now cannot locate it. Do you happen to know where I could find it? I think it was on sale. Would appreciate your help. Thanks.

  5. Joy says:

    I’ve been wondering how to use a pantograph in this manner for a while. I never thought about redrawing the pattern near the panel like you just did. The light bulb just went on for me! Thank you!

  6. Val W says:

    That is a beautiful quilt, and I’m sure your quilting will only enhance it’s appearance, Katy.

  7. Kathy D says:

    Thrilled to see my quilt top featured today, and can’t wait to see what you do with the panel. Must be honest and admit the longarm geeking went right over my head!

  8. It definitely looks like your method will work Katy. It’s a beautiful quilt and the pantograph is a wonderful design to use. I’m interested to see what you will do in the medallion section.

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