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Finishing Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz


Update – This post series will be taken down on March 1, 2017.  The pattern is now published in my Craftsy store for the low introductory price of just $5.  Purchases fund the costs of the blog so I can continue to develop fun quilt alongs without resorting to ads.  The price will go up to its regular price of $8 on March 1.

Picking up where we left off last time, the center section with all the piecing was the next part quilted.  Not surprisingly, it took the most time and care, mainly because I cannot watch the needle while quilting, I have to watch the laser light on the pattern.  This means I have to mark the end stops on the pantograph carefully and set up some wheel stops on the frame to keep from quilting into the border.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

One of my tricks is to use a C-clamp tightened down on the rail to keep the machine from going any further than I want it to go.

Quilting Tango 10 C clamp

Beginning at the top, I placed the base line of the pantograph partial pass to line up with the seam of the border, so I could quilt just the half-pass and keep the seam line straight. Then I did one full pattern pass. So far so good.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

I quilted the pantograph rows until I had less than one row’s width left to do.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

So, how did I get that last row done? Using the paper pattern trick. I use Golden Threads paper for this, as it is very thin, you can see through it, and quilt through it. I start with laying a piece on the quilt totally covering the area that still needs quilting.  I mark the areas I have already quilted to give me some registration lines.  I also mark the edges of the borders to know what area I have to stay in.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then, I picked up the paper and laid it over the pantograph on the table, lining up the registration marks I had made on the paper, following the lines of the previous sewing line. Using a marker, I drew the partial pantograph pattern on the paper, in one continuous line, making sure I didn’t go over the seam line, rounding off some places to make a smooth sewing line.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I pinned it to the quilt top, making sure the seam line marking matched the border seam line, and the registration marks were on the previous sewing line.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Now, quilting from the front of the machine, I stitched through the paper along the line I drew.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

In some places I had to add a start-stop with a shorter line to fill out some partial spaces.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I tore away the paper, picking out the little bits in the tight areas with tweezers.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

When the pantograph center section was done and cleaned up, I quilted freehand ribbon candy in the rose print border.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I cleaned up all the water-soluble pen markings with Sew Clean. I got this pinpoint dabber at Quilter’s Apothecary, so I just wet the markings and not big sections of the quilt to erase them.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Quilting completed, and ready for the binding to be applied.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Now working on the binding while parked in my chair.  Doing some handwork keeps me from being too bored while I am not able to get up and go as usual.  I’ll do some finish pictures when it is all done.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz ~ From My Carolina Home

The wool batting is lightweight and warm.  It is a higher loft, so fluffier and gives more of a puffy look around the quilting. I like the overall effect, but next time I’ll try just quilting from one end of a quilt to the other like I usually quilt a pantograph.

So for now, I’ll be slow stitching the binding on by hand, still watching movies, and taking it easy.  Thank you again for all your emails and well wishes in the comments.  I think I am over the worst now, and on the way back to normal.

If you are just finding this post, you can see the whole quilt from the beginning, start HERE.  The posts in this series will remain up until the end of February for you to see.  After that the pdfs will be taken down, and the pattern will go to regular price in my Craftsy store. Or you can download the entire pattern at its introductory price in February in my Craftsy store – HERE.

What are you working on?  Have you ever used wool batting?



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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


37 thoughts on “Finishing Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

  1. That is one gorgeous quilt!

  2. Love it….and I am going to copy your quilting idea. I have a mid arm with not much space to quilt….but I can make it work using your idea.

    Crystal in Cedar City

  3. I love the way it turned out. Just a hint about the paper you used. One of my LQS sells the rolls of paper used in doctors offices on the tables. It is thin and a huge roll was only $5. I cut it into strips as needed. Barb

    • I read about using that paper also, for designing. Next time I went to my chiropractor, asked if I could buy a roll from him, and they gave me a roll!

  4. BEAUTIFUL QUILT!!! A red and white quilt is on my bucket list. YOU have inspired me once again!
    I’m working on quilts to enter in WNCQG, May 5 & 6, 2017 quilt show ” A Garden of Quilts”.

  5. Beautiful job, Carole. Cannot imagine how you did all that still on the mend! Just lovely. My DH is down with a cold, so trying to do his chores and mine. Not much time leftover. Just glad so far I have not come down with it!!

  6. Have fun binding today. Your quilting is perfect. I love red and white quilts.

  7. Beautiful work Carole! Thanks for the tip about how to get that extra bit of a partial pattern using the paper. Found that very helpful. Wool batting is my favourite, both for machine as well as hand-quilting. I also love to hand-bind so I’d be very happy curled up under that beauty to finish it!

  8. beautiful, I bought wool batting too that is still in my stash hope to use it one day

  9. This quilt is beautiful! You did a great job with the quilting!

  10. Enjoy your hand stitching today… binding is my favourite!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  11. I had a quilt quilted with washable wool and he loves it. It drapes around him so much better than cotton.

  12. Your quilt is beautiful. Love the borders on it.

  13. I haven’t tried that technique with the paper but I am sure it is in my future if I want to produce a competition quilt.
    I’m working on a spring quilt that features vintage fabric four patches. I just discovered cotton batting last year and how it responds differently than say polyester batting.

  14. I bought a package of Hobbs Tuscany Wool and was dismayed when I read the instructions that it was not to be machine dried. Who has time or a clothesline to hang a quilt out to dry? I loved the way it quilted. I quilted an entire queen sized quilt without a single thread break. It was like quilting through butter. After admiring the quilt for almost a year, I took a deep breath and threw it in the washer and dryer. It came out fine. It’s on our bed and I love it. It’s so warm.

  15. Hello Carole! This was a fascinating post to read for me. Not knowing much about Long Arm Quilting, aside from what you have shared on your blog, so much of the process just amazes me. The pantograph you have chosen is lovely, plus, I am a big fan of extra “poof” in all quilts. So it was wonderful to see how the extra poof was handled on the long arm. I do hope you continue to heal as painlessly as is possible. Plus, you are able to find things to keep you busy while you are healing! Have a carefree time hand sewing on the binding to this gorgeous quilt!

  16. Your quilting on this is very pretty. That quilt is beautiful.

  17. Maybe the oral surgery is taking a little longer to heal this time. Anything there is so painful as it recovers. Lovely description, I had no idea that the patterns had to be adjusted, and measured out to fit. What a fiddle to remove all the paper, hope you are a bit better every day.

  18. Carole, I have always wanted to combine quilting design techniques as you did on this quilt. Your explanations and accompanying photos for using a pantograph in the center section and free hand quilting in the borders are very helpful (and inspirational, too). Thank you for taking the time to share your process! Get well soon!

  19. Lots of great tips in this post. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  20. Great tip on quilting the center with a pantograph. I’ve just done edge to edge so far. I have only used wool batting for hand quilting. I loved the way the needle just when through like butter. I did wash the quilt on delicate and dried on low. There were no problems.

  21. I don’t have anything other than my fingers or my DSM to quilt with so your tips were lost on me but I have to say the quilt and quilting is beautiful. And, no, I’ve never used wool batting.

  22. Good to know about the wool batting. Your finish looks great Carole. Enjoy stitching the binding as you get needed rest. 🙂

  23. Beautiful job! Enjoy the binding.. I’ll be stitching mine tonight too!

  24. Wonderful job quilting. I do all free-hand quilting on my longarm and have stayed away from pantographs…your tips here are really helpful.

  25. It looks wonderful. The different reds give the quilt so much movement.

  26. So very pretty! Lots of work to line up and all but you did a great job!

  27. Beautiful finish! I always love a red and white/cream quilt!

  28. Quite a journey! The finished quilt looks so nice. Good to know it wasn’t my imagination that it was puffier!

  29. This looks great, you must be really pleased! And I love red quilts! 😬

  30. It looks great ; enjoy the hand stitching. I have never used wool though I know that many quilters love to! 🙂

  31. Beautiful finish. I took a picture of the top with my border and then when I looked at the picture I found a mistake. Luckily it was at the edge so not too hard to remedy. I’m going to put it on your page so you can see my mistake and share my laugh. I just found a backing that I’m happy with and then I’ll be ready for quilting. I’ve got to do some catch up with our other new project as well. Hope you enjoyed some snow last night and are staying in where it’s warm.

  32. Love your willingness to color outside of the lines! The quilting is beautiful. Since you’ve washed those reds, is washing the finished quilt going to do anymore movement with the wool? Of course the battings are very processed already.

    I’ve been going for the cotton battings recently, finding them on sale is a gift. Haven’t tried wool, my mom used to have wool army blankets she’d bought from the surplus store, but it turned out she and my sis were both allergic, so they were given away. I just remember they were scratchy. I wonder if people with wool allergies would have the problem with a batting that’s been well-processed, plus in between layers? does anyone know? I have seen the old wool blankets used as battings in vintage quilts.. just a thought!

  33. Amazing quilt and the quilting is lovely. I wonder, when using the paper is there a lot of little bits to pick off? Lots of helpful tips here, Carole…thank you.

  34. Beautiful quilting, Carole. It’s good to read that you are recovering from your oral surgery, even if it is slow.

  35. I have always faked a partial ending row when using a Pantagraph. So thank you for your solution. I use Golden thread paper often and totally get it how to use it here. Can’t wait to try it. I have used wool batting once. I should use it more. My favorite batting is 80/20 Hobbs.
    Fran in SW Iowa

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