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.
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.
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.
I quilted the pantograph rows until I had less than one row’s width left to do.
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.
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.
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.
Now, quilting from the front of the machine, I stitched through the paper along the line I drew.
In some places I had to add a start-stop with a shorter line to fill out some partial spaces.
Then I tore away the paper, picking out the little bits in the tight areas with tweezers.
When the pantograph center section was done and cleaned up, I quilted freehand ribbon candy in the rose print border.
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 completed, and ready for the binding to be applied.
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.
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?