I don’t like to quilt pleats!

I quilted this little donation top today and while I try very hard to distribute any fullness sometimes there’s just no where for the fabric to go and you have to pleat it. It looks really noticeable from this angle where it’s pinned and then quilted.

But from this angle it’s hard to see. By the time I hand stitch the pleat, and wash and dry the quilt they will be nearly invisible.

This was quilted with a cute pantograph called Curly Hearts that was given to me by Vicki one of Sheree’s friends.

I know a lot of people don’t like pantographs and many say they have a hard time following the lines but unless it’s a very dense one, I don’t try to stay right on the line — I like the variation I get when I *loosely* follow one and it looks more like a freehand version than one quilted by a machine where every motif is exactly the same.

In this case, the only place I really had to pay attention was coming out of the curl inside the heart so I’d keep moving in the right direction.

4 thoughts on “I don’t like to quilt pleats!

  1. Pat

    thanks for showing this panto…i am looking for another heart one that will use 10-12 inches of quilting space. 🙂

  2. Gari

    The last panto I did had a whole lot of backtracking. I really stressed over that but found that it looked OK when I missed the line so now I don’t worry so much.

  3. Vicki McCaleb


    So glad that Sheri delivered the panto to you and that it turns out so nice. I can’t wait to use the one that I still have. There are so many great heart pantos out there!! Keep on doing the wonderful job that you are doing!

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