Pantograph is Curly Hearts and I won’t be using it again… so much time spent rolling the quilt and thank goodness it was a small one. There are more butterflies but I don’t have good side lighting in the sewing room so it’s hard to get a full picture of the quilt that shows the quilting. Once it’s bound, I’ll post another photo.

This was my Jelly Roll quilt made after the Maine sew-in a few years ago. They all did the Jelly Roll Race quilts but I don’t like those so I did my own thing intending to appliqué the butterflies after finishing the top — I never got around to it so Mom did the applique for me.


I’m glad to be making progress but I still can’t work for long without taking a break. My heart rate jumps up with just the slightest activity and I get tired and breathless fairly quick. Still, I’m learning to work within the limits and since I’m getting things done, I’m happy.


  1. I experience something similar and have to sit down often when I’m working on a project or cleaning house. You’ll soon find your body’s rhythms and learn to work with them.

  2. Lovely quilt and quilting. Small steps in life each day will lead to big accomplishments. Thanks for sharing another amazing quilt.

  3. I can so sympathize. My heart rate jumps up in three steps here..at home I can cross a room. Being tired is one thing but being breathless is scary. It was not like this when I finally! Got back to the pool after surgery..one third less gravity you know! But the pulmonary said no pool for me without oxygen and water and batteries do not mix. I suggest walking in your pool. I know it is small and that is a pain but it is a good way to build up stanima and energy. I did it 90 min a day 3-5 times a week for 27-29 years. Now everything is worsenot just cardio..blood pressure, blood sugar. No stanima, no energy. Depressingto be helpless. My knees need replacing so walking on land not working. Trying chairexercise next. When they say use it or lose it, they are not kidding

  4. Sorry to hear that you are struggling with your energy levels, but it’s good to hear the positivity of your outlook. About the rolling the quilt back and forth to do the quilting design… Is that a thing? I still don’t really understand the mechanics of pantographs, even though I’ve had my longarm for 2 years.

  5. I am so impressed with how you are handling things. The heart rate thing is worrisome as is the breathlessness, but you are not overextending and that means the body is getting there. I love the butterflies, but I don’t like the pantograph, not for the difficulty in stitching, but because I just don’t like it.

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