Back to work!

Mom got all her runners layered and pin basted and I loaded and quilted her hearts … #5 of 7 is now done!

This is a new pantograph – it’s one that came with the machine and it just has a number not a name. I love the look of it on the back of this quilt.

I don’t love it as much on the front but it’s OK and it’s done. I will definitely use the panto again, but hopefully on a quilt that it suits better.

We’re still working!

I loaded and quilted Mom’s schoolhouse quilt and have it trimmed and the binding ready for her to hand stitch down.

Call me lazy but I just don’t do custom quilting anymore … not that I ever did a lot of it! I’ve always got tops waiting for quilting and if I can’t do a Pantograph or overall freehand quilting, it’s not going to be quilted by me! Luckily, Mom is always perfectly happy with whatever I’m willing to quilt on her tops. This one just got some all over freehand flowers. I would have quilted a pantograph but because of the width and the way I need to load the minkee backing, (selvages perpendicular to the rollers) I had to load this one sideways and I didn’t have a good panto choice that I thought would work sideways.

The Minkee can be a bit of a pain sometimes but I didn’t have any problems with this one.

While I’ve been quilting, Mom has been working on her table runners … I wish I could share photos because they’re turning out very cute but they’re gifts and she doesn’t want me to spoil the surprise! She’s working on the 4th one now and when she gets the appliqué fused, she‘ll get all 4 layered and pin basted here so all she will have to do is quilt or appliquilt them when she gets home.


#3 is quilted! Pantograph is Happy Times and I found this one pretty easy to quilt. I guess I’d forgotten that curves are harder to quilt smoothly while you’re learning and using the Pantovision is like learning to quilt pantographs all over again! Happy Times is a pantograph I’ve used a lot over the years so I’m glad to have the digital version now too. I’m probably going to use it on the next top too!

We had a little setback on the runner Mom is making. She’s planning to birth it rather than binding it and we layered it wrong – she’s done several of these and we both said we should look it up but we ended up doing it wrong so she’s picking out the stitches now so we can layer it in the correct order!


Mom’s second top is quilted. This one is from the second Animal Parade book and quilted with freehand hearts and loops. I’ve already got it trimmed and the binding on and ready for her to stitch down tonight.

And for those that wanted to see a better photo of her first one. It was a kit my sister bought and Mom pieced. It had sections from a panel and some pieced blocks and borders. The photo should enlarge if you click on it.


It’s a bit wobbly but I loaded and quilted a baby quilt for Mom. Pantograph is Billowy and I increased the size on it but next time I might go in between what I quilted and the original size although the quilting on this one turned out nice and cuddly. It’s kind of hard to see in the photo but it’s a panel with some pieced sections and borders.

Mom worked on her HST diamonds while I was quilting. She’s got all the diamonds made and is assembling the top already!

We have so many projects going on that I set up another table to give us somewhere to put stuff that’s out of both of our way. On the left side of the table you can see that I’ve got her baby quilt trimmed and the binding on and ready for her to start hand stitching it tonight AND I got a binding on the last one I had waiting too so I’ll be stitching along with her tonight.


The dinosaur top is quilted. You can’t see much of the quilting from the front but that’s OK because the fabrics don’t need the competition but it does show up on the Minkee back.

Pantograph is Stegosaurus

I’ve already got it trimmed and the binding is on … can’t believe I’ve got 4 quilts waiting for the bindings to be finished! I’m going to work on one of them this afternoon.


This is the first full pantograph I’ve done on the new machine and I’m not unhappy with the results. There’s definitely a learning curve changing from quilting them from the back to using the Pantovision but I don’t expect it to take me too long to retrain myself.

This was my July Arrow HST quilt from our Precut Challenge and the pantograph is Apex. While I used the digital version, there is also a paper version.

This is what the machine looks like in running view – again, my machine is not computerized. It is completely hand guided but the pantograph patterns are now digital rather than paper – I still quilt the pattern.

Here’s a view of the front of the quilt.

And the back, I think next time I might nudge the rows just a little closer.