I’ve been concentrating on charity quilts in for the past few weeks, and recently quilted two sampler style quilts meant for Elizabeth House, a local hospice. Both quilts are samplers of a block of the month, pieced by a lady who made two blocks a month. The blocks were assembled into two quilts by my friend Marti with sashing and borders added to make them large enough for the hospice. She is a perfect piecer, always giving me the flattest tops, a joy to quilt. I loaded the first one on the longarm, and decided on a pantograph.
All the angles needed something with curves to balance it out, so I picked the pantograph Fascination, that I have used many times before.
I used the same muddy brown Essentials that I have used before as well, it goes with just about everything. Bottom Line thread in is the bobbin.
The quilting shows well on the dark areas of the blocks, while not overpowering the lighter star patches.
I thought I needed a few new pantographs to expand the offerings, so while I was working on that quilt, I ordered a few more. Loading the second quilt, you can see it is almost the same as the one above. If you think they are identical, look at the block to the left of the pink star in both quilts. You’ll see a slight difference in that block.
The new pantograph design is reminiscent of a clamshell, or a fan, and it quilted up really nicely. It is a bit more difficult to stitch because of its simplicity. These show more wobbles than an intricate design, but after a bit I got the motion down. Doing some practice moves without stitching helps to build some muscle memory.
I used the same color of thread too. The batting is Warm and White for both quilts. The pantograph is Fan Tails designed by Naomi Hynes for Urban Elementz.
This pic came out a bit blurry, but the pantograph design can still be seen. The thread color goes nicely on the green and browns. I really like this pantograph!
The borders show the quilting nicely here.
This color thread just goes well with all the colors in this quilt, even the red-orange.
The second one is done. I forgot to get a finish picture of the first one, but it looks much the same at this distance.
‘Tis the season for giving!! Charity quilting is even more special this time of year.
What are you working on this week?