Monday, August 5, 2019

Quilting Progress

My next watermelon project is on the frame, shooting for a Friday finish. Here's a sneak peek of the quilting on one of the watermelon wedges.


quilted Watermelon wedge

I decided to quilt a big stipple in the wedge to help travel to all of stitch-in-the-ditch quilting around the seeds. In Watermelon Twist, I just did the seeds, 


Watermelon Twist wedge by QuiltFabrication


which meant A LOT of stops and starts. That was fine for Watermelon Twist, as it's a table runner and not getting heavy use. But for this second quilt, which is a lap/twin size, those wedges needed more quilting than that. 

Wanting to keep the quilting density fairly even on this quilt, I decided to custom quilt a pantograph around the wedges. Sure, I could freehand that area, but I know I may go crazy and make it too dense - don't want that. And there's a certain look I'm going for, which is consistency, something a panto can provide. I want the quilting to enhance this quilt, not steal the show!

So, I've chosen a pantograph call Pretty Paisley, which gives me the 'juice squirt' look I want, and in an elegant way.



Ah, but there are watermelon wedges in the way for this panto to be quilted as it is. If I had a computer on my machine, I could tell it where those are, set it up, and be on my merry way.

But, no, I'll follow my Pantographs Plus Custom Quilting tutorial by blocking out parts of the panto with wedge shaped pieces of paper. 


pantograph blocked out with a paper wedge

Then I'll know where to stop and start, and get my exercise moving from the back to the front of the machine. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

I'll show more progress on Wednesday - until then:
Happy Quilting!




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4 comments:

  1. Hi Susan! This is fascinating. Love the panto and especially how you customized it for your needs. I really cannot wait for the reveal later this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Clever Idea. Love, love, love the runner, waiting impatiently for the big quilt reveal.

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  3. Your watermelons are so beautiful and your quilting is always amazing, of course!

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