Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Pantographs

Usually I finish a quilt and bind it immediately but I was in the mood to quilt so yesterday I loaded and started a second HeartStrings top which I just finished. Both quilts were quilted with new pantographs and since neither one is bound - I'm just showing these photos of the quilting.

The Rectangle Strings was quilted with a pantograph called Feather Me by Mereth. I picked it up at the Golden Threads booth at MQS. The longer circular sections gave me a bit of a challenge as my new machine just does not move all that smoothly but I love the looks of the quilting on this quilt and the wobbles aren't too noticeable on this busy top.

I had a chance to talk with Gammill at MQS and it was suggested I check my track and try to run the machine in manual mode to see if it made a difference. Well it does run much smoother but there's a reason I bought a stitch regulated machine! I'm going to give them a call and see if there's anything I can do to improve how it moves.

The Blue HeartStrings quilt was pieced at the MN area sew-in the end of April and was quilted with a pantograph by Lorien Quilting from Willow Leaf Studios called Happy Times. What a quick easy pantograph and it looks great - I'll be using this one again too.

7 comments:

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Both quilts turned out lovely! I sure hope you get things worked out on your machine so that it runs more smoothly!

Pam said...

The purple is just plain yummy! love the wide floral border on it and the quilting is wonderful.

BTW...the more I see your cute haircut the more tempted I am to cut mine off...oh, if only my hair was straighter, or at least less curly!

Pam @
www.pamgwillim.com

Vicki W said...

Both quilts are fantastic!

meggie said...

Fabulous!! I just love the rich colours, & think that quilting makes them perfect. I wish I could afford to have mine done professionally.

Anonymous said...

Love the quilts! Didn't realize you were struggling with your Gammil Wheels. You may want to seriously consider some edgerider wheels. Made a huge difference in my curves. The other thing that I worked with was the placement of my power cord. HTH - Jan

cher said...

fabulous quilts....and great quilting as usual Mary- I love your haircut-as I am going in today...it's tempting to have it all cut off again-however, I want to grow it longer so I guess I will stick to my plan...

Susan said...

The quilts are great, and I like your new pantographs. I like the new pic of you on the page. Isn't there some kind of stuff you can put on the wheels so that they move more smoothly - not graphite, but it seems to me there was something else, maybe a wax on the track?