My Quilting Adventure Week 35
Posted by KJCB on August 17, 2017
Good morning fellow quilters! The quilt top that I am sharing here is a top that I made during our QOV sewing days.
The top has actually been quilted in this first photo because I forgot to take my traditional "quilt top unfinished hanging on the frame photo!" I really enjoyed making the block in the center of this quilt and may pull it out again in the future for another project. It's one of those blocks that you can twist and turn in different layouts to achieve different looks.
I wanted to add a bit of "patriotic flare" to the quilt so I turned to the BERNINA Q-Matic and a pantograph that uses stars and loops. Now, I can free-motion loops and stars; however, my stars are generally a little lopsided and are made by going point-to-point through the center instead of around the outside as seen here. I decided to go with the star that looks a bit more tidy.
Here's another view of the pantograph stitching. If you aren't familiar with the term pantograph, it means a repeating design that goes from edge-to-edge across the quilt top. These "rows" can be nested together down the length of the quilt to give the appearance of an allover design even though it was quilted in parallel rows. The BERNINA Q-Matic makes it easy to fit the pantograph across the width of the quilt, adding or deleting design repeats to fit without stretching or compressing.
One more shot of the design across the quilt from the "backing" side of the quilt. (Don't mind the dust on the quilt frame...we all know how dusty cotton can be :)) See the two white belts above the long arm table? Those are what the machine rides on when the BERNINA Q-Matic is engaged.
So the only downside to using pantographs is that you do have to plan your spacing a bit so that you don't end up with "design holes" at the bottom of your quilt. As usual, I didn't plan my design very well because I did have some space left between my last two rows of pantograph. I added some single stars at various jaunty angles into the open areas to fill in the design. Because the stars are similar to the stars in the pantograph, it really doesn't take away from the overall design. It was just an extra step for the quilter :)
Voila! One finished QOV quilt top that is ready to be bound. A word about the block used in the quilt: I found this pattern on a website that has a wealth of free patterns geared toward QOV quilt projects. Persimmon Quilts has many QOV block patterns as well as QOV "mystery" quilts that are free to use. I highly recommend you visit her website to see what she has to offer for your next QOV project. The block I used her is called the "Army Block." I made enough blocks plus borders to meet the size requirement for Indiana QOV using the block pattern. Check it out!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: "Army Block" by Persimmon Quilts
Fabric: (Mainly) Prairie Paisley by Minick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt 2309
Finished size: 64" x 72"
Quilt Top Tally: 35