This week I am all about finishes - more specifically trying to get some items ticked off my 2016 FAL list before the end of the month! Currently I have ticked 10 projects off the list - but there's still 15 remaining!
On Monday there were two pairs of pyjamas trousers, yesterday was a small quilt for Project Linus and today we have another quilt for Project Linus.
Not only is this a FAL finish, it is also my #BraveQuilter challenge for June. I got my longarm machine last July and I have never attempted to use a pantograph with it so that's what I did yesterday.
This was the pattern that came with the machine and 11 months on it was still wrapped in plastic!
I didn't get any progress shots because I was too busy concentrating. Basically you use a laser light to follow the lines on the paper which in turn quilts the pattern on your loaded quilt.
My thoughts on the process:
1. It felt very strange to stand behind the machine and operate it from there. The handles are at a different height, there's not that much room for moving around there but the biggest thing was that you can't see the quilt .... it felt very weird to be quilting blind as it were.
2. I don't like the pattern on this pantograph very much which meant I didn't really enjoy doing it.
3. There is no point in using pantographs for small quilts. I could have quilted this size quilt freehand with just one advance of the rollers but using the pantograph I had to advance every row - so 5 advances in all!
4. Always advance with the needle in the correct position - it takes a lot longer to figure out where to start quilting the next row if you don't.
4. I think I would get far smoother curves and points by doing this freehand.
Ok, so here's the results ... visually!
The texture is gorgeous and I admit I quite the uniformity of the design. In fact I think I like the back more than the front!
I applied the binding in the same way I did yesterday, by joining the binding with an angled join. Perfect again - and this time I didn't even need the tutorial up.
Would I do it again? I think it would be a good skill to master, especially if you are going to do customer quilts. Some people like to see exactly what design is going on the quilts and pantographs give this option very well. However, I don't think it will become my thing - I love freehand guiding the machine and seeing where it takes me! Although I do remember saying something similar about ruler work and I now quite enjoy it!
Linking up with Lorna at Let's Bee Social today.
I will be linking up to Pink Doxies when the link opens at the end of the month.