Spent the last week and a half finishing some UFO’s. Now there are five quilts to be bound which is a couple days work for me. It is so good to have these quilted. Sometimes I don’t quilt a top because I’m just not sure how I want to quilt it. Either I can’t decide about the block background or the sashing or there is some indecision somewhere.
My quilting machine is a Nolting Hobby Quilter which was one of the first (if not the first) machines made for the home hobbyist. It’s a workhorse and has served me well. And the reality is that I’m never going to spend as much as it costs to get a top of the line computerized quilting machine. It’s just not on my wish list.
Years ago I bought the stylus and some of the Quilt EZ motif template boards. I never bought the pantograph boards because I prefer to work from the front of the machine, and really enjoy doing freehand work. But that’s not to say that there aren’t some pantograph designs that I like. In fact, I have designed quite a few myself. The problem with paper pantographs is that I have trouble following the lines (could never color inside the lines in a coloring book either). The nice thing about these boards is that the stylus fits inside a small groove and it’s a lot easier to follow the lines.
After using the heart for the Candy Hearts quilt and enjoying using the templates again for the large hearts, I decided to buy some pantograph boards. Two of my favorites are the interlocking squares and the Baptist fan. And it has been so much fun for me to finish some quilts that I couldn’t decide how to quilt. The red and blue and yellow and green quilt had such wide sashing that every time I looked at it, I folded it back up and put it in the “later” stack. I love, love, love the interlocking squares on it.
And yes, I’m thrilled to have the Candy Hearts finished — that was a lot of work. But I’m just as happy to have these others quilted too.