Charlotte’s Baskets

Yeah – another finish! I am averaging one quilt finish a week with the new quilting machine and love it. This quilt top (50″ x 50″) is wider than my frame, so my plan was to use a pantograph in the center of the quilt, then free motion quilt the inner & outer border. This plan mostly worked – the biggest issue was stopping the pantograph before stitching into the inner border. I will need to give this some more thought before trying it again.

The next quilt top on the machine was Autumn Card Tricks. Several years ago I had purchased the Top Anchor Baptist Fans ruler, but never had the courage to attempt it with the sit-down machine. Now that I had a quilting machine on a frame it was time to give it a try.

For the most part I was happy with the fans and I knew the more I used the ruler the better they would look. However that came to an abrupt end Friday evening.

As you can see, the ruler broke. I was finishing the third row when this happened, so everything came to a standstill while I reevaluated my options.

It was a clean break, so the two ends could be glued back together to finish the quilt or I could take out the Baptist Fans stitching and redo with a new quilting motif. I decided on the second option since I did not trust the ruler would perform properly until the quilt top was finished.

Now that Autumn Card Tricks is in the “unsewing” stage, I will need to decide which quilt top will be loaded on the frame next.

Merry Christmas,


2 thoughts on “Charlotte’s Baskets

  1. Donna

    Hi Marlene, I have enjoyed looking at your quilts for a couple years now ( I think) I have also tried to do a pattern on a quilt too big for the frame or maybe just too big for the panto to follow. I use groovy boards mostly, but the problems are exactly the same. I now only use boards with a design that has a single entry and exit spot when there is not enough room. For pantos, find one that you can draw a line down and only cross the design once. Load your quilt so you can start the design on the left side and do as many repeats of the pattern as you can, making sure to stop at your single entry/ exit spot.
    Roll to the next row and repeat. After your last row, remove the quilt and reload, offsetting it to the left. Now you only have to line up your one starting point for each row. Blue painters tape on my board reminded me that I was approaching the end of my quilt area. You are right, though. Doing a quilt too large for the frame or the pattern requires lots of preplanning. I wish I was better at FMQ. Happy Holidays!

    1. Marlene Post author

      Thank you Donna. The You-tube video I watched moved the quilt to the left on every row which seemed like an awkward way to do it. Your idea sounds like it would be more time efficient as well as easier to manage. I will definitely try this on my next larger quilt. Happy New Year and thank you for visiting.


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