A pantograph is an economical choice, but people often wonder if it would do their quilt justice. Would it really look good stitched over applique?
It certainly can!
|Client Quilt - a feathery panto suits the heritage feel of this hand-appliqued beauty|
What about over hand piecing?
|Client Quilt - entirely pieced by hand. Feathers were top choice again, for good reason.|
|Client Quilt - quilting enhances without overwhelming. The quilt remains the "star". (ha - stars, really!)|
It's important to match the character of the panto to the character of the quilt. The scale of the quilting motif should also suit the size of the piecing. Generally, smaller piecing would benefit from denser quilting, and vice versa.
Much as I love custom quilting, many quilts shine just as brightly with an overall design.
|Client Quilt - swirly texture complements geometric piecing.|
The purpose of a quilt (is it for the bed or wall? for show or daily use? to celebrate a special occasion? is it a comfort quilt?), its intended recipient (adult? kid? loved one? charity? raffle?) - and even who is paying the bill - also play into the quilting decision.
Remember that a carefully chosen pantograph can be a very successful option, from both a design and a budgetary point of view.
Try, Learn, & Grow!