My Favorite Modern Quilting Pantographs

My Favorite Modern Quilting Pantographs

Until a couple of years ago, I had quilted pretty much every single one of my quilts myself. I love that part of the process and I enjoy doing my own quilting, but I discovered that (1) I make a ton of quilts and I don't always have time to quilt them all, (2) quilts that have been long-arm quilted look really nice when photographed which is great for pattern covers, and (3) collaborating with an experienced long-arm quilter adds a whole new dimension of creativity to a quilt.

Since then, Heidi of Piece and Joy Quilting Co. has quilted many of the quilts that have ended up on my pattern covers and I have loved working with her.

10 Modern Quilting Pantographs - Kitchen Table Quilting

When I first starting handing my projects over to her, I was pretty clueless about choosing a quilting design. There are so many options! Heidi has helped guide me through finding the right choices for my projects and here are 10 of my favorite pantograph designs that lend themselves to modern quilts.

Cakewalk by Sarah Ann Myers

How awesome is this quilting design? I love how the loops look random, but they aren't.

The Erica Quilt Pattern in Picture Book - Kitchen Table Quilting

Abacus by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell

My favorite part about this design is that everything is very evenly spaced. I think that this gives a very modern look to the finished quilting and it has a fantastic texture.

The Kara Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting

Modern Plaid by Patricia Ritter

The Hazel Quilt in Warp & Weft Heirloom - Kitchen Table Quilting

Heidi's Orange Peel by Heidi Rodli


The Bonnie Quilt in COTY - Kitchen Table Quilting


Light City of Fountains by Julie Hirt

This is a sneak peek at my next pattern!

The Fiona Quilt Pattern

Boardwalk by Barbara Becker

The Verity Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting

Modern Twist by Patricia Ritter

The Mini Plaid-ish Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting

Wallpaper Fan by The Quilting Mill

The Stella Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting

Easy Orange Peel by Patricia Ritter

The Penny Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting

Rosemary by Debora Lobban

When I first saw this design I thought it leaned more traditional, but seeing it on the quilt has changed my mind. The organic look of the quilting is a really nice complement to the straight lines in the quilt.

The Charlotte Quilt in Pure Solids - Kitchen Table Quilting

There are many, many more wonderful pantographs out there and I am looking forward to trying more of them out on future projects. My number one recommendation is to find a long-arm quilter who is experienced and can help guide you in picking a design that will work for your quilt!

My top 10 favorite quilting pantographs - Kitchen Table Quilting

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Jean Krause on

Good Morning, Erica. What a lovely display of new quilts and quilting pantographs. I believe your quilter or you have selected just the right laq pattern to coordinate with the pattern itself. I am also in love with all of the fabrics that you have chosen to make each quilt—perfect combinations. I look forward to your newsletters and inspirations. Thank you very much.

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