This lovely sampler quilt belongs to Vanda. She loves Oriental fabrics and it was neat to see a sampler pieced from them instead of the more typical traditional fabrics.
We used a dark gold Magnifico thread and one of my newer pantos called "Breath of the gods". It gave a really nice texture to the quilt.
I had a bit of an "Aha!" moment when doing my last couple of pantos. I am going to share my process for the last row of a panto as I have a system down that really works for me.
When I am ready to advance the quilt, I place a camp behind my front wheel to mark a spot on the partial row on the bottom of the panto. (The read dot is a little faint, but I think you can see it.)
I then advance the quilt and place the needle directly above the same spot on the panto.
Now to figure out how far I need to stitch to cover the end of the quilt. It is never a full row. I go to the front of the machine, and stitch down the edges of the quilt. I then place the needle about 1" past the bottom edge of the quilt.
I then go the the back of the machine and place a clamp in front of my front wheel. I now have given myself a boundary to not pass. You can see the red dot shows how much of the panto row that I need to stitch. I used to lay rulers out along the length of the panto, but this is much simpler. I sew normally from right to left and when I hit the clamp I then sew towards the left until I can rejoin the the line and continue sewing the pattern.
Here is what the end result looks like at the bottom of the quilt. A very easy way to end the panto, and uses up the least amount of batting and backing possible.