It reminds me of Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilts organic wavy line quilting. A picture is worth a thousand words so they say, so here is your picture!
I would do two passes, lines 1 and 2, across the quilt to make the outer curved lines. When I got back to the left side of the quilt, I would fill in my ovals as you see at #3, though these would be filling in the ovals between 1 and 2. I used the next set so it is spaced out for clarity. Lines 3 and 4 swoop back and forth five times and then flow between the narrow part to the opposite end of the next oval, where I would swoop back and forth five times again which got me ready to flow between the narrow part to the next ovals.
Did I mark to get the ovals the same width? Yes, with a Hera marker as I went, making a little 'tick' at the 2.5" mark for the maximum width of each oval. You can adapt any pantograph to FMQ; just doodle it to figure out a way to quilt it. I've done a fair bit of pantograph-inspired quilting.
Wouldn't you know it, but shortly after the Drift post, I was looking for a pattern for a reader, and came across an article from ten years ago in McCall's Quilting about doing this very thing, and why it really works well, especially for the early pantographs which weren't intertwined as well as the new ones these days are, and looked very blocky. I was pretty chuffed to read that!
The piecing tip is one you may know, but I learned it many years ago on one of Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts episodes from John Flynn. He's an engineer, and he fascinated me with his point of view on the mechanics of sewing and of quilting. He had the coolest design for adapting your DSM to be a quilting machine, turning it sideways, and using PVC tubes to roll the quilt back and forth under the sewing machine needle. We're talking many years ago, prior to the influx of home longarm machines, so he was quite the revolutionary.
So, feed your block into the machine so that the seams are pointing towards the presser foot.
The reason for this is that the machine tends to push the top layer of fabric towards you, the quilter, so this will help to nest those seams perfectly!
Of course this won't work with seams that are pressed open, but there's no need for pinning, just snuggle the seams of the four-patch in this case, feed them into the machine, and voilà! Nested beautifully. I like to spin the seams so that centre is nice and flat, and I think the teeny four-patch that results is adorable. Of course, pressing onto my alpaca/sheep wool pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas (no affiliation, just love these Canadian-made mats - and check out her socks!) makes these lie extra flat!
I should have a quilt reveal on Friday for you with these Bird Song fabrics by Pat Sloan (her newest line)!
I'll be linking this post up at Kathleen McMusing for her Tips & Tutorials on the 22 of September.