What’s the best way to machine quilt?
I started this thread because I look at pictures and read articles in quilting magazines and just DROOL over the lovely finished pieces. I read the articles very carefully and most of them are excellent at providing details on how to cut the blocks, how to piece together – but when it comes to the quilting part (which to my mind makes the quilt) – it usually says ‘quilt as desired’. GRRRRR!!!!!
I don’t know about all of you but I don’t have a $10,000 quilting machine (and even if I did, no room to put it!!!). I do have a gorgeous Baby Lock Quilter’s Pro that my wonderful mom bought me for my birthday – a 9 inch bed and the ability to cut the thread without leaving a tail is a true luxury – plus the SPEED! oh boy!
But even so – if I am trying to quilt even a 5′ by 5′ quilt and I am not doing it in the ditch, I still have a lot of trouble manuvering all that fabric. So here is what I tried so far;
Installed my walking foot. Definitely helps but not enough.
Tried a modified version of Georgia Bonesteel’s lap quilting technique. I divide the quilt into 3 sections, quilt each seaprately, then attach then together and hand stitch the back seams. Not too bad but a lot of hand sewing.
Found a new technique which I need to try – make the quilt top and cut the backing to size – but cut the batting into 3 separate sections. Insert the middle piece of batting and roll up the 2 sides. Then quilt. Add each end piece, whip stitching each to the middle piece, then quilt. Supposedly eliminates the hand sewing on the back while reducing the bulk.
I would love to be more creative with my quilting, but manuvering all that fabric, even in smaller sections, is a challenge. Any suggestions/tips?
I attached a baby quilt that I did using Georgia’s technique.