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I noticed in one of your posts that you had basted a quilt prior to actual quilting. I would like to know the best method for basting. I have been cross basting about every 8 inches. Would grid basting work better? And what is the best way to do this? Cynthia
Yes, Cynthia, the above quilt needed to come off the frame before it was done so I could get some samples completed. I used a crosshatch basting, the spacing was about every 4 inches. I did not want any of the fabric to shift or move which could have created possible areas that would cause the material to pleat. If you only baste in one direction you risk the chance of the fabric shifting the other way.
How do you quilt a king size quilt (120″ square) on a 10 foot frame? Daniela
Hi Daniela, This is not a situation I have ever experienced. However, in thinking through the process here’s the plan of attack I would consider: I’d have to completely ignore my first thought which tells me to “Run for the hills and dismiss any further notion of quilting a king size quilt!” There is so much potential for things to go awry. But I guess if I had no choice and needed to be very brave I would (fingers crossed) recommend the following:
I encourage you to load the backing, which would allow the part that didn’t fit on the frame to be situated to your right hand side. Take time to ensure that you have an area to the left of the quilt where tension can be tested etc. Next, I advise loading and floating the top. In doing you then can mark how far over to go. This will create some fluff room. When the quilt is then advanced very carefully bring the “extra” backing and top and roll it. After this is accomplished unload and reload the sandwich with the surplus hanging off the left and finalize the process.
**NOTE: I have NOT had to execute this process, therefore, I do not know how well this method will work. Again, this is how I would strive to quilt a king size quilt on a small frame. Good luck, please share your results and I hope all goes well!
Hey L…when are you going to come and teach a class here in Florida… you could mix work with fun we have really nice golf courses here! Seriously I do have a question… do you free motion with the stitch regulator or without…I am new to the long arm coming from a sit down…I seem to get beautiful results on my free motion feathers and curves when I turn it off…turn it on… not so good! Just wondering! Jan
Hi Jan, you don’t have to say the word Florida to me twice! I’d love to come your way for a little warm weather, golf and quilting, of course! To answer your question I complete most of my fill work with the stitch regulator off. I find the machine always feels much smoother when I don’t have the stitch regulator on. In my opinion, if you are getting better results without engaging the stitch regulator, then by all means go for it. Remember, there are NO rules. But you may want to examine how many stitches per inch it is set on once your regulator is activated. This could indicate that you’re stitches aren’t set appropriate, maybe go for more stitches per inch.
I did receive a couple of late entries to the show~n~tell post that I didn’t want to neglect sharing with everyone. So enjoy these wonderful designs!
Kathy Jessee’s beautiful Unicorn! The detail is amazing!
Carol Higdon’s created this incredible quilt for her grandson’s wedding! Is anyone surprised that to observe a ribbon hanging from it? I’m not! Way to go Carol!
Thanks for sending me your inquires. I hope I was able to give you some insight on the question, or concern you shared. Feel free to send me any quilts questions that you stumble upon during your design process. I’d be more than happy incorporate them into my posts.