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« on: June 16, 2014 03:55:04 PM »

I know that technically this one isn't done but my part is and I have been dragging it around on my WIP lists for YEARS.  I'm ready to let it go.



It is all finished except for the binding and tying off the quilting threads.  My DH is going to do that.  He is the one who figured out this quilt and cut out all the pieces.  Then we stared at the design wall for a couple hours trying to figure out how to put them together. 

This is one of the earliest quilt tops I finished in my 'modern' most recent, latest period of quilting.  (We made quilts when the spuds were small but they were hurry up and git 'er done projects.  I wasn't working on technique.  Everything was tied and not quilted.)  After I finished this top, I had no idea how to quilt it.  I knew it needed more than stitch in the ditch. 



I finally figured out that I could use my embroidery machine to do the quilting.  Today I put the binding on.  It will soon me out of my hands and I am counting it as a finish since my part is finished!!!!



(Just figured out I started in 2010)

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014 04:08:45 PM »

Very cool pattern and great idea on the embroidery quilting! I was recently gifted an embroidery machine, may have to try this out! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014 04:55:43 PM »

How do you use the embroidery machine to quilt? I have an embroidery machine & have never thought to use it that way..and I do not know how to free motion quilt. I just stitch in the ditch or tye the quilts I have made.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014 05:07:37 PM »

How do you use the embroidery machine to quilt? I have an embroidery machine & have never thought to use it that way..and I do not know how to free motion quilt. I just stitch in the ditch or tye the quilts I have made.

All you need is a single run quilting design.  There are a bajillion traditional styles available on sites like Emblibrary.com  Urban threads has some cool ones as well.   I've digitized my own. I have also used the basic shapes on the machine itself.

Hoop all three layers of the quilt and then stitch out the design using cotton thread. 

The weight of the quilt can be a drag on the machine limiting the motion of the quilting frame.  It can also pull the quilt out of the frame if you are trying to use one of the magnetic hoops.  I find that with bigger quilts I have to hold the bulk of the fabric up off the table and machine to make it run smoothly.

You may also find it convenient to rotate the design on the machine so that you can keep the quilt oriented with the least amount of fabric having to fit through the throat. 

You may have to adjust your tension. 

I use spray baste so I don't have to worry about pins getting caught.

Let me know if you have questions.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014 10:46:15 AM »

The quilting on this is gorgeous! Also I love the backing fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2014 10:11:14 AM »

Waggonswest, Thanks so much for that explaination  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014 02:18:44 AM »

Looks like a Fibonacci design?  I love it, and the quilting is gorgeous!  Smiley
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