Oh have I been having fun working with this NEW ACUFIL QUILTING KIT FOR THE MC12000. Simply great and could put my massage therapist out of business! It’s that much easier on my neck & shoulders than other forms of machine quilting. I am not kidding! I love it.
PROJECT #1: GEISHA WALL HANGING USING TRAPUNTO QUILTING and ACUFIL QUILTING FOR THE MC12000.
I used a printed panel in the center and Asian print & plain black fabric for the borders. Finished size is 37 ½ x 58 inches.
- BIG TIP: if you plan to be doing Acufil quilting almost up to the outer edge of the quilt like I did in this quilt, you WILL need to plan ahead and cut your batting & backing fabric quite a bit larger than you need – probably at least 4 inches beyond the edge of the quilt top. Yes, I know this will be cut off before you do your binding. However, you can reserve those bits for other smaller projects. Think of this as being a type of leader like on a large quilting frame – you need the fabric to clamp into the hoop. Without it, your quilt edge will be “floating” and you run the risk of it shifting and not quilting in the exact spot you require. Ask me how I know!
I am SO impressed with this Acufil Quilting system as I find it amazingly easier on my neck & shoulders than some other forms of machine quilting. I am not “fighting” with mounds of fabric sandwich; nor am I having to concentrate so hard on getting my free motion even and perfect. The JANOME MC12000 does it ALL for me! Once I have marked the quilt, I do not even get up from my chair or remove the ASQ22 hoop from the machine: I just push down on the hard ASQ22 template; clamp the 8 magnets to the hoop ensuring the fabric markings were lined up with the template. When one hooping is quilted, I simply unclamp & move the fabric to the next marked crosshair & repeat the process. Genuinely “Lickety-split”!
The wall hanging was bound using the JANOME QUILT BINDER SET – another lickety-split quick way to do a somewhat time consuming technique. THANK YOU, JANOME!!!