When I attend quilt shows, I love to look at how the quilts have been quilted as well as the fabrics! Many are done on long arm machines with intricate patterns, others are simply done, in the ditch, with decorative stitches or straight lines. When I made my first quilt I had no idea how much the quilting process changes the quilt.
How to decide?
This is a quote I found from Mari Martin, ” the pieced top and quilting design are like two individuals who, when discerningly matched, make perfect partners for the life of the quilt. When successfully achieved, the dedicated quilter will enjoy an experience made in heaven”. The rest of the article gives great advice on how to figure it out.
How to do it?
If you’re going to do it yourself, arm yourself with the tools that will help. A quilting table or large dining table to support your quilt. A pair of quilting gloves, to help hold the quilt and keep your hands relaxed.
For straight lines, a walking foot/evenfeed foot or the Acufeed foot (only on specific machines), will keep your layers from shifting.
Thinking about free motioning your quilt? Practice with a pencil on paper first, drawing a design and not lifting your pencil. Watching videos of some experts. Leah Day has some really neat ones! And there are many, many others. A free motion foot/darning foot or a Convertible Free Motion foot AND a low tension bobbin case. This bobbin case has less tension then the regular one and will help to prevent eyelashing on the underside of your quilt.
And then there’s embroidering your quilt! Acufil is available on our MC12000 & 15000. You can cover your entire quilt with stippling and be done in a couple of hours! Try out some outline quilt designs. Your quilt could be done even faster. Check out our past blogs for more info.
How do you quilt your quilts? Please let us know, we would love to hear!