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Domestic (Home) Machine Quilters

This group is for people who quilt using their regular home machine to share their knowledge and/or ask for help to improve their skills.

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Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Janet/MO Apr 16. 46 Replies

Hey Y'all,Who prefers free motion quilting vs. in the ditch on your HSM? I prefer in the ditch just because it is easier to handle the massive quilt. I have done free motion on one quilt and it was a…Continue

What machine do you use for home quilting?

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by Janet/MO Dec 12, 2014. 20 Replies

I have a Janome 1600P which came with a New Joy frame.  It's fantastic for free motion quilting. However, I notice that when I do an upward stitch, the stitches skip, although the speed has been set…Continue

Tags: stitches, skipped, machine, sewing

What is your favorite thread?

Started by Char. Last reply by Ali Stanley Dec 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Do you use a special thread when machine quilting?

Help with monofilament!!

Started by Bethany/from CT. Last reply by Joanna liguz Sep 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Ok.  I've used this stuff before with no problems and now, all of a sudden my machine has decided it hates it.  Actually, both of my machines!  Naturally I'm in the middle of a big project and not…Continue

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Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on May 3, 2016 at 7:43pm
I too use the 80/20 batt, that I love for hand quilting..to me, using the 80/20 with machine quilting, makes the quilt look waving..not even !!......like using a Warm and Natural cotton batt...the top finishes smooth and even..I love to use 80/20 for trapunto work to move the fiber into stuffing work..I haven't used Puff yet..
Comment by Janet/MO on May 2, 2016 at 6:29am

This QD batting is just their regular Dream Poly and not the Puff so it might not give me quilt the dimension the Puff would.  I hope to get another quilt basted this week so I will let you all know how well it worked.  It was $9 cheaper than the cotton so if it works well I'm going to use it more often.

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on May 2, 2016 at 5:52am

Janet, please let us know how this turns out. I've only used poly batting once and it wasn't the Quilters Dream Puff. I'm curious.

Comment by Janet/MO on May 1, 2016 at 7:54am

It says it can be quilted up to 12" apart, which seems like a lot to me.  My friend Lynn, who is a longarm quilter, uses the Quilters Dream Puff batting, which I think is a poly batt.  It has a bit more loft than the rest without being a real high loft batt so it gives more dimension to her quilting.  So I would think this would work.  Will let you all know how well this works.

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on May 1, 2016 at 7:31am

Love your quilt - Cat Lady! Beautiful!!!!

Sorry ladies - I've not used Dream Cotton poly batting, so I can't comment. 

Comment by Sherri Eley on May 1, 2016 at 3:39am

I  would like some input as well on poly batting... I generally use all cotton or 80/20,  but my latest top,  is a large  disappearing pinwheel...(an MSQ tutorial) and it just seems to call for a lighter batting.  Also finished ripping out the quilting I put  in a baby  baby quilt in Florida, because I wasn't happy with it...And have decided to  use a poly batting in that as well.   The  cotton makes the quilt so heavy and want  to lighten it up,  because it is more of a crib size quilt and don't want it so heavy. 

Comment by Janet/MO on April 30, 2016 at 2:59pm

Very pretty top Cat Lady.

I went to a very nice quilt show today put on by the Heart of Missouri Quilters Guild in Columbia.  They did a great job considering this was their 1st time putting on a show.  Then I went to Satin Stitches and bought 2 batts and some backing for the next 2 quilts I want to get quilted. 

Do any of you have experience machine quilting the poly batting by Dream Cotton?  I absolutely love their cotton batting, but have not tried their poly batting, but it was less expensive so I decided to give it a try. 

Mary Alice when I first started using the Frixion pens I didn't have any problems, but the last time I did end up with some ghosting where you can still see a little bit of it if the light hits it just right.  I have never had any of the purple come back once it faded, but have had that happen with the water erasable.  If you use that one, you definitely have to get the batting wet along with the fabric to keep it from reappearing.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 30, 2016 at 12:35pm

Now that is has been published, I can share this quilt with you.

This is my Serape Quilt.  The pattern was recently published in the April issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine

I did all of the quilting using the walking foot on my Bernina 440QE.

The fabric is from the Mirage Mottled Fabric line here at CT, and I used Essential Threads in corresponding colors.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 26, 2016 at 2:14pm

Fabric, how tightly it is woven and how the dye or color is applied can have a huge impact on the quilting.  I have had some fabrics that even after washing feel very stiff.  And if the color or resign is painted on, such as many white-on-white and cream-on-cream fabrics, the needle will often skip over those areas.  I have the same trouble when I am hand quilting some of those fabrics.

I am trying to quilt projects as I finish them again this year.  For the most part I am keeping up.  But in a month or two I have a couple of BOMs that will be completed about the same time.  They always seem to put me behind schedule (I have quite a few from years gone by that are still just tops).  I am also trying to work some of my UFOs in when I can.

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on April 26, 2016 at 10:06am

Janet, I too have many quilt tops made waiting for the day they get quilted.  But it seems more projects and life get in the way. 

I haven't had issues with that Fusion pen marking a quilt.  I think it'll wash out though.  I have had issues with a that purple and blue marker coming back though.


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