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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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Machine quilting hints from Susan Cleveland that appeared in the AQS magazine for Nov 2012.

Started by Janet/MO. Last reply by Sandra Commins Nov 11, 2013. 16 Replies

These are hints that were in a very informative article in it about machine quilting by Susan Cleveland.She says we should be doing stitch in the ditch on every quilt we machine quilt and after…Continue

Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Janet/MO Jul 23, 2013. 34 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

Tips on using Invisible Thread

Started by Cat Lady--MO. Last reply by Linda A Feb 14, 2013. 9 Replies

I would like to know if you have any tips on using "invisible thread" in quilting.

What machine do you use for home quilting?

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by Ann Bowman Jan 8, 2013. 16 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

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Comment by Gayle/La. on Monday

Since I have been using this longarm I have found that I am losing a bit of my design also.  I have a tough time then when trying to hem the binding by hand.  I am working on one of my Christmas gift quilts that is turning into the easiest job because I was extra careful to not get too close to the edge and therefore I have a complete design in the border.  I sm glad that I won't be laying under it tho' as I used the Warm and Gentle batting and to me it is tooooo heavy, my DH loves it.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 10, 2014 at 7:07am

I know, I used to mark or even thread baste that quarter-inch line, but it always seemed when I was doing things like cross-hatching, I would loose some of those turns after the binding was added.

This worked great for the feathers.  Had a couple of spots where there was a small pleat of fabric between the feather and the binding, but since everything is that black print and black thread, you really have to have a magnifying glass (or your nose on the quilt) to see it.

I do need to remember to leave at least a palm's width of batting and/or backing beyond the edge of the top on all four sides when I am basting though.  Sometimes I have hardly anything on the edge to hang onto when I am quilting the border. 

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on April 9, 2014 at 6:05am

Cat Lady - that sounds like a great idea! It sure beats marking 1/4" from the edge of the quilt (which is what I've done in the past). I hope it continues to go well!

Comment by Janet/MO on April 8, 2014 at 7:10pm

Cat Lady, I don't know if you have ever heard of Trudie Hughes, but that is the way she quilted her borders too.  She said it kept her quilts more square as well. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on April 8, 2014 at 2:39pm
Good luck Cat Lady!..quilting on dark print black is hard to do!..it would be nice if we had a light box underneath our needles so we could see where we were going!
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 8, 2014 at 2:32pm

Right now in that narrow 3" border space I am quilting feathers with black thread on a dark print black fabric.  Talk about needing a lot of light!  But I love the way the quilting shadows on the border.

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on April 8, 2014 at 12:19pm
That is the way I do mine..Cat Lady
Comment by Pam/NY on April 8, 2014 at 7:46am

I have done the same thing on my quilts Cat Lady

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 8, 2014 at 7:25am

I love your Eye Spy quilts, Pam.

Have been doing something different lately.  I have been adding the binding to the quilt before I have the outer border quilted.  Not sewn to the back yet, just sewn through the three layers from the top.  That way I know how far I can go to the border edge without the design being chopped off in the binding.  So far it has been working well.  Never have been one to follow the "rules."

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on April 8, 2014 at 5:19am

Pam - I love the I Spy quilts! Great job!


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