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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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Janome 3160

Started by Gail Tesson. Last reply by Ali Stanley Jul 15. 4 Replies

I'm thinking of buying a Janome 3160. Is it a good machine? Has anyone had problems with this model?Continue

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?

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Comment by Ali Stanley 6 hours ago

It sounds like the UFO challenge is a good motivational idea, Janet.  I started out quilting with the idea that I wanted to do all the work on my quilts myself, so was strongly interested in learning free motion quilting.  So far, so good...I'm working on quilt #19 over the last three years.  The one lesson I've learned a couple times over is to not judge a quilt until it's quilted.  I've had several projects that I was disappointed in as far as fabric choices, but loved the quilt when it was finished.  Sometimes the quilting makes the quilt.  I just finished a queen-sized chain link pattern quilt that I saw done in 30's reproduction fabrics in a book on scrappy quilts.  I decided to do it in Connecting Threads Cottage Chic line, with a couple different shades of gray to prevent it from looking like an overgrown crib quilt.  I was a little dubious about it the entire time I was piecing it, but it turned out very nice and doesn't look at all like I thought it would.  It's just a nice summer quilt that looks like I should add English lace frilly curtains to the bedroom.  So don't give up even if you think you don't like the quilt.  Your work is beautiful, and I think you could make even a really homely quilt pretty.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO 7 hours ago

Janet, you sure are doing a good job with your straight line quilting.

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm 11 hours ago
Janet....you are amazing!!..the way you whip out these quilts!!..we love the quilt show you give us!!..this quilt is stunning ! .I love the aqua!.and the touch of red..it makes the quilt pop!
Comment by Janet/MO 11 hours ago

Thanks Ali.  I had somewhere around 20 unquilted tops when I bought my Pfaff almost 2 yrs ago & am down to 4.  One of those will be my Sept UFO for the UFO challenge.  One of the tops was a paper pieced mystery from Carol Doak's Yahoo group that I used to belong to.  I'm not really happy with my fabric choices so I'm having a hard time getting the urge to quilt that one.  I keep reminding myself that it might look totally different once it is quilted, but for right now there really isn't enough contrast between the 2 fabrics so it looks kind of washed out.  I am undecided about whether or not to tackle the 3rd one and will definitely need to pay a longarm quilter for the 4th one as it is huge!  Just the thought of trying to baste that one breaks me out in hives! 

Comment by Ali Stanley 22 hours ago

Beautiful, Janet!  Your quilting is lovely, and you're zooming through those UFO's.  I'm curious, though...just how many UFO's do you have squirreled away???  I'm still fairly new at quilting, and I just want fair warning on what's to come in the future.  :) 

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

I finished quilting a round robin that I made with some of the ladies on the Piece Around the World group.  I still need to finish hand stitching down the bottom of the hanging sleeve and stitch on the label, but here is a pic of it laying on my sewing room floor. We are doing monthly UFO challenges in that group & that has sure encouraged me to get these tops quilted, bound & labeled.

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on August 20, 2016 at 7:44am
Good Morning Ladies!!...yes, I agree Janet!..I am an old fashioned quilter, I guess...I love every row of stitching strait, if that is what it is supposed to be, or curved-curved....but not stitching over stitching-that is a mess!...I do love free motion, as long as it does overlap previous stitching...
Comment by Janet/MO on August 20, 2016 at 6:46am

It definitely makes it harder to sew/quilt when the room is hot.  I have found myself having to turn my ceiling fan to a higher spin this summer too.  I have a hard time dealing with high humidity, which we have had a lot of this year too.  We have lived in MO for a little over 7-1/2 yrs & I think we have had more thunderstorms this summer than all the rest of the time combined.  Some times the storms help lower the humidity afterwards, but it can be almost unbearable beforehand. 

I keep telling myself that I need to sit aside some time to practice doing FMQ other than stippling.  What I do find helps with that is to listen to kind of peppy music while I'm quilting.  One thing that I just don't care for, and I see this done quite often by the "experts", is the traveling back over top of existing stitching in order to quilt another area.  Both Leah Day & Angela Walters do this a lot & it just seems sloppy to me.  I understand that they have to use contrasting thread in order for it to show up on camera and that it would be more invisible if the thread matched the fabric, but I still don't care for it.  It seems to me that they are substituting speed for quality.  What do you all think?

Comment by Sherri Eley on August 20, 2016 at 5:39am

Finally talked myself into starting the quilting on my youngest granddaughter's quilt.  I had told her it would be finished over a month ago. but quilting is my least favorite part of a project. guess that is why I have so many UFO's and scrap quilts in progress.  I have never had the patience to learn how to free motion with confidence. So I use my walking foot and a combination of straight lines interspersed with gentle curves.  I only put in a couple of sections each day.  It is hot in my sewing space,  especially if I am using the iron. And my DH is complaining about the electric bill, since the AC has run non stop for most of the summer.  I am looking forward to fall.  Never been a fan of summer and heat.   But with global climate change upon us this is what we will all have to get used to.  

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on August 18, 2016 at 7:25am
Good Morning Ladies!..Cat Lady, your quilts are gorgeous!..the colors just pop!..thanks for all the info..I too will be watching for that batt at my JoAnn in SoCalif...
 

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