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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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Speed on my sewing machine.....question

Started by Jo Guthridge. Last reply by J.S. Oct 8, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a kenmore machine that has worked pretty well learning my machine quilting. My question is for some reason I can not get it to go slow like it did before. The speed is controlled by the foot…Continue

Janome 3160

Started by Gail Tesson. Last reply by Ali Stanley Jul 15, 2016. 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, 2016. 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

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Comment by Janet/MO 17 hours ago

Barbara, hopefully you can find the panel that Tanyel mentioned because the store here doesn't have one.  She said the closest she has is more of a cartoon so I doubt that would work.  She & her employee liked the way the quilt I made for my brother turned out.  

Comment by Tanyel B 17 hours ago

There is some muscle car fabrics currently in stores. They even have a panel.  It’s American Muscle fabric panel by Chelsea DesignWorks for Studio E Fabrics.You may try google to see if you can find it somewhere. 

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann 19 hours ago

oooo!! online shopping be marvelous, and the connection would be much appreciated, Janet.  There are far too many places to look online.

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

Thanks Barbara & Debbi.  I know he will love it.  

Barbara, the shop where I bought this panel is owned by a couple we rented a duplex from when we first moved to MO almost 12 yrs ago.  She loves panels and has a great selection.  I plan on stopping there today to show them my brother's quilt so I will ask her if she has any showing muscle cars.  She does mail out of town so if she has any, I will let you know and the contact information.  

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ yesterday

I LOVE the quilt, Janet! It's gorgeous. Great job!

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann yesterday

Very nice use of a panel, Janet.  I've been looking for something similar only featuring a "muscle" car, preferably blue, for a friend who loves to work on his collection and show them.  Seems pretty similar to what I like to do with quilts, only he manages to keep his "babies" down to only 4 or 5.  I did manage to get a few more tops pieced afore it got so very hot here in Tucson.  I get such sticky hands I do not like to play with fabric.  Still working on improving my range of motion for my sad shoulder.  Not yet up to loading onto the longarm, but I am still hoping.  Be nice to retrofit with computer function to do the quilting.  Will have to look into that if/when a get just a bit more oomph to my reach.  I will be happy to manage on my trusty old Bernina.  Will be trying some variations of QAYG as soon as temps cool back down.  I'm thinking some of the lattice looking techniques on the back with crazy bits of stash fabrics might make for a very fun quilt back. Monsoon rains have not happened this year, so it's been much hotter than usual

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

A couple of years ago my older brother asked me if I ever saw fabric with tractors on it.  I told him I would keep an eye out & let him know if I ever found some.  A couple of months ago I was in a quilt shop and saw 3 panels that had tractors on them.  I sent him a pic of the one I liked the best and he said to go for it.  He paid for the fabric & I supplied the labor & batting as an early 70th birthday gift for him.  I put way more quilting in to it than I probably should have as I outline quilted most of the motifs, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  I'm going to MI next week to attend a memorial service for my cousin's husband and will give it to my brother then.

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

Barbara, I apologize about not seeing your message.  As the listowner I should be paying closer attention!  Did you get all of your tops quilted that  you wanted to get done?  Years ago when I was first learning how to quilt I tried QAYG, but was not happy with how the back looked when I tried to connect the blocks together.  I really should try it again now that it is been 30 yrs since I tried it.  How is your shoulder doing?

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on April 1, 2020 at 8:58am

busy ladies!  I'm working on several sewalongs (Bonnie Hunter's, Cozy Quilts, and Edyta Sitar's) as well as getting some older WIPs ready to machine quilt.  I've been keeping things small since I am still a bit limited on how my damaged shoulder can wrestle with the quilt sandwich.  Way too easy to drift along and not get much done, but I'm trying to make progress on at least two each day.  Have a patriotic red, white, and blue, 1800s repros, pink and blue pastels with cream (very girly-girl), a blue and white, and a very scrappy with white accents and purple background underway.  I'm considering quilt as you go techniques for some older sets of blocks that will make bedsized tops and got set aside until I could wrestle with quilt tops again.  Any experience with QAYG or a fav method?

Comment by Janet/MO on April 1, 2020 at 8:12am

Bluprint.com is offering free viewing on their site for the next few days.  Marti Michel has a class on her technique of adding batting as you go so you might want to check it out.  I have not watched it so can't really give a recommendation one way or the other.  I should take the time to do that!

The class I took is on IQuilt.com, which is part of AQS.  The idea of stitching in the ditch between blocks did not include stitching in each section of a block, but just in the area where one block was sewn to another or to a sashing strip.  If done correctly, this doesn't really show from the front and if you are using a print on the back, it may not show that much there either.  I have found if I use my open toe applique foot, I can stay in the ditch pretty well.  


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