Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting: Sue’s Queen-Size Stipple

Sue has been coming to my weekly craft night for a few months, now. After a time or two, she decided she wanted to pull out a quilt she started in the 80’s and finally, finally finish it! And, boy is that girl fast! Once she put her mind to it, she was unstoppable! (She’s finished another quilt and cut out another since.)

Lucky me, she let me try out my brand new machine on her quilt first! (She’s brave like that.) So I loaded it on up, got a feel for it, and got to work!

She said she just wanted a simple allover quilting design that wouldn’t compete with the busy-ness of the piecing, so I went with the classic stipple. Plus, that seemed like a good starting point to get a feel for the machine.

I think it turned out really fun, and Sue loved it (Yay!) Not bad for a first attempt, eh?



Learning to Longarm Quilt: Part one.

I’ve been a bit distracted from the blog for a bit, and here’s why:

I know, right!?

A few weeks ago I got a bee in my bonnet about machine quilting all the quilts I have piling up around here. I wanted to quilt them myself, but pushing them through the teeny tiny throat space on my regular Bernina was giving me headaches, literally. I don’t know if I’m abnormally short when I sit, or my table is abnormally tall, or I’m just abnormal altogether (wait, I know the answer to that one…) but I always ended up with really tight neck and shoulder muscles, and that ended up giving me headaches. And with the quantity of quilts going on around here…well, you get the idea.

Then, while pondering the magicalness (I know, not a word) of longarm machines, I decided to start researching. My husband knows that’s pretty much the kiss of death for all normalcy around here. When I start researching, there’s no stopping me. Of course, I found the machine I wanted, had all the stats and breakdowns figured out, and even found an incredible deal. By the end of the week, the delivery date was set. The only explanation is I’m crazy.


It was delivered last Monday, and all I can say is that I’m completely and totally smitten. Also, I’m really surprised to find that the learning curve has worked quite quickly in my favor. I’m putting my third quilt on the rails this afternoon.

I hope you don’t mind if I bring you along as I learn to use this lovely machine.



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