After my last post about basting, I am ready to get this big quilt on the machine. This is a quilt along I joined a while ago which you can read over on the previous blog here.
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The pattern from the quilt is Sweet Home Quilt by Sharon Holland.I decided to go wild with the bright florals print and I’m glad I did, as I love it so much. Working on this project is so much fun.
I am ready to free motion quilt, and in my head, the plan is to quilt the low volume with echoing waves and spirals to make it look like air and wind surrounding the houses. I am going to custom quilt the houses with simple repetitive design, maybe a scallop roof and some easy lines on the houses.
Starting from the centre allows you to work with the most amount of quilt under your machine. I highly recommend a larger throat machine (see recommendations here) as this will surely be a game-changer! I love, love, love my Janome Horizon Memory Craft QCP8200 for that very reason.
Always bunch all the heavy quilt up on the same level as your machine bed, that way you’ll avoid the gravity weight pulling down your quilt and it’ll be easy and smoother for you to move the quilt.
Since I always quilt from the centre out, I try to quilt the sashing first from the centre out. We’ll see how this goes, but I am already so excited with how it looks. It is going to be weeks of slow progress on this as I am being mindful to stop every 10-15 minutes of quilting. Lots of stretching and getting up. Sometime focusing on getting the motion can be stressful on your back, shoulder and neck. You can read more about quilting from the centre out HERE>
Free Motion Quilting Tools & notion used:
- My trusted workhorse, Janome Horizon Memory Craft QCP8200
- I used Superior Thread Snow for quilting. This is my favourite colour, it matches almost everything I made.
- Of course, the Supreme Slider , mine has seen better days as I pierced through the mat many times accidentally. But it is a bit pricey, so I am holding on to it
- And this time I am using the Janome Convertible Foot, this one does not hop and just hover on top of the quilt. I love this when I do custom quilting.
- Anti Slip Gripping Glove. I am just using a cheap one like this one here and it’s perfect for the job.
You can read more about these tools HERE>
I will be working on this quilt for the week ahead but am also going for a holiday break, so this may not be done until a few more weeks. I am in no rush, and just taking it slow in between so many other projects.
Leave me in the comment below, what are your working on this week?