I’ve added a poll at the bottom, please take the poll and share how you load a quilt!
I wanted to share the latest quilt I had on the frame. The pattern is called Mosaic Magic and is from QuiltWoman.com. This pattern has now been added to the rather large list of my ‘must do one day’ patterns.
This pattern can be laid out many different ways. My customer chose to lay it out as individual blocks rather than the centre medallion pattern shown here. The person she made the quilt for wanted a white quilt and I suggested that she make sure that there was enough contrast that all her hard piecing work wasn’t in vain. I think her quilt top turned out stunning. I love the beige and white together; it is so subtle. Classy and elegant come to mind.
She supplied her own wool batting and I was excited to be able to finally try wool batting. I have some of my own but, of course, I don’t have a top made where I can use it! She didn’t want to go into a lot of custom quilting and wanted something all-over and soft so we planned of a free-hand feather. I call them ‘Fantasy Feathers’ and they are based on the Pajama Quilter ‘s(Dawn Ramirez) Wonky Feathers.
As you can see, I float my quilts as I find it so much easier and quicker. For the longest time I would load the backing and batting and then lock the machine so I could sew a straight line across the width and use that line to make sure the top was loaded straight. I found that not all my customer’s quilts are as straight as my frame LOL. Now I usually line the top up visually and straighten the
top so any seams are running parallel to the rollers. I use a temporary spray adhesive to hold it in place and stabilize the top with a basting stitch all the way around and about a million pins throughout to keep it in place! You can see in the picture the one roller going across the quilt. Typically that would have the bottom of the quilt top attached to it. Instead, I move it out of the way when I’m loading the layers and put it back to help hold the sandwich down level to the machine.
I’m always interested in learning how other long-armers do things. Please take a moment and take the poll and let’s see how we all do things. If you don’t like my 2 choices please choose ‘other’ and share!
More tomorrow of the finished quilt.