Machine quilting is the subject about which I receive most emails. This is going to be a series of articles looking at preparation and how to machine quilt basic background stitches. There will also be articles covering more advanced quilting designs.
Preparation is hugely important – time spent preparing your quilt will pay off handsomely in terms of a much more flat quilt. In most of these articles I have used my domestic sewing machine, but more recently I have bought a longarm quilting machine (affectionately known as Minnie). Some of the articles cover projects that I have quilted on her. You will find that a lot of the principles and designs apply to both machines.
I won’t pretend that I am a great machine quilter. However I do practise a lot and find out as much as I can about different methods and aids to help with machine quilting. Over the course of this series of articles I hope to give you the confidence to try your hand at machine quilting. There are techniques that you can try to minimise the things that can go wrong. I can’t emphasis enough how important practice is. Make yourself a sample panel of two layers of fabric with one of wadding and quilt on it as often as you can. Click on the title of each article to see the full article.
Machine quilting articles
Quilting the pinwheel quilt with McTavishing
Crosshatch quilting on the jack in the box quilt
Stipple and geometric quilting on the Morris quilt
Machine quilting the batik, penguin and peacocks quilts
Machine quilting sampler quilt
At the moment I am experimenting with Inspira quilting needles. I’ll let you know how I get on with them!