Firstly I must say that you can do Free Motion Quilting on both your domestic sewing machine and on a longarm quilting system. The only difference is that when working on a large full size quilt it is much easier to do the job on the longarm quilting system. In all the years that I have been doing Free Motion Quilting using my domestic sewing machine I have never quilted a full size quilt. I guess that’s mainly because I own a longarm quilting system. I have the tools therefore I will use them.
As a computerised longarm quilting system owner and a prolific quilt maker. I mostly always turn to the quilting system to finish off my projects as I mainly work on larger pieces. So for anything larger than a cot quilt I will always load the project into the quilting system whether I use my Free Motion Quilting skills or select the computerised function.
For those of you who do not own such a system there are a few options to make the task easier for working a large project. The first of course is using the quilt as you go method which is quilting one block at a time and then assembling the whole piece once the quilting is done. The second is piecing your quilt in quarters which leaves you with less bulk to deal with in your sewing machine in one go, proceed with the Free Motion Quilting and then assemble all four quarters and so on. And the third option is to take your full size quilt to a professional longarm quilter.
I’m very lucky that I don’t have to worry about such details. I only worry about when I can fit my own quilting my family and social life. For those of you do not know how to do Free Motion Quilting using your domestic sewing machine you have the option of taking workshops to learn how it’s done.
For this evening, this weary happy quilt maker and sometimes longarm quilter will probably be working on some punch needle rug hooking. I set it aside in favour of working on UFOs of late so I think I’ll have a little go and see how far I get. Whatever you may be doing, I hope your learning new techniques just as I have been doing. Until you read me again,