Hoop Motion Quilting

January 28, 2006 by  
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Making a quilt................?

I was given a sewing machine for Christmas and all I have made with it are curtains. I am trying to think of another project to start. I would love to make a quilt. I believe I can do it but am confused about the "quilting" part of it. Does my sewing machine do that or can I take it somewhere when I get done to get it quilted? If so, is it expensive? Also, any other good sewing projects you can think of?

First, it's possible to "quilt" any quilt (defined as a top + batting + backing) with any sewing machine--if you decide you want to quilt it that is.

The simplest way simply requires a regular foot and you'd be sewing straight lines only (a walking foot can help with that but isn't absolutely necessary). It's a real hassle though to keep turning a big quilt around and around to make lines in different directions.

The other way to "quilt" a quilt by machine would be called "free-motion quilting." That can be done with any machine where the feed dogs can be dropped (most all of them). Then some kind of special foot would be used, or no foot at all. The foot will help though, but be aware that the more expensive a machine is, the easier, quieter and smoother the free-motion quilting will be! It's still not simple to move a big quilt around under the needle though unless it uses thin batting (or isn't too big).
Some people either own "long arm" quilting machine, or take their quilts to be quilted on one somewhere, and those make the whole free-motion quilting *much* easier.

All of those options would be referred to as "machine-quilting" btw.

OR, all the quilting can also be done on a quilt by hand --in a hoop of some kind, stretched out in a "quilting" frame, or less often just in one's hands.

Some of the methods above could be done for individual blocks, or rows of blocks, or other whole sections of quilts at a time, and then all the parts would be sewed together into a final quilt, but the sewing together would be done by hand... that's called "lap quilting" but has other names as well.

Instead of doing any kind of "quilting" though, a much quicker way to secure all 3 layers together so they don't shift around in the middle of the quilt is often used by those who don't want to do the whole quilting thing or who perhaps are beginners, would be to "tie" the quilt.
That's often done with yarn or embroidery cording or anything not too thick to fit through the eye of a very large needle. It leaves individual little "ties" through all 3 layers (they can be seen spaced around on the front of the quilt, but from the back only a small stitch of the yarn is visible). Tying is quite appropriate for any quilt that's casual, or perhaps a baby or lap quilt, and is usually done on quilts where the batting is thick, though it could even be done on thin or thin cotton quilts, I guess. Some people even use things like single buttons, etc., instead of ties to do the same thing.

Check out these previous answers for much more on making quilts as a beginner... look for MY answer in each question at least:

simple pattern ideas, easiest quilts, other info

"quick turn" method... inside out, then bind, tie or quilt

"rotary cutters" and "self-healing" mats (used for making quilts)

how to learn to make quilts
... websites... forums/Craftster**, YouTube

YA search for *beginner quilt*

There are loads of other sewing projects you could start with as a beginner though too. Some could even involve making small amounts of patchwork (for example, making 4 blocks to sew together in a grid, then make a pillow from).
Check out the boards at Craftster** for LOADS of ideas, and help when you need it
http://www.craftster.org/forum ...scroll down to the Craft Forums section on the right, then go at least to the following boards (each of which will also have sub-boards):
Sewing in General
Toys and Playthings (stuffed "plushies" are popular)
Home Sweet Home

They also have *Quilting* boards!

Diane B.

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