Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Arleen's quilt

Arleen brought me this beautiful quilt and asked for an edge to edge pattern in white thread.

I love this swirl! It is so much fun to quilt. And with the Glide thread and magna bobbin, it is a breeze. So smooth! I think I'm starting to sound like an advertisement for Bobbin Central, but it really is true. You can check out their website and see all the great thread they have. The price is good too. That always helps!

Quilting tip for domestic machine quilters: When you are done pinning your quilt, take the tape off and fold the extra fabric over the batting and pin it in place. First of all, this helps keep the batting under wraps. This is especially important when you have darker fabrics that little white fuzzies love to stick to. I don't much care for having to stop quilting to break out the lint roller.

Pinning over the extra fabric is also useful because that extra flap can't get stuck under the quilt as you move it and get quilted in unbeknownst to the quilter. I say this from experience. I was quilting an edge to edge design on a quilt and realized later that a piece of extra backing fabric had gotten caught in the stitching. I had to pick all the stitches out to free it and re-quilt the design. Never fun.

It doesn't take long to do this extra step. You don't even need to pin that closely. Maybe every foot or so. Just enough to keep it tucked over.

Thanks so much Arleen!


  1. great quilting design and great tip about the quilt edge too.

  2. Ooh! Thanks for the tip! I'm quilting a cotton and wool applique quilt right now and it's fuzz central here.

    Great all-over pattern. Fabulous job!