Monday, February 18, 2013

Tips and Men, Part 6

The king-sized quilt is sandwiched and about 80% quilted!  I will need to mark the borders, but it has been very quick so far using a large stipple with variegated thread.  

To create the quilt sandwich, I measured the top and then had to purchase 3 more yards of material (for a total of nine) to create the back.  

Instead of the floor, this time I utilized the dining room table with all the leaves in it.  I began pinning down the center, then switched directions to the left and to the right around the around the table until it was completely pinned.  This was much easier than the floor, esp. with my Kwik Klip as assistant.  I hope you'll enjoy the YouTube video of how to use this handy-dandy tool.  (A grapefruit spoon also works well, though!)

After pinning, I trimmed the edges of  the backing and batting to 4" using a 

I used the Sew Slip to cover my machine's sewing surface and sat up higher with the use of my Gypsy Sit-Upon.  This item really helps to keep a person sitting at the right height at the table so that your arms aren't 'flying' while machine quilting.

I picked up a pair of very useful Fons & Porter Machine Quilting Grip Gloves - I can't quilt a large quilt without these babies!  Golden yellow are size large, medium is blue, but I wish they had a size small, maybe in red.  Whenever I purchase winter gloves, I have to shop in the children's section ;-(

Here's the back!  Three pieces of fabrics, 3 yards each, sewn together with a 1/2" seam allowance (I was concerned about strength because all this fabric is quite heavy.)

A close-up of my practice quilt sandwich using 90/14 needle with Sulky variegated thread
The tension on my machine is set to 5.2, but all machines vary.  A looser top tension usually helps with free motion, I find.

Tomorrow, I'll mark the borders and create those.  The binding is already finished and ready to sew on, so it won't be long now until we see a complete finish!!

What are you working on this week?

All the Best,



  1. Gosh that is a big quilt, lovely stipple as well, you must be so proud of this

  2. Nick work. I have been scarred by a recent stippling incident but you have given me a couple of good tips if I decide to be brave and try again. Thanks.


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