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Dancing with Thread: Your Guide to Free-Motion Quilting by Ann Fahl

By Ann Fahl

Free-spirited Quilting thoughts can provide the liberty To Create definitely the right layout. Create ornamental quilting designs on any stitching computing device that suit your cover the easiest. Use the troubleshooting courses to unravel universal free-motion quilting difficulties. Create attractive designs utilizing your individual doodles as styles. upload flow, character, and texture for your quilts. detect the wonder and simplicity of operating with ornamental and steel threads Are you trying to find a quicker strategy to create customized quilting designs? Then you will love free-motion quilting! not just is it enjoyable and calming, however the free-style procedure is a lot enjoyable you should make a duvet for everybody you recognize!

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Before proceeding to the next step, make sure the batting lies flat, without heavy creases, bumps, or bubbles. Smooth out the batting on top of the pinned backing, and mist it with a water bottle. Use a steam iron or steamer and hover above the batting so that the steam permeates the thickness. The batting will relax and dry. Also refer to Batting Challenges on page 36. Pin the Top into Position On the outside edges of the quilt, pin every 3˝– 4˝. Carefully place the blocked quilt top on top of all the batting.

Try a new needle. Do you need a larger size, or is the needle damaged? Change it every 6–8 hours of sewing. 5. Change the position of the spool or cone of thread. If the spool is parallel wound, it should sit on a vertical pin, and the thread should reel off from the side. If it is cross-wound (you will see a pattern of X’s), it should be placed either on a thread stand or on a horizontal pin, and the thread should reel off from the top. Parallel and cross-wound thread 6. Use a thread stand or thread net to keep thread from twisting, puddling, or knotting.

Carefully check both the front and the back of the project. Lay it over the batting or white paper—this will show you where there may be shadowing of seams or anything else that needs to be addressed. You won’t be sorry you spent the time. These little problems can’t be fixed once the quilt has been basted or quilted. Before you can begin quilting, you need to block and baste the completed quilt top. Think of this process as being as important as preparing a room to be painted. Before you paint the room, you need to scrub stains and marks on the wall, fill nail holes, cover the furniture and floor, and put painter’s tape on the trim.

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