Monday, January 30, 2012

Yes you can!!!

Quilt meets machine ...
You can quilt a queen size quilt, with a meandering pattern, on a small home sewing machine!

As I've shown my progress on this quilt over the past several months, I've expressed my concerns on how I was going to actually get it quilted.  Many of you have shared similar concerns about working with large quilts ... and even indicated that you avoid them because you don't have the right equipment.

I am here to tell you ... YES YOU CAN!!!

I had quilted a queen size quilt on this machine before.  My first attempt (posted here, here and here) was last year, and I ended up quilting it using straight lines.  In part because the HST pattern works well with straight lines and in part, because I felt it would be the easiest way to get the quilt through the little, bitty opening of my machine.

This one, I wanted to do with a meandering pattern.  I started on a small section this morning.  I usually use a pretty tight meandering pattern, and I knew that I would need to go a little looser on this quilt (or spend a week quilting it ;-).

Once I got the hang of it, I started at it in earnest.
Rolling up the quilt, like you can see on the left on the photo REALLY helps a lot when trying to push it through the throat.
You can see ... ultimately ... there is just a whole lotta quilt!  But finish it I did!  Used about 1,800 yards of thread!

It still needs to be bound.  But I am so thrilled that I got it quilted the way I wanted to quilt it ... on my little machine!  I am no longer afraid and am already planning my next queen quilt (for my brother).  With a little planning, a large work surface (my dining room table at the cabin), rolling up the quilt & having an extra chair to set the extra quilt on ... it went off without a hitch!

Hope to get it bound this week and then share some pics once we get back out to the cabin and it ends up in it's new home ... cuz this one is totally for me!

While I worked on this ... John went for a 14 mile run in the pouring rain and then came back to relax in the rain in the hot tub ... don't you just love the umbrella hat (memories from our trip to Istanbul in the spring ;-).

Have a GREAT week!

All the best


  1. Well done! I quilt on a domestic machine too and whilst I wouldn't say I love quilting large quilts, it can definitely be done and look great! I also use an ironing board set up to the same height as my table set at right angles to the table and to my left to take the extra quilt weight that would be dragging.

  2. Well done! A nice smooth big table is a plus too. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Oh I love that quilt - the colours are gorgeous! I've only just started quilting but there's so much inspiration in solid colours. Well done with the quilting, I've just free motion quilted a quilt for the first time, it was scary but I found I enjoyed it in the end, and what a difference it makes to the look of the finished product.

  4. Well done you! I can't wait to see the finished article in situ :-) Loving the umbrella hat!

  5. Wow! Love this quilt! When I get some of my WIPs and PIGS done, I am going to buy some solids and make one, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Yes, it is possible to quilt queen and king quilts on a DM, I have done plenty. I think the meandering is a great design idea for your quilt.

    Love the hat! I have often sat in the tub holding an umbrella, this is a much better idea!

  6. I am impressed! I have only ever done a twin size on my Bernina and that was heavy going! It was flannel, though. It was like trying to wrestle a carpet :D

  7. Good for you! Looks like you have figured out the perfect set up to make this work.

    Thanks for mentioning the chair next to you to hold the weight of the quilt. I'm working on a fairly big one now too and forgot about that idea. It's giving me quite a workout with all the pushing and pulling, but it's almost finished :)

  8. Way to go, Lisa!!! Dining room tables are a great asset in FMQing a big quilt!! Your quilt looks fabulous......

  9. Wow! I'm so impressed and in total awe of you!! This quilt looks so cool and the fact that you quilted it yourself makes it even cooler.

  10. Well done,
    It sometimes helps to put cycle clips onthe rolled up work or I have used shower curtain rail clips.

  11. Nice! This is going to be great!
    And I LOVE John's umbrella hat! I think if I had a hot tub, and where I lived it rained all the time, I'd definitely get one of those and spend every night in the hot tub! Totally awesome!

  12. You are a braver woman than I am......the quilt looks amazing.

  13. great job Lisa! The quilt looks amazing! Great work surface you have there, too. I may have to go buy us a much bigger dining table!

  14. Awesome! Good for you! I also quilt big king and queen sized quilts on a little guy and although it is a bit of a workout, it is very rewarding. Great job!!!

  15. I am so glad you showed us these pictures. And that you told us that it is possible to quilt a quilt in such size at home. I'm doing a 80x80 quilt and a twin size and have never done this size before. I fear starting to quilt them once the tops become finished. But maybe I just have to give it a try. Thank you.


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