Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stop, Drop and Roll Quilt Along, part 6.2

Welcome to week 6 of the Stop, Drop and Roll Quilt Along! I am hosting this for the Old Red Barn Co. Flickr group.

Week 1: We made our blocks.
Week 2: We assembled our quilt tops.
Week 3: We basted our quilts.
Week 4: We practiced some straight line quilting patterns.
Week 5: We practiced some C curve quilting patterns.

This week, all of the free-motion quilting patterns are based on a loop.

The machine:
I used my Janome 6600 for this video. I used the darning foot on the machine and I dropped my feed dogs.

The thread:
For the top thread, I used Tutti from WonderFil, color TU19 Lavender.
For the bobbin thread, I used DecoBob. by WonderFil, color DB314 Lilac.

The video:
Today we are doubling tripling our free-motion quilting fun with triple wandering loops!

Grab some scrap fabric sandwiches and practice this design:

Could you hear my cat in the background? His name is Spike. I was quilting outside (it was too hot in my house!) and he was complaining about being left inside from the screen door.

The finished pattern:

The hints:
  • To keep my loops round, I stitch over one and under the next.
  • I start the second and third loops where the first one crosses.
  • When I need to stop the machine, I stop in a corner or where two patterns overlap. If I stop in the middle of a design, the stop/start will leave a visible jog.
  • Even though my first machine quilting teacher told me to "quilt fast and don't stop," I quilt rather slowly. I set my machine to the speed I want to quilt, and then put my pedal to the floor. This helps keep my stitches a consistent length.
  • I stop frequently while quilting. This keeps me from getting a sore neck, allows me to reposition my hands, and gives me time to figure out where to place the next design.

Stop back tomorrow for another loop design!


Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Debby - these videos, all of these videos, are so well done! So professional! So informative! And SO INSPIRING!

Thank you for putting these together. I appreciate it more than you know.

Sequana said...

It always looks so easy on the small sandwiches. I'd like to see you do a few with a big quilt under the needle.

Would that be possible?

I used your first curvy loops on a quilt yesterday. They look really nice. But I can't imagine being able to move that quilt around for these triples.

Nancy said...

Love your videos! I need to try some of these and you have such good technique. THank you!