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About how I quilt

What I use and how I quilt

Once I had (hand) quilted my first piece of patchwork, I realised the truth of  “quilting makes the quilt”.  For me, quilting should at the very least do its job of securely holding the 3 layers together and ideally also enhance a quilt top.

I offer a longarm quilting service using my Handi Quilter 18” Avante  machine.

I have a 12 foot frame which means I can quilt quilts up to 120”/10 feet wide.

Machine quilting is a great way to transform your quilt top into a stunning finished quilt to adorn your home or gift to a loved-one. Send me your masterpiece and I will machine quilt it and send it back to you quilted, ready to show off. I also offer quilt binding!

My approach to quilting is to free hand quilt – I don’t use a computerised system. This style of quilting is very versatile and can either be an all over design or a more custom approach where the quilting design starts with the piecing or applique and seeks to enhance it.

Once you’ve finished a beautiful quilt top, what comes next? Let me help you complete your masterpiece and give it the finishing touch it deserves.  It’s more than a timesaver, it’s let’s you get on with your next project!

When quilting a quilt  I aim to provide –

  • stablity – the three layers need to be stitched together so it can be used and washed
  • texture – however it is quilted, the light and shadow created by the quilting will give your quilt top a textured look
  • design – the design of the piecing or applique is one element of the quilt – the quilting designs should enhance and compliment this.

All over design
I can free motion quilt your quilt with a simple overall pattern often based on a meander and maybe including loops, flowers, leaves, hearts as may be appropriate to the quilt.  But meanders are just the start and there are lots of ways of quilt an overall pattern on to your quilt.  Quite often I will suggest using a different design for the border as often this is unpieced and may suit a border design. This works well where the fabrics or design is quite busy and the quilting is frankly going to be lost.  It’s also a good option for children’s quilts or everyday quilts.

Custom Quilting
I also offer two levels of  custom quilting – simple and complex.  This style of quilting often emphasises the quilt blocks that have been used and will use  separate borders patterns from the main body of the quilt with the quilting of the main body.   I think custom quilting is the perfect partner for those quilts where the piecing and appliqué is striking, if there are lots of blank areas, quilts which have been a labour of love or have been made for someone special and are destined to become an heirloom.  As the words suggest, simple custom quilting will be more limited than complex custom quilting in the amount of quilting I do, the density of the quilting, complexity of the quilting pattern, the amount of thread changes etc etc. The result can still be quite understated and retain a softness to the quilt rather than it coming out  “quilted to death”!

When I custom quilt a tradtional pieced or applique quilt, I pick focus points in a block  and then quilt them with continuous lines.  The blocks themselves then determine the design of the quilting which can consist of curved lines, tear drops, loops, feathers, wiggles. If more dense quilting is required, this can be done by adding fillers.

For more modern or contemporary quilts, my approach is generally focussed on more modern filler designs, greater use of lines (both using rulers and free hand with loops, circles etc) and mactavishing

The options for the quilting though are endless, including using different colours of thread for different parts of the quilt and final decision will come out of a mixture of what sort of quilt it is, its purpose, your thoughts and my suggestions.