Six Ways to Ruin a Quilt with Machine Quilting

 

Six Ways to Ruin A Quilt, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Today we begin a new weekly series…

Let’s face it…the number one reason quilters hand their quilt tops over to professional long-armers is FEAR.

We fear we’ll ruin our quilts with our quilting.

For some reason, we are never afraid that a professional will ruin our quilts with their quilting. They are professionals–we are amateurs!

Hmmm….how did the professionals become professionals? They practiced!

Now I’m not opposed to professional quilting.  

I recommend professional quilting:

  • For deadline quilts
  • For group quilts
  • For very large quilts
  • Or if you find quilting too physically demandingPoor Quality Quilting, Tension Issues

What I am against, is avoiding machine quilting out of FEAR of ruining a quilt.

Let’s look at the best ways to ruin a quilt with machine quilting…

6. Improper tension– A perfectly stitched motif will look awful if the tension is wrong.  Learn how to adjust your machine tension and make samples–every time you begin quilting.

Poor Quality Quilting, Tension Issues
5. Wrong thread-Every thread is designed to do a job.  Some thread is for construction, other thread is decorative.  Some thread creates texture, other thread shows off the design.  Use decorative threads for best results when quilting.

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4. Unbalanced quilt density-The density of the quilting should be balanced throughout the quilt.  Some areas of the quilt may be less quilted than others, as long as it is evenly spaced throughout the quilt–otherwise the quilt may become distorted and the composition will be less pleasant.

Machine Quilting, Flowers, Lori Kennedy

3. Wrong Scale-Once you’ve chosen a motif, it is important to doodle and stitch samples to test the look of a motif.  Try a sample of the motif with echo stitching which improves the look of most motifs.

Machine Quilting, Flowers, Lori Kennedy

2. Allover Meandering or Stippling-I know that many of you will disagree with me, but whenever I see a quilt with all over meandering, I want to send them a link to The Tuesday Tutorials.    I’ve written about meandering and stippling many times including HERE .  We will re-visit my opinion of meandering and I will offer easier alternatives in the next few weeks…

Stipple, Meander

NUMBER ONE WAY TO RUIN A QUILT

1. Allowing the quilt top to languish (neatly folded) in a Sterlite box in the basement…out of fear of “ruining” it.

A quilt top will never be a quilt without overcoming the fear…

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Unprison those quilt tops!!!

We will discuss each of the quilt “ruin-ators” in more depth over the next six weeks.

Stay tuned!

Lori

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Scrollwork-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

My daughters, Faye and Olivia are mirror-image identical twins.  One is right handed, the other left handed.  (Read more HERE)

Today, we are going to use mirror-imaging to turn a simple quilting pattern into gorgeous Scrollwork!

Mirror Image Twins

THE SCROLLWORK MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three vertical parallel lines, equidistant apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.

Stitch on the line a few stitches and wave to the right line.  Stitch on the right line a few stitches.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Taper down a few stitches and echo stitch back to the center line.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Stitch a right spiral and stop.
Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the center line and begin the next motif in the pattern-stitch to the right line.

Continue by stitching the right side of the entire border, then knot off.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

STITCH THE MIRROR IMAGE–Left Side.

Begin stitching on the center line.

Wave to the left line and stitch on the left line several stitches.  Taper down and echo stitch to the center line.

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Add a left-sided spiral.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the middle line and begin the next motif.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

When the two sides are combined–gorgeous Scrollwork!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Lovely!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Twice as lovely!

Faye and Olivia, Mirror image Identical twins

You may find that one side looks different than the other–it is difficult to create perfect mirror image spirals.  Don’t fret–the asymmetry gives the design more interest and character–just like Faye and Olivia have different personalities…

IMHO— life (and quilting) are more interesting that way!

As always-DOODLE FIRST!

Happy Stitching,

Lori-iroL

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!