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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Classic, Traditional
KeencraftaKaren on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? My little machine has hardly stopped since I purchased it about 18 months ago, it has seen me through each and every class I've taken on Craftsy and more where a sewing machine was required, but I think I have pushed it to its limit here. I'm hoping that bit by bit I will manage to stitch in the ditch, as for fmq I would say it's not looking promising. :(

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would most definitely advise that if you have a machine as small as mine and you are wanting to do fmq then do each block individually.

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It takes a lot of patience. That's why I don't really enjoy the quilting part . I love making the blocks but quilting is not easy on a domestic machine. I can't afford a longarm machine or to pay someone to do it for me so I just persevere like you are. I often do them in strips them in wide strips then join them together. Sort of quilt as you go. I'm sure it will be worth it when you're done.

03/08/2013 Flag

Thank you for your words of encouragement NannySharon, patience is something I have a lot of, so although it may take some time, watch this space.

03/08/2013 Flag

Don't be discouraged - take it slowly and make sure the quilt is supported all round so that it doesn't drag when you're sewing. My first quilts were made on a machine smaller than yours (a 36-year-old Frister & Rossmann Cub 4) and I managed eventually to do some FMQ, although I must say it's easier now that I've got a bigger machine. There's a lot to be said for the quilt as you go method, but it's too late now for that, so persevere - you'll get there in the end and you'll be all the more pleased with yourself for finishing it!

03/08/2013 Flag

Thank you Pat, you have made me more determined than ever. It will get finished no matter how long it takes,

03/08/2013 Flag

As I see, it seems to me that you have much more fabric inside the machine than outside, try to work by quarters, the longest way you will have to manage with, will be when you will be quilting in the middle of the quilt. Try to work first with the quarter low right then you turn the quilt of one quarter clockwise, you work with the up right, then you turn of a quarter again, up left, turn again then down left. Sorry for my english, I hope you have understood what I meant.

03/15/2013 Flag

Hello, As I can see, you have much more fabric inside your machine than outside, try to work by quarter, I explain : first you quilt the quarter low right side of the quilt, then you turn your quilt clockwise, you quilt the quarter up right side, you turn again, up left side, then low left side. The most difficult place you will have to quilt will be the middle of your quilt. I am sorry for my english, I hope you have understood what I meant. You did already a good job.

03/15/2013 Flag

Sorry, I did not see that my first comment was added

03/15/2013 Flag

Thank you Chantal for your advice and encouragement, your English is excellent, I've understood what you mean, the picture was taken when I was right in the middle and I'd just managed to stitch one block in the ditch, I'm still working on the quilt, but currently hand quilting.

03/16/2013 Flag