Monday, December 10, 2012

Quilting frame

I had been planning on taking the quilt that is currently on my quilting frame off when I was about halfway done with it.  But some deadlines have changed, so I decided that I wanted to keep it on the frame.  The problem?  I hadn't practiced the last two designs much.

So I thought I'd try putting my scrap piece of fabric on the end and practicing a little bit.  I wasn't sure how it would work, but it went rather well!  I just pinned the fabric to the leaders...although on the bottom rail it isn't pinned to the end of the leader like normal.  I also loosened the main quilt so I could get the tension on the scrap piece correct.

I was practicing pebbles and cityscape.


  1. I had to laugh because I've done the same thing!

  2. Very cute. I have done the same thing as well:)

  3. I like the cityscape pattern. I dont think I have ever seen that.

  4. Hey FE, That is a great strategy to pin a bit of side sandwich and doodle 'til you feel real comfy with it. Here are 2 things that might help.
    1- Being an engineer you will apprciate this gizmo; There are these circular plastic clamps that you can buy in a set of 8. Sorry I don't remember their name. There kind of like those plastic braclets that you can slip onto your arm and then they snug up because the plastic has a 'memory'. Any way, I have found they really come in handy when you want to put something on your frame in a hurry and you are not working too close to the edge. I can send you a picture.
    2- Basting a copeing strip on one side or more of your top and making the backing and batting larger to accomodate allows for a 'practise bar' all the way along as you roll through the quilt. I do this on tops that are really special, have a lot of bias edges or something where I need to try a lot of patterns. 'hope that help. Happy Holidays! Claire W.


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