Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Machine Quilting

"Fit to Frame", Quilt Design by Lori Smith

I quilt all my quilts on my Juki TL-98Q. I've had it for several years now and it works well for me. It is a straight stitch machine and I use it exclusively for machine quilting.

I started machine quilting on my Viking 60 20 which is about 40 years old!! I cannot believe that it is that old, my parents bought that sewing machine for me when I was 15 years old and it is still my favorite machine for piecing my quilts.

The next sewing machine was a Viking Lily, which I use a lot for sewing clothes and for putting my binding on the quilts. I keep the walking foot on that one at all times, unless I am sewing clothes, so it is always ready for a new binding. It worked OK for quilting, but I still had a lot of problems with tension, broken threads, even broken needles!!

Then came the Juki and life became easy!! Wow, what a difference it makes to have a machine that was made to machine quilt. Love it!!!!! Now I have my eyes on a long arm, but I will keep my Juki always.

The little quilt shown here is from a pattern set called "Fit to Frame", a design by Lori Smith. There is hand applique and machine piecing. The inner borders are quilted with "Ribbon Candy", well, that is what I call it. It is fun and easy and I use it in a lot of my quilts. I look at it as practice. The more I do it the better my skills should become!!

I quilted around each applique piece and then did a small stipple in the background.

I have this quilt hanging up in the medical office where I work. It is such a comfort for my patients and I enjoy sharing with them  :^)

Happy Quilting and keep those needles sharp!! Martha


  1. Thanks for your comments. You would enjoy a quilt retreat. You do a excellent job quilting. I love your quilt. That is a great place to hang it in your medical office. My friend Paige and I are going to the Quilt show at the Oregon Garden on Friday too. We are leaving here at 9:15. I haven't been to this show. I'm going to the guild meeting today. Have fun at the show and maybe we will see each other. Happy Quilting!!!!

  2. Your quilting is unbelievable. I love it. I am now a follower. Hugs

  3. Great work, congrats on being chosen by AQS

  4. This is so gorgeous! Did you use trapunto behind the appliques to get them to stand out so much? Your personal designs are amazing. And congrats on blog of the week. :D


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