Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Issue quilt

This is the next quilt to go on the machine. I’ve been dreading working on this one. This is the back. It’s going to be a reversible quilt.


Why have I been dreading it? Because it’s going to be very difficult to quilt. Why?
1. It’s batik front and back. Batik is tightly woven fabric so it does a snap, crackle, pop thing when the stitching is being done. The needle has difficulty penetrating two layers of batik and a layer of batting. I have to be very precise in the stitching because any frog stitching will leave needle holes. No margin for errors.


2. The back has lots of bias cut fabric. There isn’t any way for me to know for sure if the individual pieces are going to stay flat next to each other. It’s underneath where it’s difficult to see a problem. I’ll probably get several tucks in the back because each piece has it’s own direction of stretch. I always tell the people who do pieced backs to be sure that the fabric stretch goes all in the same direction. If one piece is cut horizontal and the one next to it is cut vertical or diagonal… the stretch is different. One piece is slack while another piece right next to it is tight.


3. Multiple seams crossing each other can cause a needle to break. I could get a fabric wart on top of a fabric wart. A fabric wart is where multiple seams meet such as in a pinwheel center where the 8 seams come together. It’s called a wart because it makes a hard knot. Think how many layers of fabric would be in one spot if two of these come together in one spot.


4. The top must be centered on the backing so a small portion of the outside border of the back is included on all sides of the quilt. Centering a top on the backing (top to bottom) is difficult because the quilting draws up the top. The side to side centering is easy.


5. The top is an on point setting. Which means a whole new set of bias issues to work with. Often when someone pieces a top into an on point setting they use fabric cut into squares and then cut on the diagonal. This means they are sewing the stretch of bias when doing the setting triangles. It would be much, much better to cut the squares on bias then cut the diagonal which would actually be on the straight of grain. I’m not sure I explained that right but I hope you get the idea.

I decided to go ahead and finish this quilt because it goes to the same owner as the last quilt I finished. I want to ship them out together. Besides…. sometimes it’s best to get the difficulty done so the rest is more relaxing.


One comment on “Issue quilt

  1. Quiltin' LibraryLady
    July 12, 2009

    You are so busy, even as you wind down towards retirement. You've probably found to that too much thinking about things can make the projects seem even bigger than they are when you just go ahead and start working on them.

    You didn't show the front of the current quilt…is it anything as busy as the back? Would a pretty, swirly all-over pattern with lines that DO NOT cross each other work? It might take up a bit of fullness here & there & if the lines don't cross wouldn't there be less chance of tucks? Keep in mind I've been doing this for less than a year.

    Having your daughter move back home will no doubt present some challenges including you not letting yourself slip into the mom/maid role. Good luck with this phase of your life. From what I've read it's a very common thing any more for grown children to move back in, some bringing their own children. Kind of like everything old is new again. It used to be very common for three, or even four, generations to live together in the same household. I have to wonder though how everyone hung on to their sanity.

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This entry was posted on July 12, 2009 by in Customer quilts 2009, Issue quilts 2009, QUILTS - CUSTOMER, QUILTS - WITH ISSUES.

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