A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
The baby stayed home Friday so I had a full day of quilting and another full day on Saturday. Lyndsey had marked the top with a design she had planned to quilt herself. I think it was a good choice so I decided to quilt it as she had planned.
I started stitching along the marked lines. The trouble with my machine is that it doesn’t make a smooth curve when moving slow enough to stay on the lines. It wants to wobble. I knew I’d need a template to hold the machine steady. Ok, looking through all my plastic templates there was none to match the marked curves. What now? Well I’d just have to make a template myself.
A phone call to Lyndsey to ask how she had marked her circles. It was an eight inch circle so I used a protractor to mark an eight inch circle on a piece of cardboard. Templates for quilting machines like mine need to be at least 1/2 inch thick to prevent going under the hopping foot. I cut out the circle and then cut it into four pieces but only used two to make my template. A bit of glue and some tape around the edge and its good to go.
I still have to move slowly to stay on the lines but the wobble is almost non existent using my homemade template. I went on to finish the quilting. The quilt is now finished and ready for pick up.
There may be some readers wondering why I didn’t just use the full circle template for the quilting but chose instead to use the quarter circle. My thinking was that there would have been too many stops and starts with the full circles. I quilted along the diagonal instead of the horizontal. Starting at the upper left I quilted going left then right in S curve fashion moving diagonally from block to block. I’d advance the top and continue all the way to the bottom right corner. One start and one stop. I went back to the beginning but this time did the opposite side of the same row of stitching. Again, one stop and one start.
I did the diagonal rows left to right then went back to do the right to left lines. After having completed the quilting on this top I think my homemade template did a good job of keeping the machine steady.