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Thread: Do you roll or puddle?

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    Member velvor's Avatar
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    I am still experimenting with different ways of keeping everything under control when I am quilting a large quilt.
    I have tried rolling up both sides and quilting on the middle portion but this is a real pain because I have to stop and re roll etc every few inches. I have tried the 'puddle' method of just letting it all fall where it wants while I work on the middle.
    My preference at the moment is to let it all 'puddle' around me with a table to the left of the machine to take most of the weight and bulk.
    I have tried the Flynn Frame for smaller projects but I am directionally challenged and can't get my head around the fact that my machine is sideways.
    What do other quilters do?
    Your ideas would be very helpful. (No, sending it out to be quilted is not an option!!) :?: :)

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    I am definitely a puddler.

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    i roll :D

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    I'm a roller - love the way you asked the question!

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    Definitely a puddler! Lucky to have a kitchen table behind my machine and a second (my Nana's old table) to the left. Works quite well as I was also frustrated with trying to "organize" the surplus. Good luck!

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    I make large accordion-like pleats for under the arm of the machine. I find this allows more flexibility with the quilting than rolling does, and I can still "puddle" a little around the needle if I want.

    For the left side, I just let that spread out. It helps a lot to have a large surface flat with the bed of the machine for that.

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    I puddle. Tried rolling and messed it up, so changed that.

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    Mostly I puddle on either side of the needle. I think it's easier to handle than rolling, but I have a Viking Sapphire, so I have more space to work with. I accordian fold the part in my lap. Seems to work better for me that way.

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    UUUUUHM. I've never heard the term "puddler".
    So maybe I do or maybe I don't. :mrgreen:
    Okay whats puddler mean :shock:

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    It means instead of rolling, you puddle or scrunch up the quilt while you are quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    It means instead of rolling, you puddle or scrunch up the quilt while you are quilting.
    Oh, well that makes sense. Yes I'm a puddler then.
    Thanks for the explanation. :-D

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    Most of the time I have rolled, but sometimes I "puddle" it, depending on what type of quilting I am intending to do.

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    I tend to puddle my quilt too, but I accordion the part that's in the middle of the machine because I find it easier to handle.

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    I'm usually a puddler, but sometimes I try rolling and it's such a pain for me I go back to puddling.

    That didn't sound right.

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    I remember seeing one of the well known machine quilters talking about this. She said if you are doing fmq, you should puddle so you can have more freedom of movement. That made sense to me. I tried it both ways but the puddle wins hands down!!

    Ditter

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    I'm a roll-pudd or maybe a pudd-roll :wink:
    Which means I do whichever I gotta do.
    But mostly, I admit, I'm a puddler

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    I'm a roller. I let the bottom of the "scroll" of fabric double over in my lap and then start at the top and FMQ down the area between the two rolls, doing about an 8" wide swath at a time from top to bottom. Then reroll, and start again.

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    Another puddler here.

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    ACK! When I first started I was told to roll them and use the bicycle clip type things (which don't work worth beans), so that's what I've always tried to work with. It's a real pain. I'm converting from roller to puddler!

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    I puddle and put the sewing machine on my big kitchen table so I can spread the quilt out, working on a lap quilt now

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    I "puddled" and I "rolled," depending on where I was on the quilt; and I remember I was "frustrated" a lot of times, too! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I am definitely a puddler.
    you know, there's medication for that ;-)

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    Hmm, at my age, I sometimes puddle when I roll! (Sorry)

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