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Old 08-10-2013, 05:39 AM
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I am making a large quilt and it will be too big to do on my LA machine, by about 10 inches. I don't have the borders on yet and I wonder if I should quilt what I have and somehow quilt the borders separately then attach them to the quilt body. This is a special quilt for my sister and I want it to be really well done. Thanks for helping.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:08 AM
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Before I started quilting on the longarm, I quilted large quilts on my DSM using the techniques in Marti Michell's book, Machine Quilting in Sections. One of those methods is quilting the center and borders separately, then attaching the borders. I would recommend getting the book and reading the various ways of attaching the borders because there are some things to consider when you're doing it, and more than one way of doing it. But yes, it can certainly be done.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:26 AM
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yes, I agree with dunster, and depending on the pattern, you can divide the quilt in two or more sections, borders includes. It's best to plan this out in advance when you are still piecing your top.

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Old 08-10-2013, 08:58 AM
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Here is a couple of you tube videos about Marti's book http://youtu.be/OeelhIA3qAY
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:43 AM
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I'm getting that book! Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:12 PM
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Great ideas for using the DSM to quilt your quilt.

I'm curious as to how big a quilt will fit on your LA. A few LQS's do have their LA's set to the maximum and then rent out the time for use. Usually you have to take a class for LA proficiency before using their machines but maybe you can make a deal with them. Just a suggestion.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:48 AM
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Thanks everyone for the good ideas. My LA will do 105" wide but this one will be about 120." I think I will have to do the borders on my DSM then attach them later. Again, thanks everyone!
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