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Old 03-14-2023, 06:59 PM
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Iím new to quilting, but Iíd like to make a bed quilt at some point (right now Iím learning on bags). Is it possible to do that with a regular home sewing machine? I donít have a long arm machine. Iím interested in quilting with free motion designs.
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Old 03-14-2023, 07:57 PM
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Yes, it is possible. I have a Juki 2200 QVP Mini which is a straight stitch only machine with a large throat. I quilt all my own quilts on it. You don't have to have a longarm to quilt your own quilts. Before I had the Juki, I did a king size quilt on my old Bernina with a tiny throat space. I used Marti Mitchell's Quilting in Sections technique to make it more manageable.
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Old 03-15-2023, 05:58 AM
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There are lots of YouTube videos that show quilting on a domestic machine, that is how I learned. Try Angela Walters, Leah Day and Natalie Bonner and remember it takes lots of practice, practice and more practice and doodling designs on paper before trying to quilt is best way to learn designs so doodle, doodle and doodle some more.
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Originally Posted by Three Dog Night View Post
There are lots of YouTube videos that show quilting on a domestic machine, that is how I learned. Try Angela Walters, Leah Day and Natalie Bonner and remember it takes lots of practice, practice and more practice and doodling designs on paper before trying to quilt is best way to learn designs so doodle, doodle and doodle some more.
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. The best way to do a large size quilt with a small machine is to do edge to edge. I do top to bottom because it's less bulk under the machine on the right side. Having a big table surface is a must have so the quilt won't fall over the edge. If your machine has the serpentine stitch it will look great, doesn't have to be free motion to quilt. I glue baste my quilts to have them as flat as possible.
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Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice. This definitely makes me feel encouraged that Iíll be able to do it.
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If you are not comfortable quilting a large quilt on a domestic machine, do a Quilt As You Go. You can quilt single blocks, or quilt sections, there are many ways. Quilt As You Go is how I make all my quilts. Here is an example of one I have done. This is on a queen size bed - with overhang on the sides and long enough for a pillow tuck (though isn't tucked for the picture)

I do either free motion quilting or use machine quilting rulers. The quilt pictured was done with a spiral quilting ruler.
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Old 03-17-2023, 05:06 AM
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That quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the picture. Iím going to look into quilt as you go. Thank you for the tip.
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Originally Posted by thumbert36 View Post
That quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the picture. Iím going to look into quilt as you go. Thank you for the tip.
Marti Mitchell's Quilting in Sections is similar to QAYG, I think, but uses larger sections.
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Old 03-17-2023, 07:27 AM
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Iím definitely going to look for that book. Maybe my library will even have it. Thank you!
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