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HOOP by hoop.

There are several quilting methods, including free motion, straight-line, in the ditch, quilting in the hoop and more. When deciding what kind to use, consider the quilt top, the desired finished look and your skill level.

Using machine embroidery quilting designs, you can create textured fabric without any piecing, which is a great way to show off the quilting motifs in your embroidery library. Software is helpful for planning the layout; if you don't have software, print several templates of the chosen quilt designs and place designs accordingly.

The basic steps are quite simple. Cut the fabric about 4" larger than needed, spray-baste the batting to the quilt top wrong side and then place the fabric layers in the hoop to quilt. Once texturizing is completed, cut out the pattern pieces and finish the project.

THREAD SELECTION

Thread choice determines how the quilt lines appear. Use matching colors for a subtle monochromatic look. Or choose a contrasting color to emphasize the quilt lines. Variegated thread complements multiple colors and simple piecing, while also showcasing the quilting lines.

DESIGN SELECTION

Whether you're looking to create a soft quilt for a baby or simply need to finish quilting quickly, quilting in the hoop is a great option. Find or create a quilt motif with simple lines and use a random allover layout to quilt in the hoop. Duplicate a basic applique design and scattered quilting lines to make a quick baby quilt.

Areas left between embroidered motifs are perfect for filling with machine quilting. Step back and consider the full picture to help decide how to fill the open spaces. If you're new to quilting, the simplest thing is to add straight-line quilting. Once quilting in the hoop is completed, attach the walking foot to the machine, draw a line or two for reference, select a stitch and sew.

If a lot of embroidery designs are on the quilt top, consider adding free-motion quilting to fill any open spaces. Free motion quilting allows for dimension by outlining the embroidery designs with stippling or a similar repeated design.

For the whole cloth quilt at upper right, the embroidered circles were stitched first, followed by the quilt-in-the-hoop border. Micro stippling filled the open areas around the embroidery and straight-line quilting completed the outer border.

To achieve the best results, always securely baste the layers before starting any quilting. For small projects, such as table runners and pillows, use temporary spray adhesive. When basting large quilts, use a quilt tacking gun or hand-baste. This prevents the layers from shifting as you hoop the quilt or move the quilt under the needle when straight-line or free-motion quilting.

DESIGNS

Applique Quilt: author's original designs

Blue & Green Table Runner: Janome AcuFil[R] quilting designs20 & quilting designs30; janome.com

Bolster Pillow: Janome Memory Craft 15000 built-in Quilting2-06 & MC15k built-in World1-13; janome.com

Brown Table Runner: Janome Memory Craft 15000 built-in Quilting1-26 & AcuFil[R] Stippling Parts01; janome.com

Monogram Pillow: OESD Damask Alphabet 12452 & Quilted Dimensions 12380-41, 12380-34; oesd.com

Whole Cloth Quilt: OESD Quilted Dimension 12380-01, 12380-02, 1238014 & Follow Your Heart FB534-48, FB535-48; oesd.com
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Title Annotation:quilt this
Author:Fiedler, Nancy
Publication:Creative Machine Embroidery
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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