Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
After taking four different free motion quilting classes and failing miserably, I do all my quilting using my Brother 6000D Quattro sewing machine. It is an embroidery-capable sewing machine designed with quilters in mind. The largest hoop is approximately 8" wide by 11" long. Up until very recently, I placed various feather-type embroidery motifs or other single-color redwork designs as well as I could match them to the quilt design, and quilted in the ditch to make sure all was stable. Recently, I discovered some stipple overall meander-type designs that would fill the large hoop. As my quilts average about 60" x 72" including border, that works out to about fifty hoopings to do the background stippling. After that, I embellish with appropriate embroidery such as the grapes on my recent "Grape Quilt" for my sister. I have taken one quick foray into digitizing using a friend's software, and made my own meander with some success. Once the machine's paid off, I'm buying that software! I really enjoy doing the embroidery, finding designs that work, and getting the placement just right. With my Brother, it's a snap to get things where they need to be, and my quilts wash and dry well, with no pulling on the embroidery.