I decided to learn machine quilting this year.  Have a book and bought an online course off Craftsy.com.  I began by reading the part of the book about preparing the sandwich.  I was already doing several things wrong even with my hand quilting.  I changed the batting I was using, made sure i ironed everything well including the batting, and spent a good portion of the afternoon making the sandwich.  The book said to pin every 4 inches. Had to get more safety pins but the result was worth it. I didn't get any puckers on the front or back!!!!!  I wish my stitch in the ditch was as perfect...I will get better!  After I bind it tomorrow I will post it.

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Comment by viki hagan on March 24, 2013 at 12:20pm

It sounds like you are doing much better than me with the new mid-arm. Looking forward to seeing it.

Comment by sue brigle on March 24, 2013 at 10:55am

are you quilting on a regulary sewing machine or a longarm??   anything bigger than a baby quilt and I make a mess of it on a regular sewing machine.   I think a lot of my problem is that I am too impatient, I don't pin well enough.   Look forward to seeing your finished quilt.

Comment by Teckla Buller on March 24, 2013 at 3:48am

I'll be looking forward to seeing your finished quilt. I'm trying to learn to quilt my tops as well, but have so much to learn. I've also gotten a Craftsy class. They are very helpful. Good luck with your binding!

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