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Spotlight: Sandi Snow

Posted: 3 June 2016 at 6 a.m.

Improve on Red

Today we share Sandi Snow’s modern quit, Improv on Red.  She explains a little about her quilting process:

“When Kit Robinson, editor of Machine Quilting Unlimited, asked me to write an article featuring my interlocking-circle quilting, I made Improv on Red using that quilting style.  I do not have a longarm machine so it was important for me to design a quilting layout that did not look like it was done on a longarm machine.  These large circles were my way of differentiating my domestic sewing machine from a longarm.

Improv on Red

Just as you would disperse color across a quilt, I repeat quilting patterns within the various circles allowing the pattern to be on top in some circles and slide under other circles. I also leave room for some free-motion designs. I find Cindy Needham's Ultimate Backgrounds stencils extremely helpful because the packet provides the same stencil design in several sizes. 

Improv on Red

I first sew around all the design elements and appliqués that make up the quilt top. I use Superior’s clear MonoPoly and a size #60/8 needle so the stitching does not add anything to the visual impact of the quilt. The next step is to sew the large circles moving around the quilt evenly. I use Superior’s So Fine! #50 thread in a color close to the background fabric. Although quilting is a major design factor, I do not use a thicker thread because I frequently sew over my stitching and do not want the thread build up to show. As best I can, I try to reduce the number of starts and stops to minimize areas with locking stitches. I know I should pull my thread ends to the back, knot them and bury the tails but I am just not to that point in my quilting.”

Have you tried sewing a large quilt on a home sewing machine?

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  • 2. Maureen Forster (06 June 2016 at 1:47 p.m.)

    Yes, I have done a lot of large quilts on my home Bernina 1090 sewing machine. The most challenging was a pineapple design on a high loft batting, but I got it done! I do not use rulers, and can eyeball feathers. Your circles are impressive. Like you, I cannot be bothered with sewing in ends unless the quilt will be judged.
  • 1. Maureen Forster (06 June 2016 at 1:46 p.m.)

    Yes, I have done a lot of large quilts on my home Bernina 1090 sewing machine. The most challenging was a pineapple design on a high loft batting, but I got it done! I do not use rulers, and can eyeball feathers. Your circles are impressive. Like you, I cannot be bothered with sewing in ends unless the quilt will be judged.

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