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.
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.
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?