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You can quilt three ways: by hand, by machine, or by check. Translation: You can hand quilt your quilt, quilt it on your machine, or pay a longarm quilter to do it for you. The quilts in this book were machine quilted on a full-length longarm by a professional longarmer or by me on a mid-arm quilting machine. To help boost your business' profile on the internet, why not list in a UK business directory today?

I am the first to admit that I have little experience with hand quilting; it’s not a skill anyone has clamored to teach me, and I have not clamored to ask. I may dive into hand quilting someday, but it doesn’t bother me, and hopefully won’t bother you, that hand quilting is seen as a luxury, even a novelty these days, like a handwritten letter. There is no shame in machine quilting or in sending your quilt to a longarm quilter. How your quilt gets quilted is often a question of how much time you have, how much money you want to spend, and how your quilt will be used. There are many excellent books dedicated to the skill and art of machine quilting, so let’s just go over the basics to get you going.

Decide whether you want to do straight-line (or gently curving) quilting or free-motion quilting. Either way, consult your sewing machine manual as needed to switch to the proper foot and, for free-motion quilting, to lower the feed dogs. For straight-line quilting, use a machine quilting or walking foot. If your machine has a dual feed, engage it. Many sewing machines come with an attachable bar that can help guide you in straight-line quilting.

For free-motion quilting, use a stippling, darning, free-motion, or machine-embroidery presser foot and lower the feed dogs on the machine so that you can freely manipulate the quilt. Choose a continuous-line pattern so you won’t need to start and stop much. Use both hands so that you get nice, even stitches. Consult your manual with questions regarding tension settings and by all means, take a class or have an experienced friend help you if you’re quilting for the first time.

In each project, you’ll find suggestions for quilting. You’ll see how the quilt I made was quilted, but these are just single options out of countless possibilities.