Multiple hooping for quilting in the hoop is easy when you know how!
This is what you will need:
- A piece of fabric (I’ll tell you how big later!)
- A piece of batting the same size as your piece of fabric
- A marking pen or pencil. My favorite is a Sewline Fabric Pencil. I have one with white leads and one with pink leads
- Thread for quilting. My favorite is AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight. For a heavier quilting line, AURIfil Cotton Mako 28 weight (on the grey spool) is wonderful too
- Bobbin thread. My favorite is Superior Bottom Line Tan #619. For quilting in the hoop when you will see the bobbin thread on the back, use the same color of AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight in the bobbin (even if using 28 weight on the top)
- Needle. My favorite is a Superior Titanium Topstitch Needle, 80/12 for 50 weight thread, 90/14 for 28 weight thread.
- Stabilizer. My favorite is OESD Ultra Clean and Tear
- Designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection
I wanted to make a zippered pocket that could be thrown in a tote bag or backpack to keep small items together in one place. I decided that 8″ x 6″ would be a good finished size, so I needed a quilted piece 8″ x 12″.
The quilting designs to use depend to some extent on the size of your hoop. Here are some examples:
1 = 01-04×08-Single – 3 hoopings in a BERNINA Large Oval Hoop (the design is 4″ x 8″)
2 = 03-04×06-Singlex2 – 2 hoopings in a BERNINA Mega Hoop (can be achieved using 03-04×06-Single in 4 hoopings in a BERNINA Mega Hoop) (the design is 4″ x 12″)
3 = Square2-4i – can be combined with 2 designs in a BERNINA Large Oval Hoop for 3 hoopings (2 designs combined are 4″ x 8″)
4 = Triangle5-3ix2 – 6 hoopings in a BERNINA Large Oval Hoop (this ends up at 9″ x 12″ but can always be trimmed 🙂 ) (the design is 3″ x 6″)
Cut and mark your fabric
Cut your fabric and batting so that it is the size required for your finished piece + 1″ on all sides.
For an 8″ x 12″ finished piece, I cut my fabric 10″ x 14″ (8″ + 2″ x 12″ + 2″).
Mark the position for your first hooping. I decided to stitch out option 1 above, so I marked my fabric as follows:
- Draw a horizontal line 1″ down from the top of the fabric
- Draw a horizontal line 4″ down from the line just drawn
- Draw a vertical line 1″ in from the left hand side of the fabric, making sure that it is perpendicular to the two horizontal lines
- Draw a line 8″ to the right of the line just drawn
The second and subsequent hoopings will use a basting line stitched in the first hooping for placement.
Center your background fabric on the batting. For a piece as small as this, basting is not necessary. For a larger piece, baste along the lines drawn on your fabric using a 4mm stitch length.
Ready to stitch
Hoop a piece of stabilizer.
Load the design into your embroidery machine and stitch color #1 onto the stabilizer in the hoop. This is a placement line to show you where to position the fabric.
Remove your hoop from the machine and place on a cushioned ironing board. My favorite to use is the June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ‘n Blocker. I can push a pin into the board and it will go all the way through (and out the back, so be careful what you have the board resting on!).
Push a pin through each corner marked on your background fabric. Guide the pins through the corresponding corners of the placement line stitched onto the stabilizer in the hoop. Use a pin along each side to hold the fabric in place.
Return the hoop to the machine and restitch color #1. It now becomes a basting line to hold the fabric securely in place – and it also becomes a placement line for hooping #2.
Stitch color #2 – the quilting line.
When stitching has finished, tear away the excess stabilizer from outside the basting line.
Load a new piece of stabilizer into your hoop. Stitch color #1 onto the stabilizer in the hoop. Use the basting line from the first hooping and a couple of pins to position the background fabric onto the hoop, in the same way as for the first hooping. Hold in place with pins. Restitch color #1 to hold the fabric in place and then stitch color #2, the quilting line.
Repeat the above steps for each hooping.
With a little practice, it is possible to achieve perfect placement with each of your hoopings.
When you are finished, remove the basting lines from the body of the quilting and trim your piece.
If your hoop is bigger than your background fabric and you can see stabilizer when the background fabric is placed on the stabilizer in the hoop, use Scotch Tape to hold the fabric in place. It’s easier than using pins – and less likely that your stabilizer will tear!
The piece above shows 2 hoopings (in the BERNINA Maxi Hoop) of the design Square4-4ix4 to create a finished piece that is 8″ x 16″.
Be sure to read the previous post to find out how I applied Deco Foil to my fabric before quilting it – and the next post to find out how to transform these finished quilted pieces into super cute zippered pockets!