There’s quilting in the ditch – a great approach for beginners and simple quilts.
Then there’s free motion quilting – not for the faint of heart, but oh so satisfying when you have the time to practice.
Long arm quilting gets you into business – and needs a LOT of space and practice.
Quilting by credit card is a worthy option for all sorts of reasons.
And then there is one of my favorites, quilting in the hoop.
When you want for your project to be finished as soon as it comes out of the hoop, quilting in the hoop is for you. Well, you may have to add a binding! For the most part, the bigger your hoop, the easier it is.
There are 3 main styles of quilting in the hoop:
- Quilt your embroidered appliqué blocks in the hoop and add a “false back”. This is by far the easiest way to do it and it’s perfect for projects when you won’t see the back of the quilting anyway:
- purses and totes (check out today’s Daily Deal!)
- table runners (use the Fantasy Flowers Quilted in the Hoop collection to create a Fantasy Flowers table runner)
- tuffets (the oh so happy Happy Tuffet)
- baskets (the ever so happy Happy Popups)
- wall hangings (Express Yourself in a big way – the whole crossword quilt – or a small way – with a Merry Christmas / Happy Birthday / favorite quote wall hanging)
- Quilt the quilt top background first before adding your embroidered appliqué and then add a “false back”. This is a double pass sort of technique. In the usual way of making a quilt, you’ll create the whole quilt top first – piecing and (machine embroidered) appliqué – and then layer the finished quilt top with batting and a backing before quilting the whole thing. For this technique, you’ll create the quilt top with only the pieced components, ignoring any (machine embroidered) appliqué. Then you’ll quilt it in the hoop using your embroidery machine, maybe using a piece of muslin for your backing (you’re not going to see this backing in the finished project) or maybe even leaving the backing out altogether. Once the quilt top is quilted you’ll add your embroidered appliqué just as you would if it hadn’t been quilted. Adding a false back will hide the back of the embroidered appliqué.
- Make the quilt top as usual, layer it with batting and a backing, and then quilt the whole thing in the hoop. This is super easy to do with pieced quilts using the Transformation Quilting Collection. You’ll want to make sure that your tension is great, looking good on the top and the bottom of the quilt. For some tips on how to make this happen, click here (part 1) and then click here (part 2). When you’ve got embroidered appliqué on your quilt it gets a bit more challenging to quilt the finished quilt in the hoop. When I was making the Happy Table Runner I had an epiphany about how to do this which lead to the creation of the Happy Quilting Collection. Find out how I quilted the finished Happy Table Runner quilt top in the hoop by clicking here. If you don’t have quilting designs that fit perfectly around your embroidered appliqué shapes (so far the Happy Quilting Collection is the only quilting collection that works around specific appliqué shapes) then you can combine quilting in the hoop designs with some free motion quilting. I used this approach to quilt the Petal Power Hassock using designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection (ever so slightly resized to be a perfect fit).
The setting triangles on the Petal Power Hassock were quilted in the hoop.
The flower block backgrounds were quilted free motion.
The top band was also quilted in the hoop using a yet-to-be-published design that I created. Shout out in the comments below if you’d like to see this design published – maybe added to the Petal Power Hassock pattern? It’s a pretty specific quilting design! But it’s so perfect for this project 🙂
If you’re thinking “I’d love to know how to get started with this quilting in the hoop thing” I have a video to help you get started. Click here to watch. (A moment of confession – the video shows how to create a Happy Popup panel and mentions a second video that shows how to put the panels together to create the popup basket. This second video got lost during a period of totally crazy life and doesn’t exist – yet! You can always create 2 Happy Popup Panels and then used them to make a Happy Wine Bottle Tote, a quick and easy project to give as a gift – or keep for yourself. I have mine on my kitchen counter housing a water bottle because it looks so gorgeous. The Wine Bottle Tote that is, not the water bottle!!!).
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What I love about this collection… The Abundance Collection is created almost entirely in the hoop, embroidered appliqué and quilting, with 6 fun projects that you can use every day. The Abundance Collection motif resulted from spending a morning sitting on the balcony looking out over the golf course and lake where I lived at the time. I had created a whole bunch of designs with varying sizes of overlapping circles, so I sat with these designs and my favorite colored pencils, excited to see all sorts of new designs emerge.
Apart from all the gorgeous quilting in the hoop:
and lots of zippers!
Do you see the zippered pocket in the Blue/Green Tote shown above?
How about the zippered pockets in the Multi Tote shown below?
The pocket behind the large motif is the perfect size to fit your iPad or tablet (check out the vertical zipper on the right hand side of the large pink block), while the pocket at the bottom is perfect for storing your pens and other little things that can get lost at the bottom of the big compartment of your tote (check out the horizontal zipper underneath the large pink block, with the zipper tab on the right hand side).
These two zippers (one in each side) have the biggest “Wow!” factor of all!
Are they of any practical value? Maybe not, unless you like opening your tote up all the way!
If you’re looking at the cross-hatch quilting on the side panels and straps of this tote and wondering “How ever did she get that quilting to be so even and beautiful?” the answer is – it was all done in the hoop so if you have a big enough hoop with your embroidery machine, you can do it too!