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Back to School blog hop – A quilting Tip

Welcome to the Back to School Blog Hop!

I am loving this progression in the Back to School Blog Hop. The skills we can all share about are taking you rom pressing to quilt binding. There are some great hints and tips here for you. Have you seen all the lessons so far? Se the list below for all the blogs to visit.

learn about quilting from me

My bit of info sharing is all about quilting, specifically Free Motion Quilting and how to start and stop neatly. I am a longarm quilter of 13years and also have some videos on YouTube for free motion quilting on your domestic machine. The design concepts are the same, the execution is slightly different between the 2 types of machines.

I have made this video because showing is sometimes better than telling and you can see what I am doing and how to do it yourself.

In the video I am using my Janome domestic sewing machine with the hopping foot, also called a darning foot.

Why do we need to start and stop well?

In quilting, any break in thread, and a start or stop is a break in thread is a potential weak point in the quilting. A place where the stitching can become unsecured and then lead to loosening of further quilitng, which means the quilt is not secure in this area.

One of the goals of quilting is to support the quilt sandwich. So if your quilting is becoming undone, then you risk damage to your quilt in the long term. We all want our quilts to last for a long time right?!

We also want our quilitng to be neat and stay neat, no birds nests underneath, no loose threads. So by using the method I show you in the video, you are keeping the back and the front neat.

Burying threads

I am not a huge fan of burying threads, it can be quite time consuming if you have many, many starts and stops. If you secure your stitches, then I think burying threads can be a little bit of overkill. However if you prefer to bury, you go right ahead.

There is a list below of all the lovely people to visit and learn from.

Have fun, keep sewing, keep learning, keep creating.

Blog Hop Crafters – visit them all

  • Sept 15 – Geeky Bobbin – Press for Success!
  • Sept 16 – Katie Mae Quilts – Storage Solutions From The School Supplies Section
  • Sept 17 – Quilting Jetgirl – Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against
  • Sept 18 – Karen Bolan – How to Get Perfect Tension
  • Sept 19 – Devoted Quilter – How To Trim HSTs Without A Specialty Ruler
  • Sept 20 – Sarah Ruiz – Calculating Quilt Backing and Binding Fabric Requirements
  • Sept 21 – Andy Knowlton – How To Sew Quilt Blocks With Partial Seams
  • Sept 22 – Lisa Ruble – Curved Piecing Doesn’t Have To Be Scary (Or Perfect!)
  • Sept 23 – Sarah Goer Quilts – Tips for Piecing Precise Points
  • Sept 24 – Faith and Fabric – Spinning Intersections On Four Patch Blocks – The Easy Way!
  • Sept 25 – Judit Hajdu – Draw String Bag – For Lunch Or Gym
  • Sept 26 – Sugar Sand Quilt Co. – The Care And Feeding Of The Wild Longarm Quilter
  • Sept 27 – Hilary Jordan – Quick & Easy Pattern Matching Technique for Quilt Backings
  • Sept 28 – True Blue Quilts – Sketch Then Stitch…Better FMQ Through Doodling
  • Sept 29 – Sunflower Quilting – A Quilting Tip
  • Sept 30 – Slightly Biased Quilts – Perfect Hand Binding Tips


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  1. I’m one of those crazy people who does bury threads, and I’ve found that a side threading needle makes it so much easier to do. Great video tutorial and explanation for why it’s so important to have nice starts and stops to help us have long lasting quilts!

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