Quilting Methods Explained
We often get asked how to do quilting, can I do it in blocks, can I join it as you go, can I get the long arm quilt machine look with my embroidery machine, etc. 
I hope this answers some of the questions you have. Each method can work with the quilts that are done in blocks, it depends on your machine, your experience and how much work you're willing to put in.
  1. You can do it in blocks, so each block is separate and then joint together, back fabric is added after assembly.
  2. You can stitch it in blocks, add back fabric and then join your blocks “quilt as you go” method.
  3. You can cut one large piece of fabric + batting + back fabric, mark out the blocks and stitch them through all layers, lining them up as you go using the templates included OR if your machine has a camera / scanner that works very well for perfect placement as well 😊
Each method has its own look, ups and down sides…. So, depends on what you want to work with.
  1. For example, you won’t have the quilting through the layers and will need to stitch in the ditch to keep your front and back together, so from that back you will see the squares as quilting, which can look great as well if you use a nice print fabric where the quilting doesn't really matter.
  2. Joining the quilt as you go blocks, sometimes leaves a true block look, as the batting is often omitted from the seam allowance to make it go together smoother and better lining up of blocks, it oftens leaves a uneven look, so you need to be experienced in joining quilt as you go blocks, and it might involve hand stitching if you don’t want your seam to show on the front.
  3. This will yield the best look and that of a professional long arm quilt machine, but a queen size might be hard to work with under the embroidery machine, depending on what machine you have. If you have a higher end machine with the larger throat space, it will work much better, or a multi-needle machine with a support table where the quilt can lay on. On domestic machines the heavy quilt often creates drag on the embroidery arm and then stitches are compromised and not laying where they should be, so might not line up perfectly. IF however you can build some sort of platform to help support the quilt so minimize weight on the embroidery arm you can do it with great success 😊
The brown quilt below was done in blocks, Method 1.


SDS4207 Feather Fantasy Quilt

The coloured quilt was done Method 3 stitching through all layers


SDS5520 Elegant Renaissance

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I how do you put sds1184, ocean critters, together as a quilt?
Thanks, carol

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