Quilting a Block Larger Than Your Machine Reach

Posted by on February 12, 2014

Here are some simple steps that can help you quilt a block with your quilting machine that is larger than you can reach.

  1. Decide how big you can go and chalk margins around the block or triangle so that the remaining shape in the middle is reachable.
  2. Stitch the pattern in the middle of the area you marked off first.
  3. Meander or use a fill to use up the space in the margin. Just stitching a simple line on your margin will also work. Wavy lines will ease fabric more than straight lines, so if your block or triangle is not laying perfectly flat, use a wavy outline to ease in the wrinkles.
  4. The panel that is created around the out edges of the block or triangle even adds to the interest of the quilting.

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  1. Sondra Reierson says:

    That is good information but what about when the design is bigger than your stitching area? What is the best way to continue your pattern/design? What is the best way to turn/re-frame your quilt if you have to in order to complete your center quilt design?

    • kelleyn says:

      There is more than one way… this is just the quickest fix. This is also one way you could fill the patchwork area without having to match up the stitching. There is a blog post coming up that talks about matching up a mirror image to stitch a larger block. Watch our blog for this information coming soon!

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