Quilting Gather

I always get questions on cross hatch quilting on my long arm, so I thought I’d share how I do this.

First of all, I have a couple of these “rings” that fit over the wheels on the carriage of my machine. They prevent the head from moving front to back so I can quilt a perfectly straight line from side to side.

I load up my quilt and start making lines from side to side. I wanted my lines to be about 3/4 inch apart. So I set my stitch regulator to 12 stitches per inch.

At the end of each row, I gently pulled the machine forward for 9 stitches. Even with the rings on the carriage, you can still force it to move by pulling firmly on the machine. After advancing for 9 stitches, the equivalent of 3/4 of an inch, I start sewing another line.

After I’ve done all the lines in one direction, I take the quilt off the frame and reload it. Then I follow the same process to create the crossing lines. By the way, I used Superior Mono Poly thread in the top and Magnaglide Classic in cream in the bobbin.

I love seeing the difference in a top before and after quilting!

What a difference! Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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6 Responses to Quilting Gather

  1. audrey says:

    Beautiful work! LOve this quilt so much.:)

  2. Beautiful finish! Quite a difference.

  3. Sandi says:

    I really like this little quilt!! Hugs,

  4. Susan Baker says:

    Thanks for the details on how you did this Katy. Are those rings you used specific to your brand of
    longarm? Curious, does this mean you don’t have channel locks? Or this way is just the way you do it?

  5. Lillie says:

    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Do you quilt each line from left to right, or vice versa, OR do yoy alternate directions to avoid distortion of your quilt?

  6. What a difference, indeed! I love how the quilting completes the quilt! This is one of my favorites, Katy!

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