I was having so much fun with my leader/ender project that it ended up being my main piecing project!
I loaded it up and decided to crosshatch quilt it. There are two ways of doing this on the long arm. One is to do all the horizontal lines first.
Then take the quilt off the frame, turn it 90 degrees and quilt all the lines in the other direction.
The other option is what I’m doing here. I started the same way. I did all horizontal lines as far as I could without advancing the quilt.
Then I did lines from the top to the bottom line I had quilted, traveled the width of my grid, and headed back up to the top.
You might be able to see where I traveled on the bottom line.
I use this little device to keep my horizontal lines straight.
It prevents the machine from rolling in that direction.
When I do the vertical lines, I just eyeball it. They are mostly straight. I’m not looking for perfection here.
As far as spacing goes, I set my machine for 12 stitches per inch. When I get to the end of a line, I count stitches as I move the machine. I’m shooting for my lines to be about 9 stitches apart. That’s 3/4 of an inch.
This isn’t fast quilting, but I love the effect, so it’s worth it.
Have a great day!
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