Quilting a Flange
This week I had an opportunity to work on nice "easy" quilt. Customer wanted a pantograph. We picked out an fun design and I loaded the pattern into Intelliquilter.
As I went to load the quilt on my longarm I saw the dreaded flange.
For those that quilt on any type of a longarm, you quickly learn that flanges are a big problem. They have this pesky tendency to flip up which means lots of seam ripping or potential injuries to fingers trying to hold the flange in place in place while quilting.
Since the finger technique didn't work well for me last time, I decided for a different approach.
My secret weapon was ...
I was pleased with the results (and no resews were necessary) -- other than on the top flange where I tried my finger technique.
Let me share my process.
Add invisible tape just before quilting a row. My goal is for this to be on the quilt for a very short period of time.
Stitch out pantograph -- just as you would normally quilt it.
Notice how nicely the stitches flow over the flange!
A couple of times the hopping foot picked up the tape -- but the flange stayed obediently in place even when that happened.
Typically the tape will be "cut" slightly from the needle and you can just lift it away. A seam ripper will also work to cut the tape (just don't cut the thread).
I kept the bottom part of the tape on the flange until I finished the next row. Then removed the rest.
Sneak Peak - New Class in Development
I've created a series of designs in Art and Stitch that can be stitched out either on a longarm or an embroidery machine. Would you like to learn how to draw these yourself? A class is in the works.
This will include videos plus detailed written instructions with lots of illustrations. Great for the beginning digitizer.
More to come on the class -- but thought you would like to see a couple of the designs.
These were done on a basic embroidery machine. with a 4" hoop!
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After a couple of cold weeks, the sun broke out and it is now feeling like spring. I am so excited. To celebrate the suns arrival, I thought I would feature my Sun Rays quilt pattern.
The Sun Rays quilt is based on a favorite antique block. The quilt may be completed with seven fabrics or may be scrapped. Piecing may be enhanced through the use of the V Block and Diamond Rects rulers by Studio 180 Design.
Four different sizes are included in the pattern (Wall, Lap, Full and Queen).
Project is Fat Eighth Friendly.
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4/16/2016 09:37:49 am
Great tip Kari. Thanks very much and the upcoming designs are very cool. I've been gifted an embroidery machine so the class sound very interesting.
4/16/2016 09:50:13 am
Fantastic tip. I just finished a quilt with a flange doing the finger holding. Love your site. Thank you for being so sharing.
4/16/2016 09:55:11 am
Thanks for the tip! What a great time saver (and finger saver)
4/16/2016 10:43:47 am
What a great idea! Use it for holding bag straps, ribbon for loops, etc. but never thought about using it there. Sure would have saved my fingers. Thanks a bunch!
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