A great big quilt

For reasons unknown I thought it would be fun to make a great big quilt… 230x270cm (90″x106″). Nice as bedding for the Summer – it’s heavy linen (flax) on both sides with a cotton/bamboo batting. Nice and cool, all natural, easy to wash, etc., etc.

Not so easy to make though! It’s HUGE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I do have a big table, so I was able to pin the sandwich – had to go in bands, let’s hope it will work. But how to stitch it? Besides being big, it is also heavy… I need one of these:

A long arm quilting station – click to read the Wikipedia article

This is great but I haven’t got the room…

But I do have that big table… and who said you have to sit in front of the machine – early ones had you sit sidewise, facing the head… hang on…

And here is my improvised long arm quilting station! ๐Ÿ˜€

I use a walking foot attachment to prevent slipping. Here you really come to appreciate that large harp space on some of the old machines!

This is my trusted Veritas VS2 – 110 years young and there’s no stopping it.

To feed the quilt, I move the whole roll because of course it is much too heavy for the machine to pull through! With a little practice I manage to move it with roughly the same speed as the machine feeds the material, so the stitching is nice and smooth.

Wish me luck – I’ve got a lot of stitching to do! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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13 thoughts on “A great big quilt

  1. Blimey. You’ll be strong by the time you’ve finished that. Don’t do your back in.
    I’ve got some old roller skates in the shed, perhaps you could fit those to the machine?!
    Got any old pipe? This idea might be useful for controlling the fabric…..

    Dan H


      1. I’ve got a pack of 150 curved quilting safety pins, which will hopefully do the trick. I bought a vintage Singer quilting foot off ebay, because it has an adjustable guide so the lines of stitches are equal distances apart – that way I don’t need to bother with fabric pens or chalk or masking tape, or endless measuring. ‘Cause I’m lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully it won’t come back to bite me, but I’m guessing people used to quilt with machines before walking feet were invented so it’s got to be possible…


      2. It’s definitely possible! Use those pins. ๐Ÿ™‚ Safety pins sounds like a great idea – I’ve got blood stains in a few spots on my quilt. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ As for guides, walking feet come with guides, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I didn’t use it: I did a big grid first (4″x6″ following the design on the fabric), and now with that in place, I don’t need any more pins or walking foot and can do detailed work inside each section, with free motion.


  2. Good luck, are you standing or sitting when you work on this one. I use a spray adhesive to sandwich mine but I have not tried one as large as your quilt. (with the spray)


    1. I’m sitting – otherwise I have to bend down to the table and that’s bad for the back. I’ve got the main grid stitched already, so it cannot shift any more and I can do fancy work focusing on a small area. I read somewhere that spray adhesive may leave a dark residue, and my quilt has a white backing, so I just went for lots of pins and a walking foot instead. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Having started this, I was faced with the utter impossibility of quilting this huge monster at my usual sewing table – no room! And yes, it is better to have the machine sunk into the table but short of cutting a hole in my dining table, I didn’t see how to do it! But this setup works, although it is a bit the opposite of a long arm quilter: the machine is stationary and I move the quilt. It’s not free motion quilting, I just did straight lines for the main grid, but it was all that I needed. And now I can swap the walking foot with a darning foot, drop the feed and do free motion quilting focusing on each section. ๐Ÿ™‚

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