Thursday, March 9, 2017
Computerized Quilting: Bernina Q-matic
My mom and I recently went to the Q-matic class for the Bernina Q24. Before the class I had not even turned on the computer. Honestly, I was having too much fun playing with free-motion quilting on the longarm. ;)
The teacher was so helpful and inspiring that I practiced on a little muslin the next day.
Then I pulled out some baby flannel to practice digital pantographs on as well.
Normally, I use the envelope method to finish the edges before tying the blanket or quilting it. I only buy a yard and a half for the top and the back. I ended up sewing scraps to both ends of the backing to make it longer.
I cheated by not using the side clamps and just kept the stitching a half an inch in from the selvages.
It was so much fun that I just kept going...
The only problem is that now I have a growing pile of baby blankets that need binding.
I could have quilted these much faster if I just free-motion quilted them. However, they were great practice for learning a new skill. Maybe sometime I will combine free-motion and computerized quilting in the same quilt.
It is probably a good thing that I practiced on these baby blankets. My nephew Mr. C just finished piecing his first quilt top. He really liked the boxy meander digital pantograph that came with the Q-matic. I may practice that on baby flannel before trying it on his quilt.