I shared this idea with someone the other day who was thinking of machine quilting a larger quilt. And, today, thought I'd share a picture. So, in watching quilters on TV and reading in magazines, there seems to be one camp of domestic sewing machine quilters who roll the right side of the quilt and keep the left side out flat and straight. And, there's another group that doesn't roll at all and just puddles the quilt around the needle. But, I've found that a combination of the two works best for me.
The rolling is so I can easily get a half of a queen size (or whatever size I'm working on) quilt through the narrow throat of my machine. Yes, that is a half of a queen sized quilt in that tight little roll.
The other half of the quilt is puddled on a combination of surfaces, including two sewing machine cabinets and a dining table. I never let the left side of the quilt hang as gravity makes it hard to push the quilt along. I keep it all up at the same height and it just moves as I need it to move.
Now, look at where I would be sitting and the 45*angle that is folded in the rolled up part of the quilt. That gives that edge stability and keeps it from dropping down below the sewing surface, which would again be gravity pulling on the quilt. I can pretty much put that angle against my chest and help hold it level with the sewing surface
Once in a while, some bulge-y part of the quilt will get stuck on something. I have to watch out for that and anytime I feel the slightest tug against the direction I'm trying to push, I stop and straighten it. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to push that and suddenly having it release and jump a long way and you get a really big stitch. Hate that.
Anyway, that's how I do it. And, it seems to be working okay.
I've taken another Friday off. I should feel so guilty. But, I don't. I'm not going to quilt all day today, tho. I have some other projects I want to get to. I want to get to.....quilt......