Quilting from the back of my quilt
Miss Geneva Hill writes...
I was just wondering if it was alright to quilt on the back using my machine. I am making a double wedding ring quilt as you go.
All my interior fabrics are prints and the back is a solid.
I figure if I quilt from the back it would be ok.
Miss Geneva Hill
The simple answer, Miss Geneva, is that it is YOUR
quilt and you can do it ANYWAY
you want. And in fact, the BEST
way, is the way that works BEST
What I try to do is give you enough information—usually through asking thought provoking questions—or simply relating to you what has worked for me.
So here goes...
First my mind is a bit befuddled at how to 'quilt as you go' a double wedding ring. But if it's easier to see what you're doing on the backing side of the units, then GO FOR IT! Quilting should be fun (well most of the time, anyway, truly I'm not a big fan of a day of nothing but rotary cutting!)
The thing to watch out for is your tension.
When we quilt from the front, we see exactly how the quilt will look from the viewer's vantage point. If your tension goes off a bit, you can see it right away and fix it. Many times we (definitely me) will settle for less than perfect stitches on the back of a quilt because no one will see them.
There's always lots more quilts to make.
By quilting from the backing side, you can't see what's happening on the 'pretty' side as you stitch. So my suggestion is that you frequently check the stitching. Catch any tension problems as soon as they happen so you don't end up with a bunch of ripping.
If you have minor tension issues, infrequently, the simplest way to avoid the problem is to use the same thread in both the needle and the bobbin. Then if a little loop of needle thread shows over the bobbin thread, it's all the same color and won't be noticeable.
In fact, the only reason I would choose NOT
to do as you suggest, is if I was constantly fighting with my machine's tension.
Readers, your opinions and experiences are valuable! What would you suggest? Share your thoughts using the 'comments' link just below!
Good luck with your quilt Miss Geneva! We'd love to see it when it's finished!