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Quilting in the hoop, has anyone tried it?

by Beth Lilje
(Tucson, AZ, USA)

Has anyone used embroidery software designed specifically for quilting to do a quilt?

Not being very gifted in free motion quilting, the thought appealed to me, but...


I haven't done this myself, Beth, but I've often wondered why there aren't more computerized programs for stitching things like half square triangles in the hoop...kind of like digitized triangle papers. Can you imagine how productive you'd be??!!!

Readers, I need your help on this question. If you've done any quilting in the hoop, do take a minute and let us know how you like this method of quilting, what your favorite designs are, how the learning curve is for it...I'm assuming it takes some 'know-how' to hoop a quilt sandwich properly.

Just use the 'comments' link below to share your experience. Thank you.


Julie Baird

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Love Quilting in the HOOP
by: Sandi

The easiest way to quilt in the hoop with your embroidery machine is to use a magnetic hoop. The quilt sandwich is easy to move around with simple adjustments to the magnets.

From the Editor: Great advice, Sandi!

Quilting in the hoop
by: Kathleen

I really enjoy quilting in the hoop. It really helps to use a Sensor Q foot (Viking Machines) I use designs with an open pattern--similar to red work.

by: Eunice

I am a longarm quilter. I started QITH as a suggestion from a friend and fell in love with it!

It's fun and produces fast results, IMO. And it takes on a life of its own. My favorite designs are by Hoopsisters. I've purchased from other designers and digitized my own simple meandering stitches in my embroidery software that I used to complete a baby quilt.

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