The projects I will be working on for the next couple weeks will be largely heavy on the handwork. This is because my flooring did not match and I had to pick out all new floors. When they are finally ready to do my floors Anne and I will have to move out for a minimum of 5 days. To say the least, I am not looking forward to that prospect. In the meantime, I got my Swoon Quilt back from the incredibly talented Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts. You should follow her on Instagram, if you don’t already!
The Swoon is huge, 80″ x 80″ huge! When working with a quilt of this size I know some people can get a little intimidated, but over the years I have come to find that it is simply a matter of getting creative on how you support your quilt.
This is my sewing set up on a typical day. How I like it to be when I am piecing or working on small quilts.
This is my set up when I am working on a huge quilt. Even though I didn’t quilt my Swoon, I still have to be able to work with it’s giant size to put the binding on the front. This is my set up for that process.
I’ve turned my ironing board into a side table and moved my set of drawers out to the front to support the weight of my quilt.
Now here is how it looks with my 80″ x 80″ Swoon on it:
Once I sit in my chair and adjust the quilt to sit further back on the extra table, the quilt doesn’t pull down at all. It is 100% supported and I don’t have to worry about it pulling on my machine or impacting my tension.
Get creative in your sewing room to support those big quilts. I’ve used chairs, ironing boards, extra side tables and my husband once or twice. Don’t let your quilt pull or hang from your machine. It isn’t good for the machine or the quilt.
Have Fun Quilting!