Frame Quilting Friday - Machine Quilting Fun on a Longarm!

Longarm Frame Quilting FridayAre you ready to learn more about longarm quilting? Me too! I've had my Grace Qnique longarm set up on a frame for almost a year now and I honestly haven't gotten much practice in. It's a very different style of quilting from what I'm used to and sometimes I feel intimidated and worried my stitches won't look perfect.

But that's the whole point of learning how to quilt! We have to push past the ugly stitches and intimidation and keep practicing every day. To challenge myself to use my machine on the frame more, I'm starting a new series called Frame Quilting Friday.

Each Friday you'll find a new quilting video of me quilting on my longarm and learning something new! Check out all the posts I've shared to this series so far:

Basic Setup for Grace Longarms and Frames

how to wind longarm bobbins
How to wind longarm bobbins

how to attach longarm encoders
How to attach longarm encoders

troubleshooting tensions on longarm
How to troubleshoot tension on a longarm

how to load a longarm frame
How to load a longarm frame

how to advance quilt on longarm
How to advance a quilt on a longarm

 Grace Qniquew 21 longarm
First stitch on the Grace qnique 21 longarm


Install red snappers on your longarm

how to attach leader cloth to longarm
How to attach leader cloth to a longarm

How to baste on a longarm
How to baste a quilt on a longarm  

quilt to the edge of the quilt on a longarm
Quilt to the edge of your quilt on a longarm frame

qzone hoop frame setup 
How to set up the Grace Qzone Hoop Frame

how to quilt with channel locks
Straight Line Quilting with Channel Locks 

 

Quilting Tutorials on the Qzone Hoop Frame

qzone hoop frame setup 
How to set up the grace qzone hoop frame
first quilt on grace qzone hoop frame
Quilting my first quilt on the grace qzone hoop frame
how to finish a quilt on qzone hoop frame
Finishing my first quilt on the qzone

Moving the Qnique to the qzone frame
shift quilt on qzone hoop frame
Side to side shift on the qzone hoop frame
Ruler quilting on qzone hoop frame
Ruler quilting on the qzone hoop frame

how to quilt with pantographs on a grace qzone hoop frame
Quilt with pantographs on the qzone frame

 

 

Quilting Tutorials on the Continuum Frame

how to attach leader cloth to longarm
How to attach leader cloth to a longarm
how to load a longarm frame
How to load a longarm frame
How to baste on a longarm
How to baste a quilt on a longarm 
Grace Qniquew 21 longarm
First stitch on the Grace qnique 21 longarm
how to expand continuum longarm frame
How to expand the continuum longarm frame
how to attach idler rail to longarm frame
How to attach an idler rail to your continuum longarm frame
longarm hopping foot microstippling
What foot is best for microstippling
how to quilt with pantographs
How to quilt with pantographs

How to quilt to the edge of longarm frame with pantographs
Quilt to the edge of a quilt with pantographs

ditcher ruler longarm quilting
How to quilt in the ditch perfectly with the Ditcher ruler

feather ruler longarm quilting
Quilt perfect feathers with the Feather ruler

circle ruler longarm quilting
How to quilt scallops and circles with the Circle ruler

slice ruler quilting on a longarm frame
Ruler quilting with the Slice ruler on a longarm frame
ruler quilting on qnique longarm frame
Quilting curves with the Mini Slide ruler on the continuum frame
free motion couching on a continuum frame
Couching foot quilting with the Super Slide ruler

troubleshooting tensions on longarm
How to troubleshoot tension on a longarm

7 reasons why you need a longarm
7 reasons why I do and want a longarm

 travel stitch practice on longarm frame
Travel stitching practice on a Grace longarm frame

speed quilting on a longarm frame
Speedy spiral quilting

how to echo ditch on a longarm frame
Echo ditching on a longarm

pebbling practice on a grace continuum frame
Pebbling and travel stitching practice

quilt to the edge of the quilt on a longarm
Quilt to the edge of your quilt on a longarm frame

How to quilt feather border on a longarm
Quilting a feather border on a longarm frame

quilting yarn with couching foot on a longarm frame
Free motion quilting with yarn on a couching foot

organizing longarm quilting room
Organizing your longarm quilting room

charity quilt quilted in one hour
Quilt a charity quilt in under 1 hour

how to make a patchwork scarf on a longarm 
How to make a patchwork scarf on a longarm

quilt vinyl on longarm frame
Quilting paisley on vinyl

Switching a quilt from a home machine to longarm
Switching a quilt from a home machine to a longarm

 

Quilting Tutorials on the Qnique 14+ / Qnique 15R

beginner quilter on longarm
Beginner quilter Josh Day tries longarm quilting

7 reasons why you need a longarm
7 reasons why I do and want a longarm

longarm hopping foot microstippling
What foot is best for microstippling
how to quilt with pantographs
How to quilt with pantographs
How to quilt to the edge of longarm frame with pantographs
Quilt to the edge of a quilt with pantographs
quilting yarn with couching foot on a longarm frame
Free motion quilting with yarn on a couching foot
free motion couching on a continuum frame
More free motion couching with the Super Slide ruler
ruler quilting on qnique longarm frame
Quilting curves with the Mini Slide ruler on the continuum frame
slice ruler quilting on a longarm frame
Ruler quilting with the Slice ruler on a longarm frame
travel stitch practice on longarm frame
Travel stitching practice on a Grace longarm Qnique 15R / 14+
troubleshooting tensions on longarm
How to troubleshoot tension on a longarm
Switching a quilt from a home machine to longarm
Switching a quilt from a home machine to a longarm

charity quilt quilted in one hour
Quilt a charity quilt in under 1 hour

how to make a patchwork scarf on a longarm 
How to make a patchwork scarf on a longarm

 quilt vinyl on longarm frame
Quilting paisley on vinyl

speed quilting on a longarm frame
Speedy spiral quilting

how to echo ditch on a longarm frame
Echo ditching on a longarm

pebbling practice on a grace continuum frame
Pebbling and travel stitching practice

How to quilt feather border on a longarm
Quilting a feather border on a Grace Qnique 15R / 14+

 

 

 

Quilting Tutorials on the Qnique 21

Grace Qniquew 21 longarm
First stitch on the Grace qnique 21 longarm
how to wind longarm bobbins
How to wind longarm bobbins
how to attach longarm encoders
How to attach longarm encoders
ditcher ruler longarm quilting
How to quilt in the ditch perfectly with the Ditcher ruler
feather ruler longarm quilting
Quilt perfect feathers with the Feather ruler
circle ruler longarm quilting
How to quilt scallops and circles with the Circle ruler
How to baste on a longarm
How to baste a quilt on a longarm 
troubleshooting tensions on longarm
How to troubleshoot tension on a longarm


Quilt a bear's claw block on the Grace Qnique 21

 longarm ruler quilting spiral design
Quilting a spiral on the Qnique 21 longarm

 
Free motion and ruler quilting on the Grace Qnique 21


More ruler quilting on the Qnique 21 and continuum frame 

 simple ruler quilting on longarm
Simple ruler quilting on the Qnique 21 longarm

 

 

Quilting Tutorials on Quilter's Creative Touch automation

 

How to install Quilters Creative Touch automation software

qtc quilters creative touch quilting automation
Quilting Blocks with QTC 4

quilters creative touch 5 upgrade
Upgrade to Quilters Creative Touch 5

quilters creative touch 5 quilting blocks
How to quilt blocks with QCT 5

nested pantos qct 5
How to make nested pantos with QCT 5

 


How to quilt twisted squares
Would you like to learn more about the Grace Qnique longarm I'm using? Click Here to check it out now!

Yes, I'm a dealer for Grace Company now so I'm selling the machines, frames, and accessories you'll see in the videos. My goal is to help you find the right machine and frame to fit your budget, home, and quilting needs. 

No, you don't need a quilting frame or longarm in order to make fantastic quilts! You can do so much with your home machine so please don't feel like you have to switch in order to finish your quilts.

However, if your interest is in quilting more quickly, with less wear and tear on your body, definitely consider the switch. Moving the machine over the quilt on a frame is much easier than moving the quilt under the needle. It's easier to make big, sweeping movements and to stitch large, open designs.

If your goal is to finish a lot of quilts in a short space of time, a longarm mounted on a frame may be the best option for you. Please click here to contact me with any questions you have.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

P.S. Are you looking for my Sit Down Quilting Sunday series? I shared weekly videos in 2017 every Sunday to explore quilting on the Grace Qnique longarm as a sit down / table mounted machine. Watch the following videos to explore this different type of quilting on a longarm:


Note: Grace Company no longer offers the Grace Qnique Sit Down version. We now have the Q-Zone Hoop Frame which takes up far less space than a sit down machine.

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Comments

  • Janet K Hornbeck - September 11, 2020

    i am in a church quilting group and we make prayer quilts about 50×60 size. We are looking for a quilting frame to speed up our process. Can you recommend a frame and machine? Thanks

  • Leah Day - August 22, 2019

    Hi Cynthia – Great question! I’ll add this to my list of videos to shoot for the Q-Zone soon. It’s on the list!

  • Leah Day - August 22, 2019

    Hi Sharon – You’ll need to contact a dealer in Australia for help. When you place the order, you can make sure the leader cloth is included so that will ship with your frame.

  • Cynthia Woods - August 22, 2019

    Hi, Leah. I just purchased a Q-Hoop. Do you have a video on how to prepare a quilt for a frame? I have always used a domestic and free motion. I have always used safety pins to baste. Everything I have seen just shows putting on a leader cloth and loading the frame. I am kind of uncomfortable with this. How do you do your larger quilts?

  • Sharon King - August 22, 2019

    Hi Leah I’m just about to buy a 15 qr long arm and loving your videos cause I’ve never used a longarm before a bit scary " I was just wondering do you get the leader cloth when you purchase the machine or do you have to buy it seperate I’m from Australia
    Keep those videos going thanks Leah

  • Leah Day - July 25, 2019

    Hi Mary – I know, I could definitely use more help in that area. I depend on word of mouth mostly so please spread the word with any of your quilting friends that are interested in longarm quilting. It’s very hard to teach frame quilting at a show and very expensive because all the students need frames to work on. Check out MQX shows – they are awesome!

  • Leah Day - July 25, 2019

    Hi Patricia – Great questions! Yes, I’m using a stitch regulator on the Qnique 14+ / 15 when it’s set up on a frame. The older videos where it’s set up in a table it didn’t have a stitch regulator. That was just my foot pressing the pedal and quilting the same way I would on a home machine.

    On wheels on a frame – that’s really a gimmick. Longarms are serious pieces of machinery and not really designed to wheel around. If you move a longarm, you’ll have to do a lot of work to level it each time. I would advise picking a spot and setting it up and leaving it there!

  • Mary Googe - July 25, 2019

    Hi Leah! You need more marketing! I’ve been looking for help with my frame Longarm quilting and requested frame quilting classes at the 2019 Houston Quilt Show. There weren’t any! I love your videos and have learned a lot since I found them. Thanks and keep it up!!

  • Patricia Kamp - October 29, 2018

    Hi Leah, does the Qnique have a stitch regulator when your just doing free form stitches? Talk about that more on your next vide. I’m also wondering if you can collapse the frame or move it to another room in between quits.

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