Ready to quilt one of my all time favorite quilting designs? Let's learn how to quilt Super Spiral together on both a home machine and on the longarm!
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Tips for Machine Quilting Super Spiral
I love quilting Super Spiral because it's such a simple design, but it can make a huge impact on your quilts!
On a home machine, you can quilt one Super Spiral over your entire quilt. This simple circular texture is the perfect way to finish a quilt top with busy fabrics and prints.
I quilted the Jelly Town Baby Quilt with one massive Super Spiral starting in the center of the quilt. It was a bit tough to quilt right in the center, but as the spiral expanded, the design became easier and easier to manage. Click Here to find this pattern.
Just remember to always quilt in a clockwise direction when quilting Super Spiral on your home machine. That way you will have less quilt in the arm of the machine with every ring you stitch and the quilt will feel progressively easier to move.
I quilted an even bigger Super Spiral on the Mega Pinwheel Star quilt and it was tricky with a thick batting and fluffy minky backing fabric. Click Here to join the Mega Star Walking Foot Workshop to learn even more about walking foot quilting on really big quilts.
Quilting on a Longarm Machine
When quilting Super Spiral on a longarm frame, you won't be able to expand the design to cover an entire quilt, but you will be able to quilt it much faster. Rather than having to take one stitch at a time through the center, tightest section of the spiral, I was able to swing the machine around super fast.
While it's definitely faster, I'll need a lot more practice in order to quilt this shape smoothly without wobbling. It's far from perfect so I threw more thread at it and quilted back into the center of the spiral to add more lines of quilting to the design. I think this turned out great!
I hope you can see there are upsides and downsides to both forms of machine quilting. Which is the best for you? Try quilting Super Spiral and decide for yourself!
Would you like to create a big, beautiful quilt AND learn how to machine quilt lots of different designs? Then you should join in the fun and make the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt with me!
We're quilting all 30 designs from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day and we're going to connect together the best 20 to create the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt. Find the quilt pattern and detailed instructions in the book, available in the following formats:
Click Here to find all the walking foot quilting videos I've shared so far. We're making three quilts together from this book and you can join in the fun and follow along anytime!
Let's go quilt,
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