Continuum Frames and Accessories
Get started longarm quilting with an awesome frame you can upgrade and expand anytime!
The Continuum Quilting Frame is terrific frame quilters new to longarm quilting because it can grow with you as your longarm quilting skills improve.
This frame is available in two lengths: 8 foot and 10 foot, but you can also add an additional 2 foot extension to create a full sized 12 foot frame.
The depth of the frame can also expand if you decide to change longarm machines in the future. Set up the frame with 16 inches between the rails for machines smaller than 16 inches like the Grace Qnique 15R, or expand this space for longarms up to 21 inches long.
You can also set up only half the Continuum frame to create a 4 foot or 5 foot long frame to fit into smaller spaces.
Use this chart and measure your sewing room to figure out the perfect size frame to fit your space.
|Frame Length||Actual Size||Minimum Room Size||Maximum Width of Quilt|
|8 Foot Continuum||36 x 103 inches
(3 x 8.5 feet)
|7 x 11 sq feet||79 inches|
|10 Foot Continuum||36 x 128 inches
(3 x 10.6 feet)
|7 x 13 sq feet||103 inches|
|12 Foot Continuum
(10 ft + 2 ft Extension)
|36 x 152 inches
(3 x 12.6 feet)
|7 x 15 sq feet||127 inches|
Leah's Advice on Picking Your Frame
It can be really tough to know which sized frame to buy, especially when you're first getting started with longarm quilting. My best advice is to go with the maximum size your quilting space allows.
Upgrade Your Continuum Frame with Awesome Accessories!
The Continuum Frame can be upgraded anytime with awesome accessories that make it easier to use and increase the space you can quilt in.
- Continuum Batting Rail - The fourth rail kit (sometimes called the fourth rail) helps control your batting and keep it off the floor, keeping it clean.
- Idler Rail - The idler rail allows the quilt to collect on the take-up rail at a higher position so you don't have to stop quilting to adjust your roll of fabric. This accessory should only be used with longarm quilting machines like the Grace Qnique 15 or 21. Home machines may not have enough vertical throat space to use this rail.
- 2 foot Frame Extension - The extension kit for the Continuum quilting frame will extend your work area an extra 2 feet. This extension can be used with either the king sized 10 foot Continuum frame or the queen sized 8 foot Continuum frame.
- Gliding Rail Kit - This awesome accessory lets you expand your quilting reach by moving fabric build–up to maximize your work area throughout the quilting process. This innovative quilting frame add–on for longarm quilting works like a take up rail that moves back and forth with the motion of your quilting machine. The Gliding Rail adds up to 4–6 inches to your stroke and works to keep your block size consistent. When quilting normally, the layers gather on your take–up rail, taking up space and reducing block size.
Channel Locks - Set of 2 - If for some reason your Continuum Frame didn't come with Channel Locks, you can now add this important accessory to your frame! This device locks your machine in place so you can easily quilt a straight line either horizontally or vertically across the frame. Please Note: all new Continuum Frames come with 2 channel locks as a standard accessory.
Note: We cannot guarantee these channel locks will work with any other machine brand or older Grace Company frames.
Learn how to load your quilt on the frame in this quilting tutorial with Leah Day. This is so much faster and easier than traditional quilt basting!
Would you like to watch more videos on the Grace Qnique Longarm? Click Here to find all of the videos Leah has shared for Frame Quilting Friday.
Slowly Grow with Your Quilting Frame!
Just like the Q-Zone Hoop Frame, you can begin quilting on this frame using your home machine. Make sure to include your machine's make and model number in the "Add a Note to Your Order" area of the checkout so we know what home machine you're planning to use on this frame.
Then at anytime you can upgrade by adding a Grace Qnique 15R or Qnique 21 and dramatically increase the amount of space you have to quilt in!
What is the Difference Between the Continuum and the Q-Zone Frames?
The Continuum Frame is a traditional 3 rail frame which means the batting is pinned to one rail on the front and back and stretched between the rails. Your quilt top and batting is stitched to the top edge of the backing, then either secured to the third rail or clamped in place using Quilt Clips.
This style of frame evenly layers the backing, batting, and quilt top so your quilt will rest smooth and flat on the frame as you quilt it.
Because of the way it's designed, on the Continuum Frame the size of your quilt is limited by the size of the frame. Refer to the chart above to check the size of the frame and the maximum size of quilt you can quilt within the area. You cannot quilt an 85 inch quilt on an 8 foot Continuum frame for this reason, unless you quilt it in separate pieces and then sew the pieces together on your home machine.
The Q-Zone Frame works very differently as a hoop instead of a frame. In this case, you will need to layer your quilt backing, batting, and quilt top BEFORE putting the quilt on the frame.
When you place the quilt on this frame, you will clamp the top and sides to hold the area you are quilting taunt and flat within the frame. Every time you shift the quilt, you'll need to remove the clamps and straps, then reattach them before beginning quilting.
The upside of the Q-Zone Hoop Frame is you can shift the quilt from side which means you can quilt a quilt of any size on this style of frame. Click Here to learn more about the Q-Zone Frame.
Check Out Our Grace Qnique + Continuum Frame Quilting Bundles!
You can save up to $1500 by combining a Continuum Frame with a Grace Qnique Longarm. Check out the deals by clicking the links below:
How to Order The Continuum Quilting Frame
Orders usually within 3-5 business days via UPS. Please use a street / physical address (no P.O. Boxes) as your shipping address.
If ordering a Continuum frame for your home machine, make sure to include the make and model number of your machine in the "add a note to your order" area at checkout
We are only allowed to ship Grace Company products within the continental US. If you live outside of the US, please contact a Grace Dealer in your country.