I discovered two things that did not work for me with the machine basting.
- She used a white thread and my quilt has a lot of white background...sure made it hard to see to remove the basting stitches, which I like to do once I have the quilt in the hoop. This was really my fault, I should have asked her to use a grey thread.
- I found that once I hooped the quilt, removed the basting stitches, the bobbin thread would get all tangled up in my underneath hand - like a spider web. Since my hoop is on a stand, I could not easily clip the bobbin threads.
- So I tried quilting the next area hooped with the basting left in place. But then when I tried to remove the basting after quilting, my quilting in many place had snagged the basting threads and it was a real chore to remove the basting thread.
- I tried getting under the hoop to clip the bobbin thread, but that was awkard and once I clipped those thread, it seemed to me that the other basting thread all started coming undone.
Have any of you hand quilted a machine basted quilt in a hoop on a stand, and if so, how did you handle the bobbin thread?
Now another question. I will be hand quilting all the white spaces and border for sure. But, I am considering machine quilting the straight lines along the Irish Chain blocks.
Have any of you combined machine and hand quilting? Would a quilt show judge frown on the combination?
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