Longarm a Vintage Quilt Top

Vintage Quilt | April 16, 2021 | By

How to LONGARM A VINTAGE QUILT TOP!! It’s ready! I said I’d never do this video myself, but I did! It only took me all day to edit and figure out the technology on creating a video. I wish I would have filmed this in landscape, but I sure wasn’t thinking about that! OH MY GOSH, I need a 12 year old!!!

Damaged tops, not a problem! Most everything can be fixed! I am asked SO many questions on the in’s and out’s of quilting a vintage top, so here it is on my YouTube page. https://youtu.be/hRjZxo2fWE0

It’s NOT fancy and it’s very casual, but hopefully you’ll find lots of information and tips on successfully quilting a hand pieced, vintage quilt top, on the longarm. My husband saw a few minutes of it and he says it’s RIVETING! I’m here to tell you, it’s not. 😂😂

I will say though, the final quilt is gorgeous! From start to finish it took about 6 hours, so the longarm is the reason I can finish so many quilts. I was a hand quilter years ago, but I just don’t have that kind of time to finish my closet of vintage tops. I also feel that longarm quilting makes these more sturdy than they would be with hand quilting. This ‘Glorified Nine Patch’ will soon be usable and washable.

Get your popcorn ready if you’re a longarm quilter and you want to try your hand at quilting a vintage top. It’s 36 minutes long and will give you all the tips and tricks I use to tame those old, hand pieced tops. These tricks will also work with current tops that tend to be a little wavy. Enjoy the show and have a wonderful weekend!

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      Kelly
      April 16, 2021

      You bet! Thanks for following this journey!

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      Debby Hupp
      April 17, 2021

      I really enjoyed this. I joined your podcast and look forward to more techniques. I have been quilting for 21 years, I only do free motion or ruler work. No computerization. Thank you. I enjoyed this and learned a lot.

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    Sandy
    April 16, 2021

    Hi Kelly, thank you for the great tips before I tackle a vintage quilt top for a friend. Beautiful work! Question: when there is a hole and you place a patch behind with a little glue, do you trim up the edges of the top around the hole or tun the edges?
    Thank you for sharing your expertise.
    Sandy

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      Kelly
      April 16, 2021

      You can do anything you like and do what looks best. I was going to trim these areas up a bit, but I think on mine, because it blended so well, I will do a buttonhole or satin stitch around the perimeter before I wash it. You could certainly turn the edge under or trim or even put something decorative over an area. Each quilt is different so do what speaks to you! Good luck in your fix-it journey!

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    Judith White
    April 16, 2021

    So generous of you to donate your time to do this video, thank you for sharing your talent

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      Kelly
      April 16, 2021

      Thanks Judith, glad you liked it!

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    Sandy Wolff
    April 17, 2021

    Amazing work!! Thank you for sharing your expertise. I can’t wait to use some of your tips on my next challenging quilt.

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    linda crawford
    April 18, 2021

    I love to watch your videos. I learned a lot from this one. I will see how much I learned when I tackle one of my hoard. Thanks

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      Kelly
      April 21, 2021

      Great, thanks and good luck!

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