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Floating a Quilt

edited June 2013 in Ask An HQ Expert
Any advice on floating a small quilt on my Avante please? It isn't a technique I have used - I am new to longarm quilting and still looking for help and advice every step of the way!



  • Cookie79,

    When you are floating a quilt top you need to be very careful that you keep it straight. Using a channel lock make your self a straight line along your batting and backing. Then place the edge of your quilt top along that edge and baste it in place. Then baste the sides of your quilt. Make sure you place the quilt under the top roller, not over top of it. Each time you roll make sure that you keep your sides straight and baste them down.

    The important thing is to make sure you are keeping your quilt straight each time you roll.

    When you attach your quilt to the top roller you do have more control as you roll, but there are many people that float their quilts and do just fine.

    Good luck,

    Cheryl Duncan
    Handi Quilter Studio Educator
  • Thank you!
  • edited November 2015
    Hello Cheryl,

    Re: your comment about placing the quilt under the top roller - I removed the top roller from the frame and so the quilt is floating on top of the batting/backing and hanging over the belly (backing) bar. Is there any reason not to do this?

    Also, I use a clamp to lock my carriage in place and then pull the machine forward on the tracks with the hopping foot running along the edge of the quilt to be sure it is straight.

    Thank you.
  • Cmw0829,

    It sounds like you are working very hard to keep your quilt straight.

    Just be aware that removing the top pole makes it look like you have more room to quilt than you actually do. You may find yourself running into the take up roller with the machine. One way to prevent this is to simply place a couple of pins where the top pole would be, this will be a reminder that you can only go that far forward. There is nothing wrong with removing the pole.

    Good luck,

    Cheryl Duncan
    Handi Quilter Studio Educator
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