Longarm Quilting: Large Quilts on Small Frames

When I bought my longarm quilting machine and frame, I had to settle for a smaller frame at 8 feet. I wanted a 10- or 12-foot frame, but my space is limited, so 8 feet was better than nothing. I don’t quilt many really large quilts. I’ve done a few queen size and a king size on my domestic sewing machine, but it’s a chore, no matter how well set up I am. I figured that since I don’t do many of the larger quilts, I was ok with the 8 feet. And then, I received a commission request for a king size quilt – for a wedding gift no less. Ack!

I knew there had to be a way to do it. I researched it, but there wasn’t too much I could find. But, I’m pretty good at problem solving and I figured, how hard could it be? Famous last words, huh?

Well, I’m very happy to say that although it took a good bit of figuring out, along with some intense physical exercise moving that beast of a quilt, I did figure it out. Yay for longarm quilting! So I made a video for others to see how I managed to quilt a king size quilt on a small frame.  Please note that the camera work for the first half is really wobble, sorry about that. I would redo it if I could, but the quilt is off the frame now.

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