You’ve finished the beautiful pieced quilt top, have the backing all ready, and then it hits you—how am I going to machine quilt this? There are so many options.
I’ve found a way to “play” with different ideas by using my iPad and an app called “Skitch”.
Skitch is an app that allows you to snap something (a photo, etc.) and mark it up, then save it.
It’s available for the following platforms:
- iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
- Mac OSX
- Windows Desktop
- Skitch Touch for Windows
For more information on the Skitch app, click here for a tutorial.
So…I simply snapped a photo of my quilt top with my iPad (or you could just take a photo of one block). Then I opened the Skitch app on my iPad and imported the photo into the program, like this:
I chose the thinnest “pen” and white–there are several colors to choose from. I found black or white were easy to see on this quilt. And then I grabbed my stylus and just PLAYED with designs until I came up with one that I think will work! I sketch out lots of ideas that didn’t work, and just “deleted” them.
How about a continuous curved line? I can “map” it out on each block and sketch until I figure out a good place to start and stop the needle. Here’s the design I finally decided on:
…and here it is (below) on my long arm.
I’m using my “rulers” to help me with the curves…
I’m able to continuously machine quilt around one entire block, only having to stop/start when I move on to the next one.
I think it’s working pretty well
It was a lot of fun to be able to “play” with several ideas for designs by drawing with my stylus on my iPad with Skitch before actually committing to the design on the long arm.
So here’s the finished quilt top—completely quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound.
And here’s a close-up of one of the sections (don’t look too closely!)…
I hope this information was helpful, and that you’ll give Skitch a try the next time you’re pondering how to quilt your finished top.
Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!