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(My first Quilt)
for a king size bed for my son and his girl friend I did the Rail Fence - I am using a king size sheet for the back, and I have pinned the top (actual quilt) to the batting and sheet
Im confused what to do next?

I am unsure how I am actually going to "Quilt" this becuase I do not have a real quilting machine - but I am stuck on what my next step is, binding? or sewing the pieces together?
(still not sure how Im going  to do that) it wont be really fancy "quilting stick) I know that and I knwo I will have to flip dlop the quilt on all four sides so beable to sew the top/middle and bottom together - becuase I am using a regular sewing mahcine...
Thanks for ANY help

Nina (from Chicago)

With a regular sewing machine you are not going to be able to machine quilt it without a lot of problems.

Machine quilting is tricky and for a king size quilt it's a big deal.
After you make the 'sandwich' you have to do a LOT of pinning with safety pins (there is a style of safety pins for this sold by quilting supply places).

BUT... I have done a couple king size quilts and I have to confess I have taken them to someone who does big arm machine quilting and paid to have them quilted.

I don't recommend doing a king size quilt as your first machine quilting project.

I see you are in Chicago and I bet there are some good quilting shops to ask advice and line you up with someone to quilt it for you.

Susan Druding


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Susan Druding


Questions on all aspects of quilting are welcome: both art quilting and traditional. I have been involved with the textile arts for more than 30 years - history, technique, materials. Helping beginners as well as experienced quilters find quilting teachers and finding quilt resources on the Web is a specialty.


I am a quilter, both art and traditional. I was the Quilting Guide on (previously called The Mining Co.) for more than 8 years.
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MA in textile design, U of Calif, Berkeley

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I have shown quilts in various shows and exhibitions and won a Judge's Choice Ribbon in Houston 2000

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