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Machine Quilting Designs: Allover Leaves

An allover leaf design is a great design to use on a sitdown longarm machine. Angela Walters shows you how versatile it is.

Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with Handi  Quilter ambassador Angela Walters. And today, we're working on the sit-down long arm machine, the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen. And Angela, what you have to share with us today is an alternative to an allover stitch that most of us might not know." "Exactly. You know, and allover design is just a design that goes all over the quilt--pretty simple. But instead of doing just a basic meander, which is just a curvy line, I brought a lead design, which makes it a little more fun and a little more different. And it's great for masculine quilts or maybe quilts that you want more of a landscape look to." "I love that it has a little bit of points in the design, so different from the curves that we see in stippling. So, how do we go about making this kind of design?" "What's great about this design is that it works well on every kind of machine, but these points that you're referencing are great for a sit-down machine, because it gives you an area where you can reposition your hands. Doing a curve--it's kind of hard to stop in that curve, so you can stop at the point and then reposition your hands and move on. You can also combine this design with other designs, such as the pebbles and the leaves. So this is a very versatile design that I use a lot in my quilts." "Alright, so let's stitch it out and see how it goes." "So, I'm going to quilt this as an allover design in the back of the quilt, which happens to be this gray spot. And any time you quilt any type of meander, you're basically just quilting the shape and repeating it to fill the area in as consistently as possible. The one thing to remember is that you can echo around it, so if you  get stuck to a point that you can't fill in, just echo around it a couple of times and it'll be good." "And for this quilt, the background you're considering to be the gray fabric." "Yes. I guess you can't really see the whole quilt, but this area you can quilt it. So to quilt it, you're just going to come out to a point and back. It's almost like a pointy teardrop, which I know doesn't exactly look like a leaf, but I'm just going for the general overall look." "Right. Sometimes I get into more trouble if I'm trying to be too literal in getting the shape together." "Exactly. And so here, I've just echoed it. You can echo as many times as you like. But when you're ready to add your next one, you just add the next one going in a different direction. And just continue echoing and quilting that shape, filling the areas in as consistently as possible. As you can see here, if you wanted to, you can just add an echo to one you've already quilted and continue adding." "And you're always looking ahead to figure out where you next leaf is going to be." "Exactly. I want to make sure it's filled in as consistently as possible, and I'm also not grabbing on to the quilt top. I'm just using my hands flat and trying to push it as smoothly as possible." "And remembering that on the sit-down long arm machine, you have a food pedal so you can stop, reposition your hands and continue on." "Absolutely." "Sometimes I think that that's the hardest part to remember--you are in control of the gas pedal, so just ease off and give yourself a chance to reposition and see where you're going to go. Thanks for sharing the allover leaf design with us, Angela. I can't wait to try this on my next project."