One more thought - use washaway stabilizer. It is thin and sturdy and will leave you with a softer quilt when you are finished and wash it.
I have found that I do better without using the stabilizer if I have the quilt sandwich (quilt block-batting-backing). There is a stabilizer especially for quilt in the hoop on the market that combines batting and stabilizer, something like Battilizer?? It is from Hoop Sisters.
I looked it up and it was interesting stuff. I need to do some trial stitchouts.
I always cut my blocks larger than they will finish at and like Angie, square them up after they are embroidered...If you have software, you can add alignment marks (last thing you stitch) in the first hooping and alignment marks (first thing to stitch) in the second hooping. It will help you align the second hooping with the first and the needle drops should be exactly the same when you stitch the second hooping alignment marks...hope this makes sense...Unless you have a BabyLock or Brother with the camera scanner....than it is easy peasy!
Thanks for the detailed info. Adding those crosshairs will solve my problem and I never thought to do that. I think my software can do that for me. I do have a Babylock...but did not get the one with a camera. I have a rule that I only buy dogs and sewing machines that I can lift and those Babylocks can get really heavy!
I might not be understanding your problem, but I would baste everything before I do any embroidery. I always use WSS on 99% of my embroidery with no problems.
I hope this might help you.
I'm hoping to make individual 12" blocks, but my hoop isn't big enough. So I'll need to rehoop the block to stitch the other half. My hoops are long enough, but not wide enough. I don't know how to do this so the sides line up perfectly.
I agree with crafter. I think people cut the squares too small in the beginning - trying to save on fabric and that is where they strike problems.
Thanks! The more fabric the better!
So much depends on the design. If I make individual blocks I cut them bigger then the final size that I need and square up after the embroidery has been done
My best advice, and the only method I've tried, with success, is to purchase Anita Goodesign quilt sets. They stitch out beautifully and there are perfect instructions on how to stabilize with minimum thickness. Have fun.
I have used their designs too. I saw a suggestion to do the basting using a wash-away thread in case you are a little off on putting them together. I will try this next time.
Thanks! That site has great designs.