Avoiding “The Wave” in Machine Quilting

Dense quilting causes the wave

Dense quilting causes "the wave"

If you ever get wavy quilts after machine quilting them, you’ve probably got some really dense quilting designs that aren’t balanced throughout the quilt.  My latest quilt is almost done:  I’ve densely quilted the interior, but not the frame, thus the rolls and waves you see here.  Once I quilt the frame portion the entire quilt will lie flat.

Dense machine quilting

Dense machine quilting

I see this mostly in borders.  Quilters often do stippling or some other tightly-spaced quilting design in the body of the quilt, but use a widely-spaced quilting design in the border, only to have the quilt roll on them.  Try this next time and see if you get flatter results.

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